Interstate 90 in Pennsylvania

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This article is about the section of Interstate 90 in Pennsylvania. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 90.

Interstate 90 marker

Interstate 90
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 46.297 mi[1] (74.508 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑90 at Ohio state line
  US 6N near West Springfield
I-79 near Erie
US 19 near Erie
I-86 near Erie
US 20 near State Line
East end: I-90 / Thruway at New York state line
Location
Counties: Erie
Highway system
PA 89 PA 90

Within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, Interstate 90 spans 46.297 miles (74.508 km), all within Erie County, from the Ohio border near West Springfield to the New York border near North East. I-90 is the primary west–east highway in the Erie area, passing south of downtown and interchanging with Interstate 79, which connects downtown Erie to southern Pennsylvania and beyond, and Interstate 86, linking Erie to the Southern Tier of New York. U.S. Route 20, which interchanges with I-90 near the New York-Pennsylvania border, parallels I-90 across the county.

Route description[edit]

I-90 enters Pennsylvania from Ohio in Springfield Township, Erie County, heading east as a four-lane freeway through rural areas of fields and woods. The road has an eastbound rest area before it reaches an interchange with US 6N near West Springfield. The next exit is for PA 215 near East Springfield. The freeway enters Girard Township and curves to the northeast. I-90 passes through a corner of Platea before it crosses back into Girard Township and interchanges with PA 18. The roadway continues through more rural areas and crosses Elk Creek. The highway crosses into Fairview Township, where it has an exit for PA 98. I-90 curves more to the east and heads into McKean Township. Here, it has an interchange serving PA 832. The highway passes through more rural areas with some nearby development and reaches a cloverleaf interchange with I-79, which provides access to the city of Erie to the north.[2][3]

A short distance past I-79, the freeway enters Summit Township and heads northeast to an interchange with US 19 in a commercial area. I-90 runs through wooded areas with nearby suburban development and comes to the PA 97 near Presque Isle Downs and Casino. The highway passes through a corner of Greene Township prior to entering Millcreek Township, where it has an exit for PA 8. The roadway briefly crosses back into Greene Township before it heads into Harborcreek Township. Here, I-90 has an interchange with PA 290/PA 430 that provides access to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The freeway heads back into rural areas of farms and woods, coming to the PA 531 exit. I-90 crosses into Greenfield Township, where it has a trumpet interchange with the western terminus of I-86. The roadway enters North East Township and continues through more rural land. The freeway reaches an interchange with PA 89, which provides access to the borough of North East to the north. Farther northeast, the highway passes through agricultural areas and comes to an interchange serving US 20 near State Line. I-90 has a westbound welcome center before it comes to the New York border, where it continues east into that state as part of the tolled New York State Thruway.[2][3]

History[edit]

What is now I-90 was originally planned as part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike system in the 1950s.[4] With the creation of the Interstate Highway System in 1956, this road would be dropped from the turnpike system and would be built as a part of I-90.[4][5] I-90 was completed through Pennsylvania by 1960.[6] In 2007, a major pileup forced a 15 hour closure of the entire stretch of I-90 in Pennsylvania due to winter storm whiteout conditions.[7]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Erie County.

Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Springfield Township 0.000 0.000 I‑90 west – Cleveland Ohio state line
3.034 4.883 3 US 6N – West Springfield, Cherry Hill
6.173 9.934 6 PA 215 – East Springfield, Albion
Girard Township 9.613 15.471 9 PA 18 – Girard, Platea
Fairview Township 15.586 25.083 16 PA 98 – Fairview, Franklin Center
McKean Township 18.383 29.585 18 PA 832 – Presque Isle, Sterrettania
21.913 35.266 22 I-79 – Pittsburgh, Erie Split into exits 22A (south) and 22B (north)
Summit Township 24.365 39.212 24 US 19 (Peach Street) – Waterford
26.918 43.320 27 PA 97 (State Street) – Waterford
Millcreek Township 29.322 47.189 29 PA 8 (Parade Street) – Hammett
Harborcreek Township 32.149 51.739 32 PA 290 / PA 430 (Bayfront Connector) – Wesleyville, Colt Station Eastern terminus of PA 290
34.622 55.719 35 PA 531 – Harborcreek, Phillipsville
Greenfield Township 36.516 58.767 37 I-86 east – Jamestown Western terminus of I-86
North East Township 40.563 65.280 41 PA 89 – North East
44.670 71.889 45 US 20 – State Line
46.297 74.508 I-90 / Thruway east – Buffalo New York state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (December 31, 2012). "Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams" (2013 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Google Inc. "overview of Interstate 90 in Pennsylvania". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-90+E&daddr=I-90+E&hl=en&sll=42.24793,-79.766622&sspn=0.036787,0.084543&geocode=FdvofwIdVV8z-w%3BFbG3hAIdxe0--w&t=h&mra=ls&z=10. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b PennDOT (2012). Erie County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/erie_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Dakelman, Mitchell E., Schorr, Neal A. (2004). The Pennsylvania Turnpike. Images of America. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3532-X. 
  5. ^ American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (1957). Official Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Map). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Interstate_Highway_plan_August_14,_1957.jpg. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1960). Official Map of Pennsylvania (front) (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1960fr.pdf. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "I-90 Reopens After Fatal Crash Near Erie, Pennsylvania". Fox News. January 26, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
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