Pennsylvania Route 5

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PA Route 5 marker

PA Route 5
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 44.849 mi[1] (72.177 km)
Lake Erie Circle Tour
Major junctions
West end: US 20 in Springfield Township
  I-79 / PA 290 in Erie
East end: NY 5 in North East Township
Counties: Erie
Highway system
PA 4 US 6
PA 394 PA 399 PA 401

Pennsylvania Route 5 (PA 5) is a westward continuation of New York State Route 5 in Pennsylvania. It runs from North East, Pennsylvania at the New York-Pennsylvania border to near Erie, a total of 44.85 miles (72.18 km). The highway is called the Purple Heart Highway and mostly called Lake Road. The Seaway Trail runs along PA 5 for most of its course in Pennsylvania.

Route description[edit]

PA 5 westbound in Erie County

PA 5 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 20 in Springfield Township 1.4 miles (2.3 km) east of the Ohio state line. The Seaway Trail, a scenic route runs along PA 5 for its entire routing in Pennsylvania except in Erie.

PA 5 begins as Lake Road heading towards the northeast paralleling Lake Erie through western Erie County. In the village of North Springfield, PA 5 intersects the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 215. As PA 5 enters Lake City, PA 5 is only 2,000 feet (610 m) south of Lake Erie. Then, PA 5 intersects the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 18, a road that crosses the entire state of Pennsylvania.

In Fairview Township, PA 5 intersects the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 98. In Millcreek Township, PA 5 intersects the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 5 Alternate at a "Y" intersection with Asbury Road. PA 5 Alternate continues as Lake Road until it crosses Pennsylvania Route 832, which is labeled Peninsula Drive, at which point it proceeds as West 8th Street into the Erie city limits. At Frontier Park, PA 5 Alternate turns 90 degrees north and wends its way around the park, becoming West 6th Street after crossing over the Bayfront Parkway. PA 5 Alternate passes around Gridley Park at Liberty Street and Perry Square at State Street. Between the two parks is a stretch of prominent homes known as Millionaires Row. PA 5 Alternate proceeds east to its terminus at Franklin Avenue, which marks the city limits and the resumption of PA 5.

PA 5 passes Erie International Airport in Millcreek Township as 12th Street. In Lakewood, PA 5 meets Powell Avenue 4,000 feet (1,200 m) west of the Erie city line, PA 5 meets Pennsylvania Route 832, which is labeled Peninsula Drive.

In the city of Erie, PA 5 interchanges the northern terminus of Interstate 79 at exit 183 and the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 290. PA 290 begins concurrent with PA 5. PA 5 and PA 290 head towards the east into downtown Erie as 12th Street. As PA 5 goes through Erie, the Seaway Trail takes many turns around the city. In downtown Erie, PA 290 ends the concurrency with PA 5 when PA 290 heads towards the southeast as Bayfront Parkway. Then, PA 5 makes a 90 degree angle turn towards the north to become Franklin Avenue, then another 90 degree turn towards the east to become Lake Road and meets the eastern terminus of PA 5 Alternate; the Seaway Trail now runs along PA 5 east of here. In Lawrence Park Township, PA 5 meets the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 955.

PA 5 continues towards the east paralleling Lake Erie which can be seen from PA 5. In North East, PA 5 meets the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 89. PA 5 along with Seaway Trail continue towards the northeast as Lake Road. At the New York state line, PA 5 terminates (ends) and continues along with the Seaway Trail as New York State Route 5, ending in Albany.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Erie County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Springfield Township 0.000 0.000 US 20 / LECT Western terminus of PA 5
4.748 7.641 PA 215 south Northern terminus of PA 215
Lake City 9.597 15.445 PA 18 south (Lake Street) Northern terminus of PA 18
Avonia 13.703 22.053 PA 98 south (Avonia Road) – Fairview Northern terminus of PA 98
Erie 18.648 30.011
PA 5 Alt. east (West Lake Road) / LECT
Western terminus of Alternate PA 5
21.228 34.163 PA 832 (Sterretania Road) – Presque Isle State Park
22.533 36.263 I-79 south – Pittsburgh
PA 290 begins
Western terminus of PA 290 concurrency; exit 183 (I-79); northern terminus of I-79
26.076 41.965 PA 290 east (Bayfront Connector) to I-90 Eastern terminus of PA 290 concurrency
Lawrence Park Township 28.194 45.374
PA 5 Alt. west / LECT
Eastern terminus of Alternate PA 5
29.060 46.768 PA 955 east (Iroquois Avenue) – Harborcreek, North East Western terminus of PA 955
North East Township 40.573 65.296 PA 89 south (Freeport Road) Northern terminus of PA 89
44.849 72.177 NY 5 east / LECT Eastern terminus of PA 5 at PA/NY state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 5 Alternate[edit]

PA Route 5 Alternate
Location: Erie County, Pennsylvania
Lake Erie Circle Tour

Pennsylvania Route 5 Alternate is a 9-mile-long (14 km) alternate route in Erie County in Pennsylvania. In 1955, the designations of mainline and alternate Routes 5 were switched. The route begins in suburban Millcreek Township where its parent route passes near Erie International Airport. It then passes through a heavily suburbanized and residential two-lane sector, before serving as portions of 8th and 6th Streets in Erie city. Passing relatively close to the lake, it travels through several picturesque tree-lined streets of large homes, skirting the city center and industrial areas. Near its eastern end, it is four lanes and divided, with a parkway-like setting formed by the tree-lined median. Almost immediately after entering the suburb of Lawrence Park Township, the route ends at its parent.

The entire route is in Erie County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Millcreek Township 0.00 0.00 PA 5 (W. 12th St.) / LECT
2.78 4.47 PA 832 (Peninsula Dr.) – Presque Isle State Park
Lawrence Park Township 9.11 14.66 PA 5 (Franklin Ave.) / LECT
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  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.