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Interstate 70

Traveling nearly 168 miles in Pennsylvania, Interstate 70 travels south from the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Breezewood to Hancock, Maryland and west from the toll road at New Stanton to Washington and Wheeling, West Virginia. The Interstate overlaps with Interstate 76 for 86 miles.

A trumpet interchange directly links the two routes at the west end, but the east end ties into a commercialized stretch of U.S. 30 through Breezewood. The freeway south from U.S. 30 was completed in 1964. West from New Stanton, the freeway opened in portions between 1954 and 1968.1 The age of these stretches of freeway shows with substandard ramps and narrow bridges.

Historically Interstate 70 was envisioned to run in tandem with Interstate 80S northwest from New Stanton to Monroeville and the Penn-Lincoln Parkway west into downtown Pittsburgh. I-70 was proposed southward from Pittsburgh along what is now Interstate 79 to Washington. The freeway between Washington and New Stanton was given the designation of Interstate 70S during these early years of the Interstate system.

Interstate 70 Pennsylvania Highway Guides

Scenes Pertaining to Interstate 70
Meadow Drive carries westbound drivers from Exit 32A of Interstate 70 to Pennsylvania 917 (Pittsburgh Road). PA-917 (Pittsburgh Road) joins I-70 with Bentleyville and Ginger Hill. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Pennsylvania 917 (Pittsburgh Road) south at the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 70 at Exit 32A. Pittsburgh Road travels south 4.9 miles from Pennsylvania 136 (Dry Run Road) to meet Interstate 70 near the town of Bentleyville. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Pittsburgh Road descends from Interstate 70, 0.7 miles into Bentleyville. Pennsylvania 917 intersects Ames Road ahead before joining Main Street in town. Pennsylvania 917 and Wilson Road to the east serve Bentleyville. However trucks are restricted to the Exit 32B off-ramps onto Wilson Road. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Southbound on Pennsylvania 917 at the turn onto Main Street from Pittsburgh Road. Main Street bisects Bentleyville on the southward drive to Ellsworth. Northward, Main Street curves eastward from Wilson Road to Grange Road. A non-cutout Interstate 70 shield directs travelers to the Exit 31B interchange via Wilson Road north. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Wilson Road north enters a folded-diamond interchange with Interstate 70 at Exit 32A. Wilson Road links Main Street with Bentleyville Road at Gibson. I-70 passes between the two communities midway between Washington and Belle Vernon. Photo taken 10/15/04.
An Interstate 70 Pennsylvania shield that was posted at the eastbound on-ramp to the freeway from Wilson Road northbound. Interstate 70 next encounters the community of Lover at Exit 35. Photos taken 10/15/04.
A pair of state-named shields remained in use at the Wilson Road on-ramp to Interstate 70 westbound. Travelers entering the freeway here merge with Interstate 79 northbound in 11 miles outside of Washington. Wilson Road is officially State Route 2040. Photo taken 10/15/04.

U.S. 522 south joins Interstate 70 east from Great Cove Road at Warfordsburg for a 3.7-mile overlap through to Hancock, Maryland. Pennsylvania 484 begins ahead and turns west onto Buck Valley Road. Photo taken 10/15/04.

Sources:

  1. Pennsylvania Highways:  Interstate 70.
Photo Credits:
2004-10-15 by AARoads

Page Updated 02-04-2013.

 
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