Pennsylvania Route 611

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PA Route 611 marker

PA Route 611
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT, City of Philadelphia, and City of Easton
Length: 109.685 mi[2] (176.521 km)
Existed: March 14, 1972[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-95 in Philadelphia
  I-76 in Philadelphia
I-676 / US 30 in Philadelphia
US 13 in Philadelphia
US 1 in Philadelphia
PA 309 in Philadelphia
I-276 / Penna Turnpike in Willow Grove
US 202 in Doylestown
US 22 in Easton
I-80 / US 209 in Stroudsburg
PA 33 in Stroud Township
North end: I-380 in Coolbaugh Township
Location
Counties: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Northampton, Monroe
Highway system
PA 607 PA 612
PA 301 PA-302 (1926).svg PA 303
PA 826 PA-827 (1926).svg PA 828

Pennsylvania Route 611 (PA 611), formerly U.S. Route 611 (US 611), is a major state highway in Pennsylvania, United States, running from Interstate 95 south of downtown Philadelphia north to Interstate 380 in Coolbaugh Township, Pennsylvania in The Poconos.

Within Philadelphia, PA 611 is also Broad Street (except for the five blocks just south of Cheltenham Avenue, where PA 611 bears right onto Old York Road), the main north–south street in Philadelphia and the traditional route for the annual Mummers Parade.

Route description[edit]

Philadelphia County[edit]

This is a southbound view of South Broad Street in Philadelphia, a part of PA 611

PA 611 begins at an interchange with I-95 in the South Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia, heading north on Broad Street. South of I-95, Broad Street continues into the Philadelphia Navy Yard. From the southern terminus, the route follows an eight-lane divided section of Broad Street that is also known as the Southern Boulevard Parkway, running between Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park to the west and the South Philadelphia Sports Complex to the east. At Pattison Avenue, SEPTA's Broad Street Line, a subway line, begins to run under the route. Past the sports complex, the road runs through urban neighborhoods and comes to an interchange with I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway), which heads east towards the Walt Whitman Bridge into New Jersey. Following this interchange, PA 611 narrows to a four-lane divided road and passes through Marconi Plaza before intersecting Oregon Avenue and Moyamensing Avenue. The route continues north on Broad Street, a four-lane road with alternating divided and undivided stretches, through urban residential and commercial areas in South Philadelphia, passing to the west of Methodist Hospital between Ritner and Wolf streets and passing to the east of Kindred Hospital South Philadelphia between Passyunk Avenue/McKean Street and Mifflin Street. Farther north, the road crosses Washington Avenue and South Street, at which point it heads into Center City Philadelphia. Here, the route widens to a six-lane divided highway and becomes the Avenue of the Arts, passing commercial development and high-rise buildings, including several theatres. The road passes to the east of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at the Spruce Street intersection and the Academy of Music at the Locust Street intersection. The route crosses Walnut Street and Chestnut Street before it comes to Penn Square, a square-shaped traffic circle that runs around Philadelphia City Hall which is formed by South Penn Square to the south, Juniper Street to the east, John F. Kennedy Boulevard to the north, and 15th Street to the west. At Penn Square, PA 611 intersects Market Street along with the eastern terminus of PA 3, which is routed on the one-way pair of Market Street eastbound and John F. Kennedy Boulevard westbound.[3][4]

Past Penn Square, PA 611 continues north along six-lane divided Broad Street through more commercial development and high-rise buildings in Center City. The road passes to the west of the Pennsylvania Convention Center between Arch and Race streets and to the east of Hahnemann University Hospital between Race and Vine streets. At Vine Street, the route comes to an interchange with I-676/US 30 (Vine Street Expressway), with access provided by the Vine Street frontage road. Following this, PA 611 passes more commercial development and crosses Spring Garden Street, heading out of Center City and continuing into North Philadelphia. The route continues as a four-lane road with alternating divided and undivided stretches through urban residential and commercial development, crossing Ridge Avenue/Fairmount Avenue and Girard Avenue. The road crosses Cecil B. Moore Avenue and heads through the Temple University campus, passing to the east of the Liacouras Center between Cecil B. Moore and Montgomery avenues. PA 611 leaves the university campus at the Diamond Street intersection and runs past more urban homes and businesses, crossing Dauphin Street. At the Lehigh Avenue intersection, the road passes over SEPTA's Main Line near the North Broad station. After crossing Glenwood Avenue, the route passes under Amtrak's Northeast Corridor east of the North Philadelphia station serving Amtrak and SEPTA's Trenton Line. PA 611 heads into the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood and intersects Allegheny Avenue and Westmoreland Street/Rising Sun Avenue before it passes to the west of Temple University Hospital between Ontario and Tioga streets. The road continues through urban areas as a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane and intersects Erie Avenue and Germantown Avenue before passing over Conrail Shared Assets Operations' Port Richmond Branch south of Lycoming Street. The route crosses Hunting Park Avenue before it comes to an intersection with US 13 (Roosevelt Boulevard). A short distance later, PA 611 reaches a partial interchange with US 1 (Roosevelt Expressway), with access to southbound US 1 and from northbound US 1. The missing movements to and from US 1 are provided by US 13.[3][4]

PA 611 southbound at the interchange with PA 309 (Cheltenham Avenue) on the border of Cheltenham Township and Philadelphia

Past US 1, the route continues north along Broad Street through urban residential and commercial development in the Logan neighborhood. After crossing Windrim Avenue, the road passes under railroad tracks carrying SEPTA's Main Line and CSX's Trenton Subdivision. PA 611 passes more urban homes and runs to the west of Einstein Medical Center between Somerville Avenue and Tabor Road. The route heads into the Olney neighborhood and crosses Olney Avenue and Old York Road in a commercial area, with the Olney Transportation Center located east of the road before the Olney Avenue intersection. At Chew Avenue, the Broad Street Line splits to the east to head towards its terminus at the Fern Rock Transportation Center. The road continues past urban homes and businesses, intersecting Stenton Avenue/Godfrey Avenue, as it continues into the East Oak Lane neighborhood. Here, PA 611 splits from Broad Street to head north-northeast along two-lane undivided Old York Road, passing more residences and businesses. The route comes to an interchange with the southern terminus of PA 309 (Cheltenham Avenue) on the northern border of Philadelphia.[3][4]

Montgomery County[edit]

After the interchange with PA 309, PA 611 enters Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County and continues north along four-lane divided Old York Road, passing business before heading through wooded suburban residential neighborhoods. The road curves northeast and passes under SEPTA's Main Line, at which point it heads into the community of Elkins Park and passes businesses. The route turns back to the north and passes more residential development, coming to an intersection with PA 73. Upon crossing PA 73, PA 611 enters Abington Township and runs through commercial areas, becoming the border between the borough of Jenkintown to the west and Abington Township to the east. The route fully enters Jenkintown and becomes a four-lane undivided road, heading through the downtown area. The road passes more commercial development and becomes the border between Abington Township to the west and Jenkintown to the east. PA 611 fully enters Abington Township again and becomes a divided highway, coming to a bridge over SEPTA's West Trenton Line west of the Noble station in the community of Noble. The route continues north past businesses along with a few nearby homes, bending to the north-northeast. The road runs through the community of Abington, where it passes to the east of Abington Hospital–Jefferson Health. PA 611 heads north past more commercial development, passing under Edge Hill Road. Farther north, the route comes to an intersection with PA 63, at which point it crosses into Upper Moreland Township. Here, the road becomes undivided and heads into the community of Willow Grove and curves northwest, crossing SEPTA's Warminster Line south of the Willow Grove station.[3][5]

PA 611 northbound at southern terminus of PA 263 in Willow Grove

Past the train station, PA 611 intersects Easton Road, where it continues north along four-lane divided Easton Road. A short distance later, the route comes to the southern terminus of PA 263, which splits to the northeast along York Road. Past this junction, PA 611 heads northwest as a four-lane undivided road past a mix of suburban homes and businesses. The road curves north and briefly becomes a divided highway at the Fitzwatertown Road intersection before passing more commercial development and crossing under Norfolk Southern's Morrisville Line. The route becomes a divided highway again and reaches the Willow Grove interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276). Past this interchange, PA 611 widens to a six-lane divided highway and runs past businesses. Upon crossing Blair Mill Road, the road heads into Horsham Township and becomes a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane. The route becomes a four-lane divided highway and curves northwest, crossing Pennypack Creek and coming to an intersection with the eastern terminus of PA 463 in the community of Horsham. PA 611 bends to the north-northwest and the median becomes a center turn lane, with the route passing more development and becoming the eastern border of the Horsham Air Guard Station. The road passes through the community of Hallowell and continues north between the air base to the west and commercial development to the east, coming to an intersection with County Line Road.[3][5]

Bucks County[edit]

Upon crossing County Line Road, PA 611 enters Warrington Township in Bucks County and continues north past multiple shopping centers. The road crosses Little Neshaminy Creek and curves northeast past more commercial development, coming to an intersection with the western terminus of PA 132 at Street Road in the community of Neshaminy, where it is briefly a divided highway. Past this intersection, the route heads to the west of the Valley Square shopping center and becomes a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane that runs north through suburban residential and commercial development. PA 611 bends to the north-northeast and becomes a divided highway as it reaches an intersection with Bristol Road in the community of Warrington. The road loses the median for a center turn lane again and runs through wooded areas with some homes, passing to the east of a quarry. The route heads into Doylestown Township and becomes a four-lane divided highway, passing commercial development. PA 611 transitions to a five-lane road with a turn lane and crosses Neshaminy Creek, heading through the community of Edison. North of here, the route becomes a four-lane freeway called the Doylestown Bypass, which bypasses the borough of Doylestown to the west. The first interchange is a northbound exit and southbound entrance for Main Street, which heads north into Doylestown. The freeway heads northwest through wooded areas with nearby development and comes to a cloverleaf interchange with US 202, which heads northeast as a freeway and southwest as a two-lane parkway. Past US 202, PA 611 becomes concurrent with US 202 Bus. and passes over SEPTA's Lansdale/Doylestown Line. The freeway curves north to come to an interchange with State Street, where US 202 Bus. splits from PA 611 by heading southwest. This interchange provides access to Doylestown Hospital to the east of the road. The route bends northeast as it passes near residential and commercial development, coming to a diamond interchange with Broad Street that provides access to the Bucks County Courthouse. Past this interchange, the freeway passes through a small section of Doylestown borough before heading back into Doylestown Township and coming to a northbound exit and southbound entrance serving PA 313. At this point, PA 611 heads into Plumstead Township and continues north before the freeway ends and merges onto Easton Road, with a southbound exit and northbound entrance for Easton Road.[3][6]

PA 611 northbound at Main Street interchange along Doylestown Bypass in Doylestown Township. The overhead signage has been since replaced.

PA 611 continues north-northwest on four-lane divided Easton Road, passing under Ferry Road. The route narrows to a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane and runs through a mix of farm fields and woodland with some residential and commercial development. The road curves north and becomes a three-lane road with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane. PA 611 reaches the community of Plumsteadville, where it becomes a three-lane road with a center turn lane and passes a mix of homes and businesses. North of here, the route narrows to two lanes and passes some industrial development before heading into a mix of farms and woods with some homes and businesses and entering Bedminster Township. The road bends to the north-northeast as it continues through rural areas with some development, coming to an intersection with the northern terminus of PA 413 in Pipersville. PA 611 heads through wooded areas with some fields and homes, curving to the northwest.[3][6]

The route crosses Tohickon Creek into Tinicum Township and heads north to an intersection with the north end of PA 113. Past this junction, the road runs north-northwest through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes and businesses, passing to the west of the community of Ottsville. PA 611 enters Nockamixon Township and continues through rural land with scattered development and comes to an intersection with the southern terminus of PA 412, which provides access to Nockamixon State Park, in the community of Harrow. From here, the route bends north and runs through wooded areas with some fields and development, curving northeast. PA 611 comes to the community of Revere and makes a turn to the northwest. The road runs through forested areas with a few homes and businesses, passing through the community of Ferndale. The route winds north through more woodland with some development and comes to the community of Kintnersville, where it reaches a junction with the northern terminus of PA 32. From here, PA 611 crosses into Durham Township and heads northwest through wooded areas and begins to follow the Delaware Canal and the west bank of the Delaware River. The road continues along the canal and the river and curves north to come to an intersection with the eastern terminus of PA 212 in the community of Durham Furnace. Past this junction, the route runs northeast through more rural land before entering the borough of Riegelsville, were it heads north-northwest past homes and a few businesses and intersects Delaware Road, which heads east to the Riegelsville Bridge over the Delaware River.[3][6]

Northampton County[edit]

PA 611 northbound in Easton on Larry Holmes Drive, named for former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes

PA 611 leaves Riegelsville for Williams Township in Northampton County and becomes South Delaware Drive, heading north-northwest through forested areas immediately to the west of the Delaware Canal and the Delaware River. The road bends east and runs through a mix of woods, fields, and homes, curving to the north again. The route passes through the residential community of Raubsville and continues north-northwest through wooded areas with sparse development alongside the canal and river, curving northeast. PA 611 passes under the Interstate 78 Toll Bridge that carries I-78 over the Delaware River before it and the canal and river make a sharp turn to the west. The road heads into the city of Easton and intersects Cedarville Road, which heads south to provide access to I-78. The route continues northwest through wooded areas alongside the Delaware Canal and Delaware River, with nearby residential development to the west. PA 611 passes under Norfolk Southern's Lehigh Line and Portland Secondary before turning southwest along the south bank of the Lehigh River, passing under an abandoned railroad line. The route turns northwest onto four-lane South 3rd Street and crosses the Lehigh River, with the abandoned railroad tracks passing over the bridge carrying the route over the river. On the north bank, PA 611 turns northeast onto two-lane undivided Larry Holmes Drive and passes through commercial areas to the east of downtown Easton, running along the north bank of the Lehigh River before curving north and following the west bank of the Delaware River. The road intersects Northampton Street just west of the Northampton Street Bridge over the river before it comes to an intersection with the eastern terminus of PA 248. At this point, the route turns east onto North Delaware Drive and bends north as it comes to an interchange with US 22 (Lehigh Valley Thruway) just west of the Easton–Phillipsburg Toll Bridge. Past this, the road continues north-northeast through wooded areas along the west bank of the Delaware River, with nearby development to the west.[3][7]

PA 611 leaves Easton for Forks Township and runs through forested areas with some homes alongside the river, curving to the north. The road continues through rural areas parallel to the Delaware River, turning to the northwest and then to the northeast. The route enters Lower Mount Bethel Township and passes through the community of Sandts Eddy, where it passes industrial development and homes. PA 611 curves north and runs through wooded areas with some homes and businesses, crossing a railroad spur. The road turns northwest away from the Delaware River and runs to the southwest of Norfolk Southern's Portland Secondary, heading into the residential community of Martins Creek. Here, the route turns east to remain along North Delaware Drive, passing over Martins Creek and the Norfolk Southern line. PA 611 runs through woods before heading through farmland and making a turn to the north.[3][7]

The road heads northeast through farmland with some woods and homes, passing through the community of Mount Pleasant. Farther along, the route passes through a corner of Washington Township and runs through the community of Richmond. PA 611 enters Upper Mount Bethel Township and continues through a mix of farm fields and woods with some homes, passing through the community of Centerville. The road continues north through rural land and comes to an intersection with the northern terminus of PA 512 before it heads northeast through the residential community of Mount Bethel. The route runs through wooded areas with some homes and businesses and passes under Norfolk Southern's Portland Secondary, at which point it enters the borough of Portland. PA 611 widens to a four-lane divided highway and splits from the road at an interchange to head northwest on Delaware Avenue, with the divided highway leading to the Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge over the Delaware River to New Jersey, where the road becomes Route 94 and provides access to I-80 and US 46. From here, PA 611 follows two-lane undivided Delaware Avenue through downtown Portland before heading into wooded areas with homes to the southwest and Norfolk Southern's Stroudsburg Secondary and the Delaware River to the northeast. The road gains a second northbound lane and leaves Portland for Upper Mount Bethel Township, heading into forested areas and passing to the west of the community of Slateford. The route heads into the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and narrows to two lanes, passing to the east of Blue Mountain and to the west of a Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad line and the Delaware River as it traverses the Delaware Water Gap.[3][7]

Monroe County[edit]

Route 611 heading northbound through the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport in Coolbaugh Township

While traversing the Delaware Water Gap, PA 611 enters the borough of Delaware Water Gap in Monroe County, which is in the Pocono Mountains region, and curves west and the northwest along with the railroad tracks and the river through more dense forests. The route passes to the west of the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge carrying I-80 over the Delaware River and bends northwest away from the river, leaving the recreation area, crossing the Appalachian Trail, and heading past homes and a few businesses on Main Street. PA 611 passes businesses and turns southwest onto Foxtown Hill Road, with that road heading northeast to provide access to I-80. The route becomes a three-lane road with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane that ascends a hill, running past homes before entering Smithfield Township and heading into forests. The road curves west and narrows to two lanes, entering Stroud Township, before it turns northwest and becomes three lanes with one northbound lane and two southbound lanes as it descends the hill. PA 611 passes through the community of Foxtown and enters the borough of Stroudsburg, curving west and coming to an intersection with PA 191. Here, the route becomes two-lane Park Avenue and turns north through residential areas, coming to a partial interchange with I-80/US 209 with access to and from the eastbound lanes of I-80/US 209; access to and from the westbound lanes is provided by PA 191. Past this interchange, the road becomes South 7th Street and heads into the commercial downtown of Stroudsburg, where it comes to an intersection with US 209 Bus. Here, PA 611 turns west for a concurrency with US 209 Bus. on Main Street, passing through more of the downtown. Main Street has two southbound lanes and one northbound lane. PA 611 splits from US 209 Bus. by turning north onto two-lane North 9th Street, passing homes and businesses and curving to the northwest.[3][8]

The route leaves Stroudsburg for Stroud Township and runs west through commercial areas with some homes, passing through the community of Arlington Heights. The road gains a center left-turn lane and passes more businesses, heading to the south of the Stroud Mall. PA 611 comes to a partial interchange providing access to from northbound PA 611 to westbound I-80 and from eastbound I-80 to southbound PA 611 and turns to the northwest. The route continues through a mix of residential and commercial development and woods parallel to I-80. Farther west, the road widens to five lanes and comes to an at-grade intersection with the northern terminus of the PA 33 freeway, which provides access to I-80 immediately to the south. Past this junction, PA 611 narrows to an unnamed three-lane road with a center turn lane and heads northwest and passes through a corner of Hamilton Township before it crosses into Pocono Township and runs through the community of Bartonsville. The route continues northwest through wooded areas and development, passing through the community of Lower Tannersville. In the community of Tannersville, PA 611 forms a short concurrency with PA 715. The road passes to the east of The Crossings Premium Outlets and runs through wooded areas before it comes to a partial interchange with I-80 with access from westbound I-80 to both directions of PA 611 and from southbound PA 611 to eastbound I-80.[3][8]

The route continues north through forests with some residential and commercial development, curving northwest in the community of Scotrun. The road becomes a four-lane divided highway, with the left lanes used for left turns and the right lanes used for travel. The highway runs north through wooded areas with some businesses. The divided road gains two travel lanes in each direction and passes to the west of a Sanofi Pasteur plant before it comes to a junction with PA 314 in the community of Swiftwater. Here, PA 611 curves northwest and forms a brief concurrency with PA 314 before that route splits to the west. PA 611 crosses into Paradise Township and reaches the community of Wiscasset, where it passes to the southwest of Mount Airy Casino Resort. The road continues through forests with some development and enters the borough of Mount Pocono. The route becomes Pocono Boulevard and passes under a Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad line before it heads north as a two-lane undivided road through residential areas with a few businesses. PA 611 heads into a commercial area and comes to an intersection with PA 940, with that route turning north for a short concurrency before it splits west at an intersection that also serves as the southern terminus of PA 196. From here, PA 611 becomes a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane and runs past businesses before it transitions to a three-lane road with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane, heading into forests and crossing into Coolbaugh Township, where the name becomes Memorial Boulevard. The road becomes three lanes with a center turn lane again and passes to the northeast of Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport before passing near some commercial development. The route continues through forested areas with some homes and businesses, coming to a bridge over the Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad line and becoming a four-lane undivided road. Farther northwest, the road comes to an intersection with PA 423 southwest of Tobyhanna, with that route providing access to southbound I-380 and from northbound I-380. PA 611 continues northwest through forests as a three-lane road with one northbound lane and two southbound lanes and reaches its northern terminus at a partial interchange with I-380, with access to northbound I-380 and from southbound I-380.[3][8]

History[edit]

U.S. Route 611
Location: Philadelphia-Scranton
Existed: 1926–1972
US 611 sign at the intersection of Cheltenham Avenue and Old York Road (611) on the border of Philadelphia and Cheltenham.
Old junction US 611 sign on Easton Road in Willow Grove in 2008. The US 611 shield became missing from the sign and has been replaced with a PA 611 shield.

Until 1972, US 611 ran between US 30 in Philadelphia and I-81E (previously US 11) in Scranton.[9] In 1970, the section of Interstate 380 between the current exit 8 and 13 opened to traffic, and the US 611 designation was moved onto that portion of highway. The original U.S. 611 still parallels Interstate 380 approximately 200 yards to the east through Gouldsboro State Park but is now known as Coolbaugh TR 627.[10] The road is now closed to traffic. Locally, it is often known as "Old Route 611".

On December 3, 1971, the American Association of State Highway Officials approved the elimination of the US 611 designation.[11] On March 14, 1972, US 611 was decommissioned and replaced with PA 611 between Philadelphia and I-81E in Tobyhanna and PA 435 between I-81E in Gouldsboro and Dunmore. Signs were changed by April of that year.[1][12] Route 611's southern terminus had always been in Center City Philadelphia at the junction with PA 3; it was extended south to I-95 in 1987 (the stretch from City Hall south to Moyamensing Avenue had been part of PA 291).

US 611 in New Jersey and US 611 Alternate[edit]

Button copy guide sign with former US 611 designation at south end of Doylestown Bypass in 2009. This sign has since been replaced.

Until 1953, US 611 was exclusively in Pennsylvania. In late 1953, the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge and Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge were completed, as was the freeway through the Delaware Water Gap connecting them on the east (New Jersey) side of the Delaware River. The Delaware Bridge several miles south-east, which U.S. Route 46 used to cross, was abandoned at that point and later destroyed in 1955 by Hurricane Diane. The freeway had been planned as a realignment of U.S. Route 46, but instead US 611 was rerouted from its all-Pennsylvania route to cross the river twice in order to use the better-quality road on the New Jersey side. The Portland-Delaware Water Gap section of U.S. 611 became U.S. Route 611 Alternate. Route 46, therefore, no longer crossed into Pennsylvania; its western terminus became the junction with U.S. 611 at the intersection at the Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge.

North of the Portland-Columbia Bridge, the road widened from two to four lanes. Less than a mile north was a three-way intersection with only a caution light where Route 94 began and ran north. North of that intersection, Route 611 became a four-lane divided freeway and crossed the Delaware River a few miles further north on the Delaware Water Gap Toll bridge. After crossing into Pennsylvania, the divided highway narrowed again for a mile to a four lane road and curved into downtown Delaware Water Gap. There it intersected U.S. 611 Alternate and continued on to Stroudsburg. In 1959, it was announced that Interstate 80 would eventually be designated on the freeway. In 1964, U.S. Route 209 was moved to a newly built freeway to bypass Stroudsburg and wind south of the city. (The old alignment of U.S. 209 was redesignated as U.S. 209 Business from several miles north of East Stroudsburg to five miles south of Stroudsburg.) US 611 freeway was extended by a mile and when it ran into the then-newly built US 209 bypass, US 611 continued to run concurrently through Stroudsburg. Just west of Stroudsburg US 209 headed south and merged with 209 Business. US 611 continued west a few miles and winded slightly north and merged with US 611 alternate. The original US 611 from Delaware Water Gap past Stroudsburg was now also Alternate US 611. In 1963, the Pennsylvania Highways Department recommended replacing US 611 Alternate with US 611, with the US 611 designation to be removed from I-80.[13] In 1965, the stretch of US 611 from the Route 94 intersection up past the Delaware Water Gap Bridge through the merger with US 611 Alternate was designated both US 611 and Interstate 80. Also past the merger with the US 209 bypass, the freeway was designated interstate 80, US 209, and US 611. Past Stroudsburg the freeway headed south and merging with US 209 Business continued to be designated as US 209. The freeway headed northwest was designated US 611 and Interstate 80. By 1972, Pennsylvania portions of Interstate 80 in the state were completed.

In 1972, when US 611 was decommissioned to a State Highway, Interstate 80 became the exclusive route for the area of freeway up to the US 209 bypass connection (US 209 is still designated on the Stroudsburg portion or the I 80 freeway). The US 611 shields all were removed that year from the freeway. In November 1973, the New Jersey portion of Interstate 80 was also complete. Soon after the Pennsylvania sections of I 80 also were complete. From 1972-73, the roads on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River were extensively realigned into a complex group of ramps. At this point, U.S. 611 was both decommissioned and realigned to its former Pennsylvania alignment and became Pennsylvania Route 611 (due to the completion of the Interstate 380 freeway, and its terminus there 25 miles (40 km) south of U.S. 11 in Scranton). PA 611 now was parallel to the Delaware River west to Delaware Water Gap, then to Stroudsburg downtown area, the shopping area north of Stroudsburg and then to Mt Pocono. Route 94 continued to serve the new Columbia interchange, as would U.S. 46. U.S. 46 was realigned to the former U.S. 611 alignment, terminating at Interstate 80 at the new interchange. The Columbia-Portland Bridge approaches on the New Jersey side were rebuilt to feed directly into Route 94 north. The only U.S. 611 shield in New Jersey is located on the approach to the Columbia-Portland bridge from U.S. 46 East.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Philadelphia Philadelphia 0.000 0.000 Broad Street south – Navy Yard Continuation beyond I-95
0.000 0.000 I-95 to I-76 east – Philadelphia International Airport, Central Philadelphia Exit 17 on I-95; Broad Street continues south
0.936 1.506 I-76 – Valley Forge, Walt Whitman Bridge, New Jersey Exit 349 on I-76
3.933 6.330 PA 3 west (Market Street / John F. Kennedy Boulevard) Eastern terminus of PA 3 (one-way pair) at Penn Square
4.245 6.832 I-676 / US 30 to I-76 / I-95 – Philadelphia International Airport, Valley Forge Access via Vine Street; no northbound access to I-676 west
8.464 13.621 US 13 (Roosevelt Boulevard) To US 1 north
8.578 13.805 US 1 south (Roosevelt Expressway) Interchange via local roads
PhiladelphiaMontgomery
county line
PhiladelphiaCheltenham Township line 11.582 18.639 PA 309 north (Cheltenham Avenue) Interchange; southern terminus of PA 309
Montgomery CheltenhamAbington
township line
13.494 21.716 PA 73 (Township Line Road) – Whitemarsh, Cheltenham
AbingtonUpper Moreland
township line
17.216 27.706 PA 63 (Moreland Road)
Upper Moreland Township 17.716 28.511 PA 263 north (York Road) Southern terminus of PA 263
19.205 30.907 I-276 / Penna Turnpike – Philadelphia, Harrisburg, New Jersey Exit 343 (Willow Grove) on I-276 / Penna Turnpike
Horsham Township 20.285 32.646 PA 463 west (Horsham Road) Eastern terminus of PA 463
Bucks Warrington Township 23.833 38.355 PA 132 east (Street Road) – Warminster Western terminus of PA 132
Doylestown Township 27.813 44.761 South end of freeway
27.813 44.761 Main Street – Business District Northbound exit and southbound entrance
28.646–
28.665
46.101–
46.132
US 202 – New Hope, Norristown

US 202 Bus. begins
Cloverleaf interchange, south end of US 202 Bus. overlap
29.527 47.519
US 202 Bus. south (State Street)
North end of US 202 Bus. overlap
30.882 49.700 Broad Street
DoylestownPlumstead
township line
31.697 51.011 PA 313 – Dublin Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Plumstead Township 32.999 53.107 Main Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
32.999 53.107 North end of freeway
Bedminster Township 38.261 61.575 PA 413 south (Durham Road) – Pipersville Northern terminus of PA 413
Tinicum Township 40.156 64.625 PA 113 south (Bedminster Road) Northern terminus of PA 113
Nockamixon Township 43.684 70.303 PA 412 north (Durham Road) – Springtown Southern terminus of PA 412
48.879 78.663 PA 32 south (River Road) – Upper Black Eddy Northern terminus of PA 32
Durham Township 50.658 81.526 PA 212 west – Springtown Eastern terminus of PA 212
Northampton Easton 59.306 95.444 To I-78 (Cedarville Road)
60.906 98.019 PA 248 west (Larry Holmes Drive) – Wind Gap, Allentown Eastern terminus of PA 248
60.995 98.162 US 22 (Lehigh Valley Thruway) – Harrisburg, New Jersey, New York Interchange
Upper Mount Bethel Township 77.967 125.476 PA 512 south (Mt. Bethel Highway) – Bangor Northern terminus of PA 512
Portland 79.603 128.109 To US 46 / I-80 / Route 94 – New Jersey, New York Interchange
Monroe Smithfield Township 86.200 138.725 To I-80 – New Jersey Exit 310 on I-80
Stroudsburg 88.534 142.482 PA 191 (Godfrey Ridge Road/Broad Street) to I-80 west – Bangor, Analomink
88.932 143.122 I-80 east / US 209 north – Delaware Water Gap Exit 307 on I-80/US 209
89.156 143.483
US 209 Bus. north (Main Street)
South end of US 209 Bus. overlap
89.337 143.774
US 209 Bus. south (Main Street)
North end of US 209 Bus. overlap
Stroud Township 91.153 146.697 I-80 west – Hazleton Northbound exit and southbound entrance, exit 303 on I-80
93.525 150.514 PA 33 south to I-80 / US 209 south – Allentown, Stroudsburg, Snydersville, Hazleton Northern terminus of PA 33
Pocono Township 97.367 156.697 PA 715 north – Henryville South end of PA 715 overlap
97.435 156.806 PA 715 south to I-80 – Reeders North end of PA 715 overlap
98.367 158.306 I-80 east – Stroudsburg Southbound exit and northbound entrance, exit 298 on I-80
101.216 162.891 PA 314 east (Lower Swiftwater Road) – Henryville, Cresco South end of PA 314 overlap
101.436 163.245 PA 314 west (Manor Drive) – Pocono Manor, Pocono Summit North end of PA 314 overlap
Mount Pocono 103.960 167.307 PA 940 east – East Stroudsburg South end of PA 940 overlap
104.024 167.410 PA 196 north (Sterling Road) – Hamlin
PA 940 west (Pocono Summit Road) to I-380 – Blakeslee
North end of PA 940 overlap; southern terminus of PA 196
Coolbaugh Township 108.918 175.287 PA 423 (Prospect Street) to I-380 south – Pocono Pines, Tobyhanna, South Sterling
109.685 176.521 I-380 north – Scranton Exit 8 on I-380
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Bucks County truck route[edit]


PA Route 611 Truck
Location: Bedminster Township, Pennsylvania
Length: 0.4 mi[14] (0.6 km)

Pennsylvania Route 611 Truck signs are posted to direct motorists from northbound PA 413 directly to PA 611 in Bedminster Township in Bucks County, avoiding Old Easton Road.[14]

Former Monroe County truck route[edit]


PA Route 611 Truck
Location: Bartonsville-Tannersville
Length: 5.0 mi[15] (8.0 km)
Existed: 2013–2015

Pennsylvania Route 611 Truck was a truck route of PA 611 that bypassed the stretch of the route between Bartonsville and Tannersville in Monroe County from 2013 to 2015. PA 611 Truck northbound started at the intersection of PA 33 and PA 611. When PA 33 interchanges with I-80, the truck route headed onto I-80 west. In Tannersville, it reached an interchange with PA 715 at exit 299 and a mile later, PA 611 Truck left I-80 at exit 298 to PA 611, reaching its northern terminus. PA 611 Truck southbound started at PA 611 and merged onto I-80 east at exit 298. It had an interchange with PA 715 at exit 299 and 3 miles later, exited I-80 onto PA 33 north. PA 611 Truck reached its southern terminus 0.13 miles later at PA 611.[15]

Former Philadelphia alternate route[edit]


U.S. Route 611 Alternate
Location: Philadelphia-Willow Grove

U.S. Route 611 Alternate (US 611 Alt.) was an alternate alignment of US 611 between Philadelphia and Willow Grove. The route began at US 309, US 422, and US 309 Truck at the intersection of Germantown Avenue, Chew Avenue, and Mt. Airy Avenue in Philadelphia, heading northeast on Mt. Airy Avenue. The route became Easton Road as it entered Montgomery County, where it formed a short concurrency with PA 152 before intersecting PA 73. US 611 Alt. continued through Glenside and Roslyn before it reached Willow Grove, where it crossed PA 63 before ending at US 611 near the southern terminus of PA 263.[16] US 611 Alt. was first designated by 1946.[17] The alternate route was decommissioned in the 1950s.[18]

Major intersections
County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Philadelphia Philadelphia US 309 south (Allens Lane)

US 309 north / US 422 west / US 309 Truck south (Germantown Avenue)
US 422 east (Chew Street)
Montgomery Cheltenham Township PA 152 south (Limekiln Pike) South end of PA 152 overlap
PA 152 north (Limekiln Pike) to PA 73 North end of PA 152 overlap
AbingtonUpper Moreland
township line
PA 63 (Moreland Road)
Upper Moreland Township US 611 (Easton Road/Old York Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Former Delaware Water Gap alternate route[edit]


U.S. Route 611 Alternate
Location: Portland-Delaware Water Gap

U.S. Route 611 Alternate (US 611 Alt.) was an alternate alignment of US 611 that ran between Portland and Stroudsburg across the Delaware Water Gap. US 611 Alt. began at Portland in Northampton County, where US 611 crossed the Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge into New Jersey. From here, it headed north on the west bank of the Delaware River, passing through Slateford. The route traversed the Delaware Water Gap into Monroe County and continued to the community of Delaware Water Gap. Here, US 611 Alt. reached its northern terminus at an intersection with US 611 at Foxtown Hill Road.[19] US 611 Alt. was designated during the 1950s on the former alignment of US 611 when US 611 was realigned to use a new alignment across the river in New Jersey, crossing the Delaware River twice on the Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge and the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge.[19] In 1963, the Pennsylvania Highways Department recommended replacing US 611 Alt. with US 611, with the US 611 designation to be removed from I-80.[13] US 611 Alt. was replaced by US 611 in the 1960s when it was rerouted out of New Jersey. I-80 had replaced the alignment of US 611 in New Jersey.[9]

Major intersections
County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Northampton Portland US 611 (Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge/Delaware Avenue) – Mount Bethel, Easton, New Jersey, New York Interchange
Monroe Delaware Water Gap US 611 (Foxtown Hill Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Routes 611, 106 Will Be Changed". Standard-Speaker. Hazleton, PA. March 15, 1972. Retrieved August 13, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Google (September 7, 2014). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 611" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Bucks County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c Northampton County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Monroe County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Official Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1970. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  10. ^ "US 611 (Decommissioned)". Pennsylvania Highways. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (December 3, 1971). "U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda" (PDF) (Report). Miami Beach, FL: American Association of State Highway Officials. p. 418. Retrieved January 13, 2015 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania State Highway Map (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 1972–1973. 
  13. ^ a b "Rep. Yetter To Seek '209' Business Rte.". The Pocono Record. Stroudsburg, PA. December 11, 1963. p. 5. Retrieved August 17, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ a b Google (July 15, 2015). "overview of truck route from northbound Pennsylvania Route 413 to Pennsylvania Route 611" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Google (October 14, 2015). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 611 Truck in Monroe County" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  16. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (back) (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1950. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ Newark, NJ 1:250,000 Quadrangle (Map). United States Department of the Army. 1947. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  18. ^ Official Map of Pennsylvania (back) (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1960. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Official Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1960. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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