U.S. Route 322

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U.S. Route 322 marker

U.S. Route 322
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 22
Length: 494 mi[2] (795 km)
Existed: 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 6 / US 42 / SR 3 in Cleveland, Ohio
 

I‑90 in Cleveland, Ohio
I‑271 in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
I-79 in Meadville, Pennsylvania
I-80 near Clarion, Pennsylvania
I-99 / US 220 from Port Matilda, Pennsylvania to State College, Pennsylvania
I-81 / I-83 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
I-95 in Chester, Pennsylvania
I‑295 in Logan Township, New Jersey
NJ Tpk. near Swedesboro, New Jersey

G.S. Pkwy. in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
East end: US 40 / Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Highway system

U.S. Route 322 (US 322) is a 494 mi (795.0 km) long, east–west United States Highway, traversing Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The road is a spur of U.S. Route 22 and one of the original highways from 1926. A portion of it at one time was concurrent with the Lakes-to-Sea Highway.

Route description[edit]

Lengths
  mi[2] km
OH 62 99
PA 370 595
NJ 62 99

Ohio[edit]

US 322 begins at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East Roadway at Public Square in Downtown Cleveland, just northeast of the junction of U.S. Routes US 6, US 42, and State Route 3 (Superior Avenue) with US 422 and Ohio State Routes State Route 8, State Route 14, State Route 43, and State Route 87 (Ontario Street).[3][4] East of Public Square, the route runs eastward through midtown Cleveland conjoined with US 6 along Superior Avenue. Northwest of Cleveland State University, US 322 turns south onto 13th Street and runs eastward (as Chester Avenue) through Playhouse Square. Exiting the commercial district, US 322 interchanges Interstate 90, at exit 173. In University Circle, US 322 is briefly concurrent with U.S. Route 20 (Euclid Avenue). The overlap terminates at the eastern edge of University Circle, where US 322 splits off to the south by southwest, becoming Mayfield Road as it enters Little Italy, and through the eastern suburbs of Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, and Gates Mills, continuing on as Mayfield until the Geauga County/Ashtabula County line.[5][6][7]

In Geauga County, US 322 passes through suburban Chesterland and into Ohio's second largest Amish community,[8] which includes the rural townships of Claridon, Huntsburg, Windsor Township and the west side of Orwell Township. In Ashtabula County, US 322 crosses through Windsor Township, Orwell Township, the village of Orwell, Colebrook Township, Wayne Township and Williamsfield Township before crossing the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line south of Pymatuning Reservoir.[9]

Pennsylvania[edit]

US 322 enters Pennsylvania from Ohio in West Shenango Township. From this point, the road continues east, forming a concurrency with U.S. Route 6 between Conneaut Lake and Meadville, interchanging with Interstate 79 and intersecting U.S. Route 19 in Meadville. In Franklin, the route crosses U.S. Route 62. Continuing east, US 322 interchanges with Interstate 80 near Clarion before meeting U.S. Route 119 and U.S. Route 219 south of DuBois. US 322 heads southeast as a surface road before merging onto the Interstate 99/U.S. Route 220 freeway in Port Matilda, following that east to State College. The US 322 freeway continues past I-99 before ending to the east of State College. Near Lewistown, US 322 becomes a freeway again and intersects U.S. Route 22 and U.S. Route 522, forming a long concurrency with the former.[10]

The US 22/322 freeway continues across the Appalachian Mountains, meeting U.S. Route 11/U.S. Route 15 prior to crossing the Susquehanna River by way of the Clarks Ferry Bridge. The road continues south along the east bank of the river to Harrisburg, where US 322 splits from US 22 by heading east onto Interstate 81 and then south onto Interstate 83. At the interchange between I-83 and the northern terminus of Interstate 283, US 322 turns east and heads to Hershey, intersecting U.S. Route 422. From this point, US 322 heads southeast through the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, intersecting U.S. Route 222 near Ephrata. In Downingtown, the route crosses U.S. Route 30 before heading to West Chester. Here, US 322 bypasses the town and merges onto a freeway alignment along with U.S. Route 202 that ends to the south of West Chester. US 322 follows US 202 until Painters Crossroads, where it turns east onto U.S. Route 1. In Concordville, US 322 splits from US 1 and heads southeast to Chester. In Chester, the route forms a brief concurrency with Interstate 95 before heading southeast and interchanging with U.S. Route 13 prior to the Commodore Barry Bridge over the Delaware River.[10]

New Jersey[edit]

US 322 crossing the Delaware River on the Commodore Barry Bridge.

US 322 enters New Jersey via the Commodore Barry Bridge just north of Delaware and interchanges with Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike before entering historic Mullica Hill, New Jersey. In Glassboro, it bisects Rowan University. At Williamstown, US 322 goes onto the "Black Horse Pike" (picking up where NJ 42 ends) and follows it the rest of the way to Atlantic City, being concurrent with U.S. Route 40 from Mays Landing on east. In the 1960s and 1970s, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) had planned for a freeway bypass of U.S. Route 322 around Glassboro. Later it was planned as a New Jersey Turnpike extension, but all plans were dropped due to budget cuts and mounting opposition.

Major intersections[edit]

See also[edit]

Related U.S. Routes[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ OKDOT. 1926 United States Numbered Highways (Map). http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/misc-maps/1926us.pdf. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
  2. ^ a b "United States Routes: page 187" (PDF). AASHTO. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Straight Line Diagrams (U.S. 6 Cuyahoga County and U.S. 322 Cuyahoga County)". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ MapQuest. Map of 13th Street and Superior Avenue (Map). http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&addtohistory=&address=%5b1300%2d1399%5d%20Chester%20Ave&city=Cleveland&state=OH&zipcode=44114&country=US&location=9qvoM9O1T9fguLpKcSzFvm8rRQ3nQ3TBv0MgRMYMwADwNAqJw38omLOq90JhmuzqE9n5hue9f4boGAgw9tX4lrFgPnYWSaDmuPZDMaizIawnSOKLTGoTQJXLckHdyAyi0n5Cub1mqJ81pmSvli14FeHwuK%2bijFgA&ambiguity=1#west. Retrieved 2007-06-02.
  5. ^ "Chester Ave, Cleveland, OH". Google Maps. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Geauga County Engineer (2012). Geauga County 2012 Improvement Projects (Map). http://www.co.geauga.oh.us/Portals/0/resources/County%20Documents/county%20engineer/master%20maps/2012ProjectMap.pdf. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  7. ^ Ashtabula County Engineer (2006). Ashtabula County Highway Map (Map). http://www.ashtabulacountyengineer.org/frameson/map.htm. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  8. ^ "Cleveland Features". Fodor's Online Travel Guide. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  9. ^ Street Atlas USA 2007, Towns and Borders Tool. DeLorme. Retrieved on May 29, 2007.
  10. ^ a b PennDOT. Pennsylvania Official Tourism and Transportation Map 2006 (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_PDF_FILES/MAPS/Statewide/otm/2006/otm_2006.PDF. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
Browse numbered routes
SR 321 OH SR 323
PA 321 PA PA 324
Route 303 NJ Route 324