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Interstate vs. Local

Local Traffic is 4X Higher Than Interstate Traffic
Although I-95 is a major Interstate Highway in the U.S., as it travels through the Philadelphia area, it is so well-used by local businesses and residents that the in-state traffic is 81% of the total traffic -- 4 times the interstate-only traffic! This roadway is an integral part of communities who not only live next to it but use it every day.

Traffic Facts

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.

 

 

  • 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.