November 3, 1988 |
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.
August 4, 1997 |
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.
October 12, 2004 |
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.
March 4, 1998 |
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.
June 23, 2007 |
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.
April 8, 2012 |
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.
January 20, 2016 |
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.
June 9, 1995 |
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.
December 17, 1991 |
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.
October 6, 2002 |
Tomorrow morning, Schuylkill Expressway commuters doing the bumper grind through the construction zone at King of Prussia will find a startling change of scenery: a 484-foot-long, 42-foot-tall behemoth of a railroad bridge that hadn't been there during the Friday rush home. In the overnight hours this weekend, crews have been assembling the 1,500-ton prefabricated steel-truss structure over the highway. Sizewise, it will have few rivals in the region; the Market Street Bridge over the Schuylkill in Center City, for instance, is nearly 200 feet shorter.