U.S. Route 20 in Pennsylvania

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 20 in Pennsylvania. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 20.

U.S. Route 20 marker

U.S. Route 20
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 45.433 mi[1] (73.117 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 20 at Ohio border near West Springfield
  US 6N near West Springfield
I-79 in Erie
US 19 in Erie
I-90 near North East
East end: US 20 at New York border near North East
Location
Counties: Erie
Highway system
US 19 PA 21
PA 9 PA-9 (1926).svg PA 10

U.S. Route 20 is an east-west U.S. Highway in Pennsylvania, which clips the northwestern corner of the state, running entirely in Erie County. While it is part of the nation's longest road, it features the shortest segment of any two-digit U.S. route in the commonwealth. Although bypassed by Interstate 90 as the primary through route in the area, heavy traffic has led to nearly the entire highway being upgraded to four lanes in width.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Route 20 in North East, Pennsylvania.

U.S. 20 travels for 45 miles through Pennsylvania's Great Lakes region. For most of its journey, it closely parallels a heavily travelled CSX rail line, which also serves Amtrak passenger trains. The highway enters the state under the moniker of West Ridge Road eastward from the Ohio border, as it journeys through Springfield Township, Girard Township, Fairview Township and Millcreek Township. This section of road was widened to encompass a mostly four-lane set-up after a pair of 1938 and 1946 infrastructural projects, owing to the heavy truck traffic between Erie and Cleveland, Ohio. A 1952 upgrade saw the remainder of the Millcreek Township section of the route improved to four lanes.

At the intersection with Pennsylvania Route 832, just outside the Erie city limits, U.S. 20 becomes West 26th Street. The highway then passes through an industrial and commercial corridor that represents a 1946 alignment change, which saw 26th Street extended to avoid the route's former complicated passage along East Avenue. Soon after a major interchange with Greengarden Boulevard, the highway becomes two lanes, as it passes through Erie's old residential neighborhoods. After a junction with U.S. Route 19 just south of the city center, it becomes East 26th Street.

U.S. 20 turns sharply northward as Broad Street at the Bayfront Connector, as it resumes four lane status temporarily. It then turns east again as Buffalo Road through Wesleyville and Harborcreek Township. This portion of road was upgraded to four lanes during a 1958 overhaul. In North East Township, U.S. 20 becomes West Main Road. Within the town limits of North East it becomes West Main Street until it reaches the town center at its intersection with Pennsylvania Route 89, where it becomes East Main Street. Outside the town limits it becomes East Main Road until it reaches Pennsylvania's border with New York. The portion of road around North East was upgraded to four lanes in 1971.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Erie County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Ohio state line 0.000 0.000 US 20 (Main Road) / LECT Continues into Ohio
West Springfield 1.479 2.380 PA 5 (Lake Road) / LECT Western terminus of PA 5
2.876 4.628 US 6N Western terminus of US 6N
East Springfield 6.224 10.017 PA 215
Girard 10.351 16.658 PA 18 south (Meadville Road) West end of PA 18 concurrency
11.375 18.306 PA 18 north (Rice Avenue) East end of PA 18 concurrency
Fairview 15.419 24.814 PA 98 (Avonia Road)
Erie 22.739 36.595 PA 832 (Sterrettania Road/Peninsula Road)
23.655 38.069 I-79 Interchange
26.381 42.456 US 19 (Peach Street) Northern terminus of US 19
26.459 42.582 PA 505 (State Street) Northern terminus of PA 505
26.953 43.377 PA 8 (Parade Street) Northern terminus of PA 8,
2 blocks north of PA 97 northern terminus
28.333 45.598 PA 290
Wesleyville 30.325 48.803 PA 430 (Hannon Road) Western terminus of PA 430
Northwest Harborcreek 33.898 54.554 PA 531 (Depot Road) Northern terminus of PA 531
34.131 54.929 PA 955 (Iroquois Avenue) Eastern terminus of PA 955
North East 41.201 66.307 PA 89 (Freeport Road)
44.244–
44.269
71.204–
71.244
I-90 Interchange
New York state line 45.433 73.117 US 20 Continues into New York
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 


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