Pennsylvania Roads - I-81
PA 492 EB at I-81 Exit 223.
The second photo is courtesy Lou Corsaro, and the shield at the top of this page is courtesy Averill Hecht.
Maybe the last button copy still around in 2011.
Courtesy Michael Summa, taken in 1978. There are still signs this old around PA, but they're disappearing rapidly. The TURNPIKE shield was either white with black letters or (more likely?) green with white letters. Also, now this is Exit 52 instead of 17 thanks to mile-based numbering, and the E/W have become A/B. That's a good thing, because US 11 clearly doesn't go E-W.
The next set of signs date from the construction of the highway through Harrisburg. Note the centered exit tabs and nonreflective signs. Also note the shiny new exit numbers patched on and the OLD EXIT signs - follow the I-78 link at the bottom of the page and scroll down for an explanation. Also, the orange panels on the next-to-last picture are because of ongoing construction; it's probable the signs will be replaced afterward.
No, not THAT capital beltway. Just around Harrisburg, courtesy Lou Corsaro.
The amazing peeling sign. All around I-81, I-84, and I-380, PennDOT ordered signs with a new type of reflective background, or else ordered them from a new contractor, and hopefully they've learned from their mistake. In the meantime, I hope all of these signs are on the short list to be replaced.
Misty morning on the freeway.
All courtesy Doug Kerr, except for the first one from Lou Corsaro. The Exit 100 and 112 BGS's seem to be as old as the ones above.
Not button copy, but older bits of signage (with state name shields). Notice that the two 309 shields were definitely not made at the same time.
One of only a few state-name shields along I-81 manages to fall on a multiplex.
Close to the NY border.
The next signs date from the construction of the highway through Harrisburg. Note the centered exit tabs and nonreflective signs. Also note the shiny new exit numbers patched on and the OLD EXIT signs - follow the I-78 link at the bottom of the page and scroll down for an explanation. What's covered over on the Front Street BGS are yellow EXIT and ONLY plates.
What is the Exit 67 photo doing way up here? It was taken pre-renumbering; it's now Exit 223 and has probably been patched over (as opposed to replaced). All three photos are courtesy Doug Kerr.
Don't mind this state-name shield hanging out around Scranton.
All courtesy "Roadgeek9", with the new exit numbers obvious over the originals. First photo, it's a beautiful state-name shield, but in the wrong place. The exit is for PA 315 South, and I-81 obviously continues on its alignment without having a numbered exit from itself. Second photo, the BGS Turnpike shields should be black-on-white, and this is a standalone shield patched into the wrong assignment. Third photo, the sign is almost perfect, but apparently the original sign forgot to hyphenate Wilkes-Barre.
Old and then wrong - as the next sign down the exit ramp tells you, to the right is Business PA 309 (admittedly, it is the original routing of 309 itself).
Hanging in the SB rest area in Grantville.
Looking north along the Susquehanna River. There's a railroad bridge just to the north.
The last picture is on the ramp to 22/322.
The last two photos are courtesy Lou Corsaro.
I gave you a mix of nighttime and daytime for your enjoyment. Only the last one out of all these, courtesy Lou Corsaro, isn't button copy, but it sure looks strange. The lower-case letters are too short - they should be 2/3 or so of the capital letters, not just half.
Into Maryland on I-81
Into New York on I-81
Exit 47 to PA 34
Exit 52 (then 17), 65, or 180 to US 11
Exit 52 (then 17) to I-76/PA Turnpike
Exit 65 to US 15
Exit 66 to the bridges of Harrisburg
Exit 67 to US 22
Exit 67A to PA 230
Exit 67B to US 322
Exit 90 to PA 72
Exit 164 to PA 29
Exit 165A or 170 to PA 309
Exit 165B to Business PA 309
Exit 170 to PA 115
Exit 175 to the PA Turnpike, I-476
Exit 175 to PA 315
Onto US 6
I-81 on Jeff Kitsko's pahighways.com
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