Pennsylvania 61 (Historic U.S. 122)

Pennsylvania 61 north
Pennsylvania 61 (Pottsville Pike) northbound at the southbound loop ramp onto U.S. 222 at Temple. A tight and congested cloverleaf interchange joins the two highways north of the city of Reading. U.S. 222 bypasses the city of Reading to the north and west on its trek between Allentown and Lancaster. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Northbound Pennsylvania 61 (Pottsville Pike) reduces to one overall lane as it leaves U.S. 222. Pictured here is the northbound reassurance shield posted between the freeway and intersection with Huller Lane and Cross Keys Road. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Pennsylvania 73 ends its journey at Pennsylvania 61 south of Leesport and west of Blandon. The state route is an extension of New Jersey 73 via the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge at Philadelphia. Pennsylvania 73 continues through the city and northern suburbs of Philadelphia to Gilbertsville before winding up here. Photo taken 04/23/04.
5.3 miles north of the Pennsylvania 73 terminus is the northern terminal of Pennsylvania 662 (Moselem Springs Road). The junction occurs at the town of Shoemakersville midway between the U.S. 222 and Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 corridors on Pennsylvania 61 (Pottsville Pike). Photo taken 04/23/04.
Pennsylvania 662 provides an alternate loop of the Reading metropolitan area for motorists bound for U.S. 422 eastbound to Pottstown and Philadelphia. The two-lane backroad is not advised for trucks however as it treks through the towns and villages of Moselem, Moselem Springs (U.S. 222), Fleetwood, Oley, Amityville, and its end at Douglassville (U.S. 422). Photo taken 04/23/04.
S. 4th Street diverages from Pennsylvania 61 (Pottsville Pike) outside of the town of Hamburg. Pottsville Pike bypasses the community to the west en route to Interstate 78 & U.S. 22. 4th Street cuts through the heart of town before interchanging with the freeway at Exit 30. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Approaching the intersection with State Street outside of Hamburg on Pennsylvania 61 (Pottseville Pike) northbound. The 0.75-mile guide sign of the forthcoming interchange with Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 is posted to advise motorists of the busy junction. Photo taken 04/23/04.
One-half mile south of Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 on Pennsylvania 61 north. The freeway tandem link the capital city of Harrisburg with the Allentown, Bethehem, and Easton areas. Interstate 78 also provides a truck route between the Interstate 81 corridor and the New York City metropolitan area. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Pennsylvania 61 (Pottsville Pike) northbound at the Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 eastbound off-ramp. Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 split 22 miles to the east outside of Allentown. Both highways cross the Delaware River from Easton to Newark, New Jersey. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Replaced overhead sign assembly on Pennsylvania 61 (5th Street Highway) northbound at the loop ramp onto Interstate 78 & U.S. 22 westbound. Interstate 78 ends 29 miles to the west at Interstate 81. U.S. 22 departs its overlap with the freeway at Exit 8 outside of Fredericksburg. Photo taken 07/16/96.
A cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between Pennsylvania 61 (Lehigh Avenue) and Interstate 81 outside of Frackville. Interstate 81 follows the Appalachian Mountains northeast from Harrisburg to Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre. These original signs were still in place as of September 2004. Photo taken 07/16/96.
Pennsylvania 61 curves westward along the Appalachian Piedmont eight miles from Frackville and Interstate 81 to the mountain town of Ashland. There the state route travels 3rd Street to its merge with Pennsylvania 54 (Centre Street) in the eastern reaches of town. A pair of four-way traffic signals govern the eastern end of their one mile overlap. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 54 west & 61 north (Centre Street) on their long ascent through the heart of Ashland. The pair follow a two-lane roadway lined with row homes between 3rd Street and 21st Street. The town itself is a product of the nearby mining industry, the same industry that claimed the town of Centralia due to an underground coal fire. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 61 northbound as it departs Pennsylvania 54 (Centre Street) and the town of Ashland. The highway widens into a four-lane divided highway on the drive to the ghost town of Centralia. A portion of the two-mile path between Ashland and Centralia was abandoned due to the aforementioned underground coal fire. The four-lane roadway is bypassed by a two-lane roadway to the east to make the journey between the town towns. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 61 South
Pennsylvania 61 southbound as it enters the town of Ashland at Pennsylvania 54 (Centre Street). The two state routes join together along Centre Street for a one-mile descent between 21st and 3rd Streets. Pennsylvania 54 provides an alternate route to the community of Mount Carmel away from Centralia to the west. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 54 east & 61 south after their merge in western Ashland. The two share the main drag through town, a community built upon the nearby mining industry. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Descending along Centre Street midway between the Pennsylvania 54 & 61 merge and split. The Appalachian Mountains adorn the landscape surrounding Ashland and northwestern Schuylkill County. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Second set of Pennsylvania 54 & 61 reassurance shields on Centre Street eastbound in Ashland. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Centre Street eastbound at the intersection with 4th Street. A pair of four-way traffic signals govern both the intersection here and one block ahead with 3rd Street (Pennsylvania 61). Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 61 turns southward to leave Ashland for Frackville, Interstate 81, and Pottsville. Pennsylvania 54 (Centre Street) continues eastward for two miles into Girardville and from there to Shenandoah. Photo taken 09/18/04.

Page Updated October 29, 2004.

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