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 55PA 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 end of the C.L. Schmitt Bridge in New Kensington. Its eastern terminus is on 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]

AlleghenyEast Deer Township0.00.0To Freeport RoadWestern terminus
Allegheny River0.30.48C.L. Schmitt Bridge
WestmorelandNew Kensington1.11.8 PA 366 south (Stevenson Boulevard)West end of PA 366 concurrency
1.32.1 PA 780 (Powers Drive)Western terminus of PA 780
2.03.2 PA 366 north (Stevenson Boulevard) – TarentumInterchange, east end of PA 366 concurrency
Allegheny Township9.315.0 PA 356 north (Stevenson Boulevard)West end of PA 356 concurrency
9.915.9 PA 356 southEast end of PA 356 concurrency
PA 66 Alt. north (Beechers Court)
West end of PA 66 ALT concurrency, eastbound PA 56 only
ArmstrongNorth Vandergrift14.122.7
PA 66 north / PA 66 Alt. south
West end of PA 66 concurrency,
east end of PA 66 ALT concurrency
Apollo16.726.9 PA 66 south (1st Street)East end of PA 66 concurrency
Kiskiminetas Township23.938.5 PA 156 southWest end of PA 156 concurrency
South Bend Township30.048.3 PA 210 northSouthern terminus of PA 210
IndianaShelocta33.053.1 US 422 west / PA 156West end of US 422 concurrency, east end of PA 156 concurrency,
Northern terminus of PA 156
Armstrong TownshipWest end of freeway
US 422 Bus. east (Philadelphia Street)
Western terminus of US 422 BUS
White Township40.364.9 PA 286 (Oakland Avenue)
42.668.6 US 119 north / US 422 east – Punxsutawney, EbensburgWest end of US 119 concurrency,
East end of US 422 concurrency
US 422 Bus. (Wayne Avenue)
Eastern terminus of US 422 BUS
East end of freeway
Homer City45.973.9 US 119 southEast end of US 119 concurrency, interchange
Center Township48.778.4 PA 954Southern terminus of PA 954
Brush Valley Township51.482.7 PA 259 northWest end of PA 259 concurrency
51.482.7 PA 259 southEast end of PA 259 concurrency
Armagh57.893.0 US 22Interchange
East Wheatfield Township60.296.9 PA 711 northWest end of PA 711 concurrency
WestmorelandSeward60.897.8 PA 711 southEast end of PA 711 concurrency
CambriaJohnstown68.3109.9 PA 403 north (Cooper Avenue)West end of PA 403 concurrency
70.1112.8 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, DaleEastbound exit, westbound entrance
Widman Street
Richland TownshipWalters Avenue
75.6121.7 US 219 north – EbensburgWest end of US 219 concurrency
PA 756 – Elton, Geistown
77.5124.7 US 219 south – SomersetEast end of US 219 concurrency
East end of freeway
SomersetPaint80.0128.7 PA 601 (Main Street)Northern terminus of PA 601, interchange
Windber81.6131.3 PA 160
BedfordPleasantville96.6155.5 PA 96
Bedford Township105169 I-99 / US 220Interstate 99 exit 3
US 220 Bus. to I-76 / Penna Turnpike
Northern terminus of US 220 BUS
108174 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: Google

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