Interstate 176

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Interstate 176

Morgantown Expressway
I-176 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-76
Maintained by PennDOT
Length11.345 mi[1] (18.258 km)
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end
I-76 Toll / Penna Turnpike in Morgantown
Major intersections PA 10 / PA 23 in Morgantown
PA 10 in Green Hills
PA 724 in Cumru Township
North end US 422 southeast of Reading
CountryUnited States
Highway system
PA 174 PA 176

Interstate 176 (I-176) is a spur route of eastern I-76 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. I-176, known locally as the Morgantown Expressway, travels from I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) in Morgantown north to U.S. Route 422 (US 422) in Cumru Township in Berks County, a suburban township just outside the city of Reading; the entire length of the highway is just over 11 miles (18 km). The highway was originally known as Interstate 180 (I-180) or the "Reading Spur" when the Pennsylvania Turnpike was part of I-80S but was redesignated to its present-day number in 1964 when I-80S became I-76.[2]

Route description

I-176 northern terminus at US 422 in Cumru Township

I-176 begins at the Morgantown interchange with I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) near the community of Morgantown in Caernarvon Township, Berks County. The highway heads north from the trumpet interchange through the toll plaza and continues north as a four-lane freeway called the Morgantown Expressway, coming to an interchange with Pennsylvania Route 10 (PA 10) that provides access to Morgantown to the south. At this interchange, the freeway turns to the west, with a southbound runaway truck ramp just past the southbound exit ramp for PA 10. I-176 heads into the borough of New Morgan and runs through forested areas. The road comes to a southbound exit and northbound entrance with State Route 2089 (SR 2089), a four-lane freeway that heads south to an intersection with PA 10/PA 23 in Morgantown. This used to be I-176's old alignment before it was realigned between that point and its current terminus at the Turnpike. At this point, the freeway curves to the northwest and forms the border between Caernarvon Township to the west and New Morgan to the east, passing through wooded surroundings as it heads to the west of a landfill. The route turns north and becomes the border between Robeson Township to the west and New Morgan to the east, before fully entering Robeson Township as it continues through forests. I-176 runs through wooded areas with some farm fields, passing over Allegheny Creek and PA 568 before it comes to a northbound exit and entrance with the parallel PA 10 to the east in Green Hills. From here, the freeway continues through woodland with nearby development and passes over PA 10 prior to entering Cumru Township and coming to a southbound exit and entrance connecting to PA 10 to the west. The road heads north-northeast through forested hills, curving to the north. The route reaches a diamond interchange with PA 724 and passes over Norfolk Southern Railway's Harrisburg Line #1 and the Schuylkill River Trail as it heads west of industrial areas. I-176 reaches its northern terminus at a trumpet interchange with the US 422 freeway southeast of the city of Reading.[3][4]


Interstate 180

LocationMorgantown - Reading
HistoryOriginal number for I-176 when I-76 was I-80S.
I-176 southbound in Caernarvon Township

Prior to 1996, motorists wanting to get to I-176 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) had to travel through Morgantown on PA 10 and then enter I-176 northbound to Reading at a traffic light, similar to that found on I-70 in Breezewood. Since 1996, a replacement Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange and a new stretch of I-176 have eliminated the need to travel through Morgantown, with the old section, now a spur numbered SR 2089,[4] still maintained as ramps leading to and from exit 2. The entire highway, except for the new direct connection, has a 65-mile-per-hour (105 km/h) speed limit.

In May 2018, I-176 was dedicated as the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Highway, the Persian Gulf War Veterans Memorial Highway, and the Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans Memorial Highway in honor of veterans from the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Iraq War, and War in Afghanistan.[5]

Exit list

The entire route is in Berks County.

Locationmi[1]kmOld exit
New exit
Caernarvon Township0.0000.000
I-76 Toll / Penna Turnpike – Philadelphia, Harrisburg
Southern terminus; Morgantown Interchange on I-76 / Penna Turnpike (Exit 298); E-ZPass or toll-by-plate
PA 10 to PA 23 – Beckersville, Morgantown
Split into exits 1A and 1B northbound; PA 23 signed northbound; last southbound exit before toll
PA 10 south / PA 23 – Honey Brook
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; access via Morgantown Expressway (SR 2089); exit ramps occupy the former routing of I-176
township line
PA 10 to PA 568 – Green Hills
Cumru Township10.75117.302310 PA 724 – Shillington, Birdsboro
11.34518.258411 US 422 – Pottstown, ReadingNorthern terminus; split into exits 11A and 11B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Weingroff, Richard. "Was I-76 Numbered to Honor Philadelphia for Independence Day, 1776?". Ask the Rambler. Federal Highway Administration.
  3. ^ Google (April 10, 2017). "Overview of Interstate 176" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Bureau of Planning and Research Geographic Information Division (2016). Berks County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). 1:65,000. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Vasil, Jim (May 29, 2018). "Interstate 176 renamed in honor of nation's war veterans". Allentown, PA: WFMZ-TV. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Mallory, Bradley L. (n.d.). PennDOT's Mileage-Based Exit Numbering System (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 2, 2007.

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