US 611
Lackawanna Trail


The sister highway of US 309, US 611 was signed in 1926 as one of the main routes that connected Philadelphia to the Allentown-Bethlehem, and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre areas. Beginning in Philadelphia at City Hall, it followed the current route of PA 611 with some exceptions.  It left the current PA 611 alignment in Martins Creek to follow current SR 1015 to Bangor then the current PA 512 alignment to Mount Bethel.  US 611 was signed through East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg on Brown Street and Main Street.  At the current northern terminus of PA 611, US 611 continued north on Coolbaugh TR 607 and picked up the current PA 435 alignment to I-84/I-380.  From that point it was signed on Drinker Street, Blakely Street, and Green Ridge Street to end at US 11/North Main Street in Scranton.

In 1928, the route was under construction from Clifton Beach Road to Daleville and completed the following year.  In 1929, the northern terminus was moved to US 11 at Blakely Street in Scranton due to US 11 being rerouted in the city.

The second change in the routing took place in 1933 when US 611 was placed on the current PA 611 alignment between Martins Creek to Mount Bethel and it replaced PA 612 from Delaware Water Gap to Stroudsburg to bypass East Stroudsburg.  Work to widen the alignment took place in 1938 from Willow Grove to Danboro and Delaware Water Gap to Stroudsburg.

Work continued to upgrade the highway in the 1940s with the sections from Danboro to Plumsteadville, Portland to Slateford, Delaware Water Gap to Green Briar Road, Stroud TR 409 to Stroudsburg, Old Drinker Turnpike to PA 307, and Tigue Street to Scranton seeing widening taking place the first year of the decade.  Also in 1940, the northern terminus was moved to the intersection of US 6 and US 11 at Market Street.  The following year from Tegawitha Road to Hemlock Road, Wayne County line to Old Drinker Turnpike, and PA 348 to the Borough of Dunmore line saw the same work performed.  In 1946, Philadelphia to Willow Grove, Green Briar Road to Stroud TR 409, and Stroudsburg to Tannersville were widened.  In 1948, the section from Tannersville to Tegawitha Road and  Hemlock Road to the Wayne County line were widened.

The first major change in the 1950s was to the routing in 1954 to cross into New Jersey over the newly opened Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge and re-entered Pennsylvania on the I-80 alignment and connected back to the original alignment via current SR 2030.  The original US 611 became Alternate US 611.  The northern terminus was moved again that year, to the intersection of US 6 and US 11 north of Scranton near the present US 11 interchange with Business US 6 and Interstate 81.  In 1955, widening took place between PA 307 and Moscow.  Medians began to be installed along certain sections beginning in 1958 with them being put in from Cheltenham Avenue to PA 73, Washington Lane to Willow Grove, Scotrun to Mount Pocono, and Elmhurst to Dunmore.  A change of routing took place in Easton that year, when US 611 was moved off Third Street onto the current PA 611 alignment on Larry Holmes Drive and Riverside Drive; however, northbound traffic still used Third Street and Ferry Street.  Medians were installed in 1959 from Laurel Drive to Tobyhanna and at the PA 507 intersection

The first sections of expressway came to the US 611 corridor in the last full decade of its existence.  The route changed again in 1963 when more of Interstate 80 opened to traffic, it was continued on the expressway from New Jersey to the current Exit 299.  The Alternate US 611 designation was extended to fill the gap.  In 1964, a median was installed from the Bucks County line to Doylestown.  Also that year, the designation was moved onto the current section of I-84/I-380 from Tigue Street to I-81 which began the new northern terminus.  US 611 became an intrastate route in 1965 when it was moved to replace Alternate US 611.

The 1970s saw another section of Interstate open in the Poconos that would eventually become US 611's replacement:  Interstate 81E.  In 1970, the section from I-380's current Exit 8 to Exit 13 opened and the designation was moved.  The original US 611 still parallels Interstate 380 approximately 200 yards to the east through Gouldsboro State Park but is now known as Coolbaugh TR 627.  Finally in 1972, the highway was decommissioned.

Links:
US 611 Auxiliary Routes
PA 611
Old US 611 Pictures - Steve Alpert
Terminus of US 611 - Dale Sanderson


Information INFORMATION
Southern
Terminus:
PA 291 in Philadelphia.
Northern
Terminus:
I-81 in Scranton.
Length: 124 miles
Names: Lackawanna Trail
Broad Street, Easton Road, Old York Road, South Main Street, North Main Street, River Road, South Delaware Drive, Larry Holmes Drive, North Delaware Drive, Delaware Avenue, Foxtown Hill Road, Park Avenue, Main Street, North Ninth Street, Jonas Road, Belmont Avenue, Scott Run Road, Pocono Boulevard, Drinker Pike, North Main Street, and Drinker Turnpike
Counties: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Northampton, Monroe, Wayne, and Lackawanna
Expressway: Tobyhanna to PA 435
PA 435 to I-81
Former
Designations:
PA 2  (1925 - 1930)
PA 32  (1927 - 1928):  PA 191 to Stroudsburg
PA 302  (1928 - 1930):  PA 191 to Stroudsburg
PA 827  (1929 - 1932):  Martins Creek to Belvidere Road
PA 612  (1928 - 1933):  Water Gap to Stroudsburg
Alternate US 611  (1954 - 1965):  Portland to Delaware Water Gap
Alternate US 611  (1963 - 1965):  Delaware Water Gap to Scoturn
Decommissioned: 1972
Replaced By: PA 611:  Philadelphia to Exit 8 of I-380
PA 435:  Exit 13 to Exit 2 of I-84/I-380

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Page updated August 27, 2009.
Content and graphics, unless otherwise noted, copyright Jeffrey J. Kitsko. All rights reserved.
Information sign courtesy of Richard C. Moeur.
Information courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Rand McNally.