Bayfront Parkway

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Bayfront Parkway

State Route 4034
Bayfront Parkway highlighted in red
Route information
Length4.580 mi[1] (7.371 km)
Major junctions
West end I-79 in Erie
Major intersections
PA 5 Alt. in Erie
East end PA 5 / PA 290 in Erie
CountryUnited States
Highway system

The Bayfront Parkway is a highway in Erie, Pennsylvania, in the United States, primarily running along the shore of Lake Erie's Presque Isle Bay. Carrying the state quadrant route designation of State Route 4034 (SR 4034), it continues as Interstate 79 (I-79) on the western end and the Bayfront Connector, part of Pennsylvania Route 290 (PA 290), on the eastern end.

Route description

The Bayfront Parkway begins at the northern terminus of I-79 in the city of Erie in Erie County, heading east-northeast as a four-lane undivided road designated as SR 4034. The road passes through commercial areas and turns north, narrowing to three lanes with one eastbound lane and two westbound lanes. The Bayfront Parkway heads east of Frontier Park, where it becomes paralleled by the Bayfront Bikeway to the west of the road, and curves northeast, passing under PA 5 Alt. without an interchange. The road becomes three lanes with a center left-turn lane and turns east-northeast to follow the south shore of Presque Isle Bay, running between a marina to the north and residential areas to the south. The Bayfront Parkway continues along the bay and becomes a two-lane road, passing between bayfront development including the Bayfront Convention Center to the north and commercial areas in downtown Erie to the south. The road comes to a bridge over a CSX railroad line at the State Street junction, with the railroad line running parallel to the south, and passes between the Erie Maritime Museum to the north and the UPMC Hamot hospital to the south. After intersecting Holland Street, the Bayfront Parkway heads south of the Erie Intermodal Transportation Center serving Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority buses and crosses a railroad spur from the CSX line. The road runs between industrial areas to the north and residential areas to the south and crosses another railroad spur. The roadway heads away from the parallel CSX tracks and widens to four lanes, running northeast between the Erie Wastewater Treatment Plant to the north and the site of Fort Presque Isle to the south. Bayfront Parkway comes to an intersection with Port Access Road and East Bay Drive, at which point Bayfront Parkway and the parallel Bayfront Bikeway turn southeast to head away from Presque Isle Bay. The road crosses a CSX railroad spur and becomes parallel to a CSX railroad line located southwest of the road. The roadway heads through residential areas with some commercial development and intersects PA 5 Alt. The Bayfront Parkway ends at a junction with PA 5/PA 290, at which point the road continues southeast as PA 290 (Bayfront Connector).[2][3]


The Bayfront Parkway was built at the end of the 20th century primarily along old railroad right-of-way. The section west of State Street was built first.[4] This section is named the Italo S. Cappabianca Memorial Highway.[5]

As of 2017 a project on the Bayfront Parkway is underway "to improve the pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and passenger vehicle connection of the Erie Central Business District and adjacent neighborhoods to the waterfront property north of the Bayfront Parkway (SR 4034), to reduce crashes as much as practical on the Bayfront Parkway, to improve future congestion to an acceptable level of service or delay, and to improve traffic operations and efficiency."[6] The improvements include roundabouts and an interchange.[7]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Erie, Erie County.

I-79 south – Pittsburgh
Western terminus; northern terminus of I-79
PA 5 Alt. (East 6th Street)
PA 5 / PA 290 west (East 12th Street)

PA 290 east (Bayfront Connector)
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2020). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2020 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  2. ^ Google (March 21, 2020). "Overview of Bayfront Parkway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (2019). General Highway Map, Erie County, Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). 1:65,000. Type 10. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  4. ^ United States Geological Survey (1996). Erie North, PA (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 Minute Series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Pennsylvania General Assembly. "Act No. 145 of 2002: Italo S. Cappabianca Memorial Highway – Designation".
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (January 14, 2019) [2017]. "Bayfront Parkway Project: Purpose and Need". Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (n.d.). "Bayfront Parkway Project: Preferred Alternatives". Retrieved May 30, 2021.

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