Interstate 176

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Interstate 176 marker

Interstate 176
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 11.345 mi[1] (18.258 km)
Existed: 1964 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-76 / Penna. Tpk. in Morgantown
North end: US 422 near Reading
Highway system
PA 174 PA 176

Interstate 176 (I-176) is a spur route of eastern Interstate 76 in Pennsylvania. I-176, known locally as the "Morgantown Expressway", travels from Morgantown, Pennsylvania to Cumru Township, Pennsylvania, a suburban township just outside of Reading; the entire length of the highway is just over 11 miles (18 km). The highway was originally known as I-180 or the "Reading Spur" when the Pennsylvania Turnpike was designated as I-80S, but was redesignated to its present-day number in 1964 when it became I-76.[2]

Route description[edit]

Prior to 1996, motorists wanting to get to I-176 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) had to travel through Morgantown on Pennsylvania Route 10 and then enter I-176 northbound to Reading at a traffic light, similar to that found on Interstate 70 in Breezewood. Since 1996, a replacement Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange and a new stretch of I-176 have eliminated the need to travel through Morgantown, with the old section, now a spur numbered SR 2089,[3] still maintained as ramps leading to and from Exit 2. The entire highway, except for the new direct connection, has a 65 mph (105 km/h) speed limit.

A runaway truck ramp is located just past Exit 1 southbound.[3]

History[edit]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Berks County.

Location Mile[1] km Old exit New exit Destinations Notes
Morgantown 0.000 0.000 I-76 / Penna. Tpk. – Harrisburg, Philadelphia Southbound only; Morgantown Interchange on PA Turnpike
0.201 0.323 1A 1 PA 10 – Morgantown, Beckersville Split into exits 1A and 1B northbound, Last free exit southbound
1.275 2.052 1B 2 PA 10 / PA 23 – Honey Brook Southbound exit and northbound entrance; exit ramps occupy the former routing of I-176.
Robeson Township 7.884 12.688 2 7 PA 10 to PA 568 – Green Hills
Cumru Township 10.751 17.302 3 10 PA 724 – Shillington, Birdsboro
11.345 18.258 4A 11A US 422 east – Pottstown Northbound exit only
11.345 18.258 4B 11B US 422 west – Reading Northbound exit only
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (December 31, 2012). "Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams" (2013 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ask the Rambler - Was I-76 Numbered to Honor Philadelphia for Independence Day, 1776?
  3. ^ a b Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (2010). Berks County General Highway Map [Type 10] (Map). 1 : 65,000. ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/berks_GHSN.PDF.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing