The article describes how, after decades of controversy and a 4-year construction effort, Philadelphia's Vine street opened to traffic as Interstate 676, a limited access artery featuring four depressed lanes carrying high-speed traffic. The $225 million project involved excavating 1.1 million cu yd of earth in the middle of the city's busiest sections, as well as constructing 17 cross-street bridges, 41 retaining walls, and many other ancillary projects. It is described how all this was accomplished while maitaining transportation lines and critical utilities in an area continuously occupied for more than 300 years. It is also described how the concerns of more than a dozen groups had to be addresed to ensure that this design blended into the community and was not a barrier to development.

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  • Accession Number: 00605111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM