Pennsylvania Route 36

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PA Route 36 marker

PA Route 36
Route of PA 36 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 151.10 mi[1] (243.17 km)
Major junctions
South end: PA 26 in Hopewell Township
  US 22 in Hollidaysburg

US 220 Bus. in Altoona
US 219 in Mahaffey
US 119 in Punxsutawney
US 322 in Brookville
I-80 in Brookville
US 62 in Tionesta
North end: PA 27 / PA 227 in Pleasantville
Location
Counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson, Forest, Clarion, Venango
Highway system
PA 35 PA 37
PA 859 PA-860 (1926).svg PA 861

Pennsylvania Route 36 (PA 36) is a 151.12 mi (243.2 km) long state highway located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The southern terminus is at Pennsylvania Route 26 near the Hopewell Township community of Yellow Creek. The northern terminus is at Pennsylvania Route 27 and Pennsylvania Route 227 in Pleasantville.

One of the longest and oldest highways in the commonwealth, PA 36 serves as a major connector between South Central and Northwestern Pennsylvania. In 1955, the highway was designated as the Colonel Drake Highway in honor of Edwin Drake.

Route description[edit]

Bedford and Blair Counties[edit]

PA 36 just north of the intersection with PA 867 in Taylor Township, just outside of Roaring Spring.

PA 36 begins in the Bedford County hamlet of Yellow Creek at PA 26 along the Tussey Mountain range. The distance in Bedford County is brief as the highway enters Blair County and proceeds northward as the Woodbury Pike, intersecting several 800-series state highways like: PA 866, PA 868, and PA 869. A short distance between Roaring Spring and the hamlet of McKee, PA 36 overlaps the east–west running PA 164. North of McKee, PA 36 becomes Catfish Ridge Road, closely paralleling the Frankstown Branch Juniata River to the west, and the Interstate 99U.S. Route 220 overlap to the east along the Brush Mountain range.

Just south of Hollidaysburg, PA 36 has the only interchange with a non-freeway highway, Smith Road. North of Smith Road, PA 36 enters the borough as Logan Boulevard and intersects U.S. Route 22 in downtown at Blair Street. North of Hollidaysburg, PA 36 as Logan Boulevard becomes a major 4-lane divided arterial, serving the southern suburbs of Altoona.

North of the I-99/US 220 underpass, PA 36 enters the city of Altoona. The route briefly overlaps U.S. Route 220 Business along West Plank Road. North of the overlap, PA 36 traverses the downtown areas of the city via Union Avenue and 18th street. Running on a west direction, 18th Street leads PA 36 out of Altoona, into the Appalachian Mountains and rural areas.

Cambria, Clearfield, and Jefferson Counties[edit]

Near the Cambria County line, PA 36 has the first of five wrong-way concurrencies with PA 53 for block in the hamlet of Ashville. West of the hamlet, PA 36 proceeds on a northwest direction into Clearfield County. Between the county line and the village of Mahaffey, PA 36 mostly runs parallel on the eastern banks of the Chest Creek. From Mahaffey to McGees Mills, PA 36 is overlapped with U.S. Route 219 along the northern banks of the West Branch Susquehanna River.

The highway runs through Indiana County, passing through its far northeastern portion, for less than one mile (1.6 km). Briefly after entering Jefferson County, PA 36 takes a predominantly western course. PA traverses the borough of Punxsutawney as Main and Mahoning Streets while intersecting the Buffalo-Pittsburgh highway (U.S. Route 119) and PA 436, a spur of 36. Outside the borough, PA 36 intersects another spur, PA 536, before taking a more northern alignment.

In Brookville, PA 36 has a three-route concurrency with U.S. Route 322 and PA 28 along Main Street. North of the overlap, PA 36 becomes Allegheny Boulevard while interchanging Interstate 80 at exit 78. North of Brookville, PA 36 runs mostly on a northern course. In the northwestern sections of the county, the road intersects PA 949 in Sigel and PA 899 near Clear Creek State Park. PA 36 exits the county running west along the southern tips of the Clarion River in Cook Forest State Park.

Clarion, Forest, and Venango Counties[edit]

PA 36 entes Clarion County running westward. In the town of Leeper, the route intersects PA 66. Past Leeper, the highway runs northwest, intersecting PA 208, and exiting the county. In Forest County, PA 36 has a short overlap with U.S. Route 62, in the borough of Tionesta along the Allegheny River. In Venango County, PA 36 runs mostly northwest before reaching the northern terminus at PA 27 and PA 227 in Pleasantville.

History[edit]

PA 36 was originally designated from Pleasant Valley Boulevard (U.S. Route 220) in Altoona to PA 66 in Clarion County. From the original northern terminus to Tionesta, the highway was signed as PA 66, and from Tionesta to the current terminus, it was signed as PA 227. From Roaring Spring to the current southern terminus, it was designated as PA 426.[2]

By 1940, the northern terminus was moved to its current location. Also by this time, the southern terminus was extended south to U.S. Route 30 west of Everett along what is today Lower Snake Spring Road and Church View Road. By 1950, the current southernmost segment of PA 36 between PA 26 and Loysburg was redesignated as PA 868. On December 21, 1955, the route was designated as the "Col. Drake Highway" in honor of Edwin L. Drake, the first to drill for oil in the United States.[3][4][5]

By 1980, the southern terminus was moved to its current location.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Bedford Hopewell Township 0.00 0.00 PA 26 Southern terminus
South Woodbury Township 3.79 6.10 PA 869 Eastern terminus of PA 869
5.01 8.06 PA 868 Southern terminus of PA 868
Woodbury Township 8.34 13.42 PA 866 Southern terminus of PA 866
Blair Roaring Spring 15.63 25.15 PA 164 east (Main Street) South end of PA 164 concurrency
16.51 26.57 PA 867 Northern terminus of PA 867
Freedom Township 18.61 29.95 PA 164 west (Cedar Street) North end of PA 164 concurrency
Hollidaysburg 23.80 38.30 US 22 (Blair Street)
Altoona 27.35 44.02
US 220 Bus. south (Plank Road)
South end of US BUS 220 concurrency
27.65 44.50
US 220 Bus. north (Pleasant Valley Boulevard)
North end of US BUS 220 concurrency
29.05 46.75 PA 764 (6th & 7th Avenue) Split into 6th and 7th Avenues
Cambria Ashville 39.15 63.01 PA 53 north (Market Street) South end of PA 53 wrong-way concurrency
39.31 63.26 PA 53 south (Main Street) North end of PA 53 wrong-way concurrency
Clearfield Mahaffey 69.31 111.54 US 219 north South end of US 219 wrong-way concurrency
Bell Township 71.56 115.16 US 219 south North end of US 219 wrong-way concurrency
Jefferson Punxsutawney 84.00 135.18 US 119 north (Hampton Avenue) South end of US 119 wrong-way concurrency
84.30 135.67 US 119 south (Gilpin Street) North end of US 119 wrong-way concurrency
85.36 137.37 PA 436 (Lincoln Avenue) Northern terminus of PA 436
Young Township 87.45 140.74 PA 536 Eastern terminus of PA 536
Brookville 103.75 166.97 US 322 east / PA 28 north (Main Street) South end of US 322/PA 28 wrong-way concurrency
104.53 168.22 US 322 west / PA 28 south (Main Street) North end of US 322/PA 28 wrong-way concurrency
105.03 169.03 I-80 Exit 78 (I-80).
Eldred Township 112.48 181.02 PA 949 (Clear Creek Road)
Barnett Township 115.72 186.23 PA 899 Southern terminus of PA 899
Clarion Farmington Township 127.37 204.98 PA 66
Washington Township 131.74 212.01 PA 208 Eastern terminus of PA 208
Forest Tionesta 141.24 227.30 US 62 north (Elm Street) South end of US 62 wrong-way concurrency
141.60 227.88 US 62 south North end of US 62 wrong-way concurrency
Venango Pleasantville 151.12 243.20 PA 27 / PA 227 Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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References[edit]

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