Where does I-95 in Pennsylvania fit in the regional transportation network?
I-95 is a vital north-south transportation link for millions of residents and businesses in Pennsylvania. It also provides access to portions of New Jersey and Delaware via connections with other interstates and state routes. I-95 connects with four major east-west corridors. These connections include:
- I-476 – the Blue Route (also connects to I-276)
- I-76 – the Schuylkill Expressway
- I-676 – the Vine Street Expressway
- US 322
- I-276, I-676 and US 322 cross or connect with Delaware River bridges and I-95 provides a 5th crossing.
- I-95 connects to I-195 which also connects to I-295 in New Jersey and the New Jersey Turnpike, which becomes I-95 north of I-195.
Where does the traffic go on I-95?
The I-95 Corridor is home to many regional destinations. These destinations include sports, recreational and entertainment venues, employment centers like Center City Philadelphia, and major transportation/port facilities such as the Philadelphia International Airport and several port terminals.
- I-95 serves the airport, the stadiums, numerous ports and industrial facilities, and Center City, all in Philadelphia. Four of the seven busiest interchanges in the I-95 Corridor are in Philadelphia.
- I-95 in Pennsylvania carries an average of 102,000 vehicles, including 13,000 trucks, every day. This ranges from a high of 160,000 vehicles through Center City to a low of 60,000 vehicles in Bucks County. This is 41% more vehicles per day than the average daily traffic for all of I-95 from Maine to Florida, which is 72,000 vehicles per day.
- These Speed Profiles show where and when congestion occurs on I‑95. Congestion results when the number of vehicles increases above the level for which the road was designed. Congestion is characterized by slower speeds and longer trip times. Even on relatively free-flowing highways, an accident, construction, or bad weather can result in congestion.
- Traffic conditions on I-95 in Pennsylvania vary considerably depending on the time of day and number of events at the stadium complex (Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and Philadelphia 76ers games all take place there and can create unusually heavy congestion).
- On an average weekday, congestion on I-95 is usually heavy near the interchanges of I-95 with US 322, I‑476, Broad Street, and I-676 during the morning and evening rush hours. This is evident in the average northbound speed on I-676 at 4 p.m., which is between 20 and 30 mph.
- On a Phillies’ game day, congestion is appreciably worse during the evening rush hour as commuters bound for home and fans headed to the game converge. Speeds decline from 50 mph or more to 30 mph or less between the Vine Street Expressway and the Blue Route during these times.