U.S. Route 6 in Pennsylvania

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 6 in Pennsylvania. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 6.
"Pennsylvania Route 6" redirects here. For the short-lived Pennsylvania Traffic Route, now U.S. Route 219, see Pennsylvania Route 6 (1920s).

U.S. Route 6 marker

U.S. Route 6
GAR Highway; Roosevelt Highway
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 403 mi[1] (649 km)
Existed: 1926 (1924 as PA 7) – present
Major junctions
West end: US 6 near North Richmond, OH
 

I-79 near Meadville
US 15 in Mansfield
US 220 near Towanda

I-81 near Scranton
East end: US 6 / US 209 in Port Jervis, NY
Highway system
PA 5 PA 6
US 6N PA-7 (1926).svg PA 8

U.S. Route 6 travels east–west near the north edge of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania from the Ohio state line near Pymatuning Reservoir east to the Mid-Delaware Bridge over the Delaware River into Port Jervis, New York. It is the longest highway segment in the Commonwealth. Most of it is a two-lane rural highway, with some freeway bypasses around larger towns. Except east of Scranton, where it is paralleled by Interstate 84, it is the main route in its corridor. What is now Interstate 80—the Keystone Shortway—was once planned along the US 6 corridor as a western extension of I-84.[2] The corridor was originally the Roosevelt Highway from Erie, Pennsylvania to Port Jervis, New York, designated Pennsylvania Route 7 in 1924.[3] The PA 7 designation soon disappeared, but as US 6 was extended and relocated, the Roosevelt Highway followed it. The Pennsylvania section of US 6 was renamed the Grand Army of the Republic Highway in 1946; this name was applied to its full transcontinental length by 1953.[4]

US 6 meets with U.S. Route 19 near Meadville, where it turns north with US 19 to a point east of Edinboro. There it turns east (while U.S. Route 6N heads west to U.S. Route 20 at West Springfield) and passes through the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. At Towanda it turns more southeasterly to reach Scranton, then turning back northeast out of Scranton to Carbondale and generally east and southeast to New York. US 6 fully encompasses two Pennsylvania Scenic Byways: the Gateway to the Endless Mountains Scenic Byway along the bypass of Tunkhannock and the Governor Casey Scenic Byway along the freeway portion in Lackawanna County between I-81 in Dunmore and PA 247 in Jessup.[5][6]

History[edit]

As approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on November 11, 1926, the west end of US 6 was at Kane, where U.S. Route 120 continued west to Erie. (US 6 ended concurrent with U.S. Route 219, which ran east to Mt. Jewett along US 6 before turning north to New York.) US 6 also used present Pennsylvania Route 706, U.S. Route 11 and Pennsylvania Route 106 between Wyalusing and Carbondale, while U.S. Route 106 took the southerly route via Scranton.[7][8]

By the end of 1927, US 6 had replaced US 120 in running west from Kane to Erie (making US 120 no longer connect to its "parent" U.S. Route 20), and had swapped places with US 106 via Scranton; this took it along the Jefferson Highway. It was defined by AASHO to serve the following places in Pennsylvania: Erie, Waterford, Corry, Warren, Kane, Farmers Valley, Coudersport, Wellsboro, Canoe Camp, Mansfield, Towanda, Wyalusing, Tunkhannock, Clarks Summit, Scranton, Carbondale, Honesdale, Milford, and Matamoras.[9] By 1930 its west end was at 26th Street (U.S. Route 20) and State Street (US 6 - now Pennsylvania Route 505) in Erie. (By then U.S. Route 19 ended a block to the west on Peach Street, where it still ends today.)[10]

This original routing deviates majorly from present US 6 in the following places, roughly using the following current routes:[8]

In 1931,[4] US 6 was extended west to Greeley, Colorado. It left its old route - which then became U.S. Route 6N - at Waterford, and headed south on former Pennsylvania Route 5 and U.S. Route 19 and west on U.S. Route 322 and former Pennsylvania Route 77 into Ohio. This whole section from Waterford to Cleveland, Ohio was regarded as temporary, but the only change was a relocation by 1936 along Pennsylvania Route 79 from Union City west to US 19 south of Waterford. (Former US 6 from Mount Union to Waterford became Pennsylvania Route 97. At the same time, US 6N was moved to the rest of former PA 79 from US 19 west to U.S. Route 20 - its current route.)[11]

Since then, only minor realignments and bypasses have been made to the route of US 6.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Crawford Ohio state line 0.0 0.0 US 6 west Continues into Ohio
Sadsbury Township 13.4 21.6 PA 618 Southern terminus of PA 618
Conneaut Lake 13.9 22.4 PA 285 west Western end of concurrency with PA 285
14.3 23.0 US 322 west / PA 18 south (4th Street) Western end of concurrencies with US 322 and PA 18
14.4 23.2 PA 285 east (3rd Street) Eastern end of concurrency with PA 285
Sadsbury Township 15.3 24.6 PA 18 north Eastern end of concurrency with PA 18
Vernon Township 19.9 32.0 US 19 south / PA 98 (Perry Highway) Southern end of concurrency with US 19,
southern terminus of PA 98
21.0 33.8 I-79 I-79 exit 147
21.8 35.1 PA 102 (Pennsylvania Avenue) Southern terminus of PA 102
Meadville 22.8 36.7 US 322 east (Linden Street) Eastern end of concurrency with US 322
Saegertown 29.3 47.2 PA 198 east (State Street) Southern end of concurrency with PA 198
30.0 48.3 PA 198 west Northern end of concurrency with PA 198
Cambridge Springs 38.1 61.3 PA 86 / PA 408 (Main Street) Northern and Western termini of PA 86/408 respectively
38.2 61.5 PA 99 (McClellan Street) Southern terminus of PA 99
Erie LeBoeuf Township 44.2 71.1 US 6N / US 19 north Northern end of concurrency with US 19,
eastern terminus of US 6N
Union City 52.9 85.1 PA 8 south (Main Street) Southern end of concurrency with PA 8
53.5 86.1 PA 8 north (Main Street) Northern end of concurrency with PA 8
Elgin 59.2 95.3 PA 89 north Western end of concurrency with PA 89
Wayne Township 60.8 97.8 PA 89 south Eastern end of concurrency with PA 89
Corry 64.8 104.3 PA 426 (Center Street)
Warren Columbus Township 67.6 108.8 PA 957 (Pike Road) Western terminus of PA 957
Freehold Township 77.0 123.9 PA 958 Southern terminus of PA 958
Pittsfield Township 82.6 132.9 PA 27 west Western end of concurrency with PA 27
Youngsville 85.3 137.3 PA 27 east (Main Street) Eastern end of concurrency with PA 27
Brokenstraw Township 89.1 143.4 US 62 south Western end of concurrency with US 62, interchange
Warren 94.0 151.3
US 6 Bus. / US 62 north (Pennsylvania Avenue)
Western terminus of US 6 BUS,
eastern end of concurrency with US 62, interchange
Mead Township 96.9 155.9
US 6 Bus. (Pennsylvania Avenue)
Eastern terminus of US 6 BUS
97.1 156.3 PA 59 (Kinzua Road) Western terminus of PA 59
Sheffield Township 107.1 172.4 PA 666 Eastern terminus of PA 666
McKean Kane 122.6 197.3 PA 66 (Fraley Street) Northern terminus of PA 66
123.1 198.1 PA 321 north (Hacker Street) Western end of concurrency with PA 321
123.2 198.3 PA 321 south Eastern end of concurrency with PA 321
Hamlin Township 130.6 210.2 US 219 (Buffalo Pittsburgh Highway)
140.3 225.8 PA 146 Western terminus of PA 146
Smethport 147.9 238.0 PA 59 (Main Street) Eastern terminus of PA 59
148.9 239.6 PA 46 north Western end of concurrency with PA 46
Keating Township 149.6 240.8 PA 46 south Eastern end of concurrency with PA 46
Port Allegany 157.3 253.1 PA 155 north (Main Street) Northern end of concurrency with PA 155
158.5 255.1 PA 155 south Southern end of concurrency with PA 155
Potter Coudersport 174.7 281.2 PA 44 north (Main Street) Western end of concurrency with PA 44
176.7 284.4 PA 872 Northern terminus of PA 872
Sweden Township 178.8 287.8 PA 44 south (Coudersport Jersey Shore Turnpike) Eastern end of concurrency with PA 44
Ulysses Township 189.3 304.6 PA 449 (Brooklyn Road) Southern terminus of PA 449
Galeton 196.9 316.9 PA 144 (Bridge Street) Northern terminus of PA 144
Tioga Gaines Township 201.5 324.3 PA 349 (Bridge Street) Southern terminus of PA 349
Shippen Township 208.9 336.2 PA 362 Western terminus of PA 362
Delmar Township 216.9 349.1 PA 287 north Western end of concurrency with PA 287
Wellsboro 219.5 353.3 PA 287 south / PA 660 west (Main Street) Eastern end of concurrency with PA 287,
western end of concurrency with PA 660
Charleston Township 225.8 363.4 PA 660 east Eastern end of concurrency with PA 660
Mansfield 231.5 372.6 US 15 Interchange
232.2 373.7
US 15 Bus. (Main Street)
Richmond Township 234.0 376.6 PA 549 Southern terminus of PA 549
Bradford Troy 249.2 401.0 PA 14 south (Canton Street) Western end of concurrency with PA 14
249.9 402.2 PA 14 north Eastern end of concurrency with PA 14
North Towanda Township 266.7 429.2 US 220 Interchange
Wysox 272.8 439.0 PA 187 (Rome Road)
Wyalusing Township 280.3 451.1 PA 409 Southern terminus of PA 409
Wyalusing 285.1 458.8 PA 706 (Church Street) Western terminus of PA 706
Wyoming Braintrim Township 293.2 471.9 PA 367 Southern terminus of PA 367
Meshoppen 300.2 483.1 PA 267 (Auburn Street) Southern terminus of PA 267
Washington Township 303.6 488.6 PA 87 Northern terminus of PA 87
Tunkhannock Township 307.8 495.4
US 6 Bus.
Western terminus of US 6 BUS
Tunkhannock 309.6 498.3 PA 29 (Bridge Street)
Tunkhannock Township 310.2 499.2 PA 92 south (Roosevelt Highway) Western end of concurrency with PA 92
310.4 499.5
US 6 Bus.
Eastern terminus of US 6 BUS
312.7 503.2 PA 92 north Eastern end of concurrency with PA 92
Clinton Township 318.7 512.9 US 11 north (Lackawanna Trail) Northern end of concurrency with US 11
Factoryville 319.3 513.9 PA 107 Western terminus of PA 107
Lackawanna La Plume Township 321.3 517.1 PA 438 (La Plume Road) Western terminus of PA 438
Dalton 323.1 520.0 PA 632 (Main Street) Western terminus of PA 632, interchange
South Abington Township 328.0 527.9 PA 407 (Grove Street)
328.2 528.2 I-476 / Penna. Tpk. NE Ext Northern terminus of I-476
US 11 (Scranton Expressway) Eastern end of concurrency with US 11
Scranton
I-81 / US 6 Bus.
Interchange, Western end of concurrency with I-81, I-81 exit 194, Western terminus of US 6 BUS
Dunmore 334.0 537.5 PA 347 (Blakely Street) I-81 exit 188
335.6 540.1 I-81 south / I-84 / I-380 Southern end of concurrency with I-81, I-81 exit 187;
Western terminus of I-84 and the northern terminus of I-380, Exit 1 (Interstates 84 & 380)
Throop Marshwood Road Exit 1
Olyphant East Lackawanna Avenue Exit 2
Jessup 340.2 547.5 PA 247 (Moosic Lake Road) Exit 3
Archbald Salem Road Exit 4
Mayfield 345.6 556.2 PA 107 (Rushbrook Street) Eastern terminus of PA 107, Exit 5
Carbondale Township Meredith Street Exit 6
350.6 564.2
US 6 Bus.
Eastern terminus of US 6 BUS, Exit 7
Wayne Waymart 354.3 570.2 PA 296
Prompton 358.5 576.9 PA 170 Southern terminus of PA 170
Honesdale 362.8 583.9 PA 191 north (Main Street) Northern end of concurrency with PA 191
363.4 584.8 PA 191 south (Sunrise Avenue) Southern end of concurrency with PA 191
Texas Township 366.2 589.3 PA 652 Western terminus of PA 652
Hawley 371.6 598.0 PA 590 north (Hudson Street) Northern end of concurrency with PA 590
Palmyra Township 373.5 601.1 PA 590 south Southern end of concurrency with PA 590
Pike Palmyra Township 374.9 603.3 PA 507 Northern terminus of PA 507
377.4 607.4 PA 402 Northern terminus of PA 402
Blooming Grove Township 380.9 613.0 PA 739 (Valley Road) Northern terminus of PA 739
384.7 619.1 PA 434 east (Well Road) Western end of concurrency with PA 434
384.7 619.1 PA 434 west (Shohola Road) Eastern end of concurrency with PA 434
Milford Township 395.5 636.5 I-84 Interchange, I-84 exit 46
Milford 397.7 640.0 US 209 south (Harford Street) to US 206 Western end of concurrency with US 209
Westfall Township 402.9 648.4 I-84 Interchange, I-84 exit 53
Delaware River Mid-Delaware Bridge
Orange Port Jervis US 6 east / US 209 north Continues into New York
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Inc. "Driving directions From Linesville to Matamoras". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Pennsylvania+Ave&daddr=41.326722,-74.794725+to:41.391405,-74.9734173+to:41.5687634,-75.2524899+to:41.4514469,-75.643397+to:41.5363418,-75.958186+to:41.7287953,-77.4132919+to:41.6607579,-78.8110317+to:41.9320096,-79.4933723+to:41.8783079,-79.9016209+to:41.623383,-80.2001237+to:US-6+W&hl=en&ll=41.302571,-72.696533&spn=4.481002,10.821533&sll=41.332998,-74.764881&sspn=0.034996,0.117245&geocode=FdxHdwIdrjWM-w%3BFYKYdgIdG7mK-yk3I9hOOlvDiTE8w1kIq5vwFQ%3BFS2VdwIdF_-H-ym79ESC96fEiTE_FDOsEyj39w%3BFftJegId97yD-ylFQirtnLTEiTGgMahcuRaDIA%3BFbZ_eAId-8V9-yn5Kj4eoNnEiTH6DejfSfe3XQ%3BFVXLeQIdVvh4-ylx6WYymzDFiTETBrGnjisTSQ%3BFRu7fAIdVcRi-ykLGTEfECXOiTH_e-x_Dj5oqg%3BFVWxewIdaXBN-ykR39j1DQ3NiTGeN5z8Kmfp0g%3BFenUfwIdBAdD-ykXpErnaq4yiDHSTe63WkBnmA%3BFSMDfwIdTMw8-ylHel1b8pEyiDFIRhjCclT5Mw%3BFVcfewIdRT44-ynZa-la11AyiDH8oblXACqfJA%3BFTGEfAIdC18z-w&oq=milf&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=14&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10&t=m&z=7. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  2. ^ Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, August 14, 1957
    Note: the corridor had already been shifted south by September 1955, but the numbering was done on a map from August 2, 1947.
  3. ^ U.S. 22 - The William Penn Highway
  4. ^ a b Richard F. Weingroff, U.S. 6 - The Grand Army of the Republic Highway
  5. ^ "Gateway to the Endless Mountains". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Governor Casey". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ United States System of Highways, November 11, 1926
  8. ^ a b 1927 map of Pennsylvania
  9. ^ United States Numbered Highways, 1927
  10. ^ 1930 map of Pennsylvania, back side PDF (5.75 MiB)
  11. ^ Ohio Transportation Maps

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


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