One of Pennsylvania's youngest Interstate designations, chronologically speaking, the actual expressway first appeared on the 1969 Department of Highways map. However, it would be another 15 years until it would receive the I-180 designation.
Construction began in 1969 on the section from Interstate 80 to Exit 10 south of Muncy. The first segments of this Interstate were completed in 1971 when the sections from Interstate 80 to Exit 1 and Exit 5 to Exit 10 opened to traffic. That same year, construction began on the segments from Exit 10 to Exit 15 and Exit 27B to Exit 28. The next section to open was from Exit 1 to Exit 5 in 1972. Construction began in 1972 on the sections from the Market Street Bridge to Exit 27B and Exit 28 to Exit 29.
No new sections would open until 1974 when not one, but two opened to traffic: Exit 10 to Exit 15 and Exit 27B to Exit 28. The US 15 designation was moved off of Williamsport's streets onto the latter section. A year later, the section between Exit 28 and Exit 29 opened to traffic while construction commenced on the Exit 15 to Exit 23 section. In 1977, the section from Exit 15 to Exit 23 opened to traffic.
Vehicles would not be riding on a new segment until 1980 when the next section between Exit 25 and Exit 27B was completed. The final section between Exit 23 and Exit 25, which was the last to be built, began in 1981 and opened to traffic on December 17, 1982.
Long before its completion, local and state support grew for its inclusion into the Interstate Highway System. Former US Representative Allen E. Ertel was one of the first to champion the idea, just before that final segment opened, and was joined by US Representative George W. Gekas. Economic and tourism benefits were two of the reasons for pushing for an Interstate designation. On October 2, 1983, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials let Secretary of Transportation Thomas Larson know the application was approved for the Interstate 180 designation. This was not the first time an expressway in Pennsylvania used that designation, as it was used from 1958 to 1963 to designate the current Interstate 176 in Berks County.
On June 18, 2001, PennDOT began placing exit numbers on this Interstate as a part of the exit renumbering. Even though there were blank tabs on the signs for years, the exits were never numbered.
Interstate 180 Ends
Interstate 180 Pictures
Interstate 180 (Decommissioned)
Interstate 180 - Andy Field/Alex Nitzman
Interstate 180 - Scott Oglesby
Interstate 180 Pictures - Andy Field/Alex Nitzman
Interstate 180 Pictures - Steve Alpert
|Western Terminus:||US 15/US 220 at Exit 29 in Williamsport|
|Eastern Terminus:||I-80 at Exit 212B in Milton|
|National Highway System:||Entire length|
|Name:||Marine Corps League Memorial Highway: Exit 27B to Exit 29|
|Counties:||Northumberland and Lycoming|
|Multiplexed Routes:||US 15: Exit 27B to Exit 29
US 220: Exit 15 to Exit 29
|Former Designations:||PA 147 (1971 - 1984):
Exit 5 to Exit 10
PA 147 (1972 - 1984): I-80 to Exit 5
PA 147 (1974 - 1984): Exit 10 to Exit 15
|Former LR Designation:||1073|