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.
September 28, 2015 |
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.
September 27, 2015 |
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.
July 12, 2015 |
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.
December 18, 2014 |
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.
August 19, 2014 |
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.
April 26, 2014 |
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.
April 6, 2014 |
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.
December 27, 2013 |
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.