Pennsylvania Route 173

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Pennsylvania Route 173

Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length45.7 mi[1] (73.5 km)
Major junctions
South end PA 8 near Slippery Rock
Major intersections I-80 near Grove City
North end PA 27 near Cochranton
CountryUnited States
CountiesButler, Mercer, Crawford
Highway system
PA 172 PA 174

Pennsylvania Route 173 (PA 173) is 45.7-mile-long (73.5 km) state highway located in western Pennsylvania, running from PA Route 8 south of Slippery Rock in Butler County, to PA Route 27 north of Cochranton in Crawford County.

Route description

PA 173 northbound past PA 108 in Slippery Rock

PA 173 is designated as part of Washington’s Trail between its southern terminus at PA Route 8 and Slippery Rock.[2]

From the village of Stone House at PA Route 8, PA 173 heads north-northeast in Butler County about 4 miles (6.4 km) to the borough of Slippery Rock, home to Slippery Rock University. Near the north end of town, the route intersects with PA 108 at the southern terminus of PA Route 258. Routes 108 and 173 overlap, traveling northeasterly for 0.3 miles (0.48 km), where the concurrency ends and PA 173 turns northward. About 3 miles (4.8 km) later, the route crosses the county line.

After entering Mercer County, PA 173 continues northerly almost 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the borough of Grove City, the site of Wendall August Forge and Grove City College. The route intersects with PA Route 58, and the two overlap northeastward 0.2 miles (0.32 km). This concurrency ends at the intersection of PA Route 208, where Routes 173 and 208 concurrency northward – for about 0.33 miles (0.53 km), the northbound and southbound lanes run on parallel one-way streets through the downtown area. About 0.4 miles (0.64 km) later, the concurrency ends, PA 173 continues north, and leaves the borough. The route interchanges with I-80 about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) later, and then intersects with PA Route 965 about 6 miles (9.7 km) after that at the village of Perrine’s Corners.

PA 173 enters the borough of Sandy Lake 4 miles (6.4 km) later, where it forms a brief concurrency with US 62; the concurrency ends at the eastern terminus of PA Route 358. PA 173 leaves the borough, and just over 4 miles (6.4 km) later, intersects with Georgetown Rd., which is the former alignment of PA Route 285 in the borough of New Lebanon. The route passes through the village of Milledgeville 4 miles (6.4 km) north, and then crosses the county line just over 1 mile (2 km) after that.

A little more than 2 miles (3.2 km) after entering Crawford County, PA 173 turns northeasterly as it intersects with the eastern terminus of PA Route 285, and then enters the borough of Cochranton shortly thereafter. In Cochranton, the route intersects with the former alignment of US 322, and then 0.6 miles (0.97 km) later, after leaving the borough, it intersects with the current alignment of US 322. Not quite 2 miles (3.2 km) later, the route passes through the village of Kasters Corners, and then runs another 5 miles (8.0 km) before its northern terminus at PA Route 27.


In 1926, the segment from Stone House to Slippery Rock was designated as PA 8. In 1941, the entire alignment was designated as PA 78 before receiving the current number in 1961.[2]

Major intersections

ButlerBrady Township0.00.0 PA 8 (William Flinn Highway) – Butler, FranklinSouthern terminus
Slippery Rock4.67.4

PA 108 west (New Castle Street) / PA 258 north (Main Street)
Southern terminus of PA 108 concurrency; southern terminus of PA 258
PA 108 east (Franklin Street)
Northern terminus of PA 108 concurrency
MercerGrove City11.518.5
PA 58 east (Main Street)
Southern terminus of PA 58 concurrency

PA 58 west (Main Street) / PA 208 west (Center Street)
Northern terminus of PA 58 concurrency; southern terminus of PA 208 concurrency
PA 208 east (North Street) – Barkeyville
Northern terminus of PA 208 concurrency
Wolf Creek Township15.124.3 I-80 – Clarion, SharonExit 24 (I-80)
Worth Township21.234.1 PA 965 (Jackson Center-Polk Road) – Jackson Center, Polk
Sandy Lake25.440.9
US 62 south (Mercer Road)
Southern terminus of US 62 concurrency

US 62 north (Franklin Street) / PA 358 west (Lake Street) to I-79
Northern terminus of US 62 concurrency; eastern terminus of PA 358
CrawfordFairfield Township37.560.4
PA 285 west – Conneaut Lake
Eastern terminus of PA 285
Wayne Township38.762.3 US 322 (Twenty-eighth Division Highway) – Meadville, Franklin
Randolph Township45.773.5 PA 27 – Meadville, TitusvilleNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (June 14, 2013). "Pennsylvania Route 173" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Pennsylvania Highways - Pennsylvania Route 173

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