Interstate 76 & Pennsylvania Turnpike Westbound

Interstate 76 / Pennsylvania Turnpike westbound
The final Pennsylvania Turnpike exit within the Philadelphia metropolitan area is that of the Downingtown Interchange with Pennsylvania 100 (Pottstown Pike). The state route travels between West Chester (pop. 17,873) to the south and Pottstown (pop. 21,771) to the north. Photo taken 08/11/04.
Interstate 76 westbound at the Exit 312 off-ramp for Pennsylvania 100 (Pottstown Pike). Pennsylvania 113 (Uwchlan Avenue) stems southwest from Pennsylvania 100 at Lionville 3.9 miles to U.S. 30 Business (Lancaster Avenue) at Downingtown (pop. 7,589) itself. Use Pennsylvania 100 south for the U.S. 30 corridor between Coatesville (pop. 10,917) and Exton (pop. 4,342). Photo taken 08/11/04.
Button copy mileage sign for Interstate 76 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike west for Interstate 176 (Morgantown) and Interstate 283 (Harrisburg). Photo taken 08/11/04.
Exit 298 (Morgantown Interchange) is the southern terminus of Interstate 176 at Pennsylvania 10. Interstate 176 provides a freeway spur from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the city of Reading (pop. 81,201) and U.S. 422. Photo taken 08/11/04.
One-mile guide sign for Interstate 176 north & Pennsylvania 10 (Exit 298) on Interstate 76 west. Pennsylvania 10 travels the former U.S. 122 alignment between Reading and Oxford. The state route overlaps with Pennsylvania 23 through Morgantown south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From there Pennsylvania 10 travels south to Honey Brook (pop. 1,287) and Parkesburg (pop. 3,373). Photo taken 08/11/04.
Westbound Interstate 76 at Morgantown (Exit 298). In 1996 Interstate 176 saw relocation from a spur to Pennsylvania 10 & 23 onto a newly constructed trumpet interchange for Exit 298. The alignment ties Interstate 176 directly into its parent and allows a seamless drive for motorists bound for Reading and points north via U.S. 222 & 422. The original trumpet interchange with Pennsylvania 10 was abandoned and partially dismantled in the process. Access to Pennsylvania 10 is now provided via Exit 1 of Interstate 176 north. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Two miles out from the Exit 286 trumpet interchange with U.S. 222 near Adamstown. U.S. 222 travels a freeway northeast from Lancaster (pop. 56,347) to Adamstown (pop. 1,203) at present. Construction is underway however on a freeway for the US highway between Adamstown and Shillington. By 2006, U.S. 222 will be a fully limited access highway between U.S. 30 in Lancaster and U.S. 422 in Reading. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Although Interstate 176 provides a more direct link to Reading from Interstate 76 westbound, Exit 286 is designated the Reading Interchange. U.S. 222 not only serves Reading to the northeast but also the city of Ephrata (pop. 13,194) five miles to the southwest. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 westbound at the Exit 286 off-ramp for the U.S. 222 freeway. U.S. 222 merges with U.S. 30 in Lancaster 15 miles to the southwest. The freeway ends five miles to the north outside of Adamstown on the 12-mile drive to Reading. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A state-named Interstate 76 reassurance marker resides between the U.S. 222 trumpet interchange (Exit 286) and the freeway mainline overpasses. 20 miles separate the junction with Pennsylvania 72 near Elstonville. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 westbound approaching the Exit 266 interchange with Pennsylvania 72 (Lebanon Road). Pennsylvania 72 interchanges with the Pennsylvania Turnpike just south of the Lebanon / Lancaster County line two miles outside of the U.S. 322 Corwall (pop. 3,486) bypass. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Lebanon Road passes over the Pennsylvania Turnpike ahead of the westbound off-ramp for Pennsylvania 72 (Exit 266). Eight mile separate the city of Lebanon (pop. 24,461) from Exit 266 to the north. Pennsylvania 72 southbound reaches Manheim (pop. 4,874) in five miles, East Petersburg (pop. 4,587) in 10.5 miles, and Lancaster in 13.5 miles. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike enters the Harrisburg metropolitan area at Middletown (pop. 9,242) ahead of the Harrisburg East Interchange with Interstate 283 & Pennsylvania 283. Exit 247 is signed for Hershey (pop. 12,777) via the Interstate 83 & 283 connection with U.S. 322 three miles to the north. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Exit 247 represents the southern terminus of Interstate 283, a three-mile loop between Interstate 76 and Interstate 83 & U.S. 322. The freeway includes interchanges with Pennsylvania 283 (Exits 1A/B) and Pennsylvania 441 (Exit 2) at Steelton. Passing overhead in the distance is the Nissley Drive overpass at Highspire (pop. 2,720). Photo taken 10/15/04.
Travelers destined for the Interstate 81 corridor southwest to Chambersburg (pop. 17,862) and Hagerstown are advised to remain on Interstate 76 westbound to Exit 226 (Carlisle Interchange). Photo taken 10/15/04.
Use Exit 247 (Harrisburg East Interchange) for Harrisburg International Airport at Middletown, the Penn National Race Course, and the Harrisburg State Capital complex. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 westbound at the Interstate 283 northbound beginning. Interstate 283 ties the Pennsylvania Turnpike into the Capital Beltway system of Harrisburg. Interstate 83 travels through downtown to the Interstate 283 northern terminus where it turns northward four miles to its end at Interstate 81. The Beltway system entails Interstates 81 & 83 and Pennsylvania 581. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike curves southwest from Highspire to cross the Susquehanna River into York County. Posted ahead of the crossing is an upcoming exits sign for Interstate 83 (Exit 242) and U.S. 15 (Exit 236). Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Harrisburg West Interchange joins Interstate 83 with the Pennsylvania Turnpike at New Cumberland (pop. 7,349) south of Harrisburg (pop. 49,100). Interstate 83 follows the original U.S. 111 corridor between Harrisburg, York (pop. 40,889), and Baltimore, Maryland. Interstate 76 straddles the Defense Distribution Region East Center ahead of Exit 242. along the Photo taken 10/15/04.
A second reminder for Interstate 81 bound motorists to remain on Interstate 76 westbound for the Carlisle Interchange of Exit 226. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Nearing the Harrisburg West Interchange with Interstate 83 on Interstate 76 westbound. Interstate 83 travels two miles north to Pennsylvania 581 and the Capital Beltway where the freeway turns east toward the Harrisburg Central Business District. South of town Interstate 83 continues 17 miles to York and U.S. 30. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Traffic to Interstate 83 leaves the Pennsylvania Turnpike westbound at Exit 242. Use Interstate 83 for the west Harrisburg area communities of Camp Hill (pop. 7,636), Lemoyne (pop. 3,995), and Fairview Park. Interstate 83 links Harrisburg with Baltimore, Maryland 65 miles to the south. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 Pennsylvania westbound reassurance shield posted within the Exit 242 trumpet interchange. PennDOT phased out state named shields during the early 1990s. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The third Harrisburg area exit includes ramps to U.S. 15 (Gettysburg Pike) outside of Mechanicsburg (pop. 9,042) on Interstate 76 west. U.S. 15 enters the metro area from Dillsburg (pop. 2,063) as a freeway northward to Camp Hill. The US route merges with U.S. 11 through Camp Hill northward to Enola (pop. 5,689) and the Susquehanna River Valley. Dillsburg to the southwest as Photo taken 10/15/04.
Westbound at the Exit 236 off-ramp for U.S. 15 (Gettysburg Interchange) on Interstate 76. U.S. 15 reaches the historic city of Gettysburg (pop. 7,402) 29 miles to the southwest on the drive to Frederick, Maryland. The corridor continues north from Harrisburg to Selinsgrove (pop. 5,383) and Williamsport (pop. 30,706) along the Susquehanna River. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Mileage sign for the next two interchanges of the Pennsylvania Turnpike posted at the Pennsylvania 114 (South Market Street) over crossing at Mechanicsburg. Photo taken 10/15/04.
14 miles west of Harrisburg via Interstate 81 is the Carlisle Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A trumpet interchange joins Interstate 76 with U.S. 11 (Harrisburg Pike) at the community of Middlesex. There is no direct connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 81. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Travel information sign for the truck services situated along U.S. 11 between its interchange with Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A congested one-mile drive along Harrisburg Pike is necessary to make the connection between the two Interstate routes. Pictured in the background are the Middlesex Road and Interstate 81 overpasses. Photo taken 10/15/04.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 226 (Carlisle Interchange) on Interstate 76 westbound. Interstate 81 and U.S. 11 both travel south from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the nearby city of Carlisle (pop. 17,970) on their respective journeys to Chambersburg. Four interchanges exist along Interstate 81 for Carlisle. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The last exit of Interstate 76 for 25 miles departs for U.S. 11 (Harrisburg Pike) to Interstate 81. Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 parallel one another between Bristol, Virginia northeast to Harrisburg and again from Wilkes-Barre northward to Upstate New York. Interstate 81 otherwise reaches Chambersburg in 45 miles and Hagerstown, Maryland in 55 miles. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 ascends into the high country of Cumberland County west of Carlisle. The turnpike interchanges with Pennsylvania 997 (Cumberland Highway) at Exit 201 across the Franklin County line near Blue Mountain. Pictured here is the two-mile guide sign for the Blue Mountain Interchange. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Exit 201 leaves Interstate 76 westbound for Pennsylvania 997 (Cumberland Highway) at McKinney. Pennsylvania 997 flows southward from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Roxbury, Pleasant Hall, and U.S. 11 outside of Chambersburg. Use the state route northbound for Pennsylvania 696 southbound to Newburg, Middle Spring, and Shippensburg (pop. 5,627). Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike continues westward to the first of four mainline tunnels at Blue Mountain. Pictured here are advisory signs for the Blue Mountain Tunnel posted after the Exit 201 interchange with Pennsylvania 997. Photo taken 10/15/04.
This suite of photos shows the approach and interior of the Blue Mountain Tunnel on Interstate 76 westbound. A pair of tubes carry four lanes overall. The Blue Mountain Tunnel totals 4,339 feet in length.1 Photo taken 10/15/04.
Situated right after the Blue Mountain Tunnel is the Kittatinny Tunnel on Interstate 76. The Kittatinny Tunnel reopened in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Tunnel on March 18, 1971 with a second bore to carry two additional lanes. The expansion project was completed as part of work to replace or widen seven overall two-lane tunnels along the Turnpike mainline. The Kittatinny Tunnel totals 4,727 in length.1 Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 reemerges from the Blue Mountain and Kittatinny Tunnel complexes ahead of the Pennsylvania 641 Truck (Cold Spring Road) over crossing near Amberson. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Continuing westbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Exit 189 with Pennsylvania 75 (Path Valley Road) near the community of Willow Hill. Pennsylvania 75 straddles the mountains between the Maryland state line northward to Fort Loudon (U.S. 30), Willow Hill, and Port Royal at the U.S. 22 & 322 corridor. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike enters a third pair of tubes at the Tuscarora Mountain Tunnel west of Willow Hill. The crossing ushers in the Huntingdon County line along Interstate 76 westbound between Willow Hill and Burnt Cabins. The Tuscarora Mountain Tunnel was twinned in the 1960s and with opening of the new two-lane tube in October of 1970. The tubes total 5,326.5 feet in length.1 Photo taken 10/15/04.
U.S. 522 parallels Interstate 76 from Burnt Cabins westward to Fort Littleton in northeastern Fulton County. The US highway meets the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the Fort Littleton Interchange (Exit 180). U.S. 522 travels Great Cove Road southward from Interstate 76 eight miles to McConnellsburg and U.S. 30. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Heavy rain falls along Interstate 76 westbound at the Exit 180 trumpet interchange with U.S. 522 (Great Cove Road). U.S. 522 continues north from Fulton County to Shade Gap, Shirleysburg, and Mount Union. The US route exits the state with Interstate 70 at Warfordsburg to the south and ends at U.S. 11 & 15 in Selinsgrove to the northeast. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 westbound enters Bedford County ahead of the Breezewood Interchange with U.S. 30 and Interstate 70. Exit 161 sees Interstate 70 westbound merge onto Interstate 76 for an 86-mile overall along the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Breezewood and New Stanton. There is no direct access to Interstate 70 eastbound for Hancock, Maryland however due to the lack of a direct interchange from Interstate 76. Travelers instead must utilize U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) westbound through three traffic signals between the Turnpike trumpet interchange and Interstate 70 freeway end. Photo taken 10/15/04.
One mile west of the Exit 161 interchange for Interstate 70 east & U.S. 30. U.S. 30 enters the area after a 17-mile drive west from McConnellsburg. The US route continues west from Breezewood eight miles to Everett (pop. 1,906) just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 76 passes over the Interstate 70 mainline and adjacent South Breezewood Road ahead of the Exit 161 trumpet interchange with the Interstate 70 & U.S. 30 Breezewood connector. Interstate 70 flows south from Breezewood 25 miles to Hancock, Maryland and the eastern terminus of Interstate 68. The freeway turns east from there to Hagerstown, Frederick, and Baltimore, Maryland. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A sign bridge ushers in the beginning of the overlap between Interstates 70 & 76 at the Mattie Road overpass ahead of the Exit 161 off-ramp. The Steel City of Pittsburgh lies 113 miles ahead via Interstate 76 west to Interstate 376 west. The infamous stretch of Interstate 70 with U.S. 30 in Breezewood represents an anomaly along the Interstate system where a pair of Interstates merge without a direct freeway to freeway connection. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Speaking of anomalies, the first interchange of the Interstate 70 & 76 overlap consists of the southern terminus of Interstate 99. Vastly outside the numbering convention of north-south Interstates, Interstate 99 travels northward from Bedford (pop. 3,141) to Altoona (pop. 49,525) and Tyrone (pop. 5,511) along the U.S. 220 corridor. The highway is part of a larger project that will extend the designation northward to State College (pop. 38,420), Williamsport, and the Southern Tier of New York State. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Tunnel restrictions advisory sign posted ahead of the Interstate 99 & U.S. 220 Business (Richland Street) off-ramp of Exit 146 for the Allegheny Tunnel. The Allegheny Tunnel lies between the Bedford and Somerset Interchanges of Interstate 70 & 76 westbound. Use U.S. 30 or Pennsylvania 31 as an alternate route. Photo taken 10/15/04.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 146 (Interstate 99 & U.S. 220). The trumpet interchange ahead actually joins Interstates 70 & 76 with U.S. 220 Business (Richland Street) between Bedford and the Bedford County Airport. U.S. 220 travels a freeway bypass of Bedford to the west of town. A trumpet interchange joins the freeway with U.S. 220 Business just north of Exit 146 and acts as the official southern terminus of Interstate 99. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstates 70 & 76 westbound at the U.S. 220 Business (Richland Street) off-ramp for U.S. 220 and Interstate 99 northbound. U.S. 220 travels 28 miles south from Bedford to Cumberland, Maryland and Interstate 68. Interstate 99 & U.S. 220 overlap from Bedford northward 30 miles to Hollidaysburg (pop. 5,368) outside of Altoona. Traffic to Johnstown (pop. 23,906) should use Pennsylvania 56 west from Exit 3. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A 36-mile exitless stretch exists along Interstates 70 & 76 between Bedford and Somerset. The segment includes some of the only sections of the Pennsylvania Turnpike where the east and westbound carriageways separate from one another. Pictured here is the end of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and partition of the east and westbound carriageways. Carl Moore writes, "this might be the westbound approach to the Allegheny Mountain tunnel, where eastbound (2 lanes) was put onto a new roadway, leaving room on the existing roadbed to add a 3rd (hill-climbing) lane westbound. There are 2 tunnel-bypass sections of the east-west turnpike (one of which is I-76 only, as it is to east of Breezewood) which have a grass median." Photo taken 10/15/04.
Somerset Service Plaza sign posted 20 miles ahead of the facility near milepost 113. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike westbound at the village of New Baltimore near the Somerset County line. Findley Street passes over Interstate 70 & 76 ahead of the parking areas for St. John's Church. The setup where the church is accessible from the Turnpike is unique in that patrons can park off the freeway and literally walk up a flight of stairs to attend mass or visit the church. The Findley Street overpass connects the church with the nearby village while allowing westbound motorists the opportunity to park and cross the turnpike overhead. New Baltimore Road and Washington Street link the community with U.S. 30 6.2 miles to the north. Photos taken 10/15/04.
Turnpike improvements along the 36-mile stretch between Bedford and Somerset include the addition of truck lanes and overall six-lane expansion. The colors of fall explode along the mountainside in this westbound scene taken after Interstates 70 & 76 depart New Baltimore. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike passes through its fourth tunnel westbound between New Baltimore and Somerset. Named the Allegheny Tunnel, the 6,070 feet tubes are the longest on the Turnpike system.1 Photos taken 10/15/04.
A special proclamation sign indicates that the six-mile stretch of Interstates 70 & 76 west of the Allegheny Tunnel is the "First Totally Rebuilt Section of the PA Turnpike". Photo taken 10/15/04.
Nearing the town of Somerset (pop. 6,694) and the Somerset Service Plaza on Interstates 70 & 76 westbound at the U.S. 219 over crossing. U.S. 219 travels a full freeway from here northward to Johnstown and Ebensburg (pop. 3,091). The Exit 110 interchange ahead provides the connection between the Turnpike and the US highway. Six-laning of the turnpike was underway at the time of the photograph. Photo taken 10/15/04.
One-mile guide sign for the Somerset Interchange with Pennsylvania 601 (Center Avenue) and the Gilmour Bypass at Somerset. U.S. 219 relocated from town onto the freeway bypass years ago two miles east of Somerset. Use Pennsylvania 281 north for U.S. 219 north to Johnstown or Pennsylvania 31 south to Plank Road for U.S. 219 south to Berlin (pop. 2,171). Photo taken 10/15/04.
Pennsylvania 601 (Center Avenue) travels over Interstates 70 & 76 ahead of the Exit 110 trumpet interchange. The state route constitutes the original U.S. 219 alignment between Somerset, Boswell (pop. 1,381), and Jerome (pop. 1,138). The U.S. 219 freeway between Somerset and Johnstown has been touted as potential candidate for a future Interstate 67. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Upcoming exits sign on Interstates 70 & 76 westbound for Donegal (Exit 91) and New Stanton (Exit 75). Photo taken 10/15/04.
Pennsylvania 31 parallels the Pennsylvania Turnpike corridor between Bedford and Mount Pleasant in western Pennsylvania. The Donegal Interchange of the Turnpike directly accesses the state route at the community of Donegal (pop. 165) in southern Westmoreland County. There Pennsylvania 31 merges with Pennsylvania 711 for a 1.8-mile overlap eastward toward Jones Mills. Snyder Road passes over the freeway near the two-mile guide sign of Exit 91 from Pennsylvania 711. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Reconstruction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike continues as Interstates 70 & 76 westbound draw to within one mile of the Donegal Interchange (Exit 91). Pennsylvania 711 travels north from Donegal 4.5 miles to Stahlstown and 13 miles Ligonier (pop. 1,689). Photo taken 10/15/04.
Westbound Interstates 70 & 76 at the Exit 91 off-ramp for Pennsylvania 31 at Donegal. The state route continues west from here to Acme, Laurelville and Mount Pleasant (pop. 4,689) where it meets U.S. 119. U.S. 119 comprises a four-lane corridor between Mount Pleasant, Connellsville (pop. 9,128), and Uniontown (pop. 12,418) in Fayette County. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Attached to the Sportsmen Road over crossing is the first set of signs for the Exit 75 partition of Interstate 70 westbound from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Interstate 70 departs Interstate 76 at New Stanton for Washington (pop. 15,312), Wheeling, West Virginia, and Columbus, Ohio. Interstate 76 continues northwest to Pittsburgh (pop. 334,563), the Ohio Turnpike, and Youngstown, Ohio. Photo taken 10/15/04.
In addition to the departure of Interstate 70 west, Exit 75 also serves the U.S. 119 freeway and Pennsylvania Turnpike 66. U.S. 119 enters the confluence from Mount Pleasant to the south en route to Greensburg (pop. 15,898) and U.S. 30. Pennsylvania Turnpike 66 travels north from the U.S. 119 freeway end at New Stanton (pop. 1,902) to Jeannette (pop. 10,675) and Delmont (pop. 2,503). The freeway for U.S. 119 pass over the turnpike in the background at the one-mile guide sign of Exit 75. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Auxiliary guide sign for U.S. 119 and Pennsylvania Turnpike 66 with their respective control points of Connellsville and Delmont. Use U.S. 119 southbound also for Uniontown and Morgantown, West Virginia. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A second set of overheads prepares motorists for the Interstate 70 and 76 westbound split. Interstate 76 in conjunction with the Ohio Turnpike and Interstate 80 provides a direct connection with the Cleveland metropolitan area in northeast Ohio. Otherwise the freeway travels west from Youngstown to Akron, Ohio. Interstate 70 westbound overlaps with Interstate 79 at Washington and interchanges with Interstate 77 at Cambridge on the drive to Columbus, Ohio. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike travels over the Interstate 70 mainline ahead of the Exit 75 departure of it from Interstate 76 westbound. A trumpet interchange links the Exit 75 access road with Interstate 70 west of its cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 119 and Pennsylvania Turnpike 66 (Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass) at Youngwood (pop. 4,138). Greensburg lies six miles to the northeast via U.S. 119. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A sign bridge partitions traffic departing the New Stanton toll plaza of Exit 75 from Interstates 70 & 76 westbound. A trumpet interchange carries Interstate 70 westbound motorists toward New Stanton and Washington to the right. To the left is the Interstate 70 eastbound roadway to the U.S. 119 & Pennsylvania Turnpike 66 cloverleaf interchange at Youngwood. Continue west on Interstate 70. Photo taken 10/15/04.

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