Historic National Road - Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation.
The Historic National Road is the Nation's first federally funded highway. Opening westward expansion, it became a transportation corridor for goods and people, creating the great cultural diversity we treasure. Visitors experience a physical timeline -- classic inns, toll houses, diners, and motels that trace 200 years of American history.
Getting to the Byway:
* Take I-279 west toward Rosslyn Farms.
* Get on I-70 and go south to Washington.
* Get on US-40 to enter the byway.
Navigating the Byway:
The byway begins on the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania, on what is now US-40.
- Addison, containing the historic Old Petersbug/Addison Tollhouse, is the first major town the byway (US-40) passes through.
- Continuing west on the highway, the byway will pass Fort Necessity and Braddock's Grave.
- Further along the highway, continuing in its northwesterly direction, the byway passes Forbes State Park, and then the towns of Hopwood and Union Town.
- Another stretch up the highway takes the traveler past the Searights Toll House, the town of Brownsville, and the Flatiron Bridge.
- The byway then crosses the Monongahela River and eventually passes through Centerville, Beallsville, and Scenery Hill, and passes by the Madonna of the Trail.
- As the byway nears the city of Washington, it intersects with Interstate 79, and then moves on to Washington, at which point the byway takes a southwesterly direction and intersects Interstate 70.
- Once out of the city, the byway passes the S-Bridge, and continues on through Claysville and then West Alexander and the state border with West Virginia, marking the end of the byway.