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 Heinz Field (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 North

Ramps from I-376 (Parkway East) and the Fort Pitt Bridge combine along I-279/U.S. 19 Truck north from the Golden Triangle of Downtown Pittsburgh. Exit 70B joins the Fort Pitt Bridge (I-376) with Fort Duquesne Boulevard (SR 2128) east.
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Interstate 279 crosses the Allegheny River on the Fort Duquesne Bridge between Point State Park and the North Shore.
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A three-wye interchange (Exits 1B/C) joins the north end of the Fort Duquesne Bridge with PA 65 north to U.S. 19 at Manchester and Reedsdale Street west to Allegheny Avenue and Heinz Field.
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The Roberto Clemente (6th Street) Bridge, Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge and Rachel Carson (Ninth Street) Bridge span the Allegheny River just east of Interstate 279.
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PA 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) constitutes a freeway spur northwest to U.S. 19 (Marshall Avenue) and the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood.
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Interstate 279 (Parkway North) runs just west and north of PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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PA 28 (E Ohio Street) branches northeast from I-279 at Exit 1D along an expressway to Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg.
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PA 28 joins the Pittsburgh metropolitan area along a freeway extending northeast to U.S. 422 at Kittanning.
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Exit 1D forms a distributor roadway north to separate ramps for PA 28 and E Ohio Street to Chestnut Street at the East Allegheny neighborhood.
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The HOV roadway from I-579 (Veterans Bridge) extends north along Interstate 279 to U.S. 19 in Ross township.
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Exit 3 departs I-279 north below the Swindell Bridge to parallel East Street at Hazlett Street.
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U.S. 19 Truck emerges from I-279 northbound along McKnight Road from Exit 4 to McCandless township.
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U.S. 19 (Perrysville Avenue) converges with I-279 north at the Pittsburgh city line and parallels the east side of the freeway to Exit 5.
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U.S. 19 travels from I-279 to West View, Perrysville and McCandless through northern Allegheny County.
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The I-279 HOV roadway concludes with ramps to U.S. 19 (Perrysville Avenue) and the Interstate 279 mainline.
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Interstate 279 South

Interstate 279 branches from a wye interchange with I-79 south in Franklin Park.
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Downtown Pittsburgh lies 11 miles south along I-279 (Raymond E. Wilt Memorial Highway).
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Exit 8 joins Interstate 279 with Camp Horne Road in southern Ohio township.
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A parclo interchange (Exit 7) links I-279 with Union Avenue (SR 4012) south to Avalon and Bellevue and north to West View.
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U.S. 19 (Perrysville Avenue) winds south from the borough of West View to run alongside I-279 at Exit 5.
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Interstate 279 expands with an HOV roadway south from ahead of Exit 5 to I-579 and the Veterans Bridge.
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U.S. 19 (Perrysville Avenue) continues south from I-279 into the Perry North neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
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Exit 4 connects I-279 with adjacent East Street at Venture Street, south of Evergreen Road (SR 4003).
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East Street shifts sides with Interstate 279 across a high level overpass south of Exit 4.
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U.S. 19 Truck follows Interstate 279 south to the Fort Pitt Bridge, where it combines with I-376 west through the Fort Pitt Tunnel to PA 51.
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Travelers headed to Oakland in Pittsburgh or Monroeville along Interstate 376 east are directed onto I-579 south to PA 885 (Boulevard of the Allies).
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The Swindell Bridge connects Perry South and Northview Heights neighborhoods across Interstate 279.
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I-279/U.S. 19 Truck advance south to Exit 2B for PA 28 northeast to Etna and Exit 2A for Interstate 579 south to the Liberty Bridge and Liberty Tunnel.
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A half diamond interchange (Exit 2B) joins I-279 south with East Street, a frontage street connecting with E Ohio Street east to PA 28.
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PA 28 is a freeway following the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh northeast to Kittanning.
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Interstate 579 spurs south from Exit 2A across the Veterans Bridge to Crosstown Boulevard between Downtown and Uptown.
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I-279 turns west along the North Shore from I-579 (Veterans Bridge) toward the Fort Duquesne Bridge. I-579 concludes along Crosstown Boulevard at the ramps with PA 885 (Boulevard of the Allies).
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Exit 1B departs from I-279 (Parkway North) southbound next for Reedsdale Street and Pittsburgh's North Shore.
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A three-wye interchange (Exit 1C) follows with PA 65 north between PNC Park and Heinz Field.
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An unnumbered left exit ramp joins the south end of I-279 with I-376/U.S. 22-30 (Penn-Lincoln Parkway) east toward Monroeville.
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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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