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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
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.
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
October 6, 2002 | By Jere Downs INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
To hear the champions of Philadelphia's university district tell it, the west bank of the Schuylkill is poised to give Center City's skyline a run for its money. Last week, Brandywine Realty Trust announced plans for its third riverfront skyscraper, a sharply faceted, 47-story office-and-apartment tower at 30th and Walnut Streets. West Philadelphia office space now commands higher rents than the aging behemoths in the city's legacy downtown. Such is the clamor to live close to the big campuses that at least five residential high-rises are in the works.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Erwin Boyd was driving a Volkswagen sedan, allegedly fleeing from police Sunday morning on the Vine Street Expressway, when he pulled over and switched seats with his passenger. The chance of eluding capture did not improve with Tikeena Isreal at the wheel. Boyd, 40, and Isreal, 41, were arrested after a wild run from pursuing officers that included a U-turn on the Schuylkill Expressway into oncoming traffic while Isreal was driving, prosecutors said. About 10:45 a.m., Camden County police attempted to pull over a 2011 Volkswagen CC near the Ben Franklin Bridge, according to Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE SCHUYLKILL Expressway's nerve-racking enough without bullets flying around, but state police say one angry motorist skipped the horn and went for a gun in a road-rage incident Wednesday night. The victim was driving his Chrysler 300 west on the Expressway about 10:30 p.m. between Montgomery Drive and Route 1 when he accidentally cut off another driver, said Cpl. Gerard McShea, of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Philadelphia. The victim said he saw the car behind him speed up and then heard a loud crack, McShea said.
NEWS
November 14, 2012
Five cars crashed on the westbound Schuylkill Expressway, slowing Tuesday morning traffic for about an hour. One woman was taken to the hospital for neck pain, a PennDot patrolman said. Gretchen Wolf said it started as a typical slowdown on the expressway, with traffic coming to a stop. "I was able to stop but I guess the car behind me wasn't," she said. Wolf, who was driving a black Volkswagon GTI, said the rain was probably to blame. "The roads are really slippery, she probably slid more than hit," Wolf said of the Chevy driver who hit her. Three cars behind them were also unable to stop.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
And early morning crash that caused an SUV to flip and forced closure of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) eastbound at 30th Street has been cleared. The road was closed at the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) at exit 344. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. on I-76, just under the 30th Street overpass. A woman in the vehicle managed to get free and medics were enroute. Crews quickly righted the vehicle and were able to open a lane.  
NEWS
May 30, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Route I-76 reopened to traffic at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, almost five hours after a crash involving a tractor-trailer, a dump truck, and a passenger car closed the eastbound lanes just east of the Conshohocken curve. The accident caused about 300 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the Schuylkill Expressway and left the dump truck on its side. At 4 p.m., State Police Trooper Danea Durham said crews were working to remove a load of crushed stone that had spilled from the dump truck.
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