I-99/US 220 Construction: Bellefonte Bypass Southern Stub End
PA 64 Southern Terminus

March 24, 2002 Photos by Timothy Reichard

The southern end of PA 64 meets the southern stub end of the Bellefonte Bypass, whose lanes split as "ramps" to PA 26 and PA 64 in case the Super-2 expressway is ever extended and upgraded. No major construction occurred at this intersection bue to I-99/US 220 construction, but new signs have been posted to indicate the changes going on to the north and west in that project.

 


Timothy Reichard 8/2/01 (Click to enlarge)

The southern terminus of PA 64 is at PA 26 about 2 mi north of Pleasant Gap. In this photo, PA 64 moves to the right as you go away from the camera and meets PA 26 (southbound continues straight ahead and curves to the left; northbound leaves the intersection heading to the right, not visible in this view). Just one mile to the north (to the right) is the southern end of the PA 26 Bellefonte Bypass, which now begins with two long PA 26 ramps leading to the nearly complete Future I-99/Future US 220/PA 26 interchange, which is signed as Exit 81.

 


Timothy Reichard 3/24/02

New signs (winter 2001-02) at the southern stub end of the Bellefone bypass (PA 26) and PA 64's southern terminus. The lane seen in the bottom left is the "offramp" from the bypass to PA 64. The two PA 26 lanes split apart as offramps in case a new alignment from US 322 in Potters Mills to I-99/US 220/PA 26 is ever built as a result of the SCCCTS study. There is no mainline between the "ramps."

 


Timothy Reichard 3/24/02

Signs along PA 26 between the "ramps" to/from the Bellefonte bypass. The US 220 sign (below TO) is flipped around because US 220 hasn't been rerouted yet. There is space to the right of the US 220 sign for a I-99 shield when I-99 is eventually signed on most of the Bellefonte bypass. The car at the left is turning onto the "onramp" to the bypass, i.e., following PA 26 northbound. Just to the right of the car, left of the two yellow median reflectors, and back in the distance is another assembly with a flipped US 220 sign, whose numbers are visible. There is a second such assembly behind this one.

 


Timothy Reichard 3/24/02

Now facing south, PA 64 has a new END sign. All of these shields shown are new, as is the green sign with mileages.

 


Timothy Reichard 3/24/02

A few feet forward is the sign assembly with a flipped US 220 shield and blank I-99 shield space. This was farther of the sign assemblies with US 220 signs whose numbers were visible in one of the above photos.

 


Timothy Reichard 3/24/02

The back side of the same sign assembly.

 


Timothy Reichard 3/24/02

A close-up of the green mileage sign. An arrow was placed over the State College arrow because southbound PA 26 (straight ahead) is still the main route to State College. When new, relocated US 220 (a mile to the right) is opened in late 2002, that will be the preferred route to State College, bypassing the small town of Pleasant Gap. Then the black-on-white arrow will be removed and the white-on-green arrow will show, pointing to the right. The stub end "ramps" and lack of mainline can be seen here. The NORTH PA 26 shield points to the "onramp," while the next road from the right is the "offramp." A mainline highway (a new PA 144? extended PA 64? or relocated US 322?) might some day follow an overpass between the "ramps" and over PA 26 just ahead.

 


Timothy Reichard 3/24/02

Here is another look at the stub end of the Bellefonte bypass. The "offramp" goes off the left side of the photo, while the "onramp" comes in from the right. The road at the bottom is PA 26 or PA 64, with PA 26 heading south to the left and PA 64 heading north to the right.

 

 


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