Interstate 279

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Interstate 279 constitutes an urban loop joining Downtown Pittsburgh with the northern suburbs including the boroughs of West View and Franklin Park. The 13.2 mile long route originates at I-376/U.S. 22-30 (Penn-Lincoln Parkway East) by the Fort Pitt Bridge and Point State Park. Crossing the Allegheny River on the Fort Duquesne Bridge, I-279 heads north between Acrisure Stadium (home of the Pittsburgh Steelers) and PNC Park (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates) to Parkway North. Parkway North joins PA 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) with PA 28 (E Ohio Street), expressways west to Manchester and east to Millvale and Etna, before turning north to the Spring Hill, Northview Heights and Summer Hill neighborhoods.

Leaving the city of Pittsburgh, Interstate 279 (Parkway North) weaves northwest through Ross and Ohio townships to I-79 in Franklin Park. The suburban freeway connects with Avalon, Bellevue, Ben Avon to the west along the Ohio River.

Fort Duquesne Bridge from Mazeroski Way - Pittsburgh, PA

View of the Fort Duquesne Bridge (Interstate 279) from Mazeroski Way adjacent to PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 06/13/10

Interstate 279 previously formed a full loop east from I-79 into Pittsburgh. I-279 returned to I-79 near Carnegie via Penn-Lincoln Parkway West (U.S. 22/30) from the Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnel from I-376 and Downtown Pittsburgh. The southern leg was renumbered as an western extension of Interstate 376 in June 2006.

Interstate 279 scenes
Former button copy overhead on PA 51/U.S. 19 Truck (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) north at the entrance ramp for Parkway West in Pittsburgh when it was still a part of Interstate 279. 10/14/01
The 16th Street Bridge connects Liberty Avenue and the Strip District in Pittsburgh with Chestnut Street on the North Shore toward Interstate 279. 06/12/10
Madison Avenue north at Spring Garden Avenue and the entrance ramp for I-279 northbound in Pittsburgh's East Allegheny neighborhood. 05/24/02
Highland Avenue (SR 4012) west links U.S. 19 (Perry Highway) in the northern Pittsburgh suburb of West View with Union Avenue south to Interstate 279 at Exit 7. 05/24/02
A number of state name shields were posted along Union Avenue at the parclo interchange (Exit 7) with Interstate 79 in Ross township. 06/13/10
Erie is the control point for I-279 north for the connection with Interstate 79. 06/13/10
Union Avenue heads south from Highland Avenue and West View to Interstate 279 at Exit 7. 06/13/10
Interstate 279 heads southeast between West View and Bellevue from Union Avenue to north Pittsburgh. 06/13/10
Union Avenue (SR 4012) leads south from I-279 to both Avalon and Bellevue along the Ohio River. 06/13/10

Photo Credits:

10/14/01, 05/24/02, 06/12/10, 06/13/10 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 79
Interstate 376
Interstate 579
U.S. 19
U.S. 22
U.S. 30

Page Updated 01-07-2021.

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