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Encyclopedia > Interstate 76
There is also a game called Interstate '76, developed by Activision and referring to the year 1976.

Two interstate highways named Interstate 76 exist in different parts of the United States. The western I-76 runs northeast from Denver, Colorado; the eastern I-76 runs mainly through Pennsylvania.

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The Western I-76

The Western I-76 runs from Interstate 70 in Denver, Colorado to an intersection with Interstate 80 near Big Springs, Nebraska. The mile in Nebraska is signed north-south; the rest is signed east-west.


Length

Miles km state
184 296 Colorado
1 1.6 Nebraska
185 298 Total

Major cities along the route

  • Denver, Colorado

Intersections with other Interstates

Spur routes

None


The Eastern I-76

The Eastern I-76 runs from an intersection with Interstate 71 between Seville, Ohio and Westfield Center, Ohio, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Akron, to an intersection with I-295 near Camden, New Jersey. For much of its course it is coterminous with the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Ohio Turnpike.


It has been suggested that the number was chosen because the United States Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776, but there is no evidence of this.[1] (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/i76.htm)


Length

Miles km state
83 134 Ohio
358 576 Pennsylvania
3.08 5 New Jersey
443 713 Total

Major cities along the route

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Youngstown, Ohio (skirts eastern and southern boundaries)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (through northern and eastern suburbs)
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Intersections with other Interstates

Spur routes

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - I-376, I-576
  • Spur to Reading, Pennsylvania - I-176
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - I-276, I-476 (now extended to Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania), I-676

Notes

  • The Western I-76 was redesignated from I-80S in 1976, possibly as part of Colorado's Centennial Celebration, to remove the letter suffix. The Eastern I-76 was also called I-80S at one point.
  • Some of the ramps at the interchange with Interstate 95 involve traffic lights; I-676 in Philadelphia also has traffic lights at the entrance to the Ben Franklin Bridge. This is because building a freeway would have disturbed historically significant areas in Philadelphia. I-76 was originally routed along the Vine Street Expressway while I-676 went on the Schuylkill Expressway, but they switched designations in 1974 due to the holdup in building the Vine Street Expressway.
  • At 129 miles (207 km), I-476 is America's longest three-digit interstate. It's longer than the western Interstate 86, Interstate 19, and Interstate 97. By comparison, the average length of a three-digit interstate is 21 miles (34 km). Nevertheless, no three-digit interstate is longer than its parent.
  • Until mid-2003, one had to exit on U.S. Highway 19 in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania in order to enter Interstate 79. This is no longer true; there is a direct intersection between I-76 and I-79, thanks to the Cranberry Connector project.

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Primary Interstate Highways Interstate Highway marker
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17
19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29
30 35 37 39 40 43 44 45
49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68
69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76
77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 93
94 95 96 97 99 238
H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned Interstate Highways
A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3
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Ohio @ AARoads.com - Interstate 76 (3144 words)
Westbound Interstate 76 at Exit 7, Ohio 57, to Rittman and Medina.
Eastbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 at Exit 7, Ohio 57 to Rittman and Medina.
Eastbound Interstate 76 and U.S. 224 at Junction Ohio 619.
Interstate 76 (east) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2176 words)
Interstate 76 (abbreviated I-76) is an Interstate Highway in the United States, running 435 miles (700 km) from an interchange with Interstate 71 west of Akron, Ohio east to Interstate 295 near Camden, New Jersey.
I-76 begins at Interstate 71 at exit 209, east of Lodi, Ohio; U.S. Route 224 continues west from the end of I-76.
Officially I-76 ends at the Turnpike overpass and I-76K begins on the Turnpike at the overpass, with a similar change happening with Interstate 80 and I-80K (east on the freeway to Youngstown and west on the Turnpike).
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