Interstate 81 (Scranton Vicinity) - Pennsylvania Travel Information

Interstate 81 Northbound (Scranton Vicinity)

Interstate 81 North
Interstate 81 northbound travels four miles northeast from the junction with Interstate 80 to the Dorrance interchange at Exit 155. Photos taken 09/18/04.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 155 and Dorrance on Interstate 81 northbound. Dorrance lies 3.2 miles northwest of the diamond interchange. Pennsylvania 309 (Mountain Boulevard) passes by the central Luzerne County exit nearby at Nescopeck Pass. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Exit 155 leaves Interstate 81 northbound for Dorrance and Nescopeck Pass. Use Main Road or Yeager Road north from the interchange to Lindbergh and Albert. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Next in line for northbound motorists of Interstate 81 is the Nuangola modified diamond interchange with Church & Nuangola Roads at Exit 159. The exit serves Nuangola to the west and Albert to the southeast. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Interstate 81 northbound at the Church Road off-ramp. Church Road intersects two segments of Nuangola Road adjacent to the diamond interchange with Interstate 81. Nuangola Road east serves Nuangola Station and Wech Corners. Church & Nuangola Roads west venture northwest to Nuangola and Folstown. Photo taken 09/18/04.
The carriageways of Interstate 81 diverge for a short distance between Exits 159 and 164. This northbound scene looks at the rock cut on the northbound side near Nuangola and Warrior Gap. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Interstate 81 enters the greater Wilkes-Barre area on the northbound drive between Nuangola and the South Cross Valley Expressway (Pennsylvania 29). Exit 164 serves as the southern terminus of the northern segment of Pennsylvania 29. Pennsylvania 29 travels between Wilkes-Barre and the New York state line near Binghamton. The southern segment of the route links Malvern and Allentown in southeastern Pennsylvania. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Interstate 81 descends into the Susquehanna River Valley toward Wilkes-Barre. The city spreads across the landscape near milepost 164. Pennsylvania 29 spurs west via the South Cross Valley Expressway between Interstate 81 and U.S. 11 at Avondale. Photos taken 09/18/04.
Interstate 81 northbound at the Exit 164 trumpet-interchange with Pennsylvania 29 (Cross Valley Expressway). The Cross Valley Expressway constitutes a four-lane freeway between here and U.S. 11 across the Susquehanna River. Pennsylvania 29 serves the south Wilkes-Barre area communities of Sugar Notch, Hanover Green, and Nanticoke. Photo taken 09/18/04.
The carriageways of Interstate 81 again partition between Pennsylvania 29 and the Exit 165 interchange with Pennsylvania 309 at Ashley. Pennsylvania 309 enters the area from Mountain Top and Fairview Heights to the southeast. The state route merges with Interstate 81 northbound between Exit 165 and 170. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Traffic to Pennsylvania 309 southbound departs Interstate 81 at Exit 165A. A left-hand off-ramp departs ahead for Pennsylvania 309 Business northbound into Wilkes-Barre. Pennsylvania 309 Business follows Scott Street through the eastern reaches of the city between Interstate 81 and the CrossValley Expressway (Pennsylvania 309). Photo taken 09/18/04.
Interstate 81 & Pennsylvania 309 northbound reassurance shields posted after their merge at Exit 165. The north and southbound lanes of Interstate 81 converge near Blackman Street at Georgetown. Drivers destined for Laurel Run or Georgetown should use Pennsylvania 309 Business north from Exit 165B. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Peering west at downtown Wilkes-Barre from Interstate 81 & Pennsylvania 309 northbound at Georgetown. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Constructed in the early 2000s, the Exit 168 trumpet-interchange serves the city of Wilkes-Barre via connections with Highland Park Boulevard near the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. Highland Park Boulevard loops east from Pennsylvania 309 Business (Scott Street) to Mundy Street east of the city. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Exit 168 leaves Interstate 81 northbound for Highland Park Boulevard and northeast Wilkes-Barre. Use Highland Park Boulevard south to Coal Street west for the Wilkes-Barre central business district. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 309 northbound leaves Interstate 81 northbound for the CrossValley Expressway. The CrossValley Expressway comprises a freeway between Exit 170 of Interstate 81 and Luzerne west of U.S. 11 and the Susquehanna River. Pennsylvania 115 enters the interchange from Interstate 476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) and Liewellyn Corners to the southeast. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Northbound at the Exit 170A ramp departure for Pennsylvania 115 southbound to Bear Creek. Pennsylvania 115 carries four lanes of travel over the mountains east of Wilkes-Barre to the Exit 105 interchange of Interstate 476. The state route continues from there to Bear Creek Village and Stoddertsville. Photo taken 09/18/04.
A loop ramp carries Pennsylvania 309 northbound onto the CrossValley Expressway west from Interstate 81 north at Exit 170B. Pennsylvania 309 crosses the northern reaches of Wilkes-Barre between Interstate 81 & Pennsylvania 115 and Midvale. The freeway features five westbound off-ramps for the city and west valley communities of Kingston, Forty Fort, Pringle, Swoyersville, and Luzerne. Photo taken 09/18/04.

Page Updated February 23, 2005.

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