Consumers Corner # 39
I-95 IS BEING RENAMED
NORTH OF BRISTOL, PA
By Jim Murphy
If you travel on I-95 north of Philadelphia, be ready for some changes in the next few months.
The big one: north of Bristol, Pa., the highway running between the Scudders Falls Bridge and Route 1 will now become I-295.
In addition, 1.7 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, currently I-276, will become I-95 North (toward New York) and South (toward Philadelphia).
The good news: After years of planning and a new interchange at Bristol, I-95 will now run seamlessly from Maine to Florida. Before, there was a gap
near Princeton, where I-95 stopped, and picked up again eight miles away.
In all, seven interchanges in New Jersey and four in Pennsylvania will be renumbered in this change.
Eliminating this last gap should make travel easier for drivers traveling from Philly to New York City and vice-versa.
I-95 in Pennsylvania carries an average of 102,000 vehicles a day, including 13,000 trucks.
Click on this MAP to see the changes:
SOUTH STREET PAVING ALERT
Be aware that resurfacing of South Street from Front to Broad Street is set to begin July 16 and last about 10 days. Paving should take place July 23 to 26 at night. Actual dates will depend on the weather.
Source: South Street Headhouse District
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA
JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER
In the time I have lived in center city Philly, the Welcome America celebration has just become bigger and better each year.
This year, for example, beside Museum Week with free or pay-what-you-wish visits, you have:
- 3 free concerts on Independence Mall: gospel on July 1, the Kimmel Center’s Broadway on Independence on July 2 and the Philly POPS Orchestra on July 3, all at 7 p.m.
- The movie “Rocky” Sunday, July 1, appropriately on the Art Museum Step
- Sand sculpture at The Shops of Liberty Place June 28 to July 4. And an amazing number of other activities for people of all ages.
For guides to all these activities, go to: welcomeamerica.com/guides/festival-guides/
For Free walking tours on a variety of historical subjects offered by the Constitution Center on July 2, go to:
THE PHILADELPHIA HISTORY
MUSEUM HAS GONE DARK
My favorite local museum, the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, has closed. For how long, right now, is anyone’s guess.
The museum has been in negotiations with Temple University about a possible partnership, but Temple has withdrawn from talks.
This museum – with its huge map of Philadelphia, George Washington’s desk, marvelous how-to-read-a-painting art section and much more – is a treasure-trove.
I hope someone in the city is smart enough and has money enough to keep it operating. Losing this museum would be devastating to anyone who loves history.
The number of domestic visitors to Philadelphia in 2017, the eighth year in a row of growth, reports Visit Philadelphia. An additional 500,000 traveled here from Canada.
That’s the increase in leisure room nights spent in center city h0tels since 1997, the year after Visit Philadelphia began promoting tourism to the city.
The average Saturday occupancy in center city hotels in 2017, a real mark of a city’s health as a leisure destination. The Friday occupancy figures are 82 percent. Both are pretty extraordinary, when you realize that available room nights have zoomed 74 percent, from 2.4 million in 1997 to 4.2 million in 2017.
Source: Visit Philadelphia’s 2018 Annual Report
FUN, FREE WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT PHILLY
Want an easy way to find out more about your city’s history? Here are 2:
1. Philadelphia History Channel: Includes hundreds of videos on the city’s past you can see free online. Made by History Making Productions. You will find it at numerous websites: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, U.S. History.org, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and more. Very worthwhile.
2. Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia: Enter your email address and you’ll get historical stories as they are completed. Or go to the site and browse. Either way, you get a wealth of wonderful information. Go to: philadelphiaencyclopedia.org
“Interstate 95 – Pennsylvania” flickr photo by Dougtone https://flickr.com/photos/dougtone/8459659887 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
Jim Murphy is a direct marketing copywriter who has run his own consulting business since 2004. For nine years, he wrote and edited “Choices,” an award-winning credit union magazine with a circulation of 80,000. Now a certified member and vice president of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, Jim gives tours and has written more than 50 historical articles for both the Queen Village Neighbors Association magazine and the Society Hill Reporter.
Any comments made are Jim’s opinion, and not necessarily those of the Old Pine Community Center.