Pennsylvania Roads - I-99/US 220/322
I-99/US 220 (and US 322)
Tee hee hee. Both NB, second photo at Exit 23.
The road that would have been US 22, Exit 28 WB on the south side of Altoona. The US 22/I-99 interchange was designed to allow a freeway continuation to the east around Hollidaysburg, which, if it were to open now, could well be the first child of I-99. I-199 would be the most logical number, but I hereby nominate I-999.
Business US 220 (the former US 220) southbound in Altoona, at I-99/US 220 Exit 31.
Two SB ramp signs at consecutive exits, with the second (Exit 31) visible from the highway.
New Interstate number, older button copy, northbound (Exit 31).
Getting forced off I-99 at the current end of the freeway (and the Interstate). The Port Matilda Bypass is nearing completion, and soon I-99 will be extended around the State College bypass and up the former PA 26 (which was absorbed by US 220).
Where I-99 currently ends will become a diamond interchange (Exit 52), and the closed road straight ahead will be the NB onramp. Obviously, this was taken from the NB offramp that is temporarily US 220.
Caught just enough sunlight to bring you this photo of the abutment for the bridge that will carry I-99/US 220 over Exit 52.
Looking through the twilight at the ribbon of gray road that will be I-99/US 220 North.
Damn rain. The first is on PA 350 NB, which is temporarily US 220 NB, and the second is on US 220 NB, which will become more of Business US 220.
SB in the same spot, courtesy Scott Colbert. It's my belief that US 220 should be taken off of the freeway and put back on its old alignment, because otherwise there's no point to having it there at all (or is that Pennsylvania's point?).
The scenery from the newly opened intermediate segment of I-99, looking east from the SB lanes on Skytop Mountain. It lives up to its name.
NB on the new segment up to where it ties into the previously constructed freeway. What you see in the first three photos by the old US 220/322 is a huge hill of acid rock that comprises Skytop Mountain, covered over with a tarp and then sprinkled with non-acidic rock in an attempt to prevent sulfuric and other acids from leaching out and destroying the groundwater and road. This was discovered while I-99 was in the middle of construction, necessitating a delay and many tense conferences over the future of the road.
Temporary sign appearing to do some semi-permanent work, SB at Exit 68 which had been the end of the freeway until the completion of the Skytop Mountain section.
Re-entering the freeway from before it was completed, now the State College bypass section - the old road (Atherton St.) is the next freeway exit (second photo), and straight ahead in the first photo is an unrelated road. As you can see, I-99 shields are waiting for erection.
Older signs at the same exit, NB nearing State College.
Exit numbers are waiting for I-99... well, a lot of the exit signage needs to be upgraded, as you can see above, but the newest signs are ready. This occurrence of new signs for Exit 73 is probably because US 220 was just rerouted over future I-99 instead of up to I-80 on its old route.
PA slaps lettered exits onto random highways in random places, here on Park Ave. NB by the US 220/322 split. Again, I-99 shields are in the waiting.
Onto PA 26 and I-99/US 220/PA 26
Continue on US 220/Future I-99 north of I-80
Onto US 322 alone
Onto old US 322
Onto US 220 alone
PA 150 (Old US 220/Alt. 220)
To future I-99, the US 15 Lawrenceville Bypass
(Exit 28) to US 22
I-99 on Jeff Kitsko's pahighways.com
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