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Interstate 676 (abbreviated I-676) is an Interstate Highway that serves as a major thoroughfare through Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, where it is known as the Vine Street Expressway, and Camden, New Jerseymarker, where it is known as the northern segment of the North-South Freeway, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Highway. Its western terminus is at Interstate 76 in Philadelphia near the Philadelphia Museum of Artmarker. From there it heads east towards the Ben Franklin Bridge. On the east (New Jerseymarker) side of the bridge, the highway heads south to its southern terminus at Interstate 76 in Gloucester City, New Jerseymarker near the Walt Whitman Bridgemarker.

Originally, the designation for this stretch of highway was Interstate 80S, with Interstate 680 continuing on the Schuylkill Expressway to the Walt Whitman Bridgemarker. But on April 16, 1963, Pennsylvania wanted to renumber its Interstate numbers. Part of this was the renumbering from I-80S into I-76, and all of its auxiliary routes into I-x76. The FHWA approved the request on February 26, 1964. However, the Philadelphia portion of the highway was not open to traffic until January 10, 1991.

Route description



Pennsylvania

I-676 splits from the Vine Street Expressway.
I-676 begins at an interchangewith I-76. It immediately crosses the Schuylkill Riverand enters a depressed road cut. In this road cut, many streets, such as 20th Street/Ben Franklin Parkwaymarker, 18th Street, and Broad Street pass over the expressway.I-676 interchanges with a few of these streets (see exit listbelow). After passing under 10th Street, the last street that I-676 passes under, the highway rises up, and signs direct drivers either to exit the Vine Street Expressway (which diverges from I-676 here) and continue on I-676 across the Ben Franklin Bridge, or to keep left for I-95.

After exiting the Vine Street Expressway, I-676 traffic is directed through a brief at-grade portion along city streets, a rare example of a non–limited access section of Interstate Highway. This arrangement was chosen due to concerns that building onramps to the Ben Franklin Bridge would have effectively destroyed Franklin Squaremarker, a historically sensitive site.The Vine Street Expressway (without I-676) continues unsigned for a short distance to its terminus at I-95.

New Jersey

After crossing the bridge, there is an immediate ramp to 6th Street in Camden, which are near the toll booths for westbound traffic. Now, drivers are now directed to take either US 30 or I-676. If continued on I-676, the highway turns south, and rises onto a viaduct through the Camden waterfront. The highway then interchanges with a few streets in Camden, and then ends at I-76.

Exit list



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PA
2.15
3.44
NJ
4.75
7.65
County
Location
Mile
#
Destinations
Notes
Philadelphia
marker
Philadelphia
0.00
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.41
Ben Franklin Parkwaymarker, 23rd Street
0.78
1.43
8th Street south – Chinatownmarker
At-grade intersection westbound; interchange eastbound
1.47
 – Trentonmarker, Chestermarker
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.86
6th Street south – Independence Hallmarker
At-grade intersection
5th Street
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River
Camden
marker
Camdenmarker
3.84
5B
6th Street, Broadway – Downtown Camdenmarker, Rutgers Universitymarker
No exit number southbound
3.50
South end of US 30 overlap; northbound exit is via exit 5A
5B
Market Street – Downtown Camdenmarker, Adventure Aquariummarker
Southbound exit only
5A
M.L. King Boulevard, Campbell Place – Waterfront
No northbound entrance
2.27
4
Kaighns Avenue, Atlantic Avenue
1.14
3
Morgan Boulevard to Broadway ( CR 551) – Port Terminals
0.36
1
Collings Avenue – Gloucester, Collingswoodmarker
Signed as exits 1B (east) and 1C (west) southbound
2
 – Philadelphia
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1A
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Southbound exit and northbound entrance

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