Interstate 676 Pennsylvania / New Jersey
Interstate 676 forms an urban loop through Downtown Philadelphia across the Delaware River to Camden, New Jersey. Along with I-579 at Pittsburgh, I-676 is one of two Interstates in Pennsylvania that do not use exit numbers.
Following the Vine Street Expressway, I-676 travels below the Philadelphia street grid from the Schuylkill River to Logan Square, Broad Street (PA 611) and Chinatown. Emerging east of 10th Street, the Vine Street Expressway provides a high speed link to Interstate 95 (Delaware Expressway). The I-676 mainline navigates along exit ramps and surface streets around Franklin Square to connect with the Ben Franklin Bridge. Drivers along I-676 east are directed onto 6th Street southbound briefly before joining the bridge approach. The westbound direction intersects Franklin and 8th Streets before merging with the Vine Street Expressway ahead of 10th Street.
I-676/U.S. 30 cross the Delaware River into New Jersey on the seven-lane wide Ben Franklin Bridge. Tolls are collected for the westbound direction of the span at a plaza located beside Linden Street in Camden. Interstate 676 east splits with U.S. 30 as it encircles Downtown Camden southward to Haddon Avenue along a six lane freeway. The route ends at the east approach to the Walt Whitman Bridge (I-76).
High Priority Corridor
Interstate 676 is part of High Priority Corridor 64: Camden-Philadelphia Corridors.
The Vine Street Expressway spurred east from the Schuylkill Expressway to 18th Street by 1959. The portion between Broad Street and the directional T interchange with I-95 was not finished until July 1991.1 The Benjamin Franklin Bridge opened to traffic on July 1, 1926.2
East End – Camden, NJ
West End – Philadelphia, PA
Total Mileage – 6.91
Pennsylvania – 2.16
Cities – Philadelphia
- Junctions –
New Jersey – 4.75
Cities – Camden
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-676 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Originally named the Delaware River Bridge, the Ben Franklin Bridge is a suspension bridge measuring 8,300 feet in length.34 Two 385 foot high towers4 support the 128 foot wide span which includes a 77 foot wide travel deck, a pedestrian walkway and the PATCO transit line. The two rapid transit tracks runs below the travel lanes. The bridge was constructed over a four year period starting on January 6, 1922. It cost $45.2 million.5
Historically, the Vine Street Expressway represented the northern quadrant of an urban belt system around Downtown Philadelphia. The inner loop included the unbuilt South Street Expressway in addition to sections of the Schuylkill and Delaware Expressways. While the Vine Street Expressway was considered an arduous construction project due to opposition and mounting costs, the South Street Expressway faced stiffer opposition from neighborhood leaders in the communities along the planned route. Ultimately the opposition was insurmountable, and the expressway project was scrapped. A remnant of the scuttled plan is the scaled down exit ramp to Columbus Boulevard from Interstate 95 northbound.
The Schuylkill Expressway southeast into Philadelphia was designated a part of Interstate 80S until 1964. I-680 was also assigned to the Schuylkill Expressway south of Vine Street and across the Walt Whitman Bridge. When the Pennsylvania Turnpike east from Monroeville became a part of newly designated Interstate 76, I-680 was replaced with Interstate 676 in Philadelphia.
As approved by AASHTO on June 20, 1972, I-76 and I-676 swapped alignments between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. Previously I-76 was routed both along the Vine Street Expressway spur and the freeway south through Camden to Fairview, New Jersey. I-676 followed the Schuylkill Expressway southeast to the Walt Whitman Bridge and Gloucester City, New Jersey. The designations were switched as the Vine Street Expressway was incomplete at the time and still many years away from completion.
A $64.8 million project replaced seven two-span bridges across the Vine Street Expressway in Philadelphia with single span structures. Started in April 2015, the four year project replaced the overpasses at 22nd Street, 21st Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway / 20th Street, 19th Street, 18th Street and the Free Library and Family Court pedestrian bridges. Work also included repaving the roadway and making aesthetic improvements.6
West End / 30th Street – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
South End / Walt Whitman Bridge – Camden, New Jersey
I-76C connects Route 168 and U.S. 130 with both I-676 north into Camden and I-76 west across the Walt Whitman Bridge. 09/19/04
- Vine Street Expressway (I-676 and US 30), NYCRoads.com.
- “Ben Franklin Bridge, 80 Years of History.” Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (DRPA), press release. July 6, 2006.
- Ben Franklin Bridge Fun Facts. WPVI-TV (Philadelphia, PA).
- Benjamin Franklin Bridge (I-676 and US 30), NYCRoads.com.
- Ben Franklin Bridge. Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) web site.
- “4-Year Bridge Project to Close Parts of Philadelphia’s Vine Street Expressway.” WCAU-TV (Philadelphia, PA). April 7, 2015.
- Walt Whitman Bridge. Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) web site.
Page updated January 9, 2020.