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Old 11-07-2018, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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One positive of 76 is its stretch through Philly (and beyond) is beautiful. 95, especially coming into the city from the south, is pretty ugly. But yeah, 76 is pretty bad, and kind of dangerous with how fast traffic comes to a stop and the lack of an adequate shoulder.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Does anyone remember when there was a deer on 76 which stopped traffic for a while?
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:17 PM
 
Location: The City
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95 you have a fighting chance to make decent time; 76 is generally a mess most times and on very select occasions it actually moves.


in general 95 will move better than 76, 9 times out of 10
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Old 11-11-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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It only has 2 lanes in either direction.
Maybe from City Line Avenue/Belmont headed to Valley Forge but in the city most of the way it's three lanes each way, with a fourth lane approaching some exits.

BTW, I often have to go from the airport area/Eastwick to upper mount airy (Ivy Hill and Stenton) -- and most of the time I take 76 to Lincoln Drive. And 76 is fine. Granted, I'm not doing this at rush hour. But the vast majority of the time I have no problems with 76. From far SW to far NW, it's either 76, or Cobbs Creek to 63rd street, City Line Avenue, then down CL to where 76 crosses Ridge/Lincoln Dr. and get on Lincoln Drive there.

As others have said, the way the city is laid, with the river where it is, sometimes it's 76 (the most direct -- and what should be the fastest way) -- or going through the city, and around east jiblip to get where you're going. Sort of like Lincoln Drive...I HATE the road. But if you want to get to Mount Airy or Chestnut Hill from the SW....it's either that or light after light after light through Germantown. UGH.

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Old 11-11-2018, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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In addition to what you said about 76 above, there was a horrendous crash early yesterday morning which shut it down, in both directions for ages, right before rush hour.
and what is amazing to me is that no matter what time of day it is, it seems like there are issues on the sku-kill.

I left at 5 30 that morning and it was before rush hour with that crash. I use to work in King of Prussia, now I work in Delaware, I swear it took me longer to go the lousy 19 miles to KOP than it does the 40 miles to wilmington.
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Old 11-12-2018, 03:01 AM
 
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^^ I did the Philly to Wilmington commute for almost a decade. It was sweet. Of course I'm already in the far SW, so I'm right at 95.....except for a very brief 2 lane squeeze in one spot, and even then it's not really a stand still -- it's golden. I loved that commute.

Not that 95 through DelCo doesn't have some issues some times.....but I have no complaints.
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:40 PM
 
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76 is by far the most inadequate highway in the region (arguably one of the worst in the nation), both by design and ability to handle today's traffic demands. If there's a choice between highways, 95 would be the more pleasant commute, despite its own problems.

PennDOT is working on a huge initiative to transform 76, however it will take years and it's hard to believe the changes will actually improve traffic flow very much. Ramp metering, warning signs and opening/closing shoulders throughout the day just sounds like more reasons for Philly drivers to be pissed off. I guess we'll see. Home - Transform 76
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:34 AM
 
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^^ Of those. the only one I like is using shoulders at some part of the day -- with proper signage, and overhead green and red "Xs" of course.) Since the highway can't be widened -- geographically a river on one side, mountains on the other -- taking shoulder lanes during rush hour is the best option for easing congestion.

I never obey ramp lights. I've been merging onto highways all my driving life. I think I know how to do that without a light telling me when and how to get in.

And signage isn't a problem so that would just be money spent on something that's not broken. A waste of my tax dollars.
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