Roosevelt Expressway, Pennsylvania


US 1
Get started Philadelphia
End Philadelphia
Length 4 km
  • → Downtown / Pittsburgh
  • Ridge Avenue
  • Fox Street
  • Wissahickon Avenue
  • Broad Street

According to Bittranslators, the Roosevelt Expressway is a short highway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The road is part of the longer Roosevelt Boulevard, which in turn is part of US 1 in Pennsylvania. The highway section runs from the Schuylkill Expressway to just past Broad Street in the north of the city. The highway section is 4 kilometers long.

Travel directions

On the west bank of the Schuylkill River, the Roosevelt Expressway begins at an interchange with the Schuylkill Expressway, part of Interstate 76 in Pennsylvania that connects downtown and the Pennsylvania Turnpike toward Pittsburgh. The highway then crosses the Schuylkill River in 2×3 lanes and then continues in 2×3 lanes through an industrial area to the north of the city. The highway narrows after a railway bridge to 2×2 lanes. Past Broad Street, US 13 merges into the freeway section and US 1 continues north as Roosevelt Boulevard through the city.


In 1902, Roosevelt Boulevard was envisioned by the then mayor of Philadelphia as a broad, 100-foot-wide street. Between 1903 and 1914, the boulevard was built at a cost of $3.5 million. In 1926 the US Highway system was created and Roosevelt Boulevard was then numbered US 1. In 1937 the road was transferred from the Philadelphia Department of Street to the Pennsylvania Department of Highways (today the Department of Transportation ). In the 1950s and 1960s, the boulevard was built further to the northeast, as the spatial and economic developments after the Second World War required new infrastructure.

In 1961, the 4-kilometer Roosevelt Expressway was built to connect with the Schuylkill Expressway, connecting the north of the city to the highway network.

Not built

In the 1960s, it was proposed that Roosevelt Boulevard be converted into an expressway over a longer distance as the northeast of Philadelphia was growing rapidly, as was the urban area to its northeast. The cost to extend the highway for 15 miles through north Philadelphia was estimated at $94 million. It had to be a 2×2 deepened highway. Between 1970 and 1974, 100 buildings were expropriated and 29 of them were demolished. At the same time, Philadelphia also embarked on a long road of population decline, from 2 million in 1950 to 1.4 million in 2008. The first freeway protests came in 1971, when the governor wanted to review all highway projects in the state. Opponents and railway proponents saw this as an opportunity to torpedo the plan. In 1977, all funds for unbuilt highways were frozen. This effectively marked the end of all planned highways in Philadelphia, although the plans lasted until 1980.

However, in 1999, plans resurfaced to pull Philadelphia’s economy out of the doldrums. Large parts of the city were far from highways and poorly connected, and the population moved away by tens of thousands a year. The population declined by 430,000 inhabitants in 30 years between 1970 and 2000. To turn this tide, a number of improvements were proposed, such as extending the Roosevelt Expressway 20 kilometers to Southampton Road in the far northeast of the city. Contrary to previous proposals, the highway had to be within the existing right-of-wayof Roosevelt Boulevard. In 2001, a preliminary $3.4 billion plan was approved to upgrade the city’s subway system. However, in 2002, it was reported that the plan for the Roosevelt Expressway still had support among traffic and safety experts. In 2003 it was stated that construction should start in 2009 and be completed in 2018. However, the plan is still on hold to this day.

Traffic intensities

Exit Location 2008
Schuylkill Expressway 144,000
Wissahickon Avenue 123,000
Roosevelt Boulevard 86,000

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The skyline of Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the largest city in the US state of Pennsylvania with 1,540,351 inhabitants in 2009. This makes it the 6th largest city in the United States in size. Philadelphia (which means charity, hence the name “The City of Brotherly Love”) was founded in 1681 by William Penn and was the capital from 1790 to 1800. Philadelphia is also called Philly and is located in the eastern US. The city is modern, but also has an old town. The Independence Hall and the Rodin Museum are the city’s most famous landmarks. The Rodin Museum is the largest museum of Auguste Rodin ‘s paintings outside of France. An important part of the culture in the city is the music of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Partner cities

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The skyline of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a major city in the United States with 316,718 in the year 2006. It is located in the US state of Pennsylvania. Although Pittsburgh is not a metropolis, the metropolitan area of ​​Pittsburgh has 2.5 million inhabitants. Originally, the city was founded by French settlers, but it was conquered by the British. The French then called Pittsburgh Fort Duquesne. Pittsburgh is a major financial, industrial, political and cultural center. It has both old colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers. Via Pittsburgh International Airportyou can fly to different places around the world. Banking services and technology are key components of Pittsburgh’s economy. The headquarters of the world famous company Heinz is located here. Heinz is known for ketchup, pasta sauce and sandwich spread. A large proportion of the residents in Pittsburgh are of African origin.

Partner cities

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Roosevelt Expressway, Pennsylvania