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Interstate 79 Pennsylvania
Northbound - West Virginia State Line to Interstate 279 North

Highway Information

Miles 182.72
Counties Traveled
Through
Greene, Washington,
Allegheny, Butler,
Lawrence, Mercer,
Crawford, Erie
Cities Washington, Pittsburgh,
Meadville, Erie
Major Junctions Interstate 70
(Exit 34 & Exit 38)

Interstate 279
(Exit 59A & Exit 72)

Interstate 76
(Exit 77)

Interstate 80
(Exits 116A-B)

Interstate 90
(Exits 178A-B)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
183 (100%)
Southern End of
Interstate Driven
West Virginia
State Line
Northern End of
Interstate Driven
Pennsylvania 5

Pictures

Northbound:

West Virginia State Line to Interstate 279 North

Interstate 279 North to Interstate 80

Interstate 80 to Erie

Southbound

Interstate 79 North
Interstate 79 North as the freeway enters Greene County, Pennsylvania, and Perry Township. This is one of nine Perry Townships in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Greene County edition has a population of 1,699. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Pennsylvania Welcomes You sign as Interstate 79 enters the Keystone State. The first exit for Mount Morris is just ahead. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 1 - Mount Morris. A short drive west on Ellsworth Avenue to U.S. 19 is needed to get to Mount Morris. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching the Pennsylvania Welcome Center - 2 miles. The center is one of 14 throughout the commonwealth. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 7 - Kirby/Garards Fort - 2 miles. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching the Pennsylvania Welcome Center - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center and Weigh Station. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
A look at the parking lot of the welcome center, with the actual center straight ahead. The Warrior Trail, one of several hiking trails throughout the commonwealth, is just to the south. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 7 - Kirby/Garards Fort. Kirby is two miles to the west on U.S. 19; Garards Fort is four miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 14 - Pennsylvania 21 - 2 miles. Pennsylvania 21 is an east-west highway through southwest Pennsylvania, connecting Waynesburg, Masontown, and Uniontown. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use Pennsylvania 21 west to the borough of Waynesburg (pop. 4,095). Waynesburg is home to Waynesburg College. For more information on the Waynesburg area, visit the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce website. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 14 - Pennsylvania 21 - 1 mile. Masontown (pop. 3,500) is 15 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 14 - Pennsylvania 21 - Masontown/Waynesburg. The state highway will end at Business U.S. 40 in Uniontown 25 miles east of Exit 14. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 19 - Pennsylvania 221 - 2 miles. Pennsylvania 221 is a north-south highway that begins at Pennsylvania 188 near Mather, which is 4.5 miles southeast of the upcoming interchange. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 19 - Pennsylvania 221 - 1 mile. U.S. 19 is mentioned due to its close proximity to Interstate 79 in this area. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 19 - Pennsylvania 221 TO U.S. 19 - Ruff Creek/Jefferson. Ruff Creek is just to the west along U.S. 19. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 23 - Marianna/Prosperity - 2 miles. The partial cloverleaf interchange serves Ten Mile Road, which leads to Marianna 6.5 miles to the east and Prosperity eight miles to the west. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 23 - Marianna/Prosperity - 1 mile. Interstate 79 enters Washington County prior to Exit 23. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 23 - Marianna/Prosperity. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 30 - U.S. 19 - 2 miles. U.S. 19 crosses over to the east side of the interstate for about one mile before returning to the interstate's west side. The two highways will meet again during the Interstate 70/Interstate 79 duplex in Washington. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 30 - U.S. 19 - 1 mile. Lone Pine is located on Lone Pine Road, which U.S. 19 intersects within the Exit 30 interchange. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 30 - U.S. 19 - Amity/Lone Pine. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 33 - U.S. 40 - 2 miles. U.S. 40, which has stayed close to Interstate 70 for hundreds of miles, deviates from the interstate's shadow after departing Washington as U.S. 40 takes a more southeasterly trajectory towards Cumberland. Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 meet up again in Hancock, Maryland. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 33 - U.S. 40 - 1 mile, and unmarked Exit 34 - Interstate 70 - 2 miles. A steep downhill grade is in place between Exits 33 and 34, then a sharp 25 mph loop ramp onto Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North is at the bottom of the grade. As the next few pictures show, it can be a fun ride. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
These yellow warning signs advise motorists of the downhill grade the interstate will experience for the next mile. The sign bridge at Exit 33 is just ahead. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 33 - U.S. 40 - Laboratory. The one mile advance signage is a diagrammatical sign, showing the tight curves the highway will take. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
As we start the quick downhill descent, these button copy signs indicate that those continuing on Interstate 79 should use the left lane, and those wanting to take Interstate 70 East should use the right lane. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Another diagrammatical sign is posted one-half mile to the north of Interstate 70. They are serious when they say that all traffic must slow down to 25 mph! (Photo taken 7/8/05)
As Interstate 79 prepares to go underneath Vance Station Road, Interstate 70 suddenly comes into view. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 34 - Interstate 70 East - New Stanton. A 36 mile drive separates this trumpet interchange from New Stanton, where Interstate 70 meets the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North narrows to one lane as it prepares to pass underneath Interstate 70 and take the loop ramp to Interstate 70 West. The two interstates duplex for three miles. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
A look at the tall barrier wall separating the directions of traffic through this interchange. And this ramp is mainline Interstate 79 northbound! The interchange is slated for reconstruction in the near future. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North assurance shields just west of Exit 34. There are two interchanges during the interstate duplex. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North as they enter the city of Washington, population 14,849. The city is accessed via the next five exits on Interstate 70, not including Interstate 79 North. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North. Pennsylvania 136 (Beau Street) is 1 1/2 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 20 - Pennsylvania 136 - 1 mile. Beau Street travels through the borough of East Washington (pop. 1,864) and is the north-south dividing line in the city of Washington. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use Pennsylvania 136 west to the business district of Washington. Most signage refers to Washington Pa because Washington, DC, is 250 miles to the southeast. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Also use Exit 20 to Pennsylvania 136 west to Washington & Jefferson College, which is mostly known for its pre-law and pre-health programs according to the college's website. Beau Street travels through the center of campus just east of the business district. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 20 - Pennsylvania 136 - 1/2 mile. The state highway ends 1.7 miles to the west at U.S. 40 and Pennsylvania 18. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North at Exit 20 - Pennsylvania 136/Beau Street. The next interchange is a cloverleaf at U.S. 19 in 3/8 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North at Exit 19B - U.S. 19 North. The federal highway runs along Murtland Avenue as it departs the city. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North at Exit 19A - U.S. 19 South/Murtland Avenue. U.S. 19 uses College Street (southbound) and Lincoln Street (northbound) through downtown Washington. The Washington Mall is located at the southwest quadrant of this interchange. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 18 - Interstate 79 North - 1/2 mile. The destination city on Interstate 79 is Pittsburgh, which is just 27 miles from Washington. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 70 West and Interstate 79 North at Exit 18 - Interstate 79 North - Pittsburgh. If continuing on Interstate 70, the freeway will enter West Virginia in 18 miles and Ohio in 33 miles. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 40 - Meadow Lands - 1 mile. The half-interchange serves Pike Street, which goes north from the interstate into Meadow Lands. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 40 - Meadow Lands - 1/2 mile. Motorists are advised that there is no re-entry to northbound Interstate 79 from this interchange. By continuing north from Meadow Lands on Pike Street to Race Track Road east, one may access Interstate 79 northbound. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use Exit 40 to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and the Washington County Fairgrounds. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 40 - Meadow Lands. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 41 - Race Track Road - 1 mile. Race Track Road runs east-west and connects Pike Street north of Meadow Lands to U.S. 19. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 41 - Race Track Road - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 41 - Race Track Road. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Head left on Race Track Road to Pike Street and Meadow Lands. Turn right to The Meadows horse racing track, located near the U.S. 19 intersection. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 43 - Pennsylvania 519 - 1 mile. The borough of Houston is home to 1,280, and Eighty Four is the name for the Pennsylvania 136/Pennsylvania 519 intersection seven miles to the southeast. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 43 - Pennsylvania 519 - Houston/Eighty-Four. Pennsylvania 519 extends 18.8 miles from U.S. 40 in Glyde to Pennsylvania 50 east of Hickory. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 45 - TO Pennsylvania 980 - 1 mile. The exit serves Weavertown Road, which meets the state highway 0.3 mile to the north via a short drive west on Morganza Road. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 45 - Weavertown Road - 1/2 mile. Canonsburg borough is home to 8,825 people and is recognized as the hometown of legendary singer Perry Como. Canonsburg is also a site of the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 45 - Weavertown Road to Pennsylvania 980 - Canonsburg. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 48 - Southpointe Boulevard - 2 miles. Just west of the upcoming interchange is the Southpointe Golf Club, which provides 18 holes for your golfing pleasure. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 48 - Southpointe Boulevard - 1 mile. The east-west street leads to Morganza Road, which one may take north to Hendersonville. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use Exit 48 to Southpointe Boulevard west to the Southpointe Center of the California University of Pennsylvania. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 48 - Southpointe Boulevard. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North prepares to enter Allegheny County as a rest area and weigh station approaches in one mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The next rest area after this one is 58 miles ahead in Lawrence County. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at the Allegheny County rest area and weigh station. A similar facility exists for southbound travelers off to the left. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 54 - Pennsylvania 50 - 2 miles. The state highway meets its eastern terminus in west Pittsburgh at Pennsylvania 60. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use Pennsylvania 50 to the South Fayette and Upper St. Clair townships. Their populations are 12,977 and 19,503, respectively. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 54 - Pennsylvania 50 - 1 mile. Bridgeville (pop. 5,094) is just to the east of Exit 54. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 54 - Pennsylvania 50 - Bridgeville. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 traffic was squeezed into the southbound lanes while the northbound lanes were being rebuilt between Pennsylvania 50 and Interstate 279. Use Exit 55 to Collier and Scott townships. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 55 - Heidelberg/Kirwan Heights - 1/2 mile. Exit 55 is simply a trumpet interchange that connects to Pennsylvania 50, which parallels Interstate 79 to the east of the freeway for about one mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 55 - Pennsylvania 50 - Next Right. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
These gore point-like signs were the final signs prior to the departure of exit ramps in the construction zone. This picture shows the sign at Exit 55. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 57 - Carnegie - 1 1/4 miles. Noblestown Road becomes Main Street east of Interstate 79 and goes through Carnegie (pop. 8,220). (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 57 - Main Street/Noblestown Road - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 57 - Main Street/Noblestown Road. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 59A - Interstate 279 North - 1 mile, and Exit 59B - U.S. 22/U.S. 30 - 1 1/2 miles. U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 continue east of Interstate 79 on Interstate 279, even though it is not marked as such from Interstate 79. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 59A - Interstate 279 North - 1/2 mile, and Exit 59B - U.S. 22/U.S. 30 West - 1 mile. Interstate 279 provides the main connection between Interstate 79 and the city of Pittsburgh. If visiting Pittsburgh for the first time, the best way to enter the city is via Interstate 279 North. West of Pittsburgh, the freeway is a narrow four-lane curvy highway that provides no clues that a major city is just minutes away. Then motorists enter the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and immediately after emerging from the tunnel, Interstate 279 crosses the Monongahela River into downtown Pittsburgh. It is arguably the best entrance into an American city. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 59A - Interstate 279 North - 1000 feet. This sign shows that the right lane departs for Interstate 279 North, while motorists wanting to take U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 west to the Pittsburgh International Airport should stay in the middle lane. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 59A - Interstate 279 North - 500 feet. The sign bridge ahead normally supports signage for the major junction. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 North draws a little closer as the Exit 59A sign appears. Pittsburgh is Pennsylvania's 2nd largest city with a population of 322,450. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North finally reaches Exit 59A - Interstate 279 North - Pittsburgh. Downtown Pittsburgh is six miles away. For more information, visit the Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau website. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 59B - U.S. 22/U.S. 30 West - 1500 feet, as seen from the temporary Exit 59A off-ramp. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Scenes Related to Interstate 79
Race Track Road west at Interstate 79 North near Meadow Lands. The Steel City lies 24 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/8/05)

Page created: December 25, 2005
Last updated: December 26, 2005