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While proposed as early as 1929, the construction of the Mid-County Expressway did not begin until 1967 and was not completed until 1992 due to massive community and environmental opposition during the freeway revolts of the 1960s and 1970s, leading The Philadelphia Inquirer to dub it "the most costly, most bitterly opposed highway in Pennsylvania history." In order to get the route through Delaware County, it was built with many environmental compromises such as a parkway design and four lanes south of the Pennsylvania Route 3 interchange.The Mid-County Expressway received its "Blue Route" nickname from the chosen route through Delaware County on planning maps on which it was differentiated from the other proposed routes by its color.It will save the turnpike commission million a year on labor costs by eliminating toll collectors.The plans call for a 76% surcharge for motorists who do not have E-ZPass that are billed by mail.Starting on November 25, turnpike management personnel collected flat-rate passenger tolls of and commercial tolls of from cash customers on the ticketed system, while E-ZPass customers were charged the lesser of the actual toll or the same flat rates.In addition to E-ZPass, the turnpike commission offered other automated options to pay for tolls such as using a prepaid account that utilizes license plate recognition.The road's southern terminus is at a junction with Interstate 95 near Chester, a city southwest of Philadelphia, near Philadelphia International Airport.

As this is usually one of the busiest traffic days in the United States, to avoid traffic jams, tolls were waived for the rest of the day.Mc Cormick Taylor and Wilbur Smith Associates have been hired to conduct a feasibility study on converting the road to all-electronic tolls.Such a plan will take at least five years to implement to allow time for equipment to be installed and the reconfiguration of ramps.Following the completion of the Mid-County Expressway, in 1996 the Interstate 476 designation was extended to include the entire length of the existing Northeast Extension, replacing PA 9.The Northeast Extension was built between 19 and was originally projected to continue past Clarks Summit to the New York border; however, I-81 was built between these two points instead.

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