Pennsylvania Route 96
|Maintained by PennDOT|
|Length:||42 mi (67 km)|
|Existed:||1928 – present|
|South end:||MD 35 in Londonderry Township|
| PA 31 in Manns Choice
US 30 in Schellsburg
PA 56 in Pleasantville
|North end:||PA 869 in Lincoln Township|
Pennsylvania Route 96 (PA 96) is a 41.6-mile-long (66.9 km) state highway located in southwestern Pennsylvania. The southern terminus of the route is at the Mason–Dixon line in Londonderry Township, where PA 96 continues to the south as Maryland Route 35. The northern terminus is at Pennsylvania Route 869 in Lincoln Township.
Towns included in this particular stretch of highway include Hyndman, Fossilville, Madley and Buffalo Mills in Londonderry Township, PA. Route 96 is a main highway between the cities of Cumberland, MD and Bedford, PA which many people travel daily for business purposes.
PA 96 begins at the Maryland border in the community of State Line in Londonderry Township, where the road continues south into Ellersile, Maryland as MD 35. From the state line, the route heads northeast on two-lane undivided Hyndman Road, passing homes before entering a mix of farms, woods, and residences in a narrow valley. PA 96 enters more forested areas as it runs a short distance to the west of CSX's Keystone Subdivision railroad line and Wills Creek. The road runs farther west from the creek and the railroad line as it runs past more farmland and woodland with a few homes, passing through Stringtown and Palo Alto. The route continues through the rural narrow valley and curves northeast, becoming Schellsburg Street before entering Hyndman. Here, PA 96 passes homes before turning east onto Center Street, at which point it runs past a mix of residences and businesses. The road crosses the CSX rail line and curves to the north, becoming Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon crossing the Wills Creek, the route heads back into Londonderry Township and returns to rural areas with some residential development, passing through Wills Creek.
Farther north, the road runs between the base of Savage Mountain to the west and valley farm fields to the east. PA 96 passes through forests before heading back into farmland with some homes, running through Fossilville. The route continues northeast through the narrow agricultural and wooded valley, serving Gravel Pit Station and Madley. The road crosses into Harrison Township and runs through more rural areas with occasional homes, passing through Bard and Buffalo Mills. PA 96 continues through the rural valley for several miles before entering Manns Choice. Here, the road passes development, coming to an intersection with PA 31.
At this point, the two routes turn west to form a concurrency on Allegheny Road, passing by homes. PA 31/PA 96 crosses into Harrison Township and runs through a mix of farmland and woodland with a few residences, curving to the northwest. PA 31 splits to the west and PA 96 continues northwest on Shawnee Road, crossing the Raystown Branch Juniata River into Napier Township. The route passes over I-70/I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) and heads into forested areas of Shawnee State Park. In this area, the road passes over Shawnee Lake before turning north and running along the western shore of the lake. After leaving the state park, PA 96 enters Schellsburg and becomes Market Street, passing homes. In the center of town, the route intersects US 30.
From here, the road passes more residences before becoming the border between Napier Township to the west and Schellsburg to the east. PA 96 fully enters Napier Township again and passes through a mix of woodland and farmland with a few homes as Cortland Road. The road curves northwest and then north again through the countryside, coming to New Paris. In this borough, the route passes several homes. Crossing back into Napier Township, PA 96 passes through more agricultural areas with some woods and homes. Entering West St. Clair Township, the road passes through more rural areas of farms and woods with a few residences. The route crosses into Pleasantville, where it comes to a junction with PA 56 in a commercial area. After this, PA 96 becomes King St. Clair Road and crosses back into West St. Clair Township and passes open farmland with some rural homes. The route makes a turn to the east before curving northeast through agricultural areas with some woods and residences, heading into King Township. PA 96 bends to the north and continues to its northern terminus at an intersection with PA 869 in Lincoln Township, with the road continuing north as part of that route.
||This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.|
|Londonderry Township||0.0||0.0||MD 35 south (Ellersile Road)||Southern terminus, continues into Maryland as MD 35|
|Manns Choice||PA 31 east (Allegheny Road)||South end of PA 31 concurrency|
|Harrison Township||PA 31 west (Allegheny Road)||North end of PA 31 concurrency|
|Schellsburg||US 30 (Pitt Street)|
|Pleasantville||PA 56 (Quaker Valley Road)|
|PA 869 (Burnt Hollow Road)||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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