Pennsylvania Route 56

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PA Route 56 marker

PA Route 56
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 108 mi[1] (174 km)
Major junctions
West end: C.L. Schmitt Bridge in New Kensington

US 422 near Indiana
US 119 in Homer City
US 22 in Armagh
US 219 near Johnstown

I-99 / US 220 near Bedford
East end: US 30.svg US 30 near Bedford
Counties: Westmoreland, Armstrong, Indiana, Cambria, Somerset, Bedford
Highway system
PA 55 PA 57

Pennsylvania Route 56 (PA 56) is a major 108-mile-long (174 km) state highway located in central Pennsylvania. Its western terminus is at the eastern approach to the C.L. Schmitt Bridge in New Kensington. Its eastern terminus is U.S. Route 30 west of Bedford.

Route description[edit]

PA 56 starts at the eastern end of the C.L. Schmitt Bridge, across the Allegheny River from the PA 28 freeway. PA 56 merges with PA 66 for a short distance in Armstrong County. It then travels east and eventually merges with PA 156, crossing into Indiana County. At this point, it merges with U.S. Route 422 and heads toward Indiana. In Indiana, U.S. Route 422 and PA 56 become a short freeway. At the U.S. 119 exit, PA 56 merges with US 119, heading south. PA 56 breaks away from US 119 outside of Indiana and continues east on a two-lane road. Approaching Armagh, it crosses US 22 at an interchange. The route then enters Westmoreland County again briefly, passing through its extreme northeastern corner. It is at this point, that PA 56 crosses through Seward. A short time after passing through Seward, it crosses into Cambria County. Continuing east, it travels along the southern side of the Conemaugh River through the Conemaugh Gap. It then emerges into the city of Johnstown. PA 56 travels through the heart of the West End section of Johnstown on two-lane city streets. It then merges with PA 403 on Broad Street, a four-lane road containing many traffic signals. At the final signal, it breaks away from PA 403 and becomes a freeway entitled Johnstown Expressway. PA 56 enters the four-lane expressway and meets US 219. It eventually exits US 219 at Scalp Avenue, the original interchange, and continues east toward Windber. The Route enters Somerset County at Windber. Once past Windber, PA 56 returns to two-lanes. It enters Bedford County at the top of Laurel Ridge at 2,700 feet (820 m) above sea level. The descent down the eastern slope contains a dangerous hairpin curve that has been the site of many accidents over the years. It then crosses Interstate 99 / US 220 at an interchange near Cessna. After a short distance, PA 56 crosses over I-99 and US 220, then later passes under the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstates 76 and 70). The route ends at a T intersection with US 30 in Wolfsburg, west of Bedford.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Allegheny East Deer Township 0.0 0.0 To Freeport Road Western terminus
Allegheny River 0.3 0.48 C.L. Schmitt Bridge
Westmoreland New Kensington 1.1 1.8 PA 366 south (Stevenson Boulevard) West end of PA 366 concurrency
1.3 2.1 PA 780 (Powers Drive) Western terminus of PA 780
2.0 3.2 PA 366 north (Stevenson Boulevard) – Tarentum Interchange, east end of PA 366 concurrency
Allegheny Township 9.3 15.0 PA 356 north (Stevenson Boulevard) West end of PA 356 concurrency
9.9 15.9 PA 356 south East end of PA 356 concurrency
Vandergrift 13.5 21.7
PA 66 Alt. north (Beechers Court)
West end of PA 66 ALT concurrency, eastbound PA 56 only
Armstrong North Vandergrift 14.1 22.7
PA 66 north / PA 66 Alt. south
West end of PA 66 concurrency,
east end of PA 66 ALT concurrency
Apollo 16.7 26.9 PA 66 south (1st Street) East end of PA 66 concurrency
Kiskiminetas Township 23.9 38.5 PA 156 south West end of PA 156 concurrency
South Bend Township 30.0 48.3 PA 210 north Southern terminus of PA 210
Indiana Shelocta 33.0 53.1 US 422 west / PA 156 West end of US 422 concurrency, east end of PA 156 concurrency,
Northern terminus of PA 156
Armstrong Township West end of freeway
38.0 61.2
US 422 Bus. east (Philadelphia Street)
Western terminus of US 422 BUS
White Township 40.3 64.9 PA 286 (Oakland Avenue)
42.6 68.6 US 119 north / US 422 east – Punxsutawney, Ebensburg West end of US 119 concurrency,
East end of US 422 concurrency
42.9 69.0
US 422 Bus. (Wayne Avenue)
Eastern terminus of US 422 BUS
East end of freeway
Homer City 45.9 73.9 US 119 south East end of US 119 concurrency, interchange
Center Township 48.7 78.4 PA 954 Southern terminus of PA 954
Brush Valley Township 51.4 82.7 PA 259 north West end of PA 259 concurrency
51.4 82.7 PA 259 south East end of PA 259 concurrency
Armagh 57.8 93.0 US 22 Interchange
East Wheatfield Township 60.2 96.9 PA 711 north West end of PA 711 concurrency
Westmoreland Seward 60.8 97.8 PA 711 south East end of PA 711 concurrency
Cambria Johnstown 68.3 109.9 PA 403 north (Cooper Avenue) West end of PA 403 concurrency
70.1 112.8 PA 403 south (Menoher Boulevard) East end of PA 403 concurrency
West end of freeway
To PA 271 / PA 403 south (Bedford Street) Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
Geistown, Dale Eastbound exit, westbound entrance
Widman Street
Richland Township Walters Avenue
75.6 121.7 US 219 north – Ebensburg West end of US 219 concurrency
PA 756 – Elton, Geistown
77.5 124.7 US 219 south – Somerset East end of US 219 concurrency
East end of freeway
Somerset Paint 80.0 128.7 PA 601 (Main Street) Northern terminus of PA 601, interchange
Windber 81.6 131.3 PA 160
Bedford Pleasantville 96.6 155.5 PA 96
Bedford Township 105 169 I-99 / US 220 Interstate 99 exit 3
105 169
US 220 Bus. to I-76 / Penna Turnpike
Northern terminus of US 220 BUS
108 174 US 30 (Lincoln Highway)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 56 Truck[edit]


PA Route 56 Truck
Location: New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Existed: 1980–present

Pennsylvania Route 56 Truck is a 2-mile-long (3.2 km) truck route in the Pittsburgh industrial suburb of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. The route's western terminus also marks the end of its parent, as each formulate a different way of travel for those who have crossed the C.L. Schmitt Bridge. While Route 56 makes several turns as it passes through the stop light-filled center of the community, the truck route runs as the four-lane Industrial Boulevard along the Allegheny River, before turning back north as it is multiplexed with Pennsylvania Route 366.


PA Route 56 Truck
Location: Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Existed: 2013–2015

Pennsylvania Route 56 Truck was an east-west truck route bypassing a weight-restricted bridge over Little Brush Creek in Brush Valley, on which trucks over 29 tons and combination loads over 40 tons were prohibited. It was formed and established in 2013 and it used to follow US 119 and US 22. As of October 2015, the "Truck PA 56" signs were removed off of US 22 and US 119.

See also[edit]


Route map: Bing / Google

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