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November 3, 1988 | By William Tuthill, Special to The Inquirer
Engineers liken it to filling a tooth. First they drill a hole, then they inject a cement mixture to fill in all the underlying cracks and voids. Then they seal it and hope they have stopped the decay. A western Pennsylvania firm that specializes in sealing abandoned coal mines is applying the drill-and-fill technique to the Schuylkill Expressway, where cavities in underground limestone formations threaten to collapse a portion of the four-lane roadway east of the Route 202 interchange.
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August 4, 1997 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Motorists traveling at night on a 7.5-mile stretch of the Schuylkill Expressway will encounter backups and traffic headaches beyond the norm for the next few months. Starting at 8 p.m. today and continuing until late November, crews will repair and resurface a section of the interstate highway between the Blue Route and the Belmont Avenue interchanges. From 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, workers will reduce sections of the road to one lane.
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October 12, 2004 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities are investigating what they called a suspicious package found on the Schuylkill Expressway at the Belmont Avenue exit ramp last night - an incident that prompted authorities to shut down the highway in both directions for more than three hours. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, members of the state and Montgomery County bomb squads were trying to figure out what was inside the suspicious metal box with the letters "ELF" on the front of the package.
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March 4, 1998 | By Christian Davenport, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Remember all that construction on the Schuylkill Expressway last fall that sometimes had the area choking on its own traffic on evenings and weekends? Well, starting Sunday night, with the winter break behind them, construction crews will be at it again. At a news conference yesterday, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation district administrator Andrew L. Warren discussed what he called a "preview of coming distractions. " As part of a $20 million PennDot project to resurface the main artery between Philadelphia and its western suburbs, crews soon will begin work on two sections of the highway.
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June 23, 2007 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
People complain about the wattage of their elected leaders in Harrisburg, but this week, a few legislators came up with a bright new idea for the Schuylkill Expressway: tolls. That may sound like a bad plan for a highway so congested that rush-hour traffic moves at a creep, at times speeding up to a crawl. And it's true that an I-76 toll is just the dream of some ticked-off rural lawmakers. In response to proposals that would turn I-80 across northern Pennsylvania into a toll road - raising money for SEPTA and other transportation projects - they suggested charging drivers of highways in this corner of Pennsylvania, including the Schuylkill.
NEWS
April 8, 2012 | By Laura Cofsky, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One man was killed early Easter morning in a shooting on the Schuylkill Expressway near the Montgomery Drive exit that closed the highway for three hours. Police said they do not believe the shooting was random. Police have identified the victim as Kareem El, 29, hometown unknown. El was driving a silver 1997 Buick LeSabre eastbound on the highway about 2:50 a.m. when an unknown vehicle pulled up along its passenger side and fired numerous shots inside, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
NEWS
June 9, 1995 | By Kyle York Spencer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In a response to complaints from residents, the police department has stepped up its issuance of traffic tickets. The crackdown, Mayor Michael Leonard said, began last week and was prompted by a traffic problem that has long plagued this small town of 1,200 where the Blue Route and the Schuylkill Expressway meet. Leonard said about 100 citations have been issued in the last week. That's compared with 108 issued for the month of May. The borough, with dozens of narrow streets, is sliced in two by one of the area's key intersections.
NEWS
June 17, 2010 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Mari A. Schaefer, and Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writers
The tragic circumstances sound almost like bad fiction: A veteran state trooper - renowned for reconstructing highway crashes and nabbing drunken or negligent motorists - dies in a head-on collision while driving the wrong way on the Schuylkill Expressway in the middle of the night. And the death of State Police Cpl. John Quigg Jr. came just eight hours before he was due Wednesday morning in Montgomery County Court on his own drunken-driving charge. The crash seriously injured the other driver, Chantelle Harper, described by a family friend as a gifted young Rosemont College graduate bound for law school.
NEWS
December 17, 1991 | By Lea Sitton, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspect in the four-month-old killing of a Germantown man for the gold chain he was wearing was arrested yesterday by a Highway Patrol officer on the Schuylkill Expressway, police said. The suspect, Rodney Williams, 19, of the 6200 block of North Park Avenue in Logan, was charged with murder, robbery, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act and possession of an instrument of crime. A warrant had been issued for his arrest in August after Derrick Thomas, 19, was shot in the head and robbed of the gold chain on a Germantown street.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Traffic jams and sudden stops are routine miseries for tens of thousands commuting each day on the Schuylkill Expressway. The traffic is so bad that the intersection with Route 1 made a 2015 list of America's 50 worst bottlenecks from American Highway Users Alliance and AAA. Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation is studying fixes to the 1950s-era road. A key option is opening the shoulders to traffic during peak hours between Route 202 and Route 1, where the road narrows to two lanes in each direction.
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January 20, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Traffic jams and sudden stops are routine miseries for tens of thousands commuting each day on the Schuylkill Expressway. The traffic is so bad that the intersection with Route 1 made a 2015 list of America's 50 worst bottlenecks from American Highway Users Alliance and AAA. Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation is studying fixes to the 1950s-era road. A key option is opening the shoulders to traffic during peak hours between Route 202 and Route 1, where the road narrows to two lanes in each direction.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Melanie Burney, Michael Boren, and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
Whether by train, bus, or foot, thousands of pilgrims made the last stage of their journeys into Philadelphia on Saturday in high spirits - but not nearly in the numbers predicted by transit officials. From across the region, the biggest surprise was how little transportation chaos seemed to have resulted from the pope's visit, at least in the morning. The evening departure was another story, with long lines outside Jefferson, 30th Street, and University City Regional Rail stations even before the papal appearance and concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ended.
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September 27, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, trucks began deploying along the region's major highways, clearing them of cars in anticipation of Pope Francis' visit. A fleet of 40 trucks was to head out on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76): east from Gulph Mills to the Blue Route (I-476), at which point traffic was blocked to I-95, and west from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 North. The trucks were equipped with arrows at their backs to direct any remaining cars on the road to the far-right lane as they slowly sweep along the highway.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
Inching along the Schuylkill Expressway on a rainy spring evening, Jill Betters measures her commute in podcasts. In less than three years, the 30-year-old has listened to 262 hours and 13 minutes, the equivalent of 61/2 workweeks, traveling between Fishtown and her job in Valley Forge. Headed east about 6:20 p.m., Betters, a marketing manager at a supplier of home building materials, notices an electronic road sign warning of police activity ahead. In 40 minutes she is supposed to be at a community meeting near her home.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can the Schuylkill ever play a role like the Chicago River or Paris' Seine - a source of beauty and vitality that unites riverside neighborhoods like Center City and University City rather than dividing them? It's a decades-old dream, but key pieces are finally falling into place, according to civic leaders and developers who joined a panel discussion Tuesday at the Union League sponsored by the Central Philadelphia Development Corp. On both sides of the river, new projects such as Brandywine Realty Trust's 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets and PMC Property Group's million-square-foot complex planned at 2400 Market St. are paying closer attention than their predecessors to the streetscape and river.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. - Gov. Corbett pushed off into the Schuylkill from a boat ramp in southern Berks County early Sunday morning on Day Two of his annual kayaking tour of Pennsylvania waterways. The events are publicly billed as a way to promote tourism and the outdoors, but they also provide a quiet respite and few hours of haven for the usually media-shy chief executive. This year was no different, except that - given his standing in the polls - it might be the last kayak trip Corbett leads as governor.
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you've driven on the Walt Whitman Bridge, the Schuylkill Expressway around Gladwyne, I-95 near the SugarHouse Casino, or on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Horsham and Fort Washington, you've crossed a certifiably decrepit bridge. And a report released Thursday by a Washington-based lobbying group highlighted a dubious and familiar note about deteriorating bridges in Pennsylvania: No state in the nation has more. According to the analysis by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 5,200 of the commonwealth's 22,600 bridges - 23 percent - are rated structurally deficient under federal guidelines, a classification earned when an inspector rates at least one aspect of the bridge poor or unsafe.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man's body and the partial skeletal remains of another person were recovered Friday from the Schuylkill, bringing to four the number of bodies retrieved from the river in the last two weeks, police said. "It's not uncommon in the springtime. As the weather warms, the water warms, so we're starting to see bodies float up," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. "Two in a day is unusual. Four in two weeks is a high number for us. " The man's body was found shortly before noon, when it was spotted floating near the Market Street Bridge.
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
With Paul Markland at the wheel, one can expect highway conditions to be dry and wry. The cartoonist, musician, and part-time school bus driver - who produced a collection about the Schuylkill Expressway 20 years ago - is on that renowned road again with a fresh trio of volumes from Tate Publishing. Markland's new Buckle Up series stars Off-the-Wall Paul, his green-hatted alter ego, in a variety of vehicular vignettes jammed with clueless drivers, fearless truckers, and apocalyptic traffic backups.
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