New I-95 interchange opens direct route through Philly area for the first time

Paul Kurtz
September 20, 2018 - 7:25 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The grand highway project linking Maine and Florida is officially complete, 62 years after President Dwight Eisenhower launched it. 

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are getting ready to celebrate the opening this weekend of the turnpike/I-95 interchange in Bucks County. 

After 20 long years of planning, delays and construction, the interchange is scheduled to open at 5 a.m. Saturday, for the first time creating a direct connection betwen Philadelphia and New York City. The interchange will also close the lone remaining gap along I-95.

"Basically from State Rt. 413 east to the New Jersey line will be redesignated as I-95," said Turnpike Commission spokeswoman Kathleen Walter.

Seven interchanges in New Jersey and four interchanges in Pennsylvania that will be renumbered.
State of New Jersey's Department of Transportation

It can't come soon enough for motorists, she said.

"It will finally alleviate traffic in the surrounding Bucks County area, where people travel on 95 and through the turnpike. They can have more or less seamless travel as they ride through Bucks County and the surrounding areas," Walter said.

The interchange is made up of two highway-speed ramps, known as flyovers, one carrying northbound I-95 traffic to the eastbound turnpike, the other carrying westbound turnpike traffic onto southbound I-95. Nothing changes if for travelers going east on the turnpike. They still must get off in Bensalem and head east on Street Road to pick up I-95 southbound.

I-95 north of the interchange was redisignated as I-295 earlier this year.