Pennsylvania 611 (Former U.S. 611) - Easton Road

Pennsylvania 611 north
Pennsylvania 611 (Easton Road) northbound after its intersection with Edison Furlong Road in central Bucks County. The state route carries four overall lanes northward throughout the Philadelphia Suburbs. Easton Road travels through the community of Easton in this scene. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Nearing the entrance onto the Doylestown Bypass for Pennsylvania 611 (Easton Road) northbound near Doylestown. Old Pennsylvania 611 continues north along Easton Road into Downtown Doylestown to the northeast. Pennsylvania 611 bypasses the town along a four-lane freeway to the west of town. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Easton Road and Pennsylvania 611 split at the Doylestown Bypass. Easton Road interchanges with U.S. 202 (Doylestown Bypass) en route to Main Street and downtown. Pennsylvania 611 meanwhile skirts west of town and merges with U.S. 202 in 1.2 miles. Note again the U.S. 611 text on the left-hand overhead. U.S. 611 was decommissioned in 1975. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Attached to the Easton Road southbound overpass is the 0.25-mile overhead for the U.S. 202 northbound off-ramp to the east-west portion of the Doylestown Bypass. U.S. 202 bypasses downtown to the south between Pennsylvania 611 and Pools Corner (State Street). A piece of plywood covers up "Norristown" on the overhead as the southbound loop ramp was never opened to traffic. Photo taken 10/03/04.
New Britain Road slides between the Easton Road overpass and full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 202 on Pennsylvania 611 northbound. New Britain Road parallels the state route between Turk Road and U.S. 202 (State Road). Meanwhile on the bypass below is the ramp departure for U.S. 202 northbound to Buckingham, New Hope, and Lambertville, New Jersey. The southbound overhead was altered to reflect one mile instead of one-quarter mile for U.S. 202. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Entering the partially-used full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 202 on Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) northbound. The loop ramps to the right were never opened to traffic as U.S. 202 was never completed as a freeway from Doylestown southwest to Norristown. The abandoned ramps however may see new life if a new two-lane parkway proposal for U.S. 202 between Doylestown and Montgomeryville comes to fruition. See for details of the project. Photos taken 10/03/04.
Traffic from U.S. 202 southbound merges onto Pennsylvania 611 northbound for a one-mile overlap. An auxiliary overhead is posted for the U.S. 202 southbound departure via Butler Avenue for the community of Chalfont. Bulter Avenue carries the US route 3.5 miles west through New Britain to Chalfont. Photo taken 10/03/04.
A set of U.S. 202 south & Pennsylvania 611 northbound reassurance markers resides at the Lower State Road and adjacent railroad under crossing. Both highways used to intersect in downtown Doylestown at the intersections of State Street & Oakland Avenue with Main Street prior to the completion of the Doylestown Bypass system. Photo taken 10/03/04.
U.S. 202 departs Pennsylvania 611 via a parclo interchange just north of the Lower State Road underpass. The US highway merges with Pennsylvania 309 (former U.S. 309) 6.8 miles to the southwest at Montgomeryville. Norristown is another 11-mile drive southward from there. Photo taken 10/03/04.
A text button copy overhead ushers in the departure of U.S. 202 southbound from Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass). U.S. 202 travels State Street west to New Britain and the namechange to Butler Avenue. Use the off-ramp for Delaware Valley College. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Reflectorized guide sign posted along Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) beyond its partition with U.S. 202 for the final two interchanges. The Broad Street diamond interchange saw widening from a partial-diamond to a full-diamond to accomodate a northbound off-ramp and southbound off-ramp after the original Doylestown Bypass was completed. Therefore the newer guide signs for the Broad Street exit are fully reflectorized. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 northbound reassurance marker posted after the merge of traffic from U.S. 202 northbound and State Street. Photo taken 10/03/04.
One-half mile guide sign for the Broad Street exit on Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) northbound. The Limekiln Road overpass resides in the background. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) northbound at Broad Street. Broad Street stems northwest from State and Main Street in downtown Doylestown to Sandy Ridge Road just northwest of the Doylestown Bypass. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Text button copy guide sign for the Pennsylvania 313 (Swamp Road) half-diamond interchange near Fountainville. Dublin Pike passes over the freeway between Broad Street and Swamp Road. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Traffic to Pennsylvania 313 (Swamp Road) departs Pennsylvania 611 northbound after the Dublin Pike overpass. The state route links Doylestown with Dublin and Quakertown to the northwest. The interchange also serves the Shrine of Czestochowa. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Continuing northward on Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) between Pennsylvania 313 (Swamp Road) and the north end of the freeway at Easton Road. Sawmill Road passes under the freeway between Pennsylvania 313 and Easton Road. Photo taken 10/03/04.
A wye interchange provides the merge between Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) and Easton Road / Main Street (old U.S. 611) north of Doylestown. Easton Road carries the state route northward to Silo Hill Road after a grade separation between Pennsylvania 611 and Ferry Road. The communities of Danboro and Plumsteadville lie within the next four miles. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 South
Pennsylvania 611 (Easton Road) southbound widens to three lanes in anticipation of its junction with the Doylestown Bypass. Main Street (former U.S. 611) continues Easton Road southward into downtown Doylestown to the left. Pennsylvania 611 bypasses the Bucks County seat to the west otherwise. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 veers southwest along the Doylestown Bypass as Main Street continues Easton Road southward into Doylestown. The Doylestown Bypass provides a four-lane freeway for Pennsylvania 611 around the original Easton Road & Main Street alignment through town. The freeway totals five miles. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Shield assembly posted at the gore point between Main Street south and Pennsylvania 611. There is no access to Pennsylvania 313 (Swamp Road) along the Doylestown Bypass southbound. Therefore traffic destined for Swamp Road should use Main Street south for its intersection with the state route at Cross Keys. Photo taken 10/03/04.
The first two interchanges of the Doylestown Bypass serve downtown Doylestown via connections with Broad Street and State Street (former U.S. 202). Photo taken 10/03/04.
The one-mile button copy guide sign for Broad Street lies near the Sawmill Road undercrossing midway between Main Street and Pennsylvania 313 (Swamp Road). Broad Street travels south from Sandy Ridge Road into Doylestown. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) southbound at the Pennsylvania 313 (Swamp Road) on-ramp at the Dublin Pike overpass. The Broad Street diamond interchange lies ahead. Use the Broad Street exit for Limekiln Road and West Street via connections with Sandy Ridge Road and Shady Retreat Roads. Broad Street ends at State Street (old U.S. 202) east of downtown. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Southbound on Pennsylvania 611 after the Broad Street interchange. Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for U.S. 202 (State Street) and the Limekiln Road overpass. U.S. 202 joins the Doylestown Bypass between State Street and the east-west Doylestown Bypass southwest of town. U.S. 202 however was originally slated to continue as a freeway southwest from Doylestown to Montgomeryville and Norristown. So the State Street signs feature U.S. 202 as an afterthought. Photo taken 10/03/04.
A slightly younger sign posted on Pennsylvania 611 southbound for the half-cloverleaf interchnage with State Street for U.S. 202 south. U.S. 202 follows State Street west to Butler Avenue in New Britain. From there the US highway continues south to Chalfont, Montgomeryville and Norristown. The guide sign here should display Montgomeryville instead of Norristown to reflect the growth of that community as a destination. However the sign likely dates from the 1980s. Photo taken 10/03/04.
The original guide sign for the State Street interchange omits U.S. 202. This is the case because at the time of the Doylestown Bypass completion, it was thought that U.S. 202 would continue southwest from the next interchange toward Montgomeryville as a freeway. However community opposition cancelled that project and U.S. 202 uses Pennsylvania 611 between that interchange and State Street to return to its original alignment. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 southbound at the State Street and U.S. 202 southbound loop ramp. Empty brackets remaion on the State Street overpass for what was to be a U.S. 202 southbound guide sign for the next interchange. State Street continues east of the Doylestown Bypass into downtown along the former alignment of U.S. 202 otherwise. Photo taken 10/03/04.
U.S. 202 northbound joins Pennsylvania 611 southbound on the Doylestown Bypass from State Street and New Britain. The pair travel south briefly over Lower State Road before splitting at the east-west segment of the Doylestown Bypass. Photo taken 10/03/04.
A full cloverleaf interchange sits partially unused between the north-south and east-west segments of the Doylestown Bypass. Pennsylvania 611 & U.S. 202 split at the junction with U.S. 202 turning eastward south of downtown Doylestown. The Doylestown Bypass east-west segment was apart of the 1950s envisioned Piedmont Expressway corridor involving U.S. 202 north and west of Philadelphia. The off-ramp for Pennsylvania 611 south to unbuilt U.S. 202 south remains unused. However if a 2005 proposal for a parkway between Doylestown and Montgomeryville goes through, the unused ramps may be used afterall. See for details of the project. Photo taken 10/03/04.
U.S. 202 northbound loops onto the east-west segment of the Doylestown Bypass from Pennsylvania 611 southbound. The US route travels three miles east from here back to State Road east of downtown Doylestown. Photos taken 10/03/04.
Views of Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) southbound within the full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 202. The ramps from U.S. 202 north onto Pennsylvania 611 were constructed but never opened. The second photograph shows the northbound on-ramp to southbound Pennsylvania 611. Photos taken 10/03/04.
Expressway ends signs situated along Pennsylvania 611 (Doylestown Bypass) between U.S. 202 (Doylestown Bypass) and the wye interchange with Easton Road. New Britain Road crosses the freeway between the two exits. Photos taken 10/03/04.
Easton Road (former U.S. 611) merges with Pennsylvania 611 at the south end of the freeway. Pennsylvania 611 transitions into a four-lane surface highway from Doylestown southward to Neshaminy and Horsham. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 southbound reassurance shield posted after the Easton Road wye interchange. Easton Road passes through the community of Edison on the two mile drive to Warrington. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Pennsylvania 611 enters the city of Philadelphia as Old York Road near Jenkintown. From there the state route eventually becomes Broad Street, a six-lane surface arterial through the heart of town. Once in downtown, Broad Street meets City Hall at Penn Square and Market Street (Pennsylvania 3). Pictured here is the southward turn from Penn Square onto Broad Street and the historic northern terminus of Pennsylvania 291 and southern terminus of U.S. 611. Photo taken 12/23/01.
Pennsylvania 611 scenes
Easton Road parts ways with Pennsylvania 611 and the Doylestown Bypass for downtown Doylestown. Before reaching the heart of town, the surface street interchanges with U.S. 202 and the east-west component of the Doylestown Bypass. Photo taken 10/03/04.
Former U.S. 611 becomes Main Street as it enters Doylestown and its diamond interchange with U.S. 202. U.S. 202 bypasses town and its old State Street alignment between Pennsylvania 611 and Pools Corner. Photo taken 10/03/04.

Page Updated February 22, 2005.

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