U.S. Route 11 in Pennsylvania

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"Pennsylvania Route 11" redirects here. For the former highway, see Pennsylvania Route 11 (1920s).
This article is about the section of U.S. Route 11 in Pennsylvania. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 11.

U.S. Route 11 marker

U.S. Route 11
Route highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 248.4 mi (399.8 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 11 at Maryland border in Antrim Township
 

I-81 south of Greencastle
US 30 in Chambersburg
I-81 / I-76 / Penna. Tpk. in Carlisle
US 15 in Camp Hill
I-81 in East Pennsboro Township
US 22 / US 322 near Duncannon
US 15 in Shamokin Dam
I-80 near Berwick
I-81 in Moosic

I-81 / I-476 / Penna. Tpk. NE Ext in Clarks Summit
North end: US 11 at New York border in Great Bend Township
Highway system
PA 10 PA 11

U.S. Route 11 roughly parallels Interstate 81 in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It serves Harrisburg and Scranton. Between those two cities, US 11 follows the Susquehanna River, while I-81 follows a shorter route over the mountains.

Route description[edit]

US 11 enters Pennsylvania parallel to Interstate 81 south of Greencastle in Antrim Township, Franklin County. The two routes head to the northeast, running parallel to each other as they pass through Chambersburg, where they intersect U.S. Route 30, Shippensburg, and Carlisle. Northeast of Carlisle in Middlesex, US 11 interchanges with the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76), and then I-81 roughly 1 mile later. The stretch of US 11 between I-76 and I-81 is known as the "Miracle Mile" since it contains plenty of traveler services including restaurants, gas stations, lodging, truck stops, shops, etc. There is no direct interchange between the two interstates, so travelers must use this stretch, or travel through downtown Carlisle, to get from one interstate to the other.

US 11, now to the south of I-81, continues eastward into the western suburbs of Harrisburg as the Carlisle Pike. This road serves a major arterial route in eastern Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Rumored to have originally been a Native American trail, it is now a significant center of urban sprawl serving much of Harrisburg's western suburbs. The road passes through Middlesex Township, the small unincorporated village of New Kingstown, Silver Spring and Hampden Township. Upon reaching Pennsylvania Route 581, US 11 splits from Carlisle Pike and runs concurrent with PA 581.

U.S. Route 11 east of Bloomsburg

In Camp Hill, a close suburb of Harrisburg, US 11 stops paralleling I-81 and joins U.S. Route 15 northward through the western suburbs of Harrisburg, crossing I-81 in this area. As the road exits the Harrisburg area, US 11 and US 15 begin to parallel the Susquehanna River as both head northward. They intersect U.S. Route 22/U.S. Route 322 near Duncannon and U.S. Route 522 in Selinsgrove. The two routes remain overlapped to an intersection in Shamokin Dam, where US 15 branches off to the northwest, following the path of the Susquehanna's West Branch northward. US 11, in contrast, continues to parallel the main Susquehanna River, passing through municipalities such as Danville, Bloomsburg, and Berwick (where it crosses Interstate 80) prior to reaching Wilkes-Barre.

U.S. Route 11 north of Shickshinny

North of Wilkes-Barre in Pittston, US 11 breaks from the Susquehanna and begins to run parallel to I-81 once more. From Wilkes-Barre, the highway goes through nearby Scranton, becoming the North Scranton Expressway north of downtown. The North Scranton Expressway (officially the Congressman Joseph M. McDade Expressway) is a freeway north of downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States, carries U.S. Route 11 and Pennsylvania Route 307 north from the Mulberry Street Bridge over the Lackawanna River near downtown north to Interstate 81, U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 6 Business. It carried unsigned State Route 3027 until State Routes 0011 and 0307 were moved off their former routes to match the signed US 11 and PA 307 alignments (forming State Route 6011 and State Route 6307). SR 3027 still runs along Mulberry Street from Jefferson Avenue, where US 11 and PA 307 turn southwest, southeast to Harrison Avenue (SR 6011).

In Clarks Summit, just north of Scranton, US 11 intersects U.S. Route 6. US 6 joins US 11 westward to Factoryville, where US 11 separates from US 6 and resumes its northerly trek through Susquehanna County to the New York-Pennsylvania border in Great Bend Township. This stretch was originally built from 1918-1922 on the old route of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and is called the "Lackawanna Trail".[1]

Old Alignment in Scranton and Dunmore[edit]

Prior to 1989, US 11 followed an older alignment bypassing Downtown Scranton. From Pittston Avenue, US 11 turned right onto Moosic Street and climbed the hill. At Crown Avenue, it turned left, joining PA 307 which was coming from the opposite direction on Moosic Street. Together they crossed the Harrison Avenue bridge and continued about a mile to Myrtle Street. PA 307 and US 11 turned right on Myrtle for one block then left on Wheeler Avenue. After entering the Borough of Dunmore and crossing the old Erie Railroad tracks, the pair turned left on Cherry Street then bore right onto South Blakely Street, entering Downtown Dunmore. They turned left onto Green Ridge Street, re-entering Scranton in the Green Ridge section of the city. At the end of Green Ridge Street at North Scranton Junior High School, they turned right onto Main Avenue entering the Providence section of the city. After a half mile, they turned left onto West Market Street. PA 307 left US 11 by turning left onto Keyser Avenue. US 11 continued on West Market Street to Saltry Place, where it turned left for one block then right onto the North Scranton Expressway. From it, it joined its current alignment heading towards Clarks Summit. At one time, this final intersection with the expressway was a 4-way traffic circle servicing Oak Street, Market Street, the Scranton Carbondale Highway (US 6), and Northern Boulevard (today's US 11).

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Franklin Maryland state line 0.0 0.0 US 11 south (Pennsylvania Avenue) Continues into Maryland
Antrim Township 0.0 0.0 PA 163 west (Mason Dixon Road) to I-81 Eastern terminus of PA 163
2.2 3.5 I-81 – Hagerstown, Chambersburg Interchange
Greencastle 5.0 8.0 PA 16 (Baltimore Street) to I-81 – Mercersburg, Waynesboro
Guilford Township 10.5 16.9 PA 914 east (Swamp Fox Road) to I-81 Western terminus of PA 914
Chambersburg 15.4 24.8 PA 316 south (Wayne Street) to I-81 Northern terminus of PA 316
16.0 25.7 US 30 (Lincoln Way)
Greene Township 19.7 31.7 PA 433 north (Sunset Pike) – Pleasant Hall, Orrstown, Roxbury Southern terminus of PA 433
21.0 33.8 PA 997 (Cumberland Highway) to I-81 – Letterkenny Army Depot, Scotland
Cumberland Shippensburg 26.7 43.0 PA 533 west (Morris Street) South end of PA 533 concurrency
PA 696 south (Fayette Street) South end of PA 696 concurrency
26.9 43.3 PA 696 north (Earl Street) North end of PA 696 concurrency
Southampton Township 28.0 45.1 PA 174 east (Walnut Bottom Road) to I-81 Western terminus of PA 174
29.3 47.2 PA 533 east – Newville North end of PA 533 concurrency
Penn Township 37.4 60.2 PA 233 (Centerville Road) to I-81 – Newville, Centerville
Carlisle 44.9 72.3 PA 465 (Allen Road) to I-81 – Plainfield, Mooredale
46.8 75.3 PA 641 west (Orange Street) South end of PA 641 concurrency
47.4 76.3 PA 74 north (College Street) South end of PA 74 concurrency
47.8 76.9 PA 34 south (Hanover Street) South end of PA 34 concurrency
47.8 76.9 PA 74 south / PA 641 east (High Street) North end of PA 74/641 concurrencies
48.2 77.6 PA 34 north (Spring Road) North end of PA 34 concurrency
Middlesex Township 50.7 81.6 I-76 / Penna. Tpk. – Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Interchange
51.8 83.4 I-81 – Chambersburg, Harrisburg Interchange
Silver Spring Township 57.4 92.4 PA 114 (New Willow Mill Road) to I-81 – Wertzville, Mechanicsburg
Mechanicsburg South end of freeway
60.2 96.9 PA 581 west (Capital Beltway) – Carlisle South end of PA 581 concurrency
Camp Hill 61.7 99.3 PA 641 (Trindle Road) – Mechanicsburg
62.7 100.9 US 15 south – Gettysburg
PA 581 to I-83 east – Harrisburg, York
South end of US 15 concurrency
north end of PA 581 concurrency
North end of freeway
PA 641 west (Trindle Road) Eastern terminus of PA 641
M. Harvey Taylor BridgeHarrisburg Northbound exit and southbound entrance
East Pennsboro Township 67.5 108.6 PA 944 west (State Street) Eastern terminus of PA 944
Hampden Township 70.1 112.8 I-81 (Capital Beltway) – Carlisle, Harrisburg Interchange
Perry Marysville 72.7 117.0 PA 850 west (Valley Street) Eastern terminus of PA 850
Duncannon South end of freeway
80.2 129.1 PA 274 west – Duncannon
Penn Township 83.0 133.6 US 22 / US 322 – Harrisburg, Lewistown
North end of freeway
Buffalo Township 93.8 151.0 PA 34 south (Hunters Valley Road) – Newport Northern terminus of PA 34
Liverpool 95.6 153.9 PA 17 west – Millerstown Eastern terminus of PA 17
Liverpool Township 99.9 160.8 PA 104 north – Middleburg Southern terminus of PA 104
Snyder Penn Township South end of freeway
113.0 181.9 PA 35 south – Selinsgrove Northern terminus of PA 35
Monroe Township 115.6 186.0 US 522 south – Selinsgrove Northern terminus of US 522
North end of freeway
Shamokin Dam 118.6 190.9 PA 61 south – Sunbury Interchange, northern terminus of PA 61
119.1 191.7 US 15 north – Lewisburg Northern end of US 15 concurrency
Northumberland Northumberland 121.5 195.5 PA 147 north (Duke Street) – Milton South end of PA 147 concurrency
121.7 195.9 PA 147 south (King Street) North end of PA 147 concurrency
Montour Danville 132.8 213.7 PA 54 (Continental Boulevard)
Columbia Catawissa Township 140.5 226.1 PA 42 south (Rupert Drive) – Catawissa Interchange, South end of PA 42 concurrency
Bloomsburg 140.8 226.6 PA 42 north to I-80 – Millville, Buckhorn Interchange, North end of PA 42 concurrency
142.4 229.2 PA 487 north (Lightstreet Road) South end of PA 487 concurrency
142.8 229.8 PA 487 south (Poplar Street) North end of PA 487 concurrency
South Centre Township 148.5 239.0 I-80 – Milton, Hazleton Interchange
Berwick 153.9 247.7 PA 93 north (Orange Street) – Orangeville South end of PA 93 concurrency
154.6 248.8 PA 93 south (Market Street) North end of PA 93 concurrency
Luzerne Shickshinny 164.6 264.9 PA 239 south – Mocanaqua, Wapwallopen South end of PA 239 concurrency
165.2 265.9 PA 239 north (Union Street) North end of PA 239 concurrency
Plymouth Township 173.9 279.9 PA 29 north (Mill Street) South end of PA 29 concurrency
175.3 282.1 PA 29 south (Cross Valley Expressway) Interchange, north end of PA 29 concurrency
Wilkes-Barre 182.4 293.5 PA 309 north – Luzerne, Dallas Interchange
West Pittston 188.6 303.5 PA 92 north (Tunkhannock Avenue) – Tunkhannock Southern terminus of PA 92
Pittston 191.7 308.5 Suscon Road - Hughestown Interchange
Lackawanna Moosic PA 502 east to I-81 Western terminus of PA 502
194.1 312.4 I-81 – Wilkes-Barre, Scranton Interchange
Scranton 199.1 320.4 To I-81 (Central Scranton Expressway)
PA 307 south (Moosic Street)
South end of PA 307 concurrency
South end of freeway
200.0 321.9 7th Avenue, Providence Road
200.7 323.0 Main Avenue
202.1 325.2 PA 307 north (Keyser Avenue) North end of PA 307 concurrency
203.0 326.7 To US 6 / I-81 – Dickson City
North end of freeway
South Abington Township 205.2 330.2 I-81 / US 6 east / I-476 / Penna. Tpk. NE Ext south – Binghamton, Wilkes-Barre Interchange, northern terminus of I-476, south end of US 6 concurrency
206.5 332.3 PA 407 north (Grove Street) – Clarks Green Southern terminus of PA 407
Dalton 210.4 338.6 PA 632 east – Dalton Interchange, western terminus of PA 632
La Plume Township 212.2 341.5 PA 438 east Western terminus of PA 438
Factoryville 214.2 344.7 PA 107 east – Lake Sheridan, Fleetville Western terminus of PA 107
214.8 345.7 US 6 west (Grand Army of the Republic Highway) – Tunkhannock Northbound exit and southbound entrance, north end of US 6 concurrency
Wyoming Nicholson 219.6 353.4 PA 92 (State Street) Interchange
Susquehanna Hop Bottom 225.6 363.1 PA 167 north (Main Street) – Brooklyn, Montrose Southern terminus of PA 167
Harford Township 229.6 369.5 PA 106 east to I-81 – Carbondale Western terminus of PA 106
229.9 370.0 PA 547 east Western terminus of PA 547
New Milford 238.3 383.5 PA 706 west (Wyalusing Street) – Montrose Eastern terminus of PA 706
239.4 385.3 PA 492 east (Jackson Street) to I-81 / PA 848 south (Harford Road) – Harford, Gibson Western terminus of PA 492, Northern terminus of PA 848
Great Bend 246.1 396.1 To I-81 / PA 171 (State Street) – Susquehanna To Northern terminus of PA 171
New York state line 248.4 399.8 US 11 north Continues into New York
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


U.S. Route 11
Previous state:
Maryland
Pennsylvania Next state:
New York

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ Flanagan, Thomas F. Northern Electric Railway. p. 19. Ben Rohrbeck Traction Publications, 1980.