Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania
Z.H. Confair Memorial Highway
|Maintained by PennDOT|
|Length:||311.07 mi (500.62 km)|
|West end:||I‑80 at Ohio state line in Shenango Township|
| I-376 near Sharon
I-79 near Mercer
US 322 near Brookville
US 219 in Falls Creek
I-99 / US 220 / PA 26 near Bellefonte
I-180 / PA 147 in Milton
I-81 in Hazleton
I-476 / Penna Turnpike NE Extension near Hickory Run State Park
I-380 in Tunkhannock Township
|East end:||I‑80 at New Jersey state line in Delaware Water Gap|
The transcontinental Interstate 80 is designated across northern Pennsylvania as the Keystone Shortway, officially the Z.H. Confair Memorial Highway. 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, with relatively flat areas playing home to the freeway toward the western tier of the state.
I-80 enters the Western Pennsylvania area which encompasses Mercer, Venango, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, and Clearfield Counties from the state of Ohio. I-80 intersects I-376 (serving the Pittsburgh International Airport and on to Downtown Pittsburgh) and I-79 (serving Erie to the north and Pittsburgh to the south) in Mercer County in Shenango and Findley Township respectively. 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 reaches its highest elevation east of the Mississippi River, 2,250 feet (690 m), although other interstate highways east of the Mississippi, including I-26 in North Carolina and Tennessee, reach higher elevations. This point is just east of Exit 111. A sign prominently displays this unusual fact about the Interstate. At mile marker 101, I-80 passes by the city of Dubois.
Centre, Clinton, and Union Counties
I-80 enters Centre County around mile marker 147 and intersects I-99 at exit 161, the main connecting point to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76 and I-70) and the Pennsylvania State University. US 220 is concurrent between exits 161 and 178 where it heads towards Lock Haven.
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, which is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. 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 Binghamton, NY to the north.
I-80 intersects I-476 at exit 274 in Carbon County for connections to Allentown and Philadelphia to the south and I-380 for a connection to I-84 to New England and Scranton. Around mile marker 305, I-80 approaches Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg, home to the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and the ski resort areas generally known as the Poconos. After passing by the Delaware Water Gap, I-80 enters the state of New Jersey via the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge.
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.
In early plans for the Interstate Highway System, the connection across northern Pennsylvania would have paralleled U.S. Route 6N and U.S. Route 6 from what became Interstate 90 near West Springfield, Pennsylvania east to Scranton. (From Scranton east to Hartford, Connecticut, Interstate 84 was built parallel to US 6.) From Scranton a route went southeast along U.S. Route 611 to the Stroudsburg area, and then east along U.S. Route 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. (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 Interstate 84, while the Scranton-New York route became Interstate 82. (I-80 ran along the Pennsylvania Turnpike - later Interstate 80S - to Harrisburg, where it split into I-80S to Philadelphia and I-80N (later Interstate 78) to New York.) This was corrected the next year, as the Keystone Shortway became part of I-80, and the southern route became I-80S (later I-76) and I-78. I-84 was truncated to Scranton, and the Scranton-Stroudsburg connection became Interstate 81E (later renumbered Interstate 380).
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 U.S. Route 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.
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.
In an effort to keep the Pennsylvania Turnpike system under public control, in June 2007, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission proposed tolling Interstate 80 as a means of raising transportation revenue. It is seeking the permission to put tolls on the highway through a Federal Highway Administration pilot program that allows three states to place tolls on interstates. Missouri's Interstate 70 and Virginia had already taken two of the spots. Under the plan, the PTC would assume all maintenance and toll-taking operations on I-80. The plan calls for up to ten toll plazas along the length of I-80 in Pennsylvania with a toll rate of 8 cents per mile, which would be comparable to the rate on the Pennsylvania Turnpike following a projected toll increase. Originally, I-80 was part of the PTC's 1,000 Mile Turnpike system, but with the passage of the Interstate Highway Act in 1954, the PTC abandoned the 1,000-mile (1,600 km) system and only maintained the original east–west Turnpike and its Northeastern Extension. Currently the only toll on I-80 in Pennsylvania is at the Delaware Water Gap bridge between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Tolling on I-80 would be completed by 2010. On October 15, 2007, the lease for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to toll I-80 was signed.
This plan faced opposition from Northern Pennsylvania politicians who fear tolls will hurt the economy in the region and who do not want their tolls going toward funding mass transit. Congressmen John E. Peterson and Phil English have proposed a federal transportation bill that would ban the tolling of I-80. The chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has promised that the tolls would be used on highway projects in Pennsylvania and not on mass transit. 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.
On September 11, 2008, the Federal Highway Administration rejected Pennsylvania's application to toll Interstate 80 for the second time.
On April 6, 2010, the Federal Highway Administration rejected this application for the third time.
|Mercer||Shenango Township||0.00||0.00||I‑80 west – Youngstown||Ohio state line|
|4.0||6.4||4||I-376 east / PA 760 north – New Castle, Sharon||Split into exits 4A (I-376) and 4B (PA 760), western terminus of I-376, southern terminus of PA 760|
|East Lackawannock Township||14.9||24.0||15||US 19 – Mercer|
|Findley Township||19.1||30.7||19||I-79 – Pittsburgh, Erie||Split into exits 19A (south) and 19B (north)|
|Worth Township||23.7||38.1||24||PA 173 – Grove City, Sandy Lake|
|Venango||Barkeyville||28.9||46.5||29||PA 8 – Barkeyville, Franklin|
|Clinton Township||34.7||55.8||35||PA 308 – Clintonville|
|Scrubgrass Township||41.9||67.4||42||PA 38 – Emlenton|
||No major junctions|
|Clarion||Richland Township||45.7||73.5||45||PA 478 south / PA 208 / PA 38 – St. Petersburg, Emlenton||Eastbound ramps access PA-478; westbound ramps access PA-38/PA-208 concurrency and are in Venango County|
|Beaver Township||53.5||86.1||53||To PA 338 (Canoe Ripple Road) – Knox|
|Paint Township||60.1||96.7||60||PA 66 north – Shippenville||West end of PA 66 concurrency|
|Monroe Township||61.9||99.6||62||PA 68 – Sligo, Clarion|
|Clarion Township||64.5||103.8||64||PA 66 south – New Bethlehem, Clarion||East end of PA 66 concurrency|
|70.3||113.1||70||US 322 – Strattanville, Corsica|
|Jefferson||Union Township||72.9||117.3||73||PA 949 – Corsica|
|Brookville||78.3||126.0||78||PA 36 – Brookville|
|Pine Creek Township||81.1||130.5||81||PA 28 – Hazen|
|Winslow Township||86.4||139.0||86||Fuller Road – Reynoldsville|
|90.6||145.8||90||PA 830 east – DuBois Regional Airport|
|Clearfield||Sandy Township||96.4||155.1||97||US 219 – DuBois, Brockway|
|100.9||162.4||101||PA 255 – DuBois, Penfield|
|Pine Township||110.4||177.7||111||PA 153 – Clearfield, Penfield|
|Plymptonville||119.4||192.2||120||PA 879 – Clearfield, Shawville|
|Lawrence Township||122.7||197.5||123||PA 970 to US 322 – Woodland, Shawville||Alternative eastbound route to State College and I-99 south|
|Cooper Township||132.6||213.4||133||PA 53 – Philipsburg, Kylertown|
|Centre||Snow Shoe||147.0||236.6||147||To PA 144 – Snow Shoe|
PA 150 / US 220 Alt. south – Milesburg, Blanchard
|West end of US 220 Alt. concurrency|
|Spring Township||160.2||257.8||161||I-99 south / US 220 south / PA 26 – Bellefonte, Howard||East end of US 220 Alt. concurrency, west end of US 220 concurrency|
|Clinton||Porter Township||172.7||277.9||173||PA 64 – Pleasant Gap, Mill Hall|
|Lamar Township||177.5||285.7||178||US 220 north – Lock Haven, Williamsport||East end of US 220 concurrency|
|Greene Township||185.2||298.1||185||PA 477 – Loganton, Salona|
|191.9||308.8||192||To PA 880 – Loganton, Jersey Shore|
|Union||West Buffalo Township||198.9||320.1||199||Mile Run Road||Access to Bald Eagle State Forest|
|White Deer Township||209.7||337.5||210||US 15 – Lewisburg, Williamsport||Split into exits 210A (south) and 210B (north)|
|Northumberland||Milton||211.4||340.2||212||I-180 west / PA 147 south – Williamsport, Milton||Split into exits 212A (PA 147) and 212B (I-180)|
|East Chillisquaque Township||214.8||345.7||215||PA 254 – Limestoneville|
|Montour||Valley Township||223.5||359.7||224||PA 54 – Danville, Washingtonville|
|Columbia||Hemlock Township||231.7||372.9||232||PA 42 – Buckhorn|
|Bloomsburg||235.3||378.7||236||PA 487 – Bloomsburg, Lightstreet|
|South Centre Township||240.2||386.6||241||US 11 – Lime Ridge, Berwick|
|Main Township||241.4||388.5||242||PA 339 – Mainville, Mifflinville|
|Luzerne||Sugarloaf Township||255.5||411.2||256||PA 93 – Conyngham, Nescopeck|
|Butler Township||259.2||417.1||260||I-81 – Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre||Split into exits 260A (south) and 260B (north), exit 260B is a left exit eastbound|
|262.1||421.8||262||PA 309 – Hazleton, Mountain Top||Access to Nescopeck State Park|
|White Haven||273.0||439.4||273||PA 940 / PA 437 – Freeland, White Haven|
|Carbon||Kidder Township||274.5||441.8||274||PA 534 – Hickory Run State Park|
|277.2||446.1||277||PA 940 / I-476 / Penna Turnpike NE Extension – Allentown, Wilkes-Barre||Pocono Exit of PA Turnpike Northeast Extension|
|Monroe||Tunkhannock Township||284.0||457.1||284||PA 115 – Brodheadsville, Blakeslee|
|Jackson Township||293.6||472.5||293||I-380 north – Scranton||Southern terminus of I-380|
|Pocono Township||298.0||479.6||298||PA 611 – Scotrun||Westbound exit, eastbound entrance|
|298.9||481.0||299||PA 715 – Tannersville||Use Sullivan Trail to I-80 West|
|Hamilton Township||302.8||487.3||302||PA 33 south to US 209 south / PA 611 – Snydersville, Bartonsville||No westbound exit for PA 33/US 209 S (see exit 304), split into exits 302A (north) and 302B (south) eastbound|
|Stroud Township||304.9||490.7||303||Ninth Street (PA 611)||Eastbound exit, westbound entrance|
|305.5||491.7||304||US 209 south to PA 33 south – Snydersville||Westbound exit, eastbound entrance, west end of US 209 concurrency|
US 209 Bus. (Main Street)
|306.4||493.1||306||Dreher Avenue||Westbound exit, eastbound entrance|
|307.3||494.6||307||PA 611 (Park Avenue) / PA 191 (Broad Street)||No westbound ramps to PA 611, no eastbound ramps to PA 191|
|East Stroudsburg||308.3||496.2||308||East Stroudsburg (Prospect Street)|
|309.5||498.1||309||US 209 north / PA 447 north – Marshalls Creek||East end of US 209 concurrency|
|Delaware Water Gap||310.5||499.7||310||PA 611 – Delaware Water Gap||Welcome Center (westbound), potential commuter rail park & ride to New York City and Scranton via the Lackawanna Cutoff|
|Delaware River||Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge|
|Warren||Hardwick Township||311.07||500.62||I‑80 east – New Jersey||New Jersey state line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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