The SWPA Roads Project

Welcome to The SWPA Roads Project! The SWPA Roads Project is a collection of stories, research, information and photos on the history, what-if's and uniqueness of roads and transportation in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  This Project is a cooperitive of pages, information, and links from many road historians and hobbyists from the area.  Have information or ideas? E-mail me at

Updated! July 5, 2007.  Did you know that the pylons on Allegheny River Boulevard in Verona light up at night.  I didn't until Eric Lasher sent recent photos of the refurbished pylons.

Highways & Streets:
Interstates & Expressways
US Routes
State Highways
Boulevards, Streets and Local Roads
  • I-70  ---Jeff Kitsko
  • I-76 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • I-376 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • I-79 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • I-279 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • I-579 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • PA TPK 43 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • PA TPK 576/Findlay Connector 
  • US 19 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • US 22 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • US 30 ---Jeff Kitsko
  • PA 18 ---Bruce Harper
  • PA 48 
  • PA 51 
  • PA 65
  • PA 88 ---Bruce Harper
  • PA 136
  • PA 148
  • PA 837
  • PA 885
  • PA 978 
  • Allegheny River Blvd. 
  • Blvd. of the Allies
  • I-279/376 Interstate Connector 
  • McKnight Road
  • Ohio River Blvd. 
  • Saw Mill Run Blvd
  • The Pittsburgh That Could Have Been: ---We've all heard the 'woulda' and 'coulda' stories..So what really did happen?

  • I-579 @ Bigelow Blvd Ghost Ramps ---One of the many never built connections we could really use right now.
  • The 'NEW' PA 48/"North-South" Parkway ---The history of the often proposed but never built road.
  • Industrial Parkway in Crafton ---A look at a incompleted roadway along Chartiers Creek.
  • Those Blank Octagons Downtown ---Answering one of downtown's befuddling mysteries.
  • A Relief Route That Never Was: I-70 and Related Projects in the Mid-Mon Valley  ---Imagine a less stressful I-70, well it was thought about!
  • The Many Proposals for the Wabash Bridge and Tunnel ---It took nealy 60 years for this tunnel to be used again.



    Uniquely Pittsburgh: ---Yunz Won't Find This Stuff Anywhere Else!

  • Allegheny County Belt Route Ends
  • Pittsburgh Department of Public Works Sign Gallery ---A look at some of the unique signs manufactured by our own city.
  • Pittsburgh Driving Rules, 1951 ---Courtesy Jim Ellwanger and Dan Moraseski.
  • The Jail Trail ---Officially the Eliza Furnace Trail, this bike trail is true urban Pittsburgh
  • The Abandoned Air Terminal @ Greater Pitt



    Photo Essays:

  • The William Flinn Highway  Controversy almost 80 years after his death
  • Remnants of the Lincoln Highway Possibly the country's best preserved roadway.
  • The Historic National Pike  America's Original Interstate Highway. 



    Submitted Pages:

  •  Pennsylvania's Newest US Highways US 981, US 156 and US 819?  ---Bruce Cridlebaugh




  • Pennsylvania's Decommisioned Interstates ---Jeff Kitsko
  • Pennsylvania's Decommisioned United States Highways ---Jeff Kitsko
  • The Logic Behind PA State Routes Yes Believe it or Not there once was some sense in this state!



    Map Scans:

  • 1963 Gulf Pittsburgh Tour Guide Map
  • Southeast Allegheny County
  • Southwest Allegheny County
  • Northwest Allegheny County
  • Northeast Allegheny County
  • Pittsburgh Expressway Plan, 1963 Courtesy Mike Natale

  •  The Yellow Book, 1955 Courtesy William Froehlig
  • Pittsburgh
  • Wheeling
  • Other Pages,Links & On-Line Store:
  • PA Road Photos and More Page
  • Beginning and Ending in PA
  • The PA Turnpike @ PA Road Photos
  • PA Highways Online Store
  • Online Store
  • SWPA Roads Links
  • Index
  • View Guestbook
  • Sign Guestbook

  • Webrings:


    Any new changes will be in BOLD. Former Route designations will be in Italics

    Thanks go in advance to Jeff Kitsko, Bruce Cridlebaugh, Gene Yao, Dyche Andersen, Bruce Harper and everyone else in misc.transport.road that put up with all my posts so I could get information to put these pages together.

    Page Created: October 25, 1999
    Last Updated: July 5, 2007

    © 1999-2007 William Lawson