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PA 973 and US 15 used to join for a 1.5 mi duplex from Cogan Station to Hepburnville in Lycoming County.
These signs stand near the northern split in Cogan Station. When the expressway segment of US 15/Future I-99 from Hepburnville to Powys was completed in 1994, US 15 was relocated from its old parallel routing here to that expressway. The TO sign was added to this sign assembly at that time, indicating that motorists could join the US 15 expressway by following the old route.
Continuing forward to the northern split, the little white signs show the old US 15 route as SR 1017, with SR 973 taking over along the duplex. US route number have precedence over PA route numbers as SR route numbers, so before the relocation, all of Old US 15 was SR 0015, even where PA 973 followed it. Glare obliterated the shields, which are assembled analogously to those in the previous photo.
Similar shields and little white signs stand at the southern split in Hepburnville. The TO is misplaced, as it should correspond to both the US 15 shields and not the PA 973 shield.
The US 15 was relocated in 1994, yet in 2002, a JCT US 15 shield still stands along PA 973 westbound just before reaching Old US 15. David Slauenwhite notes that the signs were the new, highly reflective type, likely installed in 2001 or 2002.
US 15 has been bypassed twice between Cogan Station and Hepburnville. The original US 15 meets the old US 15/PA 973 duplex here and has been downgraded to Hepburn Township Road 494, a.k.a, Old 15 Road. Now that US 15 has been bypassed again, this road may more appropriately called Old Old 15 Road.
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