Pennsylvania Roads - US 209/6
The first photo was taken on River Rd. NB at Hollow Rd. near Shawnee on Delaware. PA 945 followed this path, including the left turn, until 1946. The second photo clearly involves an error - one that faded a lot in just a few years since I first found it. If you look closely enough, you'll notice the faint outline of a narrower keystone beneath the 209 - so someone took the time to reuse the incorrect shield, not just post an original error!
A short old concrete alignment diverges from US 209 NB after leaving Millersburg and returns in the grass and dirt. US 209 originally turned south here on what is now PA 147 to meet US 22/US 322.
Coming back south (really west) out of the stub. The concrete structure in the third photo is the remnant of a house, but as with so many old alignments, there is also a creek crossing down here.
SB in Elizabethville, nestled in the rolling Pennsylvania hills. Sounds much nicer than Benderstettle. Good luck trying to figure out the speed limits here. Do you obey the embossed 35, the impending 25, or a combination of both?
NB on the other side of town. If you look closely, there was a "B" greened out and the next letter was an "E" converted into a "B". Gotta separate your Benderstettles from your Beenderstettles, you know, for all of the Benderstettle clan who still cares.
A particularly historic street corner in Tremont, facing southbound. PA 125 NB turns right here, ending its wrong-way multiplex, and to the left is this beautiful home. On all those wires criss-crossing US 209 hangs a single old signal, carrying on doing the same job it has done for generations.
This keystone is on PA 901 NB a mile north of US 209, but the distances are for US 209 SB. I would presume US 209 followed Minersville-Llewellyn Highway, with Bunting St. east of Llewellyn constructed as a later shortcut.
Heading SB out the west side of Pottsville, past a pair of statues in the median at N. 5th St. The last photo is at PA 901.
A pair of northbound embossed signs, first in Nesquehoning, and then on a side street in Packerton; by the time you get to Packerton, the northbound roadway is facing due south.
Less old, at the stop sign and then all the way through Lehighton at PA 443, where US 209 turns to cross the bridge into Weissport.
The only button copy in Lehighton (prove me wrong), facing nearly due north on Hoffman Boulevard. US 209 in PA is mostly east-west, so when it has to cross a mountain range, like here, it ends up going in all sorts of crazy directions.
Just west of PA 33 as US 209 gears up to become a freeway (don't believe the maps, it IS a freeway right on up to I-80). These photos were all taken northbound, but the last one is over the shoulder and thus on the southbound roadway.
One SB photo along I-80 around Stroudsburg, one NB photo between Stroudsburg and Milford. Why did PennDOT green out a perfectly good "s"?
NB on US, not PA, 209 where it meets US 206. As you can see, once upon a time US 206 continued northward in a multiplex, ending at its parent US 6. Now, 206 ends here, and only these old signs still show the old way. At some point in the past, the toll on the Milford (PA)-Montague (NJ) bridge was obviously moved from bidirection to northbound-only.
This is on the same gantry as the last NB sign above, with extra-buttony goodness. Click to see a twilight shot with a high degree of camera flash that really brings out the best in the sign.
Finally, US 206 NB on the PA-side bridge approach, just past the tollbooth.
Now, wait a minute, which is it? I do know it's not the narrow digits in that US 209 shield. And if I reread the first caption on this page, I think I have my answer. These are southbound heading away from US 6.
State-name shields on US 6 WB/209 SB at I-84 Exit 53 in Matamoras. There are even more in the other direction.
Crossing the Delaware River from New York on US 6/209.
Onto US 6 alone
Onto Business US 209 (former US 209)
Follow US 209 and 6/209 into New York
To the Penna Turnpike (Northeast Extension), I-476
Onto PA 447
Onto US 206
US 209 on Jeff Kitsko's pahighways.com
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