Interstate 895 ( I-895) was a planned 6.4-mile-long (10.3 km) Interstate Highway in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that would have provided a freeway between I-295 near Burlington in Burlington County, New Jersey and Interstate 95 near Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
History [ edit ]
In 1963, the
Delaware River Port Authority proposed several new bridges across the Delaware River in the Philadelphia area, including a high-level crossing between Bristol, Pennsylvania and Burlington, New Jersey near the existing Burlington-Bristol Bridge. Following this proposal, a freeway was planned to link this bridge to [2 ] I-295 near Burlington and I-95 near Bristol. This proposed freeway would be designated I-895 in the late 1960s. I-895 would have completed the partial beltway around Trenton formed by I-95 and I-295 as well as provided a beltway around Philadelphia along with the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-476, and I-295. The proposed six lane freeway was meant to have two mainline interchanges with US 13 in Pennsylvania and US 130 in New Jersey, and the terminus interchanges with I-95 and I-295, giving the freeway four total interchanges from start to finish. Once the freeway met I-295, there were plans to extend it as the Route 72 freeway towards Long Beach Island where it would meet the existing Route 72 at Route 70. [3 ]
In the early 1970s, I-895 gained opposition from area residents, who feared the road would cause disruption to residential areas in both Burlington and Bristol.
The alignment for I-895 was approved by the [4 ] Federal Highway Administration in 1973. The approach roads to the bridge were approved by New Jersey Governor [5 ] Brendan Byrne in December 1975, but Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp opposed it because there was not a connection to I-95. As a result, the Burlington County Bridge Commission decided to build the Pennsylvania portion of the freeway. [6 ] However, rising costs and desire of funds for mass transit led to the cancellation of I-895 in 1981, with the money allocated to the road transferred to other road and mass transit projects. [7 ] [8 ]
Exit list [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Route Log and Finder List – Interstate Highways. Federal Highway Administration. 1978.
^ Delaware River Crossing Needs. Delaware River Port Authority. 1963.
^ 1985 Regional Transportation Plan. Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. 1969.
^ Sabatini, Richard V. (April 1, 1971). "Plan To Replace Bristol Span Called Time, Money Waste". . The Philadelphia Inquirer
^ Interstate 895: Administrative Action Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Statement. Federal Highway Administration, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 1973.
^ Lordan, Francis M. (December 12, 1975). "Bridge Access Road Is Approved". . The Philadelphia Inquirer
^ "New Burlington-Bristol Span OK'd". . December 23, 1975. Philadelphia Daily News
^ Nussbaum, Paul (August 19, 1984). "Schuylkill carries the load of many routes left unbuilt". . The Philadelphia Inquirer
External links [ edit ]