Travelers will now be able to drive from the top of Maine to the bottom of Florida without ever having to leave I-95. The highway construction has been more than 60 years in the making and was completed this past September.
The two new flyover ramps at the Bristol Township exit now directly connect the New Jersey Turnpike and I-95. Each ramp is 2,000 feet long, crossing over Durham Road and Veterans Highway in Bristol Township.
The highway, I-95, is the longest north-south highway in the United States and the most used highway in relation to vehicle miles traveled. Nearly 40 percent of America’s gross domestic product travels along the 1,900 mile-long highway.
“Motorists who travel in this area have been waiting a long time to realize the benefits this direct link will bring, namely reduced congestion on Bucks County roadways and improved traffic flow in the Philadelphia region and the entire east coast,” said Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner Pat Deon, a Lower Bucks County native in a recent Levittown Now article.
The two new ramps have made Greater Philadelphia even more accessible and connected to other major highways and infrastructure in the area. The second stage of this project starting next year, includes a new Turnpike bridge over New Falls Road, and six connections between the Turnpike, I-95, and I-295. The third stage is not expected to begin until 2025 and would connect Bristol Township to New Jersey from a replacement or second span for the Delaware River Bridge.