Pennsylvania Route 447

Pennsylvania Route 447 (PA 447) is a 26.66-mile-long (42.91 km) north–south state route located in northeast Pennsylvania in The Poconos. The southern terminus of the route is at U.S. Route 209 (US 209) near an interchange with Interstate 80 (I-80) in Smithfield Township. The northern terminus is at PA 191 and PA 507 in Dreher Township. The route heads northwest from US 209 in Monroe County and forms a brief concurrency with US 209 Business (US 209 Bus.) in the northern part of East Stroudsburg. PA 447 continues and forms a concurrency with PA 191 in Analomink before winding north through rural areas. The route bends northwest and crosses PA 390 in Canadensis. PA 447 passes through a section of Pike County before entering Wayne County and reaching its northern terminus.

Pennsylvania Route 447 marker

Pennsylvania Route 447
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length26.665 mi[1] (42.913 km)
Major junctions
South end US 209 in Smithfield Township
 
US 209 Bus. in East Stroudsburg
PA 191 in Stroud Township
PA 390 in Barrett Township
North end PA 191 / PA 507 in Dreher Township
Location
CountiesMonroe, Pike, Wayne
Highway system
PA 446PA 449
PA 189PA 190PA 191

In 1928, the road was designated as PA 190 between US 209 (now US 209 Bus.) in East Stroudsburg and PA 90 (now PA 191) south of Analomink, PA 290 between PA 90 in Analomink and PA 390 in Canadensis, and as part of PA 390 between Canadensis and PA 90/PA 507 in Newfoundland. PA 290 was extended north to Newfoundland in the 1930s, replacing PA 390, which was realigned. PA 190 was decommissioned in the 1940s. The road between US 611 (now I-80) in East Stroudsburg and PA 90 in Analomink became a southern extension of PA 196 in the 1950s. PA 447 was designated onto its current alignment in the 1960s, replacing the southern portion of PA 196 and the entire length of PA 290.

Route descriptionEdit

 
PA 447 through Smithfield Township

PA 447 begins at a traffic signal with US 209 (Seven Bridges Road) in Smithfield Township, just north of exit 309 (formerly 52) of I-80. PA 447 proceeds northwest along Independence Road through Smithfield Township, a two-lane roadway through a commercial section of the township, passing west of a park and ride lot owned by Martz Trailways. The route soon crosses into East Stroudsburg, turning westward along Independence Road. PA 447 passes south of Terra Greens Golf Course, soon entering the northern reaches of downtown East Stroudsburg. A short distance into the center, PA 447 intersects with US 209 Bus. (North Courtland Street).[2]

PA 447 and US 209 Business runs north for three blocks as a concurrency via North Courtland. At the junction with Milford Road, US 209 Business turns northeast along Milford while PA 447 turns northwest along Analomink Road. Now in Stroud Township, PA 447 crosses Samba Creek and bypasses the Gravel Place section of East Stroudsburg, paralleling the Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad, passing Pinebrook Park, and reaching an intersection with PA 191 (North Fifth Street). At this junction, PA 191 and PA 447 continue northwest along Analomink Road, passing the future site of the Analomink New Jersey Transit station.[2][3]

PA 191 and PA 447 continue northwest and soon bends to the northeast into the Analomink section of Stroud Township. Paralleling Brodhead Creek, the routes continue northeast and soon north past the Evergreen Golf Club. Just north of the golf club, PA 447 turns northwest along Creek Road while PA 191 continues west along Analomink Road. The route bends northeast along Brodhead Creek, crossing into Price Township, crossing through the dense woods of Monroe County. PA 447 and Brodhead Creek wind northwest for several miles, soon turning northward near Circle H Road. Near Laurel Run Road, PA 447 soon leaves the dense woods for a residential section of Price Township. When the route and the creek turn northward again, they return to the woods, which begins to break up a short distance later.[2]

 
PA 447 at the junction with PA 390 in Barrett Township

PA 447 continues north, passing some residences near Snow Hill Road, passing an intersection with Bear Town Road, crossing into Barrett Township. PA 447 continues northwest along Brodhead Creek, passing a small pond nearby. At the junction with Spruce Cabin Road, the route turns to the north again, reaching a junction with PA 390 (Krummel Hill Road) in Canadensis. PA 447 continues northwest from PA 390, remaining a two-lane residential street through Barrett Township. After turning northward again, the route remains a two-lane woods/residential road, reaching the village of Coveville. Changing names to Spruce Mountain Road, PA 447 climbs Spruce Mountain and turns northeast as it bypasses Lake in the Clouds. Turning northwest once again, PA 447, the route continues north past the lake, reaching the Pike County line.[2]

Now in the Pike County municipality of Greene Township, PA 447 crosses north past dense woods and residences as Panther Road, a two-lane roadway. The route makes a large curve to the northwest through the area of Lake Russell. Rather than crossing through the dense woods, PA 447 becomes a two-lane roadway through fields of Greene Township. At Pine Grove Road, the route turns northward, reaching the village of Panther, a small residential community in Greene Township. The route becomes predominantly flat, crossing a junction with Stoney Lonesome Road, where the Panther Road name is dropped from the roadway. Turning northwest, the route crosses over Wallenpaupack Creek, crossing into Wayne County.[2]

Now in Dreher Township and the village of Newfoundland, PA 447 turns west immediately into an intersection with PA 191 and PA 507 (Main Street). This junction marks the northern terminus of PA 447, which continues west as Crestmont Drive towards the village of Jericho.[2]

HistoryEdit

 

Pennsylvania Route 190
LocationEast StroudsburgAnalomink
Existed1928–1940s

 

Pennsylvania Route 290
LocationAnalominkNewfoundland
Existed1928–1960s

When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, what is now PA 447 was not given a route number.[4] In 1928, the road between US 209 (now US 209 Bus.) in East Stroudsburg and PA 90 (now PA 191) south of Analomink was designated PA 190, the road between PA 90 in Analomink and PA 390 in Canadensis was designated PA 290, and the roadway between Canadensis and PA 90/PA 507 in Newfoundland was the northern section of PA 390. At this time, these segments were unpaved except for a small portion of PA 290 south of Canadensis and the section of PA 90 between PA 190 and PA 290.[5] By 1930, the entire length of PA 190 was paved along with a section of PA 390 south of Newfoundland.[6] In the 1930s, PA 390 was realigned north of Canadensis and PA 290 was extended north along the former alignment of PA 390 to end at PA 90/PA 507 in Newfoundland. By this time, the entire length of PA 290 was paved.[7]

PA 190 was decommissioned in the 1940s, leaving the road between East Stroudsburg and Analomink unnumbered.[8] In 1956, the road between an interchange with US 611 (later I-80) in East Stroudsburg and PA 90 in Analomink became a southern extension of PA 196.[9][10] PA 447 was designated to its current alignment between US 209 in East Stroudsburg and PA 191/PA 507 in Newfoundland in the 1960s, replacing the section of PA 196 between East Stroudsburg and Analomink and the entire length of PA 290 between Analomink and Newfoundland.[11]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
MonroeSmithfield Township0.0000.000   US 209 (Seven Bridges Road) to I-80 – Marshalls Creek, Milford, Delaware Water Gap, StroudsburgSouthern terminus
East Stroudsburg2.0013.220   
  US 209 Bus. south (North Courtland Street) – Stroudsburg
Southern terminus of US 209 Bus. concurrency
2.1583.473   
  US 209 Bus. north (Milford Road) – Marshalls Creek
Northern terminus of US 209 Bus. concurrency
Stroud Township4.2416.825  PA 191 south (North 5th Street) – StroudsburgSouthern terminus of PA 191 concurrency; village of Analomink
6.71110.800  PA 191 north (Analomink Road) – Cresco, Mt. PoconoNorthern terminus of PA 191 concurrency
Barrett Township16.52726.598  PA 390 (Krummel Hill Road) – Cresco, Promised Land
Pike
No major junctions
WayneDreher Township26.66542.913   PA 191 / PA 507 (Main Street)Northern terminus; Village of Newfoundland
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on February 17, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Microsoft; Nokia (March 12, 2013). "overview map of PA 447" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Appendix O - Conceptual Plans" (PDF). Statile, Christopher; Edwards and Kelcey. Newark, NJ: New Jersey Transit. 2008. p. 4. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1911. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Map of Pennsylvania (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1928. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1930. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  7. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1940. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  8. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1950. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  9. ^ Official Map: Pennsylvania (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1956.
  10. ^ General Highway Map Monroe County, Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1961. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Official Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1970. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2014.

External linksEdit

KML is from Wikidata
  • Kitsko, Jeffrey J. (2020). "PA 447". Pennsylvania Highways. pp. 401–450.