Pennsylvania Route 253

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Pennsylvania Route 253

Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length15.958 mi[1] (25.682 km)
Major junctions
South end PA 53 in Van Ormer
Major intersections PA 865 in Reade Township
PA 453 from Gulich Township to Ramey
PA 153 in Gulich Township
PA 729 in Gulich Township
North end PA 53 in Houtzdale
CountryUnited States
CountiesCambria, Clearfield
Highway system
PA 252 PA 254

Pennsylvania Route 253 (PA 253) is a 16.0-mile-long (25.7 km) state highway located in Cambria and Clearfield counties in Pennsylvania. The southern terminus is at PA 53 in Van Ormer. The northern terminus is at PA 53 in Houtzdale.

Route description

PA 253 southbound in Woodward Township

PA 253 begins at an intersection with PA 53 in the community of Van Ormer in Reade Township, Cambria County, heading east-northeast on two-lane undivided Executive Drive. The road heads through forested areas, turning northeast and passing through the residential community of Hollentown. The route runs through more wooded areas with some fields and homes, coming to an intersection with PA 865 in the community of Glasgow. At this point, PA 253 turns northwest to form a concurrency with PA 865 on Skyline Drive, passing a few homes. PA 253 splits from PA 865 by turning east onto Executive Drive, continuing through a mix of farmland and woodland with occasional development. The route turns northeast into more wooded areas with a few fields.[2][3]

PA 253 enters Gulich Township in Clearfield County and becomes Cambria Street, passing homes in the community of Allemans before turning north into dense forests. The route comes to an intersection with PA 453 and turns northwest to join that route on Viola Pike. In the community of Viola, the road intersects the southern terminus of PA 153 and continues through more wooded areas with some fields. PA 253/PA 453 turns north and intersects the southern terminus of PA 729, at which point it passes between the residential community of Janesville to the west and woodland to the east. The two routes continue north-northeast through more woods with scattered farm fields, becoming Main Street and heading into the borough of Ramey. Here, the road heads northeast past homes, with PA 453 splitting from PA 253 by turning northwest onto Union Street. PA 253 runs through more residential areas, turning northwest onto Beluah Street before heading northeast onto Miriam Street. The road heads back into Gulich Township and enters forests with some fields, continuing into Woodward Township. Here, the route becomes 4th Avenue and passes through the community of Kendrick, passing farm fields before heading into wooded areas with some homes and turning to the east. PA 253 heads into the borough of Houtzdale and becomes Elizabeth Street, ending at another intersection with PA 53. At this point, Elizabeth Street continues east as PA 53.[2][4]

Major intersections

CambriaReade Township0.0000.000 PA 53 (Glendale Valley Boulevard) – Ashville, CoalportSouthern terminus
PA 865 south (Skyline Drive) – Bellwood
South end of PA 865 concurrency
PA 865 north (Skyline Drive) – Utahville
North end of PA 865 concurrency
ClearfieldGulich Township8.16913.147
PA 453 south – Tyrone
South end of PA 453 concurrency
PA 153 north – Ginter, SCI Houtzdale, Houtzdale
Southern terminus of PA 153
PA 729 north – Janesville, Beccaria
Southern terminus of PA 729
PA 453 north (Union Street) – Curwensville
North end of PA 453 concurrency
Houtzdale15.95725.680 PA 53 (McAteer Street / Elizabeth Street) – Coalport, PhilipsburgNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania state roads". Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Google (July 20, 2011). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 253" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Cambria County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2011.

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