Following the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) mandating the completion of Interstate 95, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and various affected transportation agencies have worked together to revise the route descriptions for I‐95. The redesignation of the affected interstates was presented to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering and was approved in May 2015.
The approved redesignation includes the conversion of about 20 miles of existing I‐95, north of the PA Turnpike, over the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey, to its existing terminus at U.S. 1 / Interstate 295. In Pennsylvania, this requires 10.4 miles of I-95, from the PA Turnpike to the Scudder Falls Bridge, to be redesignated as I-295 East (toward New Jersey) / West (toward Philadelphia). In New Jersey, this conversion will serve as an extension of the existing I-295, for 9.2 miles of I-95 from U.S. 1 to the Scudder Falls Bridge, which will be redesignated as I-295 North (toward Pennsylvania) / South (toward Princeton). Exit numbers along the affected roadway segment will be changed as a result of this conversion process. The installation of signing involved with this redesignation will begin in early 2018 at the U.S. 1 / I‐295 Interchange and gradually progress toward Pennsylvania, ultimately concluding on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls Bridge in the vicinity of the Pennsylvania Turnpike by late August 2018.
As a result of this change, there are four interchanges in Pennsylvania and seven interchanges in New Jersey that will be renumbered.
Highway signs, including exit signs and mile markers, will be replaced on the mainline and approaches of I-95 and I-295 to reflect the redesignation of the interstate and exit numbers. The previous exit numbers will be temporarily displayed along with the new exit numbers. The redesignation program to replace signs will consist of three phases and requires coordination among transportation agencies to ensure effective traffic flow on major interstate highways.
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