Pennsylvania Route 290

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PA Route 290 marker

PA Route 290
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 9.173 mi[1] (14.763 km)
Existed: 2006 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-79 / PA 5 in Erie
  US 20 in Erie
East end: I-90 / PA 430 in Harborcreek Township
Counties: Erie
Highway system
PA 288 PA 291

Pennsylvania Route 290 (designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as SR 290) is a 9.17-mile-long (14.76 km) state highway located in the environs of Erie, Pennsylvania. The western terminus of the route is at Interstate 79 and Pennsylvania Route 5 in the neighborhood of Dock Junction. The eastern terminus is at Interstate 90 and Pennsylvania Route 430 southeast of downtown in Harborcreek Township.

Route description[edit]

The Bayfront Connector at 38th Street.

PA 290 officially begins at I-79 exit 183, less than a quarter of a mile from where I-79 terminates at the Bayfront Parkway. After exiting the off-ramps, PA 290 embarks on a concurrency with PA 5 eastward through downtown Erie on 12th Street, passing south of Louis J. Tullio Arena and UPMC Park in the heart of downtown. At the Bayfront Connector, an extension of the Bayfront Parkway that opened on June 17, 2005,[2] PA 290 breaks from PA 5 and turns to the east onto the Connector.

As part of the Bayfront Connector, PA 290 interchanges with U.S. Route 20 a mile from PA 5 prior to following the Connector out of the city. Roughly a mile northwest of I-90, the Connector passes north of Penn State Behrend and merges into PA 430, creating a concurrency between PA 290 and PA 430. The two routes remain conjoined to I-90 exit 32, where PA 290 terminates on the southeast side of the interchange.


The highway was formed in order to create a high-speed loop for traffic between I-90 and I-79, which begins at the end of the Bayfront Parkway, as well as to help promote the 12th Street corridor as a viable alternate route to the congested Bayfront Parkway.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Erie County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Erie 0.000 0.000 I-79 south / PA 5 west (12th Street) Western terminus of concurrency with PA 5. Exit 183 (I-79).
3.543 5.702 PA 5 east (Bayfront Connector / Bayfront Parkway) Eastern terminus of concurrency with PA 5.
4.648 7.480 US 20 (Broad Street) Interchange
Harborcreek Township 7.912 12.733 PA 430 west (Station Road) / Jordan Road – Penn State Erie Western terminus of concurrency with PA 430.
8.876 14.285 I-90 Exit 32 (I-90).
9.173 14.763 PA 430 east (Station Road) Eastern terminus of concurrency with PA 430; eastern terminus of PA 290
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bayfront Connector[edit]

PA-290.svg PA-430.svg

Bayfront Connector
PA Route 290 / PA Route 430
Location: ErieHarborcreek Township
Length: 5.34 mi[3] (8.59 km)
Existed: 2005–present
Southbound Bayfront Connector and the intersection with 38th Street.

The Bayfront Connector is a 5.34-mile (8.59 km),[a] four-lane expressway that connects Interstate 90 to downtown Erie, Pennsylvania; it is continuous with Route 290 throughout its length.

At the intersection of East 12th Street, the Bayfront Parkway becomes the Bayfront Connector and picks up the concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 290. After it bridges the railroad tracks owned by CSX, the Connector parallels the tracks for Norfolk Southern. The Connector intersects East 38th Street at angle, prohibiting turns onto 38th Street. After the intersection of Shannon Road, the Bayfront Connector stops paralleling railroad tracks and crosses Fourmile Creek over the Wintergreen Gorge Bridge. The concurrency for Pennsylvania Route 430 begins at the intersection with Station Road. The entrance to Penn State Erie is on the Connector at the intersection for Hannon Road and Knowledge Parkway. The Bayfront Connector terminates, along with PA 290, at the I-90 interchange, while PA 430 continues as Station Road.

See also[edit]


a. ^ PennDOT lists the official meausurement of the Bayfront Connector as 6.2 miles (10.0 km) long.[4] The 0.9-mile (1.4 km) segment from the Bayfront Parkway to East 12th Street, which was built as part of the East Side Access Highway project, was counted as part of the Connector but is signed and designated as part of the Parkway.



  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ Behrend welcomes completed Bayfront Connector
  3. ^ Google (October 23, 2015). "Pennsylvania Route 290" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "New highway's length matter of who measures". Erie Times-News. June 25, 2005. p. 3B. 

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