EXTENDING THE TEN-MILE-LOOP INTO NEW JERSEY: During the late 1960s, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) proposed an extension of the Ten-Mile-Loop Expressway, a northern circumferential bypass that was to be constructed ten miles from Philadelphia City Hall, into Burlington County.

Beginning at the proposed Torresdale-Riverside Bridge across the Delaware River, the Riverside-Moorestown Freeway was to extend 5.6 miles east to I-295 (at EXIT 40) in Moorestown. The route likely would have cut thru Delran and Moorestown somewhere between Westfield Road, Hartford Road, and Creek Road, the three roughly parallel roads that run northwest-southeast between I-295 and US 130. Additional connections to the New Jersey shore may have been provided for the (unbuilt) NJ 38 Freeway.

The DVRPC estimated that the $17 million Riverside-Moorestown Freeway, which did not have a known route designation, would be completed by 1985. However, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) neither made specific plans for the Riverside-Moorestown Freeway, nor approved the DVRPC proposal.

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SOURCES: "Philadelphia's Comprehensive Plan for Expressways," Philadelphia City Planning Commission (1966); 1985 Regional Transportation Plan, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (1969); Len Pundt.


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