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Turnpike Slip Ramp
Effect On Traffic Flows

Prepared by Jacob Merriwether
 
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A number of people and organizations are claiming that the slip ramp will reduce traffic in Charlestown Township. They could not be more wrong. These diagrams depict the traffic flow of many morning commuters whose destinations are center city Philadelphia or points east of King of Prussia. Many of these folks currently do not drive on our local roads, but pass through Rt. 401, Rt. 29 or Rt. 23 on the way to their destinations (Figure 1). With the slip ramp operating, many if not most will opt to take the most direct route to the slip ramp (Figure 2).
 
Further comments below Figure 2.
 
AM Traffic to Expressway Before Slip Ramp
Before Map Key
Before the Slip Ramp
Figure 1

 
 

 
AM Traffic to Expressway After Slip Ramp
After the Slip Ramp
Figure 2

 
 
While not everyone will switch to the slip ramp, it is obvious that many will do so and will be traversing Phoenixville Pike, Valley Hill Rd., Yellow Springs Rd (from 113 to Phoenixville Pike), Hollow Rd., Pikeland Rd., Charlestown Rd., Rt. 29 from the North, Whitehorse Rd., Howells Rd., Yellow Springs Rd (Tredyffrin section), and Rt. 29 from the South to get to the slip ramp.
 
Once on the Turnpike, many will get off at Exit 24 in King of Prussia to get on the Schuylkill Expressway. This additional traffic exiting at King of Prussia will offset some of the reduction in traffic brought about by the slip ramp.

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