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Interstate 80 (I-80) in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania runs for 311.07 miles (500.62 km) across the northern part of the state. It is designated as the Keystone Shortway, and officially as the Z.H. Confair Memorial Highway.[1] This route was built mainly along a completely new alignment, not paralleling any earlier U.S. Routes, as a shortcut to the tolled Pennsylvania Turnpike and New York State Thruway. It does not serve any major cities in Pennsylvania, and serves mainly as a cross-state route on the Ohio-New York City corridor. Most of I-80's path across the state goes through hilly and mountainous terrain, while the route passes through relatively flat areas toward the western tier of the state.

Interstate 80 marker

Interstate 80
  • Keystone Shortway
  • Z.H. Confair Memorial Highway[1]
I-80 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT and DRJTBC
Length311.07 mi[2] (500.62 km)
Major junctions
West end I-80 at Ohio state line in Shenango Township
 
East end I-80 at the New Jersey state line at the Delaware River
Location
CountiesMercer, Venango, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Union, Northumberland, Montour, Columbia, Luzerne, Carbon, Monroe
Highway system
PA 79PA 80

Route descriptionEdit

Interstate 80 serves many smaller cities in central to northern Pennsylvania including Sharon, Clarion, DuBois, Bellefonte, Lock Haven, Milton, Bloomsburg, Hazleton, and Stroudsburg. It also passes close to three larger cities–Williamsport, State College, and Wilkes-Barre. Most of the route in Pennsylvania is within a rural setting, with the exception of the Stroudsburg area, which is closer to the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and is suburban and populated.

Western PennsylvaniaEdit

From the state of Ohio, I-80 enters the Western Pennsylvania area which encompasses Mercer, Venango, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, and Clearfield Counties. In Mercer County, I-80 intersects I-376 (serving the Pittsburgh International Airport and Downtown Pittsburgh) in Shenango and I-79 (serving Erie to the north and Pittsburgh to the south) in Findley Township. Jefferson County at mile marker 73 is known for the city of Punxsutawney, the location of the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil who predicts the weather on Groundhog Day. In Clearfield County, I-80 passes by the city of Dubois at mile marker 101. East of exit 111, I-80 reaches its highest elevation east of the Mississippi River, 2,250 feet (690 m). A sign prominently displays this fact about the Interstate.

North Central PennsylvaniaEdit

I-80 enters Centre County around mile marker 138 and intersects I-99 at exit 161, the main connecting point to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76 and I-70) and Pennsylvania State University. US 220 is concurrent between exits 161 and 178 where it heads towards Lock Haven, home to the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Around mile marker 191, Pennsylvania Route 880 (PA 880) follows a parallel alignment within the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes for a half-mile, an unusual arrangement in Pennsylvania. It is common to see horse-drawn carriages from the nearby Amish communities travelling this highway-within-a-highway.

At mile marker 199, I-80 approaches the Williamsport area, the venue of the Little League World Series in Lycoming County, while passing through Union County. I-80 intersects I-180 at exit 212.

Northeastern PennsylvaniaEdit

 
Interstate 80 from an overpass in Hemlock Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania

I-80 enters the Northeastern Pennsylvania area to include points Northumberland County and east to New Jersey. In Montour County at mile marker 224, it approaches the Bloomsburg area, home to the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. I-80 also passes by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area in Luzerne County. At exit 260, a connection can be made via I-81 to Harrisburg to the south and Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse, New York to the north.

I-80 intersects I-476 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension) at exit 277 in Carbon County for connections to Allentown and Philadelphia to the south. Exit 277 also serves PA 940 and Hickory Run State Park. Just east of the PA Turnpike, I-80 crosses into Monroe County. Exit 284 connects to PA 115 near Blakeslee and Lake Harmony. Exit 293 is an interchange with I-380 near Pocono Pines for a connection to I-84 to New England and Scranton towards the north. Between exits 293 and 298, there is a rest area on the eastbound side with public restrooms and picnic tables, but no food or gas.

Around exit 298, I-80 approaches the Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg areas, a more suburban and populated region home to the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and the ski resort areas of the eastern Pocono Mountains. Stroudsburg is also the seat for Monroe County. PA 611 follows I-80 closely through the area between exits 298 and 310, acting as a local alternative. Exit 298 is only a westbound exit and eastbound entrance, connecting to PA 611 in Scotrun. Exit 299 serves PA 715 in Tannersville, as well as a local outlet mall. Exit 302 on the eastbound side and exit 304 on the westbound side connect to PA 33 and US 209, which connect to Easton and Allentown towards the south. Exit 302 in both directions also serves PA 611 in Bartonsville. I-80 and US 209 are concurrent with each other through most of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg, between exits 304 and 309. Exit 303 is an only eastbound exit and westbound entrance that connects to PA 611 (signed as Ninth Street), serving Arlington Heights. Exits 305, 306, and 307 all serve downtown Stroudsburg, with exit 305 serving US 209 Business and exit 307 serving PA 611 and PA 191, the three main local thoroughfares through the town. Exit 308 serves downtown East Stroudsburg and the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. I-80 splits with US 209 at exit 309, which also serves PA 447. Shortly after at exit 310 (the easternmost interchange in Pennsylvania), PA 611 intersects I-80 for the last time before starting its southerly route down the Delaware River, gradually moving away from I-80. I-80 continues east into the Delaware Water Gap, entering the state of New Jersey via the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge, with eastbound signage pointing towards New York City.

HistoryEdit

 
I-80 near the exit for PA 611 in Stroudsburg.
 
Sign noting the highest point on I-80 east of the Mississippi River located in Clearfield County.

The corridor now served by I-80 was originally to be a branch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Sharon to Stroudsburg. Planning was shifted to the Pennsylvania Department of Highways in 1956 with the passage of the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act.[1]

In early plans for the Interstate Highway System, the connection across northern Pennsylvania would have paralleled U.S. Route 6N (US 6N) and US 6 from what became I-90 near West Springfield, Pennsylvania east to Scranton. (From Scranton east to Hartford, Connecticut, I-84 was built parallel to US 6.) From Scranton a route went southeast along US 611 to the Stroudsburg area, and then east along US 46 to near New York City. On May 22, 1957, a request by Pennsylvania to move the corridor south was approved by the Federal Highway Administration.[3] (The Scranton-Stroudsburg connection was kept, and the new alignment merged with it west of Stroudsburg.) However, when the initial numbers were assigned later that year, they were drawn on a 1947 map, and so the corridor across northern Pennsylvania became part of I-84, while the Scranton-New York route became I-82. (I-80 ran along the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Harrisburg, where it split into I-80S to Philadelphia and I-80N to New York.)[4] This was corrected the next year, as the Keystone Shortway became part of I-80, the turnpike west of Harrisburg became I-80S (later I-76), and I-80N became I-78. I-84 was truncated to Scranton, and the Scranton-Stroudsburg connection became I-81E (later renumbered I-380).[5]

The first section of present I-80 to open was the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge, opened December 16, 1953. This had been built as part of US 611 and connected back to its old alignment soon after crossing into Pennsylvania. Construction on the rest of I-80 began in 1959 and was completed in 1970.[1]

In 1993, exit 43 (now exit 284) of I-80, which serves the Pocono Raceway, was designated the Richard Petty Interchange in honor of the NASCAR legend that drove the #43 car.[6][7]

On March 7, 2011, the supporting wall on the eastbound I-80 bridge over Sullivan Trail in Tannersville collapsed from snow and rain. As a result, eastbound I-80 was reduced to one lane and Sullivan Trail was closed.[8]

On July 10, 2014, a criminal rock throwing incident known as the Interstate 80 rock throwing took place along I-80 in Union County, critically injuring and permanently disfiguring a passenger. Four local youths were responsible.[9]

Toll proposalEdit

In an effort to keep the Pennsylvania Turnpike system under public control, in June 2007, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) proposed tolling I-80 as a means of raising transportation revenue. It sought the permission to put tolls on the highway through a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) pilot program that allowed three states to place tolls on Interstates. Missouri and Virginia had already taken two of the spots.[10] Under the plan, the PTC would assume all maintenance and toll-taking operations on I-80. The plan called for up to ten toll plazas along the length of I-80 in Pennsylvania with a toll rate of 8 cents per mile (5.0 ¢/km), which would have been comparable to the rate on the Pennsylvania Turnpike following a projected toll increase.[11] Currently, the only toll on I-80 in Pennsylvania is the westbound toll at the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.[12] On October 15, 2007, the lease for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to toll I-80 was signed,[11] and tolls were to be implemented by 2010.[13]

This plan faced opposition from Northern Pennsylvania politicians who feared tolls would hurt the economy in the region[14] and who did not want their tolls going toward funding mass transit. Congressmen John E. Peterson and Phil English proposed a federal transportation bill that would ban the tolling of I-80. The chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission promised that the tolls would be used on highway projects in Pennsylvania and not on mass transit.[15] On December 12, 2007, the FHWA rejected the plan, and returned Pennsylvania's application for tolling I-80 with questions asking why the state should place tolls on the highway.[10]

On September 11, 2008, the FHWA rejected Pennsylvania's application to toll I-80 for the second time,[16] and on April 6, 2010 for the third time.[17]

FutureEdit

PennDOT has plans to build a high-speed interchange connecting I-99 to I-80 near Bellefonte. The new interchange will eliminate local access between PA 26 (Jacksonville Road) and I-80, which will be provided by a new exit 2 miles (3.2 km) to the east. The first phase of the project will build the local access interchange between PA 26 and I-80. Bidding on the local access interchange is planned to begin on April 23, 2020 and construction is expected to be finished in December 2021. The local access interchange between PA 26 and I-80 will be funded by a $34 million federal grant. The second phase of the project will make improvements to Jacksonville Road between the new interchange and the junction between I-80 along with building the high-speed interchange between I-80 and I-99. Bidding on the second phase is planned to begin in March 2022, with the improvements to Jacksonville Road to be finished by December 2023 and the high-speed interchange to be completed by December 2025. [18]

I-80 is also to be widened to six lanes in the Stroudsburg area as part of a larger project to upgrade it between I-380 and New Jersey.[19] The proposal would include full-movement interchanges with PA 611 and US 209 for better access to the Stroud Mall, reduction of exit 305 for US 209 Bus. to a westbound exit/entrance only, demolition of exit 306, reconfiguration of exit 307 eastbound, and adding roundabouts at exit 308. The project is currently in its final design phase, and construction should start by 2023.

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmikmOld exit
[20]
New exit
[20]
DestinationsNotes
MercerShenango Township0.000.00  I-80 west – YoungstownContinuation into Ohio
4.006.4414   I-376 east / PA 760 north – New Castle, SharonSplit into exits 4A (I-376) and 4B (PA 760);
exit 1 on I-376; western terminus of I-376, southern terminus of PA 760
East Lackawannock Township14.9023.98215  US 19 – Mercer
Findley Township19.1030.7419  I-79 – Pittsburgh, ErieSplit into exits 19A (south) and 19B (north); exit 116 on I-79
Worth Township23.7038.143A24  PA 173 – Grove City, Sandy Lake
VenangoBarkeyville28.9046.51329  PA 8 – Barkeyville, Franklin
Clinton Township34.7055.84435  PA 308 – Clintonville
Scrubgrass Township41.9067.43542  PA 38 – Emlenton
Butler
No major junctions
Allegheny River44.3071.29Emlenton Bridge
ClarionRichland Township45.7073.55645  PA 478 – Emlenton, St. PetersburgWestbound ramps are via PA 38 / PA 208
Beaver Township53.5086.10753  To PA 338 – KnoxAccess via Canoe Ripple Road
Paint Township60.1096.72860  PA 66 north – ShippenvilleWest end of concurrency with PA 66
Monroe Township61.9099.62962  PA 68 – Sligo, Clarion
Clarion Township64.50103.801064  PA 66 south – New Bethlehem, ClarionEast end of concurrency with PA 66; access to Clarion University
70.30113.141170  US 322 – Strattanville, Corsica
JeffersonUnion Township72.90117.321273  PA 949 – Corsica
Brookville78.30126.011378  PA 36 – BrookvilleAccess to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day
Pine Creek Township81.10130.521481  PA 28 – Hazen
Winslow Township86.40139.051586Fuller Road – Reynoldsville
90.60145.8190   PA 830 east – DuBois Regional Airport
ClearfieldSandy Township96.40155.141697  US 219 – DuBois, Brockway
100.90162.3817101  PA 255 – DuBois, Penfield
Pine Township110.40177.6718111  PA 153 – Clearfield, Penfield
Lawrence Township119.40192.1619120  PA 879 – Clearfield, Shawville
Bradford Township122.70197.4720123   PA 970 to US 322 – Woodland, ShawvilleAlternative route to State College
Cooper Township132.60213.4021133  PA 53 – Phillipsburg, Kylertown
CentreSnow Shoe147.00236.5722147  To PA 144 – Snow ShoeAccess via local roads
Boggs Township157.40253.3123158    
   PA 150 / US 220 Alt. south – Milesburg, Blanchard
West end of concurrency with US 220 Alt.
Spring Township160.20257.8224161    I-99 south / US 220 south / PA 26 – Bellefonte, HowardEast end of concurrency with US 220 Alt.; west end of concurrency with US 220; temporary northern terminus of I-99; access to State College and Penn State University
ClintonPorter Township172.70277.9325173  PA 64 – Pleasant Gap, Mill Hall
Lamar Township177.50285.6626178  US 220 north – Lock Haven, WilliamsportEast end of concurrency with US 220; Future I-99 north
Greene Township185.20298.0527185  PA 477 – Loganton, Salona
191.90308.8328192  To PA 880 – Loganton, Jersey ShoreAccess via East Valley Road
UnionWest Buffalo Township198.90320.1029199Mile Run RoadAccess to Bald Eagle State Forest
White Deer Township209.70337.4830210  US 15 – Lewisburg, WilliamsportSigned as exits 210A (south) and 210B (north)
NorthumberlandMilton211.40340.2231212   I-180 west / PA 147 south – Williamsport, MiltonSplit into exits 212A (PA 147) and 212B (I-180);
Eastern terminus of I-180, northern terminus of PA 147
East Chillisquaque Township214.80345.6932215  PA 254 – Limestoneville
MontourValley Township223.50359.6933224  PA 54 – Danville, Washingtonville
ColumbiaHemlock Township231.70372.8934232  PA 42 – Buckhorn
Bloomsburg235.30378.6835236  PA 487 – Bloomsburg, LightstreetSplit into 236A (north) and 236B (south) westbound; access to Bloomsburg University
South Centre Township240.20386.5636241  US 11 – Lime Ridge, Berwick
Main Township241.40388.5037242  PA 339 – Mainville, Mifflinville
LuzerneSugarloaf Township255.50411.1938256  PA 93 – Conyngham, Nescopeck
Butler Township259.20417.14260  I-81 – Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, ScrantonSplit into exits 260A (south) and 260B (north); exit 151 on I-81
262.10421.8139262  PA 309 – Hazleton, Mountain TopAccess to Nescopeck State Park
White Haven273.00439.3540273   PA 940 / PA 437 – Freeland, White Haven
CarbonKidder Township274.50441.7641274  PA 534 – Hickory Run State Park
277.20446.1142277    I-476 / Penna Turnpike NE Extension / PA 940 – Allentown, Wilkes-BarreExit 95 (Pocono) on I-476 / Penna Turnpike NE Extension
MonroeBlakeslee284.00457.0543284  PA 115 – Brodheadsville, BlakesleeAccess to Jack Frost Ski Resort and Pocono Raceway
Pocono Pines293.60472.50293  I-380 north – ScrantonSouthern terminus of I-380; exit 1 on I-380; Access to Kalahari Resort
Scotrun295.50475.56Scotrun Rest Area (eastbound only). Features public restrooms and picnic tables, but no food or gas.
298.00479.5844298  PA 611 – ScotrunWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Tannersville298.90481.0345299  PA 715 – TannersvilleWestbound entrance via Sullivan Trail; access to local outlet mall, Camelback Mountain Resort, and Big Pocono State Park
Bartonsville302.80487.3146302A   PA 33 south to US 209 south – SnydersvilleEastbound exit and westbound entrance
302
302B
  PA 611 – BartonsvilleSigned as exit 302 westbound, exit 302B eastbound
Arlington Heights304.90490.6947303Ninth Street (PA 611)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Stroudsburg305.50491.6546A304   US 209 south to PA 33 south – SnydersvilleWestbound exit and eastbound entrance;
west end of concurrency with US 209
306.00492.4648305   
  US 209 Bus. (Main Street)
306.40493.1049306Dreher AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
307.30494.5550307   PA 611 (Park Avenue) to PA 191Eastbound exit and entrance
   PA 191 (Broad Street) to PA 611Westbound exit and entrance
East Stroudsburg308.30496.1651308East StroudsburgAccess via Prospect Street; access to East Stroudsburg University
309.50498.0952309   US 209 north / PA 447 north – Marshalls CreekEast end of concurrency with US 209
Delaware Water Gap310.50499.7053310  PA 611 – Delaware Water Gap, Welcome CenterPotential commuter rail park & ride to New York City and Scranton via the Lackawanna Cutoff
311.00500.51Delaware River Toll Plaza (westbound only)
Accepts E-ZPass and Cash
Delaware River311.07500.62Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge
  I-80 east – New Jersey, New York CityContinuation into New Jersey
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Pennsylvania Highways: Interstate 80". Pahighways.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01.[self-published source]
  2. ^ "Route Log - Main Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 1". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  3. ^ Ask the Rambler - Was I-76 Numbered to Honor Philadelphia for Independence Day, 1776?
  4. ^ Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as Adopted by the American Association of State Highway Officials, August 14, 1957
  5. ^ Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as Adopted by the American Association of State Highway Officials, Approved June 27, 1958
  6. ^ SENATE BILL No. 432, General Assembly of Pennsylvania, 1993, retrieved March 6, 2011
  7. ^ Frassinelli, Mike (June 28, 1995). "Racer Petty To Be Honored At Exit 43 Introducing 43, An Interstate 80 Exit Named For Petty". The Morning Call. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  8. ^ Medgle, Raegan (March 7, 2011). "I-80 Bridge Collapse". WNEP-TV. Retrieved March 8, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Beauge, John (3 December 2014). "Gag order sought in I-80 rock-throwing case in which Ohio woman was injured". The Patriot News. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  10. ^ a b Nussbaum, Paul (December 14, 2007). "I-80 toll plan is kicked back". The Philadelphia Inquirer.[dead link]
  11. ^ a b Nussbaum, Paul (October 17, 2007). "I-80 toll plans moving forward". The Philadelphia Inquirer.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Senate Transportation Committee". Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Retrieved 2007-07-13.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Transportation Funding". WHP-TV. Retrieved 2007-07-19.[dead link]
  14. ^ Nussbaum, Paul (October 2, 2007). "Interest to lease turnpike is broad". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Nussbaum, Paul (October 4, 2007). "I-80 tolls not for mass transit". The Philadelphia Inquirer.[dead link]
  16. ^ "Federal Highway Administration press release, September 11, 2008". Fhwa.dot.gov. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  17. ^ "Federal Highway Administration press release, April 6, 2010". Fhwa.dot.gov. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  18. ^ "State College, PA - PennDOT Details New Local Access Tied to I-80/I-99 Interchange Project -". www.statecollege.com. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  19. ^ "I-80 Project". i80project.com. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  20. ^ a b "Pennsylvania Exit Numbering" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 2, 2007.

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