Pennsylvania Route 331

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PA Route 331 marker

PA Route 331
PA 331 highlighted in red, former routing shown as dotted red line
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 14.508 mi[1] (23.348 km)
Major junctions
West end: WV 67 at the West Virginia state line in Independence Township
  PA 231 in Independence Township
East end: PA 844 in Canton Township
Location
Counties: Washington
Highway system
PA 329 PA 332

Pennsylvania Route 331 (PA 331) is a 14.5-mile-long (23.3 km), east–west state highway located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The western terminus is at the West Virginia state line in Independence Township where the road continues as West Virginia Route 67. The eastern terminus is at PA 844 in Canton Township. PA 331 was initially established by the 1940s. The route was rerouted in the 2000s following the closure of a bridge over Buffalo Creek.

Route description[edit]

PA 331 begins at the West Virginia state border, at the eastern terminus of WV 67. The route heads east in Independence Township paralleling Buffalo Creek. After 1.8 miles (2.9 km), the route makes a left turn onto Mount Hope Ridge Road.[2] PA 231 meets PA 331 in the community of Mount Hope and together head south towards the community of Acheson. After turning east, PA 231 exits the concurrency and PA 331 alone heads east following the course of Brush Run. After passing through the southernmost portion of Hopewell Township, it reaches its eastern terminus at PA 844 in Canton Township.[2][3]

History[edit]

The route was established by 1940 on much of the same alignment it runs today.[4] Prior to 2005, PA 331 followed a more direct route between the state line and Acheson by following Buffalo Creek in Independence and Donegal Townships.[5] On August 30, 2005, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) closed and later removed one of the bridges over Buffalo Creek due to safety concerns.[6] By 2007, PA 331 was routed onto then-SR 4065 (Mount Hope Ridge Road) and PA 231 and the decommissioned sections of PA 331 became SR 3001, SR 4034, and SR 4036.[2][7]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Washington County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Independence Township 0.000 0.000 WV 67 west (Brush Run Road) West Virginia state line
5.141 8.274 PA 231 north (Scenic Drive) Western terminus of PA 231 concurrency
7.332 11.800 PA 231 south Eastern terminus of PA 231 concurrency
Canton Township 14.508 23.348 PA 844 (Jefferson Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 331 Truck[edit]


PA Route 331 Truck
Location: Washington County, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Route 331 Truck is a truck route bypassing a weight-restricted bridge over a branch over Brush Run on which trucks over 36 tons and combination loads over 40 tons are prohibited. The route was signed in 2013.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b c General Highway Map - Washington County, Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ Google (March 31, 2013). "Pennsylvania Route 331" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1940. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_PDF_FILES/Maps/Type_10_GHS_Historical_Scans/Washington_1941_Sheet_2.pdf
  6. ^ "PENNDOT closes bridge in Independence". Observer–Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. August 31, 2005. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_PDF_FILES/MAPS/Statewide/otm/2007/otmsw_2007.PDF

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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