Pennsylvania Route 66 (PA 66) is a 139.7-mile-long (224.8 km) state highway in Western Pennsylvania. Its southern terminus is at U.S. Route 119 (just east of Interstate 70) near New Stanton. Its northern terminus is at U.S. Route 6 in Kane. The southernmost 13.7 miles (22.0 km) of the route is a toll road named the Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass and is signed as PA Turnpike 66, a part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike System serving as a bypass of Greensburg. The Bypass runs between US 119 and US 22.

PA Route 66 marker PA Route 66 toll marker

PA Route 66
Major highways in Western Pennsylvania with PA 66 in red.
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT and PTC
Length140 mi[1][2] (225 km)
Existed1927–present
Major junctions
South end I-70 / I-76 / Penna Turnpike / US 119 in New Stanton
  US 30 near Greensburg
US 22 near Delmont
PA 56 in Apollo
US 422 in Kittanning
PA 28 in New Bethlehem
I-80 near Clarion
North end US 6 in Kane
Location
CountiesWestmoreland, Armstrong, Clarion, Forest, Elk, McKean
Highway system
PA 65PA 67
PA 564PA-566 (1926).svgPA 568

Route descriptionEdit

Amos K. Hutchinson BypassEdit

PA Turnpike 66 begins in New Stanton at a cloverleaf interchange with US 119, immediately east of connections to Interstate 70 and Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike. Up to Arona Road, its first interchange, no tolls are collected. The route then meets PA 136 before reaching the Hempfield Toll Plaza. Near Jeannette, PA Turnpike 66 interchanges with US 30 and PA 130. North of here, the road meets PA 66 Business before reaching the northern terminus of the same route 3 miles (4.8 km) further north. At this point, PA Turnpike 66 becomes PA 66 and the freeway ends at a traffic signal just north. PA 66 then meets US 22 at a single-point urban interchange.

Westmoreland CountyEdit

 
PA 66 southbound at the US 22 interchange near Delmont

North of the Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass, PA 66 enters Salem Township as Sheridan Road. In Delmont, PA 66 is called Sheridan Road. In Washington Township, PA 66 passes west of Beaver Run Reservoir. In the village of Mamont, PA 66 intersects Pennsylvania Route 286. In the village of Poke Run north of PA 286, PA 66 intersects the eastern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 366. Then PA 66 intersects Pennsylvania Route 380, PA 380 west heads for downtown Pittsburgh. South of Oklahoma, PA 66 intersects the southern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 356. In the village of Paulton, PA 66 intersects the southern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 66 Alternate. PA 66 Alternate goes into Vandergrift and PA 66 goes into Apollo. In Oklahoma, PA 66 meets the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 819. In downtown Oklahoma, PA 66 turns to the east and crosses the Kiskiminetas River.

Armstrong CountyEdit

After crossing the Kiskiminetas River, PA 66 has entered Armstrong County and begins a concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 56 in Apollo. As they began their concurrency, PA 56/PA 66 were called Warren Avenue in Apollo. As PA 56/PA 66 enter the boro of North Apollo they are paralleling the Kiskiminetas River. In the village of North Vandergrift, the concurrency between PA 56 and PA 66 ends when PA 66 intersects PA 66 Alternate and PA 56 and PA 66 ALT begin their own concurrency into Vandergrift. As PA 66 continues to parallel the Kiskiminetas River, it is called Lincoln Avenue. While paralleling the Kiskiminetas River, PA 66 has snake like curves. In Leechburg, PA 66 becomes Market Street, 3rd Street, and Pershing Avenue. As PA 66 exits Leechburg it is not paralleling the Kiskiminetas River. In Bethel Township, PA 66 meets the northern terminus of PA 66 Alternate. In Ford City, PA 66 becomes Main Street and intersects the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 128 at an "Y" intersection. Southeast of Kittanning, PA 66 begins a concurrency with U.S. Route 422 and Pennsylvania Route 28 at an interchange. At the next exit US 422 leaves the concurrency and PA 28/PA 66 continue north at-grade. In Rayburn Township, PA 28/PA 66 intersect the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 85. PA 28/PA 66 continue towards the northeast without intersecting a route for more than 17 miles (27 km). In South Bethlehem, PA 28/PA 66 become Broad Street and meet the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 839. The route then crosses the Redbank Creek into Clarion County after spending 43 miles in Armstrong County.

Clarion CountyEdit

 
PA 66 approaching its end at US 6 in Kane

After crossing the Redbank Creek, PA 28/PA 66 have entered Clarion County. In New Bethlehem, The concurrency between PA 28 and PA 66 ends when PA 66 leaves PA 28. North of PA 28, PA 66 becomes Wood Street and intersects the eastern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 861. In Clarion Township, PA 66 begins a concurrency with Interstate 80 at exit 64. Then I-80/PA 66 meet Pennsylvania Route 68 at exit 62. After crossing the Clarion River, PA 66 leaves I-80 at exit 60 (trumpet interchange). PA 66 continues north at-grade. In Paint Township, PA 66 intersects U.S. Route 322 as Paint Boulevard. PA 66 continues towards the north paralleling rail road tracks. In Farmington Township, PA 66 intersects Pennsylvania Route 36.

Forest, Elk, and McKean countiesEdit

As PA 66 enters Forest County, PA 66 intersects the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 899. In Jenks Township, PA 66 enters Allegheny National Forest. As PA 66 enters Elk County, PA 66 has a 2 miles (3 km) concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 948. Northeast of PA 948, PA 66 becomes Kane-Russell City Road. PA 66 enters McKean County as Fraley Street. In Kane, PA 66 ends at a "T" intersection with U.S. Route 6.[3][4]

TollsEdit

The Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass portion of the route has tolls. Tolls are collected once during travel on the road, either at the mainline toll barrier, or at the exit or entrance point, depending on the possibility of reaching the mainline toll barrier during travel. No toll is charged for travel between exits 0 and 1 or between exits 12 and 14. Tolls are paid either by cash or E-ZPass. At the mainline toll barrier, a manned full service lane exists, accepting cash or credit cards. For most exit ramp tolls, exact change is required; however some automatic toll collection machines accept paper money and give change. All toll collecting machines give receipts.

As of 2019, the mainline toll barrier between exits 4 and 6 costs passenger vehicles $2.80 using cash and $1.90 using E-ZPass. At the northbound exit and southbound entrance at exit 4 and the southbound exit and northbound entrance at exit 6, passenger vehicles are charged $2.30 using cash and $1.40 using E-ZPass. The southbound exit and northbound entrance at exits 8 and 9 costs passenger vehicles $1.70 using cash and $1.00 using E-ZPass.[5]

By October 2019, all-electronic tolling will be implemented along the Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass section of PA 66, with tolls payable by toll-by-plate (which uses automatic license plate recognition to take a photo of the vehicle's license plate and mail a bill to the vehicle owner) or E-ZPass.[6]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[7]kmOld exit
[8]
New exit
[8]
DestinationsNotes
WestmorelandNew Stanton0.00.010     I-70 / I-76 / Penna Turnpike / US 119 – New Stanton, Connellsville, GreensburgSouthern terminus of PA 66, splits into exits 0A and 0B, I-70 / I-76 / PA Turnpike exit 75 (New Stanton)
1.01.621Arona Road
Southern terminus of toll collection
Greensburg4.36.934  PA 136 – Greensburg, West NewtonToll for northbound exit and southbound entrance
Haydentown Mainline Toll Barrier
6.210.046  US 30 – Irwin, GreensburgToll for southbound exit and northbound entrance
7.712.458  PA 130 – Jeannette, GreensburgToll for southbound exit and northbound entrance
9.315.069 
  PA 66 Bus. – Harrison City, Greensburg
Toll for southbound exit and northbound entrance; former routing of PA 66
Delmont12.520.1Northern terminus of toll collection; northern terminus of PA Turnpike Toll 66, PA 66 continues north with no more tolls
712 
  PA 66 Bus. south – Boquet, Forbes Road
Former routing of PA 66
13.521.7814  US 22 – Blairsville, MurrysvilleSingle Point Urban Interchange
Northern terminus of freeway
Washington Township19.230.9  PA 286
20.032.2  PA 366 westEastern terminus of PA 366
23.037.0  PA 380
24.739.8  PA 356 northSouthern terminus of PA 356
26.342.3 
  PA 66 Alt. north
Southern terminus of Alternate PA 66
26.642.8  PA 819 southNorthern terminus of PA 819
ArmstrongApollo27.343.9  PA 56 eastSouth end of PA 56 overlap
Parks Township29.948.1  
   PA 56 west / PA 66 Alt.
North end of PA 56 overlap
Bethel Township43.570.0 
  PA 66 Alt. south
Northern terminus of Alternate PA 66
Ford City49.179.0  PA 128 south – Ford CityNorthern terminus of PA 128
Manor Township50.381.0   US 422 west / PA 28 south – Butler, PittsburghInterchange, south end of US 422/PA 28 overlap
52.384.2  US 422 east – IndianaInterchange, north end of US 422 overlap
Rayburn Township53.485.9  PA 85 eastWestern terminus of PA 85
South Bethlehem70.3113.1  PA 839 southNorthern terminus of PA 839
ClarionNew Bethlehem70.7113.8  PA 28 northNorth end of PA 28 overlap
70.8113.9  PA 861 westEastern terminus of PA 861
Clarion83.9135.0  I-80 east – DuBoisSouth end of I-80 overlap, I-80 exit 64
Monroe Township86.3138.9962  PA 68 – Sligo, Clarion
Paint Township88.0141.6  I-80 west – SharonNorth end of I-80 overlap, I-80 exit 60
91.8147.7  US 322
Farmington Township103.3166.2  PA 36
ForestJenks Township112.7181.4  PA 899 southNorthern terminus of PA 899
ElkHighland Township128.3206.5  PA 948 northSouth end of PA 948 overlap
131.0210.8  PA 948 southNorth end of PA 948 overlap
McKeanKane138.9223.5  US 6 – Warren, Wilcox, SmethportNorthern terminus of PA 66
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

PA 66 AlternateEdit

 

 

PA Route 66 Alternate
LocationWestmoreland-
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
Existed1938–present

Pennsylvania Route 66 Alternate is an 11-mile-long (18 km) alternate route through Westmoreland County and Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. It leaves its parent route in Washington Township. It travels through the center of Oklahoma and Vandergrift, while the mainline route bypasses residential neighborhoods along the riverfront. PA 66 alternate merges with PA 56 to cross the Kiskiminetas River. It becomes a separate route again in Parks Township (North Vandergrift), avoiding several riverfront towns as it travels along a hilly, rural stretch, before rejoining mainline PA 66 in Bethel Township. From 1928 to 1938, the segment from North Vandergrift to the northern terminus was designated as PA 566.

Major intersections

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
WestmorelandWashington Township0.000.00  PA 66
Vandergrift2.984.80  PA 56
ArmstrongParks Township6.4610.40  PA 56
Bethel Township11.3718.30  PA 66
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 66 BusinessEdit

 

 

PA Route 66 Business
LocationWestmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Length7.743 mi[9] (12.461 km)
Existed1996–present

Pennsylvania Route 66 Business (PA 66 Bus.) is an 8-mile-long (13 km) business route in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, connected two fingers of suburbia located east of Pittsburgh. The highway was signed PA 66 Business after PA 66 was shifted onto a newly created toll road bypass. The route begins nearly a mile south of the original terminus of PA 66, at a juncture with US 30 (which loops as a freeway around the city). It is cosigned with US 119 and PA 819 to the city center, before traveling on its own accord through several suburbanized miles. The route then becomes more rural, as it provides a free connection to the east-central edge of suburban Pittsburgh at Delmont. The highway is designated by PennDOT SR 0119 between US 30 and Pittsburgh Avenue in Greensburg (along the concurrency with US 119), then is part of SR 0066 north of there.[9]

Major intersections
The entire route is in Westmoreland County.

Locationmi[9]kmDestinationsNotes
Southwest Greensburg0.000–
0.021
0.000–
0.034
   US 30 to PA Turnpike 66 – Pittsburgh
   US 119 south / PA 819 south (South Main Street) – Youngwood
Interchange, south end of US 119/PA 819 overlap
Greensburg1.2552.020     US 119 north / PA 819 north / PA 130 (Pittsburgh Street) to US 30 – LigonierNorth end of US 119/PA 819 northbound overlap, US 119/PA 130/PA 819 on one-way pair
1.3312.142    US 119 / PA 130 / PA 819 (Otterman Street)North end of US 119/PA 819 southbound overlap; south end of PA 130 westbound overlap; US 119/PA 130/PA 819 on one-way pair
1.8512.979  PA 130 west (Clopper Street)North end of PA 130 westbound overlap
Hempfield Township4.815–
4.914
7.749–
7.908
  PA Turnpike 66 – New Stanton, DelmontExit 9 (PA 66)
5.9609.592  PA 993 west (Bushy Run Road) – Harrison CityEastern terminus of PA 993
Salem Township7.74312.461   PA 66 north / PA Turnpike 66 south / Brick Hill Road – Delmont, GreensburgExit 12 (PA 66)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Pennsylvania Highways: PA 66
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Highways: PA Turnpike 66
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Tourism and Transportation Map
  4. ^ Rand Mcnally 2007 Atlas
  5. ^ 2019 Toll Schedule (PDF). Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. 2019. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Blazina, Ed (January 5, 2019). "Pennsylvania Turnpike is expanding its cashless tolling". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  7. ^ DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2007
  8. ^ a b "Pennsylvania Exit Numbering" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  9. ^ a b c Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2019). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2019 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 14, 2019.