Pennsylvania Route 669

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PA Route 669 marker

PA Route 669
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length 5.824 mi[1] (9.373 km)
Existed 1963 – present
Major junctions
South end MD 669 at the Maryland state line in Elk Lick Township
North end US 219 in Salisbury
Location
Counties Somerset
Highway system
PA 666 PA 670

Pennsylvania Route 669 (PA 669) is a 5.82-mile-long (9.37 km) state highway located in Somerset county in Pennsylvania. The southern terminus is at the Maryland state line in Elk Lick Township, where Maryland Route 669 (MD 669) and Springs Road cross the state line from U.S. Route 40 Alternate (US 40 Alt.). The route heads along Springs Road and Ord Street through its rural and residential alignment. The northern terminus is at the intersection with US 219 (Grant Street) in the borough of Salisbury. The route was designated in 1963, and a renumbered MD 417 was soon matched up over the state line in Maryland.

Route description[edit]

PA 669 begins at the state line as a continuation of MD 669 in the community of Elk Lick Township, Pennsylvania. The route progresses northward as Springs Road, passing through the rural regions of southern central Pennsylvania. Around the intersection with Ash Hill Road, the highway passes a light demographic of homes, but as PA 669 turns to the northwest at Upper Springs Road, begins to grow. The highway enters the community of Springs, Pennsylvania, a portion of Elk Lick Township. Through Springs, PA 669 becomes surrounded by light forestry and residences, turning to the north once again at an intersection with Shoemaker Hill Road. For a short stretch after Shoemaker Hill Road, PA 669 becomes a rural highway, crossing through fields. However, this changes as the highway enters the community of Niverton. In Niverton, PA 669 passes some residences and a large lumber yard, but after curving eastward at Fisher Road and Savage Road, Springs Road and PA 669 return to their rural nature.[2]

PA 669 westward does continue eastward through Niverton, but soon turns southeastward into a short residential portion surrounded by fields. At the intersection with Oak Dale Road, the highway begins a curve back to the northeast, entering the small community of Sylvan Lane soon after. In Sylvan Lane, PA 669 continues its small community nature, and continues northeastward through rural Somerset County before entering Salisbury. After making a large curve to the north, the highway continues through rural Salisbury, paralleling the nearby river. PA 669 enters West Salisbury and intersects with Saint Paul Road, where the highway turns eastward on a bridge across the river. After crossing the river, PA 669 becomes known as Ord Street and enters downtown Salisbury. There, the highway passes several residences before intersecting and terminating at an intersection with US 219 (Grant Street). Ord Street continues eastward until changing names to Engles Mills Road soon after.[2]

History[edit]

During the 1930s, the Maryland Department of Highways began the modernization of Springs Road on their side of the border to basic state highway standards.[3][4] PA 669 was first designated along its current alignment in 1963 from the Maryland state line to the borough of Salisbury and the intersection with US 219; the connecting road in Maryland was renumbered from MD 417 to MD 669.[5] The two bridges PA 669 uses to cross waterways in Salisbury and West Salisbury have both been deemed structurally deficient by the United States Department of Transportation. The one over the Casselman River in Salisbury was constructed in 1922 and handles an average of 1,469 vehicles per day.[6] The second bridge, the one over Tub Mill Run in West Salisbury is in similar shape, but constructed three years later.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Somerset County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Elk Lick Township 0.000 0.000 MD 669 Maryland / Pennsylvania state line
Salisbury 5.824 9.373 US 219 (Grant Street) Northern terminus of Route 669; Ord Street continues eastward from US 219.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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. Archived from the original on February 17, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Microsoft; Nokia (March 10, 2010). "Overview map of Pennsylvania Route 669" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Map of Maryland (JPG) (Map) (1930 ed.). Maryland State Roads Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ Map of Maryland (PDF) (Map) (1933 ed.). Maryland State Roads Commission. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "State Eliminating Route 14 Designation". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. April 1, 1963. p. 5. Retrieved August 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Structure #550669011008660". National Bridge Inventory. Washington D.C.: United States Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 10, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Structure #550669011000000". National Bridge Inventory. Washington D.C.: United States Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 10, 2010. [permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  • Kitsko, Jeffrey J. (2009). "PA 669". Pennsylvania Highways. pp. 651–700. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  • Prince, Adam J. (2002). "PA 669". State-Ends.com. Retrieved May 11, 2011.