I-99/US 220 Construction: The Innovation Park
September 2002 Photos by Geoff Hatchard
Geoff Hatchard revisted the Innovation Park interchanges to see the progress
in September 2002. Paving operations continue.
Standing at northern end of Innovation Park, looking ESE towards Mt.
Nittany and bridge over what will someday be University Park Airport access
road. Bridge carries long ramp from I-99 southbound to Park Ave. and from
Park Ave. northbound to I-99 north.
Current end of University Park Airport access road on north end of Innovation
Park. Concrete ends to right of photo. White stuff is some small aggregate
base, over a coarser base of darker stone. Compare July
Looking down same road as the
first photo, from up on the hill on the south side of the road. Ramp
entering from left is from the long ramp that leaves southbound I-99 off
of the left side of the photo.
Looking up the short ramp from the previous photo, seeing its split from
the long ramp. The lightpost in the middle of the photo is the same one
that is visible in the previous photo. The bridge in the photo is where
the long ramp from northbound Park Ave. crosses under mainline I-99 in
order to meet up with northbound I-99. The sign bridge in the distance
is on the long ramp, not the mainline I-99. Compare July
Another shot of the ramp seen in the previous photos. The concrete visible
on the bottom of the photo are retaining walls, and I'm standing on the
highest one. The sign bridge from the previous picture is visible in the
background here. Compare July
2002 and July
Standing in same place as for the previous photo. Height of 3 retaining
walls can be guessed at from looking at the right-center of the picture.
Looking southbound along the ramp heading back towards Park Ave. Bridge
in the background is on the ramp entrance to Innovation Park. Beaver Stadium
(barely) visible behind bridge. Compare July
Again at same point as previous photos. The sign bridge is on the southbound
mainline of I-99, as is the background bridge. The foreground bridge is
on the long ramp (same one as in the first and third photos).
Entrance to Innovation Park. Two-way ramp to the left will become one-way
inbound, with the closed ramp becoming the exiting roadway from Innovation
Another view of the not-yet-opened ramp leaving Innovation Park. This
will be the exit from a parking lot onto that ramp. Behind the orange
cones is the current two-way (and future one-way inbound) ramp.
Standing on current two-way Innovation Park entrance ramp, viewing the
future exiting ramp which feeds into the long ramp from southbound I-99.
The bridges in the background are the northern end of the long, sweeping
bridges that carry mainline I-99 from the Mt. Nittany Bypass to the new
Standing on same bridge as for the previous picture, looking northbound
on long ramp. Note that it is one lane each direction with a jersey barrier.
The ramp entering out of the left of the picture is the same ramp as one
seen above. The one leaving the long ramp to the right meets up with
the University Park Airport access road that passes underneath the long
ramp. A temporary concrete mixing operation is set up on the right-of-way
between the long ramp and mainline I-99.
Similar view as previous photo, near the center of the bridge. Mainline
I-99 visible to right of picture. Compare July
Standing on same bridge as for the previous photos, looking southbound
down the long ramp. Mainline I-99 bridges cross center of picture, Beaver
Stadium in the background. BGSs read "Penn State Univ." and "South 220
West 322," with a blank spot for the I-99 shield in the future.
Same view as in the previous photo, standing on south side of bridge
now. Compare July
Sign bridge of previous photos, from inside car driving on ramp leaving
Innovation Park. This is the ramp that will be converted to one way inbound
when the road is complete.