Interstate 81 North

Traversing Nescopeck Mountain, I-81 proceeds 3.8 miles northeast from I-80 to Blue Ridge Trail (SR 3007) in Dorrance township.
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Dorrance lies 3.2 miles to the northwest of the diamond interchange at Exit 155. Blue Ridge Trail east connects with S Main Road (SR 2045) to PA 309 at Nescopeck Pass.
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North of the Dorrence Rest Area, I-81 meets Church Road (SR 2042) at Exit 159 by the borough of Nuangola.
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The roadways of Interstate 81 separate across Penoscot Mountain.
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PA 29 stems five miles west from forthcoming Exit 164 along the South Cross Valley Expressway to U.S. 11 at Avondale.
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The city of Wilkes-Barre spreads into view as Interstate 81 descends from Sugar Notch across Wilkes-Barre Mountain.
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The South Cross Valley Expressway serves the boroughs of Sugar Notch and Warrior Run and the city of Nanticoke. PA 29 travels north to Tunkhannock, Montrose and the New York state line near Brookdale. The southern segment of PA 29 runs between Malvern and Allentown.
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The roadways for Interstate 81 diverge along the west side of Wilkes-Barre Mountain through the borough of Ashley. PA 309 (Mountain Boulevard) ties into the freeway north from Mountain Top at Exit 165A.
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PA 309 combines with I-81 north beyond Exit 165A. Left Exit 165B follows for PA 309 Business north to Georgetown and Wilkes-Barre.
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Interstate 81 Pennsylvania Route 309 North

PA 309 overlaps with Interstate 81 northeast to the Cross Valley Expressway.
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Constructed in the early 2000s, the trumpet interchange at Exit 168 links I-81/PA 309 with Highland Park Boulevard (SR 2063) via SR 2050 (Connector Road).
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Highland Park Boulevard (SR 2063) loops east from PA 309 Business (Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard) to Mundy Street (SR 2061) and Wyoming Valley Mall.
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PA 309 splits with Interstate 81 north at Exit 170B for the Cross Valley Expressway, a freeway to Luzerne west of U.S. 11 and the Susquehanna River. PA 115 enters the exchange northwest from I-476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) and Liewellyn Corners.
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Exit 170A departs for PA 115 south to Bear Creek. PA 115 links Wilkes-Barre with I-476 at Exit 105 en route to Bear Creek Village and Stoddertsville.
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PA 309 (Cross Valley Expressway) passes through the northern reaches of Wilkes-Barre between I-81/PA 115 and Midvale. The freeway continues to the west valley communities of Kingston, Forty Fort, Pringle and Swoyersville.
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Photo Credits:

09/18/04, 07/01/05 by AARoads

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Page Updated 01-15-2021.

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