There are two separate branches of Pennsylvania Route 97 designated in the Keystone State. Located within Adams County, the southern segment runs 9.37 miles northwest from the Maryland line in Germany township to U.S. 15 (Blue-Gray Highway) in Mount Joy township. Inventoried as SR 197, the 21.04 mile long northern section stems west from PA 8 at Union City to U.S. 19 at Waterford, and north from U.S. 19 to PA 8 in the city of Erie.

PA 97 in Erie County lines Waterford Street west 7.57 miles from PA 8 (N Main Street) in the borough of Union City to U.S. 19 (Waterford Pike) in Waterford township. Partially on High Street, U.S. 19/PA 97 overlap 1.40 miles north through the borough of Waterford. PA 97 and U.S. 19 partition on separate courses north to Erie through Summit and Millcreek townships. PA 97 continues along Waterford Street to Interstate 90 and PA 505 (Perry Highway). The northern leg follows Old French Road to PA 8 (Pine Avenue / Parade Street) at 28th Street, two blocks south of U.S. 20.

PA 97 in south central Pennsylvania forms a multi state route with MD 97 south to MD 140 in the city of Westminster. PA 97 follows Baltimore Pike onto Queen Street in Littlestown, and again from the borough to Germantown, Two Taverns and U.S. 15 near Lake Heritage.

Historically, PA 97 in Adams County was a part of U.S. 140. U.S. 140 connected U.S. 15 Business in Gettysburg with U.S. 1 in Baltimore, Maryland. Separate applications from the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) were submitted to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for the elimination of U.S. 140. Both were approved on October 29, 1977. Adhering to the AASHTO policy on eliminating routes that are less than 300 miles in length, U.S. 140 was decommissioned because it was only 48 miles long. Sign changes were implemented in January 1979.

Pennsylvania Route 97 North

PA 97 (Baltimore Pike) north at Gettysburg Village Drive to The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.
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The end shield for PA 97 north precedes U.S. 15 at Gettysburg Village Drive.
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PA 97 (Baltimore Pike) enters a diamond interchange with U.S. 15 (Blue-Gray Highway) beyond the traffic light with Heritage Drive north.
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U.S. 15 bypasses Gettysburg to the east along a limited access highway extending north to PA 94 at York Springs.
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PA 97 (Baltimore Pike) north at the entrance ramp for U.S. 15 north to Dillsburg, Camp Hill and Harrisburg.
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Baltimore Pike (former PA 97) - North

Baltimore Pike (SR 2035) enters Cumberland township across Rock Creek.
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Baltimore Pike (SR 2035) north at the Gettysburg borough line.
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Baltimore Street leads directly onto U.S. 15 Business north toward Downtown Gettysburg at Steinweher Avenue.
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U.S. 15 Business through Gettysburg was established in 1964.
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The intersection of Baltimore Street and Steinweher Avenue represents the historic north end of U.S. 140.
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Baltimore Street (former PA 97) - South

U.S. 15 Business (Steinweher Avenue) angles through southern reaches of Gettysburg National Military Park between Baltimore Street and Greenmount.
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Baltmore Street (SR 2035) south at Slocum Avenue west from Gettysburg Military National Park.
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Trailblazers for U.S. 15/PA 97 precede Hunt Avenue and the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center along Baltimore Pike southbound.
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Colgrove Avenue loops east into Gettysburg National Military Park from Baltimore Pike ahead of this shield assembly.
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Pennsylvania Route 97 South

Baltimore Pike (SR 2035) crosses Rock Creek into Mount Joy township south ahead of U.S. 15 and the beginning of PA 97.
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U.S. 15 (Blue-Gray Highway) is a limited access highway or controlled access expressway south to Frederick, Maryland.
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The bypass for U.S. 15 east of Gettysburg was completed in 1962.
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U.S. 15 travels 35 miles northeast to U.S. 11/PA 581 (Harrisburg Expressway) at Camp Hill.
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The first confirming marker for PA 97 south stands at the intersection with Heritage Drive north adjacent to the exchange with U.S. 15.
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PA 97 (Baltimore Pike) spans White Run just beyond the traffic light with Gettysburg Village Drive.
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PA 97 (Baltimore Pike) south of Hoffman Home Road (SR 2029) at Two Taverns.
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Lowering toward Plum Creek on PA 97 southeast of Germantown.
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PA 97 (Baltimore Pike) enters Germany township at Alloway Creek ahead of this shield assembly by Gettysburg Road.
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White Hall Road (SR 2002) stems north from PA 97 (Queen Street) in Littlestown to the borough of Bonneauville.
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Leaving the borough of Littlestown, MSR 97 (Baltimore Pike) continues 13 miles to Westminster, Maryland.
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Pennsylvania Route 97 South

PA 8 (Pine Avenue) and PA 97 (Old French Road) split from Parade Street south at E 28th Street in Erie.
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Reassurance marker posted along Old French Road south of E 38th Street (SR 4016).
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Continuing south into Millcreek township, PA 97 (Old French Road) intersects Gore Road (SR 4028) west to PA 505 and east to PA 8 at Belle Valley.
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PA 97 (Old French Road) converges with the south end of PA 505 (Perry Highway).
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PA 505 (Perry Highway) constitutes a 2.9 mile route north to U.S. 20 in Erie.
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    Connect with:
    Interstate 90
    U.S. 15
    U.S. 15 Business - Gettysburg
    U.S. 19
    Route 505
    Route 97

    Page Updated 02-05-2021.

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