Interstate 76 & Pennsylvania Turnpike Eastbound

The guide for Intertate 76 is split between four pages:

Interstate 76 East
Eastbound Interstate 76 at the Ohio-Pennsylvania State Line. This marks the western terminus of the Ohio Turnpike and the eastern terminus of the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline. Note that the median here is very small, with a tall barrier between lanes of traffic. This design feature is common through much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Photo taken 10/07/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching Pennsylvania 60, the Beaver Valley Expressway. Pennsylvania 60 both north and south of Interstate 76 is tolled, and it is part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike system. Pennsylvania 60 provides a crucial north-south link between Sharon, New Castle, Pittsburgh International Airport, and Pittsburgh. Some have recommended Pennsylvania 60 be considered for inclusion in the Interstate Highway System as part of an extended Interstate 376. Exit 1A is no longer the exit number for Pennsylvania 60; in 2002, it was changed to Exit 10 as a result of the conversion of exits to a mileage-based system. Photo taken 10/07/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 transition ramp onto Pennsylvania 60 toll road. Motorists are given options to access northbound or southbound Pennsylvania 60. This is the fastest way to Pittsburgh, arguably better than Interstate 79 and 279, but it is tolled. Photo taken 10/07/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching U.S. 119 and Pennsylvania 66. Exit 8 (now Exit 75) also serves as the connection to westbound Interstate 70 at New Stanton. Pennsylvania 66 is another relatively new freeway that is part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike system. It leads north from Interstate 76 toward Greensburg and Delmont. U.S. 119 is freeway or expressway grade from Interstate 76 south toward Unionville, where it links to the new Mon-Fay Expressway corridor. The Mon-Fay is another Pennsylvania Turnpike project. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching Interstate 70, U.S. 119, and Pennsylvania 66. The single exit ramp leads to all three roads. The left-hand overhead indicates that Interstate 70 and 76 will merge from this point eastward to serve the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington. And also at this interchange is a Service Plaza, but the service plaza is located on the highway, so motorists do not need to use Exit 8/75 to get to it. Photo taken 10/08/01.
This Interstate 70 Junction shield is located on the mainline Interstate 76 just prior to the exit ramp leading to Interstate 70, U.S. 119, and Pennsylvania 66. It was easy to take this picture from the Service Plaza parking lot. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching Interstate 70, U.S. 119, and Pennsylvania 66 (was Exit 8, now Exit 75). Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstates 70 and 76 approaching Exit 9 (now Exit 91), Pennsylvania 31 and 711. Pennsylvania 711 leads northeast from this interchange to Ligonier (U.S. 30) and Seward (U.S. 22). Pennsylvania 31 parallels Interstates 70 and 76 at this point. It can be taken east toward Somerset and Bedford, and it crosses the turnpike at several points between Exit 91 and Exit 146. U.S. 30 becomes the parallel route east of Bedford. West of Exit 91, Pennsylvania 31 connects with Interstate 70 at Exit 51. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstates 70 and 76 pass through the Allegheny Tunnel east of Somerset. This is one of four tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstates 70 and 76 approaching Exit 11 (now Exit 146). This is the connection to Interstate 99 and U.S. 220. Access to Interstate 99 is only available by traveling through downtown Bedford along Business U.S. 220. Interstate 99 officially begins at its connection to Business U.S. 220 into Beford, so it does not directly connect to Interstates 70 and 76.
Eastbound Interstates 70 and 76 at Exit 11 (now Exit 146). This kind of overpass is fairly typical along this stretch of the turnpike. Photo taken 10/08/01.
At the bottom of the exit ramp from Eastbound Interstates 70-76 onto Exit 11 (now Exit 146) is this set of signs, indicating the way to Interstate 99, U.S. 220, and U.S. 30. The fact that this is Business U.S. 220 is not mentioned here. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstates 70-76 approaching Exit 12 (now Exit 161). This is the exit that leads from the Turnpike to Interstate 70 eastbound. As shown on the signage, it is truly an exit to U.S. 30 with a connection to Interstate 70. Motorists must drive several blocks through Breezewood in order to connect to Interstate 70, as there is no direct freeway-to-freeway connection. Breezewood has many traveler amenities, but those who do not want to stop will likely have the opportunity to do so at one of Breezewood's many stoplights. Until recently, the signage for this exit showed Interstate 70 and U.S. 30. Now it shows U.S. 30 to Interstate 70, which is an accurate distinction to make. Photo taken 10/08/01.
The next eastbound sign retains "U.S. 30 to Interstate 70," but it only mentions Breezewood as a destination. Baltimore and Washington return as destinations on the next sign. Photo taken 10/08/01.
This eastbound sign shows that Exit 12 (now Exit 161) will allow motorists to use this exit to reach Baltimore and Washington via Interstate 70. Apparently the "To U.S. 30" was covered by a green overlay because U.S. 30 does not go to either of these locations. Photo taken 10/08/01.
This final eastbound exit sign for Exit 12 (now Exit 161) shows that this exit will lead to Breezewood and Baltimore. Washington is omitted in favor of displaying only two destinations on this sign, but this makes sense since Interstate 70 does not actually go to Washington, while it does end in Baltimore. Continue east on Interstate 70. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 13 (now Exit 180), which is U.S. 522. U.S. 522 is a major north-south route, with a direct connection to coastal U.S. 17 in Winchester, Virginia. U.S. 522 has its northern terminus at U.S. 11 near Selinsgrove, and it travels southwest to Mount Union, then heads due south toward Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. It ends at U.S. 60 in Powhatan, Virginia. Photo taken 10/08/01.
As eastbound Interstate 76 approaches the Tuscarora Tunnel, this warning sign indicates the kinds of restrictions in place for traffic using the tunnel. This sign has too much information to be interpreted when traveling at 65 mph, but hopefully those who are hauling hazardous materials know the logos well enough to know whether their cargo is unsafe for the tunnel. A similar sign to this one is located ahead of each tunnel. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching the Tuscarora Tunnel near Fannettsburg. The exit to Fannettsburg (Exit 189/Pennsylvania 75) is located just east of the tunnel exit. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching Exit 14/189, Pennsylvania 75. Pennsylvania 75 is a secondary state route that leads south to connect to U.S. 30 near Fort Loudon and terminates at the Pennsylvania-Maryland State Line (Maryland 57 continues south from that point). Heading north, Pennsylvania 75 parallels Tuscarora Mountain in a northeasterly direction, and it ultimately connects to U.S. 22-322 near Mifflintown. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 approaching Kittatinny Tunnel. This is the first of two tunnels that are spaced less than a mile apart. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 exiting the Kittatinny Tunnel. The Blue Mountain Tunnel is immediately visible ahead. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 entering the Blue Mountain Tunnel. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound Interstate 76 at Exit 15 (now Exit 201), Pennsylvania 997. This route travels north-south, and it connects to McKinney, a town located very close to this interchange. Leading south, Pennsylvania 997 gains prominence as a through route to Waynesboro, bypassing Shippensburg and Chambersburg. Shippensburg is accessed via Pennsylvania 696, and that town is signed from the exit ramp. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Eastbound at old Exit 16/new Exit 226 for U.S. 11. There is no direct access to Interstate 81, so traffic is directed via the choked U.S. 11 northbound two miles to its interchange with the freeway. This is the same situation as the Breezewood (Interstate 70) and Bedford (Interstate 99) interchanges. The lack of a direct connection is largely due to the thought process regarding linkages from the turnpike to the connecting routes. In some cases, such as Interstate 176 (Exit 298), the old indirect connection was eliminated in favor of a freeway-to-freeway connection. Photo taken 10/08/01.
U.S. 11 exit ramp sign bridge from the Carisle Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. U.S. 11 parallels Interstate 81 from the Maryland state line northward to Summerdale, and again from Wilkes-Barre north to the New York state line. Photo taken 10/08/01.

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Page Updated December 7, 2004.

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