Pennsylvania Route 978

Pennsylvania Route 978, also known as PA 978, is a 9.7-mile-long (15.6 km) north–south state highway located in western Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The southern terminus of the route is at Pennsylvania Route 50 in the vicinity of the Cecil area (of Washington County, although the road remains in Allegheny County) and of the Gladden area. The highway heads slightly to the northwest, and reaches the northern terminus at the intersection of US Route 22 and US Route 30 in the Imperial-Enlow area.

PA Route 978 marker

PA Route 978
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length9.700 mi[1] (15.611 km)
Existed1928–present
Major junctions
South end PA 50 in South Fayette Township
North end US 22 / US 30 near Imperial-Enlow
Location
CountiesAllegheny
Highway system
PA 977PA 979

Route descriptionEdit

Pennsylvania Route 978 begins at a signalized intersection with PA 50. It heads north and crosses a railroad at an at-grade crossing. Shortly after this, PA 978 curves northeast paralleling the railroad and Millers Run. The road then turns north after intersecting Millers Run Road.

When meeting Robinson Run Road, the road turns due east, and then turns west at its intersection with Battle Ridge Road, the south end of the concurrency with the Orange Belt. It later reaches Oakdale, where there is an intersection with Noblestown Road. At a fork with McKee Road north of Oakdale, PA 978 keeps left, while the Orange Belt keeps right toward the Pittsburgh Technical College. The road later turns west at Oakdale Road and turns north after intersecting North Branch Road. The route's western terminus occurs at an intersection with U.S. Routes 22/30 in the Imperial-Enlow area.

HistoryEdit

Old Pennsylvania Route 978 was a road located in Imperial-Enlow. It existed for roughly 40 years and later was not renamed. It was commissioned in the 1930s and decommissioned in the mid 1970s. The growth of Pittsburgh International Airport partly led to PA 978 being realigned, and the old road later being closed to traffic, especially after the construction of the Midfield Temrinal in the 1990's. Enlow Road, now an Allegheny County maintained road, was one of the local roads that once carried PA 978. It also was one of the many roads that have disappeared with the expansion of the Pittsburgh International Airport. In Enlow, there is still is a few signs that keep the 978 designation alive. Old PA 978 begins at the Steubenville Pike south of the Robinson Town Centre just outside Imperial, and soon passes over the Montour Trail and merge with Cliff Mine Road. The road passes through several neighborhoods before encountering a fork, where the road keeps left. After passing by more neighborhoods for around three miles, the road travels by Interstate 376, which is on the right. The road ends at US Route 30.

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Allegheny County.

Locationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
South Fayette Township0.000.00   PA 50 to I-79 – Cecil, BridgevilleSouthern terminus
0.831.34Millers Run Road – Sygan
4.387.05  Orange Belt (Battle Ridge Road) – PrestoSouth end of concurrency with Orange Belt
Oakdale5.358.61Noblestown Road – Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
North Fayette Township6.2710.09  Orange Belt (McKee Road) – Pittsburgh Technical InstituteNorth end of concurrency with Orange Belt
7.4912.05North Branch Road – McDonald
9.7015.61   US 22 / US 30 – Weirton, Pittsburgh, ImperialNorthern terminus; interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pennsylvania state roads". Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "PennDOT VideoLog - Allegheny County - Route 0978". Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. August 6, 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2012.

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