After a long period of construction (1949 to ’59) on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) a section of it was opened to traffic in the Philadelphia, PA area on September 2, 1954. This image was taken from above City Avenue and the new Expressway in Philly at the entrance and exit ramps visible in the lower right-hand side of the expandable image below.
Four to five City police officers and a supervisor are on location at the scene directing traffic in an effort to keep it moving on opening day. The new thoroughfare was soon nicknamed the “Surekill Expressway” by local citizens due to an above average number of accidents and deaths. Being constructed before the Interstate Highway system of standards went into effect in the mid-fifties resulted in a number of unsafe sections along the busy roadway.
Learn more about the new highway in an earlier post: Noontime Traffic Jam on the Schuylkill Expressway. Share with us what you find of interest in the photograph courtesy of the Temple University Libraries.