New ramps a welcome link to motorists

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - November 4, 2011

It was a welcome link to some very busy roadways.

The ribbon was cut on the new expressway interchange that's been nearly a quarter of a century in the making.

The new off-ramp from Interstate 76 West to the intersection of South Henderson and South Gulph Roads in Upper Merion, coupled with the new on-ramp to 76-West from the busy intersection will help relieve traffic congestion at the nearby Gulph Mills interchange and at Route 202.

Motorists who travel that route daily are saying "Bravo!"

"I hope it works out because it's just been a mess around here," says Justin Williams. "Anything that they can do to free up traffic helps."

"I'm sure these ramps will provide a benefit to the King of Prussia area and Montgomery County far into the future," said George Dunheimer.

The plan for the interchange was conceived back in 1988 as the western suburbs expanded, but it took federal funds from the Obama stimulus plan to finance the actual construction on the route that sees nearly 48,000 vehicles per day.

The new off ramp is expected to serve 4,600 vehicles a day, the on-ramp to 76-West, nearly 7,000 per day.

"$10.5 million from the stimulus package, the much maligned federal stimulus package that people have been happy to complain about it and criticize," says Montgomery County Commissioner, Joe Hoeffel.

"It's perfect," says Porfirio Idurbide.

The new ramp is expected to play well as the holiday season gears up, and should ease some of the log jam that gathers around the King of Prussia Mall that begins the day after Thanksgiving.

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