U.S. Route 220 in Pennsylvania

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U.S. Route 220

US 220 highlighted in red and alternate routes in blue
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 20
Maintained by PennDOT
Length248 mi[1] (399 km)
Major junctions
South end US 220 at Maryland border in Cumberland Valley Township
Major intersections US 30 in Bedford

I-70 Toll / I-76 Toll / Penna Turnpike / I-99 in Bedford
US 22 near Hollidaysburg
US 322 from Port Matilda to State College
I-80 / I-99 near Bellefonte
I-180 / US 15 from Williamsport to Pennsdale

US 6 in Towanda
North end I-86 / NY 17 / Southern Tier Expressway in South Waverly
CountryUnited States
CountiesBedford, Blair, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Bradford
Highway system
US 219 PA 221

PA 709US 711 Pennsylvania 1926.svg PA 711
PA 827PA-828.svg PA 829

U.S. Route 220 (US 220) is a U.S. Highway that is a spur route of US 20. It runs from Rockingham, North Carolina, north to South Waverly, Pennsylvania. In the state of Pennsylvania, the route runs 248 miles (399 km) from the Maryland border in Cumberland Valley Township, Bedford County northeast to an interchange with Interstate 86 (I-86)/New York State Route 17 (NY 17) in South Waverly, Bradford County a short distance south of the New York border. Through the state, US 220 passes through the cities and towns of Bedford, Altoona, State College, Lock Haven, Williamsport, and Towanda. US 220 is concurrent with the entire completed Pennsylvania segment of I-99 between I-70/I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) in Bedford and I-80 near Bellefonte. US 220 is also a freeway around Bedford, along the I-80 concurrency between Bellefonte and Mill Hall, between Mill Hall and Jersey Shore, from the western end of Williamsport to near Halls (where it is concurrent with I-180 east of downtown Williamsport), and near the New York border. The remainder of US 220 in Pennsylvania is mostly a two-lane surface road.

Route description

Maryland to Bellefonte

View north along US 220 entering Pennsylvania from Maryland in Cumberland Valley Township

US 220 enters Pennsylvania from Maryland in Cumberland Valley Township, Bedford County to the north of Cumberland, Maryland. From the state line, the route heads northeast as a two-lane undivided road as it passes through a narrow agricultural valley surrounded by forested mountains. As the highway approaches Bedford, US 220 Business (US 220 Bus.) splits off to head into Bedford while US 220 bypasses the borough to the west. The bypass is initially two lanes, but widens into a four-lane freeway before it reaches an interchange with US 30 Bus. A short distance later, the route comes to a cloverleaf interchange with US 30, which bypasses downtown Bedford to the north as a freeway. The US 220 freeway continues north away from Bedford to a trumpet interchange that serves US 220 Bus. and also provides indirect access to I-70/I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). It is at this interchange that I-99 begins and becomes concurrent with US 220.[1][2]

I-99/US 220 north near Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania in October 2011

I-99/US 220 continues north through farmland and continues to the next interchange near Cessna, which serves Pennsylvania Route 56 (PA 56) and the northern terminus of US 220 Bus. Farther north, the freeway comes to the PA 869 exit in Saint Clairsville. The highway continues through a mix of farms and forests, with a diamond interchange at Sarah Furnace Road that provides access to Blue Knob State Park. I-99/US 220 crosses into Blair County and comes to an interchange with the southern terminus of US 220 Bus. that serves the Altoona area. The freeway passes Claysburg and East Freedom before it reaches a trumpet interchange that provides access to PA 36 and PA 164 to the east. The highway bypasses Newry to the east prior to heading into more developed surroundings as it enters the Hollidaysburg area. Here, I-99/US 220 has an interchange that serves US 22 and PA 764. Past this interchange, the freeway curves east and heads into Altoona, where it comes to an interchange with US 220 Bus. in a commercial area near the Logan Valley Mall. The highway curves north again and comes to the Frankstown Road exit which provides access to PA 36 and Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve baseball team. I-99/US 220 continues along the eastern edge of Altoona and comes to the 17th Street exit which serves downtown Altoona. The road continues between development to the west and forested mountains to the east as it heads away from Altoona and reaches an interchange with the northern terminus of PA 764.[1][2]

I-99 and US 220 northbound past PA 865 near Bellwood

I-99/US 220 continues northeast between a mountain to the east in an agricultural valley to the west, coming to an interchange with the southern terminus of PA 865 near Bellwood. Near Tipton, the freeway has a trumpet interchange with US 220 Bus. that provides access to DelGrosso's Amusement Park. The highway continues to Tyrone, where it crosses the Little Juniata River before an interchange with PA 453. Past Tyrone, I-99/US 220 passes through forested areas and reaches a diamond interchange that serves PA 350 and the northern terminus of US 220 Bus. near Bald Eagle. From here, the freeway continues into Centre County and runs through rural areas before turning north to bypass Port Matilda to the west. I-99/US 220 has an interchange with the southern terminus of US 220 Alternate (US 220 Alt.) before the two routes merge into the US 322 freeway and head east concurrent with US 322. The freeway heads northeast away from Port Matilda and continues through more forests. I-99/US 220/US 322 curves southeast and reaches an interchange with Gray's Woods Boulevard near Gray's Woods. A short distance later, US 322 Bus. splits off at a northbound exit and southbound entrance to head into State College. Immediately after this interchange, a southbound exit and northbound entrance serves Valley Vista Drive and provides access to US 322 Bus. from southbound I-99/US 220/westbound US 322. The freeway continues east into more developed areas with some woods and comes to a diamond interchange at Waddle Road that serves Toftrees. The highway passes to the north of the Pennsylvania State University campus before I-99/US 220 split from the US 322 freeway at an interchange that also has access to the university by way of East Park Avenue.[1][2]

Past US 322, I-99/US 220 continues northeast away from State College through a mix of farmland and woodland. An interchange serves Shiloh Road before the highway comes to the PA 150 exit near State Correctional Institution – Rockview. The freeway has a northbound exit and southbound entrance at Harrison Road before it merges with PA 26. From here, I-99 and US 220 continue north concurrent with PA 26 as the highway heads through farmland to the east of Bellefonte. An interchange at PA 550 provides access to Bellefonte. The highway curves to the northeast and the freeway and I-99 end before the highway reaches an interchange with I-80. At this interchange, PA 26 continues to the northeast as a two-lane road. US 220 Alt. rejoins from the west along I-80, and US 220 heads east concurrent with I-80 on a four-lane freeway.[1][2]

Bellefonte to Williamsport

US 220 near I-80 exit 178 in Clinton County

I-80 and US 220 head northeast through a mix of woodland and farms, crossing into Clinton County. Here, the highway comes to a diamond interchange with PA 64. US 220 continues east along I-80 before it splits from the interstate at another diamond interchange. From here, US 220 heads northwest as a two-lane undivided surface road through farmland with some development. The route transitions into a four-lane freeway as it comes to an interchange with PA 64 and PA 477 to the south of Mill Hall. The freeway passes through forested mountains before bypassing Mill Hall to the east. US 220 curves east and has a trumpet interchange that serves PA 150. The highway turns northeast and crosses Bald Eagle Creek prior to a diamond interchange with the eastern terminus of PA 120 to the south of Lock Haven. US 220 continues east and crosses Bald Eagle Creek again before leaving the Lock Haven area and heading into rural surroundings. The route has an interchange with McElhattan Drive that serves McElhattan. The freeway passes through farmland and crosses the West Branch Susquehanna River before it comes to an interchange with the northern terminus of PA 150 near Avis. The US 220 freeway bypasses Avis to the southeast and continues to the PA 44 exit, at which point that route joins US 220.[1][2]

The freeway crosses Pine Creek into Lycoming County and heads to the north of Jersey Shore. An interchange at Thomas Street provides access to the borough. At the east end of Jersey Shore, PA 44 splits from the US 220 freeway to head south. US 220 continues east to the north of the West Branch Susquehanna River into rural areas. The freeway ends prior to an at-grade intersection with the southern terminus of PA 287, at which point US 220 continues east as a four-lane divided surface road. The median widens as the highway passes through Larrys Creek. The route continues east through farmland with some development, curving northeast before heading back to the east. US 220 becomes a freeway again as it approaches Williamsport, with the first exit being a northbound exit and southbound entrance at 4th Street. The highway heads into Williamsport and heads into industrial areas to the north of the river, with an interchange at Reach Road serving the Reach Road Industrial Park. The freeway passes over Lycoming Creek immediately before an interchange with the US 15 freeway.[1][2]

Williamsport to South Waverly

Looking west on I-180/US 15/US 220 from the Carl E. Stotz Memorial Little League Bridge in Williamsport

At this point, I-180 begins and US 220 continues east concurrent with I-180 and US 15. The highway continues alongside the West Branch Susquehanna River and has an interchange at Maynard Street that serves the Pennsylvania College of Technology and a northbound exit and southbound entrance at Hepburn Street. In downtown Williamsport, US 15 splits from I-180 and US 220 by heading southeast across the river into South Williamsport. I-180/US 220 continues northeast through more developed areas, with a southbound exit and northbound entrance at Basin Street. The freeway leaves the city limits and has an interchange with Northway Road in Faxon. The highway has an interchange with 3rd Street prior to crossing the Loyalsock Creek and heading to the north of Montoursville. In this area, I-180/US 220 comes to an interchange with the southern terminus of PA 87. On the eastern edge of Montoursville, an interchange is located at Fairfield Road. The freeway heads into a mix of farmland and woodland, reaching an interchange that serves the Lycoming Mall. At the next interchange, US 220 splits from I-180.[1][2]

US 220 in Shrewsbury Township in Lycoming County

Upon splitting from I-180, US 220 heads east as a two-lane undivided surface road through agricultural areas. The route reaches Hughesville, where it intersects the northern terminus of PA 405. At this point, US 220 turns north and continues to Picture Rocks. Here, the route has a junction with the eastern terminus of PA 864. Past Picture Rocks, the road winds northeast along the banks of Muncy Creek through forested areas. US 220 enters Sullivan County and intersects PA 42 in Beech Glen. The two routes run north together until Muncy Valley, where PA 42 splits to the northwest. US 220 continues northeast concurrent with PA 42 Truck through more forests to Laporte, where it has an intersection with the northern terminus of PA 42 and PA 42 Truck. A short distance north of Laporte, the route encounters the southern terminus of PA 154. The road passes through more rural areas before PA 87 joins in from the west prior to reaching Dushore. In Dushore, PA 87 splits to the east. US 220 heads north through a mix of fields and forests as it continues into Bradford County. The route passes through New Albany before continuing north through more forests. In Monroe, the road has an intersection with the eastern terminus of PA 414.[1][2]

US 220 northbound past PA 87 in Dushore

US 220 heads northeast through more rural areas before bypassing Towanda to the west. The two-lane undivided bypass has an interchange at Patterson Boulevard that provides access to the borough. The route curves west then northwest as it comes to a diamond interchange with US 6. Past this, US 220 continues north as a two-lane undivided road through a mix of farmland and woodland along the west bank of the Susquehanna River, passing through Ulster and Milan. South of Athens, the route intersects the southern terminus of PA 199 before turning into a four-lane freeway that bypasses the Penn-York Valley boroughs of Athens, Sayre, and South Waverly to the west. US 220 crosses the Chemung River and comes to a diamond interchange at West Pine Street that serves Athens. The highway continues between the river to the west and developed areas to the east before it reaches an interchange at Mile Lane Road that serves Sayre and South Waverly. The route enters South Waverly and comes to its northern terminus at an interchange with I-86/NY 17, which is maintained by the state of New York despite being in Pennsylvania. Past the northern terminus, the road crosses the New York border and ends a short distance later at Chemung Street in Waverly.[1][2]


US 220 northbound in Towanda

In the 19th century, the road that would eventually become US 220 between Hollidaysburg and Bedford was a turnpike, appropriately called the Hollidaysburg and Bedford Turnpike, chartered in 1835.[3] Unlike its successors, this highway veered east to Hollidaysburg along modern-day PA 36. The highway was still referred to as such as late as 1866.[4] Today, this highway is William Penn Road, the Dunnings Highway, and a section of US 220 BUS in Bedford.

US 220 was proposed in 1926, along with the rest of the National Highway System.[5] At its inception, the highway south of Bedford followed its current path, but it branched off of the modern highway, using US 220 BUS through Bedford. North of here, the highway closely parallelled its modern counterpart, following the old Hollidaysburg and Bedford Turnpike. It picked up a concurrency with US 22 at Duncansville headed east to Hollidaysburg, then followed modern-day PA 36 north to a junction with Plank Road, and then followed US 220 BUS through Altoona. It then passed through the Tuckahoe Valley northeasterly, paralleling the modern freeway to the northwest and servicing Tyrone directly. From Port Matilda, the highway has since become US 220 Alt. to Milesburg. It then passed south along PA 144 to service Bellefonte, and thence along PA 550 and PA 64 to Mill Hall. From here to just outside Avis, the highway is signed PA 150. As PA 150 turns to service the expressway, US 220 continued on to service Jersey Shore directly. At a junction with modern-day PA 44, the highway swung north on that highway. For a few miles, the highway from here has changed little from its original incarnation. It then left the expressway's alignment via Quadrant Route 2014,[6] and left Williamsport north via the Susquehanna Trail, now an old alignment of US 15, and terminated at the New York line at Lawrenceville.

Before the adoption of the highway system in the state, Pennsylvania's highway department petitioned for a redrawing of the highway map through their state to keep each number fully concurrent with existing auto trails. As a result, US 111 was extended over the intended alignment of US 220, and the highway was rerouted to its modern alignment north of Williamsport. Through Williamsport, the highway followed 4th Street, Campbell Street, Park Avenue, Hepburn Street, 7th Street, Market Street, and Washington Street, now Washington Boulevard. Out of Williamsport, the highway is Quadrant Route 2014 to Muncy, then PA 405 to its modern alignment.[6] As a result of this realignment, US 120, US 111, and US 220 bore a concurrency through Williamsport. Through and north of Athens, the route has been superseded by PA 199

In 1927, Pennsylvania dramatically expanded its own state highway system, and assigned numbers to US highways without existing numbers. PA 64 was assigned to the route south of Bellefonte and PA 44 from there to Mill Hall (which at the time extended to McConnellsburg). From Hughesville north, the highway was signed as a northern extension of PA 42 to the New York line. These designations were deleted the year after.

Few major changes occurred in the highway before the construction of the Bud Shuster Highway. The highway's alignment through Williamsport changed several times before the town was fully bypassed. In 1941, it shifted to its current alignment north of Muncy, in addition to modern-day SR 2036. 1946 saw the swapping of PA 64 and US 220, fully following modern-day US 220 Alt and PA 150. In 1964, PA 36 swapped alignments with US 220 south of Altoona, which now followed Plank Road, bypassing Hollidaysburg.

In the late 1960s the federal government planned a dam in the Bald Eagle Valley, which would flood most of the original alignment through Howard. It was at this time when US 220 was realigned to break away from the original alignment just before Milesburg, pass to the north of Bald Eagle State Park and reunite with its former alignment about 1 mile east of Beech Creek. The old alignment still exists in sections, and is used for access to the reservoir.

Freeway alignments

The first sections of a freeway alignment of US 220 were begun in the mid-1960s with the construction of I-80 through the state. The first section of freeway solely dedicated to US 220 was opened in 1967 from Avis to Jersey Shore. The next few years saw the rapid development of an expressway/freeway along the US 220 corridor, including the completion of the Bedford Bypass in 1970, and the final section of expressway north of I-80 completed in 1978. The expressway from south of Athens to the Southern Tier Expressway was completed in 1974.

1996 saw the adoption of the designation I-99 between Bedford and I-80.


PennDOT plans to upgrade the interchange with Interstate 80 in Bellefonte to a high-speed expressway-grade interchange, bringing I-99 to Interstate Highway Standards. The project is expected to start in 2022, following the completion of a related project for a local I-80 interchange with PA 26.[7]

Major intersections

BedfordCumberland Valley Township
US 220 south – Cumberland
Maryland state line
Bedford Township18.629.9

US 220 Bus. north
Southern terminus of US 220 Bus.
South end of freeway
23.437.7BedfordAccess via US 30 Bus.
23.838.3 US 30 – Everett, Greensburg

I-70 Toll / I-76 Toll / Penna Turnpike – Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

I-99 begins
Indirect connection via US 220 Bus.; south end of I-99 overlap; I-70 / I-76 / Penna Turnpike exit 146 (Bedford)
3 PA 56 (US 220 Bus. south) – Johnstown, CessnaNorthern terminus of US 220 Bus.
East St. Clair Township7 PA 869 – St. Clairsville, OsterburgLow clearance at exit
King Township10Blue Knob State Park
BlairGreenfield Township15Claysburg, KingAccess via US 220 Bus. north; southern terminus of US 220 Bus.
Freedom Township23

PA 36 / PA 164 to US 22 east – Roaring Spring, Portage, Hollidaysburg
Allegheny Township28 US 22 – Ebensburg, Hollidaysburg
Logan Township31Plank Road (US 220 Bus.)
To PA 36 (Frankstown Road)
3317th Street
Antis Township39
PA 764 south – Pinecroft
Northern terminus of PA 764
PA 865 north – Bellwood
Southern terminus of PA 865
45Tipton, GraziervilleAccess to DelGrosso's Amusement Park
Tyrone48 PA 453 – Tyrone
Snyder Township52 PA 350 (US 220 Bus. south) – Bald Eagle, PhilipsburgNorthern terminus of US 220 Bus.
CentreWorth Township61Port MatildaAccess via US 220 Alt. north; southern terminus of US 220 Alt.
US 322 west – Philipsburg
South end of US 322 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance; northbound exit is via exit 61
Patton Township68Grays Woods, Waddle

US 322 Bus. east (Atherton Street)
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; western terminus of US 322 Bus.
69Valley Vista Drive – Park ForestSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
71Toftrees, Woodycrest
College Township73
US 322 east – State College, Lewistown
North end of US 322 overlap
74Innovation Park, Penn State UniversityNorthbound exit is part of exit 73; access via Park Avenue; access to Beaver Stadium and Bryce Jordan Center
Benner Township76Shiloh Road
78 PA 150 – BellefonteSigned as 78A (south) and 78B (north)
Spring Township80Harrison RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance

PA 26 south to PA 64 – Pleasant Gap
South end of PA 26 overlap
83 PA 550 – Bellefonte, Zion
North end of freeway
South end of freeway

I-80 west (US 220 Alt. south) – Dubois

PA 26 north – Howard

I-99 ends
I-80 exit 161; north end of I-99/PA 26 overlap; south end of I-80 overlap
Marion Township163

To PA 26 north – Jacksonville, Howard
ClintonPorter Township173 PA 64 – Pleasant Gap, Mill Hall
Lamar Township
I-80 east – Bloomsburg
I-80 exit 178; north end of I-80 overlap
North end of freeway
South end of freeway
Mackeyville, RoteInterchange opened 2016; access via Auction Road and Fairground Road
107 PA 477 – Salona
Bald Eagle Township109 PA 150 – Mill Hall, Flemington
Castanea Township111
PA 120 west – Lock Haven, Castanea
Eastern terminus of PA 120
Wayne Township116McElhattan, Woolrich
Pine Creek Township118
PA 150 south – Avis
Northern terminus of PA 150
PA 44 north – Pine Creek
South end of PA 44 overlap
LycomingJersey ShoreThomas Street
Piatt Township
PA 44 south (Main Street)
North end of PA 44 overlap
North end of freeway

PA 287 north
Southern terminus of PA 287
Woodward TownshipSouth end of freeway
Fourth StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
WilliamsportReach Road Industrial Park
US 15 north – Mansfield

I-180 begins
South end of I-180/US 15 overlap
28Maynard StreetAccess to Pennsylvania College of Technology
27BVia Bella, Hepburn StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance; access to Lycoming College and Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum
US 15 south (Market Street) – Lewisburg
Single-point urban interchange; north end of US 15 overlap
26Via Bella, Basin StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; access to Lycoming College and Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum
Loyalsock25Commerce Park, Faxon
23B Warrensville, MontoursvilleEastbound exit; access to Williamsport Regional Airport
23AEast Third StreetEastbound exit and entrance
23East Third Street, WarrensvilleWestbound exit; supplemental westbound entrance from Broad Street
PA 87 north / Loyalsock Avenue
PA 87 begins north; Loyalsock Avenue south; access to Williamsport Regional Airport
20Fairfield Road
Muncy Township17Lycoming Mall Road

I-180 east – Milton
I-180 exit 15; north end of I-180 overlap
North end of freeway

PA 405 south (North Main Street) to PA 118 – Wilkes-Barre
Northern terminus of PA 405
Picture Rocks
PA 864 west (Laurel Run Road) – Farragut
Eastern terminus of PA 864
SullivanDavidson Township
PA 42 south – Bloomsburg
South end of PA 42 overlap

PA 42 north – Eagles Mere
North end of PA 42 overlap; south end of PA 42 Truck overlap
PA 42 south (Main Street) – Laporte, Eagles Mere
Northern terminus of PA 42; north end of PA 42 Truck overlap
Laporte Township
PA 154 north – Forksville, Canton
Southern terminus of PA 154
Cherry Township
PA 87 south – Forksville
South end of PA 87 overlap

PA 87 north (Main Street) to PA 487 – Mehoopany
North end of PA 87 overlap
PA 414 west (Pennsylvania Avenue) – Canton
Eastern terminus of PA 414
North Towanda TownshipPatterson Boulevard – TowandaInterchange
US 6 – Troy, TowandaInterchange
Athens Township
PA 199 north – Athens
Southern terminus of PA 199
South end of freeway
Athens TownshipSayre, South Waverly
South WaverlyNorth end of freeway
I-86 / NY 17 / Southern Tier Expressway – Elmira, BinghamtonNorthern terminus; exit 60 (I-86/NY 17/Southern Tier Expressway)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Google (September 8, 2014). "U.S. Route 220 in Pennsylvania" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Pennsylvania State Road Atlas (Map). ADC Map. 2003.
  3. ^ Laws enacted in the general assembly of the commonwealth. 1835.
  4. ^ libraries, Pennsylvania State University (1866-04-06). "The Bedford gazette. (Bedford, Pa.) 1805-current, April 06, 1866, Image 3". Bedford Gazette (1866/04/06). ISSN 0744-8457.
  5. ^ Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: United States Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved November 7, 2013 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  6. ^ a b Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1930. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "SR 26/Local Interchange". penndot.gov. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved 15 August 2020.

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