Pennsylvania Route 88 (PA 88) is a 68-mile-long (109 km) north–south state highway located in southwestern Pennsylvania. The southern terminus of the route is at U.S. Route 119 (US 119) in Point Marion less than 2 miles (3 km) from the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border. The northern terminus is at PA 51 in Pittsburgh. PA 88 runs parallel to the Monongahela River for almost its entire length.

PA Route 88 marker

PA Route 88
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length68.244 mi[1] (109.828 km)
Major junctions
South end US 119 in Point Marion
 
North end PA 51 / Blue Belt in Pittsburgh
Location
CountiesFayette, Greene, Washington, Allegheny
Highway system
PA 87PA 89

Signed in 1927, PA 88 is one of the oldest state highways in Pennsylvania. For a brief period between 1927 and 1928, the route followed the Perry Highway between Pittsburgh and Erie. In 1928, the Perry Highway became U.S. Route 19.

Route descriptionEdit

PA 88 begins in Point Marion at an intersection with US 119. PA 88 begins as Main Street then turns to the west crossing the Monongahela River into Greene County on the Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge. After crossing the river, PA 88 turns to the north as it begins to parallel the Monongahela River to the east as well as railroad tracks to the west. After crossing the Dunkard Creek, PA 88 has entered the village of Poland Mines. In Monongahela Township, PA 88 intersects Pennsylvania Route 21. In the boro of Carmichaels, PA 88 is called Vine Street and crosses the Muddy Creek. In Jefferson Township, PA 88 intersects the eastern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 188 southwest of Rices Landing.

After crossing the Tenmile Creek, PA 88 has entered Washington County as Front Street. PA 88 passes through the following villages: Milfred Terrace, Fredericktown Hill, North Fredericktown, Vesta Heights, and Vestaburg. In East Bethlehem Township and Centerville Boro. In Centerville Boro, PA 88 becomes Low Hill Rd. PA 88 has a snake like curve paralleling the Monongahela River. In Centerville Boro, PA 88 joins Pennsylvania Turnpike 43 for 2 miles (3.2 km) before leaving to join another concurrency with U.S. Route 40. East of PA 43, PA 88 leaves US 40 at a trumpet interchange in West Brownsville. North of the concurrency, PA 88 becomes a local road named California Road. In California, PA 88 becomes Wood Street then turns to the west and becomes 3rd Street. In Coal Center, PA 88 Highpoint Drive, then Spring Street, and then Highpoint Drive again. Passengers can see Turnpike 43 from PA 88 in Coal Center. As PA 88 begins to shift to the east, it enters the following boros: Elco, Roscoe, and Stockdale. As PA 88 enters these boros it becomes Highpoint Drive and Chester Avenue. North of Stockdale, PA 88 begins to turn to the north and becomes Main Street. In Speers as Pennsylvania Street, PA 88 interchanges Interstate 70 at exit 40 in a scaped shaped interchange with long ramps. In Charleroi and North Charleroi, PA 88 is called McKean Avenue. In Carroll Township, PA 88 is called Country Club Road and meets the southern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 837. In Monongahela, PA 88 begins a three route concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 136 and Pennsylvania Route 837. Then PA 88/PA 136/PA 837 become Main Street and intersect the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 481. In the northern tip of Monongahela, PA 136 splits off from PA 88 and PA 837. As PA 88/PA 837 enter New Eagle, PA 837 splits from PA 88 then PA 88 becomes Union Street. In Union Township, PA 88 passes under Turnpike 43. In Finleyville, PA 88 becomes Sheridan Avenue. Finleyville is where the future Interstate 576 (Southern Beltway) will meet Turnpike 43. Then PA 88 re-enters Union Township passing several businesses and then becomes Library Road near the Allegheny County line.

The entire 8.5-mile (13.7 km) Allegheny County stretch of PA 88 is also designated as Library Road. Starting at the Washington/Allegheny County line where PA 88 becomes Library Road, PA 88 runs through South Park, Bethel Park, Castle Shannon, and the Overbrook neighborhood of Pittsburgh where PA 88/Library Rd. ends at an "Y" intersection with Pennsylvania Route 51/Saw Mill Run Blvd. Three of the six county's colored Belt Routes connect with and/or run along PA 88 (see below).

HistoryEdit

At one point, the route went north of Pittsburgh all the way to New Castle. The Pittsburgh-to-New Castle section was largely split off on July 15, 1960 to form Pennsylvania Route 65, in honor of the 65th Infantry Division of the United States Army during World War II. The 7.7 mile stretch of PA 88 from PA 65's current southern terminus at the West End Bridge to PA 88's current northern terminus was decommissioned. This designation change was made to reduce the number of concurrent routes in Pittsburgh. The changes took effect a few months later and signs were changed by spring 1961.[2]

Connections to PA 65Edit

Nonetheless, PA 88's legacy still survives in its former northern section. Four of PA 88's five spur routes (PA 288, PA 388, PA 488, & PA 588) are now spur routes of 65, but still retain the "88" base numbers. (PA 88 did retain PA 188 as a spur route.) In addition, a drive-in theater known as Spotlight 88 in North Sewickley Township retained its name after the route was rebadged as 65, and is still known by that name as its current incarnation as a flea market after the drive-in was destroyed by an F3 tornado on May 31, 1985.[3][4]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
FayettePoint Marion0.0000.000  US 119 (Penn Street / North Main Street)Southern terminus of PA 88
Monongahela River0.149–
0.291
0.240–
0.468
Albert Gallatin Memorial Bridge
GreeneMonongahela Township11.02317.740  PA 21 (Roy E. Furman Highway) – Waynesburg, Masontown
Jefferson Township17.68228.456  PA 188 west (Jefferson Road) / SR 1008 (Ferncliff Road) – Waynesburg, Rices Landing, CrucibleEastern terminus of PA 188
WashingtonCenterville27.31643.961  PA Turnpike 43 south / SR 2029 (Low Hill Road) – Uniontown, West BrownsvilleExit 28 (PA 43), southern terminus of Toll PA 43 concurrency
29.21647.019  US 40 west – Centerville, Washington
  PA Turnpike 43 north – California
Exit 30A–B (PA 43), northern terminus of Toll PA 43 concurrency, southern terminus of US 40 concurrency
West Brownsville30.69049.391  US 40 east – UniontownInterchange, northern terminus of US 40 concurrency
California33.17253.385   
    PA 88 Truck north (Malden Road) to I-70 / PA Turnpike 43 / Skyline Drive
Southern terminus of Truck PA 88
34.43955.424  
   PA 88 Truck south (3rd Street Extension) to PA Turnpike 43
Northern terminus of Truck PA 88
Speers42.234–
42.840
67.969–
68.944
  I-70 – Washington, Belle Vernon, New StantonExit 40 (I-70)
Carroll Township46.97475.597  PA 837 north – Donora, MonessenSouthern terminus of PA 837
Monongahela48.78078.504  PA 136 east (Monongahela City Bridge)Southern terminus of PA 136 concurrency
48.85378.621  PA 837 south (East Main Street) – DonoraSouthern terminus of PA 837 concurrency
49.12179.053  PA 481 south (Park Avenue)Northern terminus of PA 481
50.19480.779   PA 136 west (Dry Run Road) to PA Turnpike 43 – Eighty FourNorthern terminus of PA 136 concurrency
New Eagle51.16482.340  PA 837 north (5th Street) – ElizabethNorthern terminus of PA 837 concurrency
AlleghenyBethel Park60.57397.483  Orange Belt (Clifton Road / SR 3004) – Upper Saint Clair, Pittsburgh International AirportSouthwestern terminus of Orange Belt
64.513103.824  Yellow Belt (Broughton Road / SR 2040) / Church RoadSouthern terminus of Yellow Belt concurrency
Castle Shannon65.485105.388   Yellow Belt (Connor Road / SR 3038) to US 19 – Mount Lebanon, BridgevilleNorthern terminus of Yellow Belt concurrency
Pittsburgh67.716108.978  Blue Belt (McNeilly Road)Southern terminus of Blue Belt concurrency
68.244109.828    PA 51 / Blue Belt (Saw Mill Run Boulevard) to I-376 – DowntownNorthern terminus of PA 88 and its concurrency with the Blue Belt
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 88 TruckEdit

 

 

PA Route 88 Truck
LocationCalifornia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Route 88 Truck is a 2-mile-long (3.2 km) truck route in California, Pennsylvania. The route was created to allow access to the Pennsylvania Route 43 toll freeway and to allow large vehicles to avoid the large hill into the Monongahela Valley. The center of the route is at the PA 43 interchange, with a two-lane stretch providing access to California University of Pennsylvania and the surrounding business district, as well as connecting traffic with northbound Route 88; a four-lane stretch provides a more gradual ascent of the hill on Route 88 southbound.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2019). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2019 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Designations Of Highways Are Changed". The Evening Standard. Uniontown, PA. July 16, 1960. p. 7. Retrieved August 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Highways - Pennsylvania Route 88[unreliable source]
  4. ^ "65 Infantry Division - Pennsylvania Route 65". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-13.

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