U.S. Route 62 in Pennsylvania
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Route highlighted in red
|Maintained by PennDOT|
|Length:||119 mi (192 km)|
|Existed:||1932 – present|
|South end:||US 62 at Ohio border in Sharon|
|US 6 in Warren|
|North end:||US 62 at New York border in Pine Grove Township|
U.S. Route 62 is a signed north-south U.S. Highway in Pennsylvania, which runs diagonally southwest-northeast through the industrial northwestern part of the state. Although initial portions of the route opened in 1926 in other areas of the country, U.S. 62 was not designated in the commonwealth until 1932. The highway connects the small cities of Sharon, Franklin, Oil City, and Warren to larger markets, such as Youngstown, Ohio and Buffalo, New York.
U.S. Route 62 enters Pennsylvania from Ohio as part of the Shenango Valley Expressway. Four lanes, winding, and with limited stop lights, the road, which was built in 1958, bypasses the city of Sharon. A business route is signed on the former path of the highway. After passing through Sharon, the road reverts to two lane status, as it travels toward Mercer, the county seat of Mercer County. Here, it briefly joins US 19 through the center of town. The road then turns sharply toward a north-northeast alignment and features an interchange with Interstate 79. After cutting through rural Mercer and Venango counties, US 62 reaches the twin industrial towns of Franklin and Oil City. In Franklin, the highway is briefly cosigned with US 322, as it passes through the west side of town. The road then joins PA 8 to form a four–lane riverfront connector between the two towns. Immediately before entering Oil City, the roads split, with US 62 branching off to cross the Allegheny River over the Petroleum Street Bridge and serve the south side of town. After crossing this 1995 girder structure, which replaced a 1910 truss bridge, the highway remains four lanes until leaving the municipality.
The Allegheny River is only rarely out of sight as the highway winds its way through Venango and Forest Counties, crossing from the south bank to the north by way of the Hunter Station Bridge, an unusual 1934 truss design. It crosses the river a third time on the Tionesta Bridge, a 1961 girder structure that set the tone for 1980s–90s replacements of a series of historic bridges along the waterway. While traveling through Forest and into Warren County, the road is oriented in a north-south direction, which is reflected in its guide signs, despite the national route’s east-west direction. The route passes through the Allegheny Islands Wilderness, crosses the river again via the Irvine Bridge, and subsequently joins with US 6 to form part of the freeway bypass of Warren, which was constructed in 1969. The routes divide near the city center, and US 62 follows a narrow path of city streets in the old city core before becoming a four–lane highway north of the town. The highway becomes a two–lane road again as it heads toward the New York boundary.
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|Mercer||Ohio State Line||US 62|
|Lake Township||PA 845|
|Sandy Lake||PA 358|
|Venango||Mineral Township||PA 965|
|French Creek Township||PA 8|
|Oil City||PA 428|
|Cranberry Township||PA 157|
|Forest||Tionesta Township||PA 36|
|Hickory Township||PA 127|
|Warren||Limestone Township||PA 127|
|Brokenstraw Township||US 6|
|Conewango Township||PA 59|
|Pine Grove Township||PA 957|
|New York State line||US 62||Continues into New York|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Google Inc. "U.S. Route 62 in Pennsylvania". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-62+E%2FS+Irvine+Ave%2FShenango+Valley+Fwy&daddr=41.2963643,-80.1263402+to:41.6194505,-79.3961416+to:41.8423267,-79.1621785+to:US-62+N%2FMarket+Street+Extension&hl=en&ll=41.614416,-79.786835&spn=0.839851,1.783905&sll=41.846164,-79.149284&sspn=0.104604,0.222988&geocode=FSn5dAIdPmEz-w%3BFewhdgIdfF45-ymDK7_YC6cziDGJP81I1PfkZg%3BFfoPewId04JE-ylf5FCcO80yiDEVt16zMFtyWg%3BFZZ2fgIdvhRI-ym9vLd6B0XNiTEwiNV8vV_dgg%3BFRTcgAIdeiRI-w&mra=dpe&mrsp=3&sz=13&via=1,2,3&t=m&z=10. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
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