U.S. Route 119 in Pennsylvania

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 119 in Pennsylvania. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 119.

U.S. Route 119 marker

U.S. Route 119
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 19
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 133 mi[1] (214 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 119 near Point Marion, PA
 
North end: US 219 in Sandy Township
Highway system
PA 118 PA 120

U.S. Route 119 (US 119) travels through Connellsville, Greensburg, and Punxsutawney, and bypasses Uniontown and Indiana. There are numerous other boroughs and villages along its 133-mile (214 km) route in the Keystone State. The southern entrance of US 119 is at the West Virginia state line one-half-mile south of Point Marion. The northern terminus is at US 219 two miles (3 km) south of DuBois, Pennsylvania. US 119 is in the National Highway System from the West Virginia state line to Exit 0 of PA Turnpike 66, and from US 22 to US 219. From US 22 to US 219, the highway carries the name of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway; from US 22 to PA 56, it is also known as the Patrick J. Stapleton Highway; near Uniontown, it bears the name George C. Marshall Parkway.

Concurrencies along the route include PA 43 from Chadville to US 40; US 40 from the Hopwood interchange to Main Street, Uniontown; Truck PA 711 from Connellsville to North Connellsville; PA 819 from the borough of South Greensburg to the City of Greensburg; Business PA 66 from US 30 in South Greensburg to Greensburg; PA 130 in Greensburg; US 22 from Shieldsburg to two miles (3 km) east of Blairsville; PA 56 from Homer City to US 422; Business US 422 from the Wayne Avenue interchange to the US 422 interchange; Truck PA 286 from US 422 to PA 286; and PA 36 in Punxsutawney.[2]

Route description[edit]

Fayette County[edit]

US 119 enters Pennsylvania from Monongalia County, WV just south of Point Marion, PA. Known as Morgantown Rd. for most of its route south of Uniontown, it travels north through Point Marion. The highway leaves the borough upon crossing the Cheat River at its confluence with the Monongahela River. Route 119 then turns toward the east-northeast and heads toward Smithfield. To the northeast of Smithfield, Morgantown Rd. intersects with Big Six Rd., which provides access to PA 43 at exit 8. This begins a section of the highway that runs parallel to two other highways, PA 43 and PA 857, till the PA 857 terminus at the Uniontown bypass in South Union Township.

U.S. Route 119 as it enters Pennsylvania just south of Point Marion in Fayette County.

US 119 merges with US 40 to form part of the George C. Marshall Parkway, which bypasses the city of Uniontown to the west and north. Exits along the US 119 section of the bypass include Walnut Hill Rd.; McClellandtown Rd. (PA 21); Main St. (US 40 West and US 40 Bus), the north end of concurrency with US 40; Pittsburgh St. (PA 51); N. Gallatin Ave.; and Connellsville Rd. Shortly after the Connellsville Rd. exit, US 119 passes Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

Eleven miles northeast of Uniontown and six miles (10 km) north of Penn State, US 119 enters the city of Connellsville. Route 119 becomes a one-way pair of 8th and 9th Sts. in western Connellsville. After intersection PA 201/PA 711 (W. Crawford Ave.), US 119 crosses the Youghiogheny River via the Memorial Bridge, one of two bridges in Connellsville. The highway leaves Connellsville as Memorial Blvd and heads to the north intersecting with the southern terminus of PA 982 (Pleasant Valley Rd.).

North of Pleasant Valley Rd. is a trumpet interchange with Everson Valley Rd. Just north of this intersection, US 119 leaves Fayette County, having spent 38 miles (61 km) in Fayette County.[3]

Westmoreland County[edit]

The highway enters Westmoreland County in East Huntingdon Township. US 119 continues north between the boroughs of Scottdale and Mount Pleasant. East of Scottdale, US 119 has an exit with PA 819 signed for the two communities, and then west of Mount Pleasant is an interchange with PA 31, which also provides access to PA 981.

Five and a half miles north of Mount Pleasant, just west of Youngwood, US 119 traffic must exit the expressway at a full cloverleaf interchange (straight ahead is the beginning of PA 66 North), immediately to the east of connections to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-70. After leaving the expressway, US 119 enters Youngwood as Hellman St., which becomes the one-way pair of 3rd and 4th Sts.

Shortly after leaving Youngwood, US 119 intersects the Lincoln Highway (US 30), which bypasses Greensburg to the west and south. Route 119 becomes Main St. at this point and travels through downtown Greensburg. At PA 130, Pittsburgh St., US 119 turns to the right and leaves Greensburg as Harvey Ave and heads to the northeast toward the historical Hannastown. Once leaving Greensburg US 119 becomes predominantly a two-lane road again for the first time since joining the Uniontown bypass nearly 40 miles (64 km) south.

After passing Hannastown, US 119 continues to the northeast to merge with the William Penn Highway (US 22). The concurrency runs to the east-northeast toward Blairsville where US 119 leaves Westmoreland County after spending 33 miles (53 km) in the county.[4]

Indiana County[edit]

Heading south of Route 119, just north of Homer City, Pennsylvania. Homer City Generating Station is visible is the distance.

US 119 enters Indiana County in the borough of Blairsville after crossing the Conemaugh River. US 119/US 22 bypasses the borough to the north and heads to the end of the concurrency in Burrell Township. US 119 then takes a more northerly path as the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway. While the portion of US 119 between Blairsville and Homer City was a two-lane segment until recent years, this portion of the highway is being widened to four lanes.

Seven miles north of the William Penn Highway, US 119 enters Homer City, merges with PA 56. PA 56 leaves US 119 when the highway intersects the Benjamin Franklin Highway (US 422) south of Indiana. US 119 then becomes an eastern bypass of the borough. The only exit on the bypass is the Philadelphia St. exit at PA 286.

Immediately after passing Indiana, the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway becomes a two-lane road again north of an interchange with PA 110 and continues to Home. In Home, US 119 is the eastern terminus of PA 85. US 119 the continues north through rural northern Indiana County before leaving the county in North Mahoning Township after travelling 42 miles (68 km) in the county.[5]

Jefferson and Clearfield Counties[edit]

US 119 enters Jefferson County in Young Township. Just north of the Jefferson County border, the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway intersects PA 436. After entering Punxsutawney, the home of Punxsutawney Phil, the route merges with PA 36 at Mahoning St. US 119 is concurrent with PA 36 for four blocks before making a left turn on Hampton Ave. Route 119 leaves Punxsutawney shortly thereafter as Ridge Ave. and heads east toward Big Run. Before reaching Big Run, US 119 passes the Punxsutawney Municipal Airport in Bell Township. After passing through Big Run as Main St., the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway turns to the north-northeast toward Sykesville, PA.

Shortly after leaving Sykesville, US 119 leaves Jefferson County and enters Clearfield in Sandy Township south of DuBois. After an intersection with US 322, route 119 ends at US 219 just south of DuBois.

US 119 spends 18 miles (29 km) in Jefferson County and less than 3 miles (4.8 km) in Clearfield County.[6]

History[edit]

U.S. Route 119 was originally signed in 1926. Until 1927 it ran from West Virginia to New York. Originally, instead of ending at US 219 in Sandy Township, it followed US 219's current alignment for 44 miles (71 km) north to Wilcox. It then followed the present-day PA 321 to Kane where it ran concurrent to US 6 to Smethport, 26 miles (42 km) to the northeast. In Smethport, US 119 travelled the current alignment of PA 46 to Bradford where it turned north to New York via US 219's current alignment. In 1927, US 119 terminated at its current location south of DuBois.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the highway was widened in several places, the most notable include: a 1940 widening from New Stanton to Greensburg; a 1948 widening in Connellsville; a 1956 widening in Uniontown. In 1965, an expressway was completed from PA 819 to PA 31, and in 1966, it was completed from Pennsville to PA 819. This expressway runs between Mount Pleasant and Scottdale.

In 1972, the Uniontown (started in 1971) and Indiana (started in 1969) bypasses were completed. In 1978 an expressway from PA 31 to the PA 66 interchange was completed, which finished the current 11-mile (18 km) expressway from Pennsville to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 1993 an expressway from the southern end of the Uniontown bypass to Big Six Road in Georges Township was built parallel to US 119. This is currently part of PA 43 but is the only free section of the Mon–Fayette Expressway. In 2000, US 119 was widened along its concurrency with US 22 in Westmoreland County. Many of the latest improvements have been controversial, but improvements continue to be made.

In 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), and West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) had planned on submitting an application to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on realigning US 119 onto the Mon–Fayette Expressway south of Uniontown all the way to the Mon–Fayette's southern terminus with Interstate 68 near Cheat Lake, West Virginia east of Morgantown, where it would briefly run concurrent with I-68 once the West Virginia section of the Mon–Fayette Expressway opened in 2011. As to where US 119 would leave I-68 was a matter of debate, however, as PennDOT and the PTC preferred that US 119 exits I-68 at Exit 1, completely bypassing Downtown Morgantown, while WVDOH preferred that US 119 exited I-68 sooner at Exit 7 so that US 119 would at least continue to run through Downtown Morgantown. (Both exits are to US 119's existing alignment in the area.)[7] As of February 2014, there has been no response back on the AASHTO, and US 119 remains on its current alignment south of Uniontown.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Fayette Point Marion 0.0 0.0 US 119 south Continuation into West Virginia
Springhill Township 2.0 3.2 PA 166 north
South Union Township 15.2 24.5 PA 857 south
South end of freeway
15.2 24.5 PA 43 south – Smithfield, Morgantown South end of PA 43 overlap
15.4 24.8 US 40 east – Hopwood South end of US 40 overlap
Walnut Hill Road
17.4 28.0 PA 21 (McClellandtown Road)
North Union Township 18.3 29.5
US 40 west / US 40 Bus. (Main Street)
North end of US 40 overlap
19.2 30.9 Toll PA 43 north – Brownsville, Pittsburgh Stack interchange, north end of PA 43 overlap
19.2 30.9 PA 51 (Pittsburgh Street)
Gallatin Avenue
Connellsville Street
North end of freeway
Connellsville 30.2 48.6 PA 711
30.2 48.6 PA 201
Bullskin Township 33.7 54.2 PA 982
Westmoreland East Huntingdon Township South end of freeway
38.5 62.0 PA 819 – Scottdale
Mt. Pleasant 40.7 65.5 PA 31 – Ruffs Dale, Mt. Pleasant
East Huntingdon Township West Tech Drive
Hempfield Township Technology Drive
New Stanton 46.1 74.2 Toll PA 66 north – Delmont
I-70 / I-76 / Penna. Tpk. – New Stanton
North end of freeway
South Greensburg 50.0 80.5 PA 819 south South end of PA 819 overlap
Southwest Greensburg 50.9 81.9 US 30 Interchange
Greensburg 52.5 84.5 PA 130
52.7 84.8 PA 819 north North end of PA 819 overlap
Salem Township 61.4 98.8 US 22 west South end of US 22 overlap
New Alexandria 62.4 100.4 PA 981
Derry Township 66.9 107.7 PA 982
Indiana Blairsville 71.2 114.6 PA 217 – Blairsville, Derry Interchange
Burrell Township 73.9 118.9 US 22 east – Ebensburg Interchange, north end of US 22 overlap
White Township 81.7 131.5 PA 56 east South end of PA 56 overlap
South end of freeway

US 422 Bus. west (Wayne Avenue)
85.1 137.0 A US 422 east – Ebensburg
85.1 137.0 B
US 422 / PA 56 / PA 286 Truck west – Kittanning
North end of PA 56 overlap, south end of PA 286 Truck overlap
88.8 142.9
PA 286 Truck east to PA 286 – Indiana, Clymer
North end of PA 286 Truck overlap
PA 110 west – Creekside
North end of freeway
Rayne Township 97.4 156.8 PA 85 west
North Mahoning Township 111.5 179.4 PA 210 south
Jefferson Young Township 113.1 182.0 PA 436 north
Punxsutawney 115.0 185.1 PA 36 east South end of PA 36 overlap
115.3 185.6 PA 36 west North end of PA 36 overlap
115.8 186.4 PA 310 north
Henderson Township 123.7 199.1 PA 410 east
Clearfield Sandy Township 131.8 212.1 US 322
132.9 213.9 US 219
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

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