Airport Connector (Harrisburg)

From the AARoads Wiki: Read about the road before you go
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Airport Connector

Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length1.940 mi[1] (3.122 km)
Major junctions
South end Harrisburg International Airport
Major intersections PA 230 in Lower Swatara Township
North end PA 283 in Lower Swatara Township
CountryUnited States
Highway system

The Airport Connector is a 1.9-mile-long (3.1 km) freeway in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It begins at Harrisburg International Airport and runs north to Pennsylvania Route 283 (PA 283). There is one intermediate interchange with PA 230.

The highway is one of only two freeways in Pennsylvania with no posted route number (the other being the President Biden Expressway). In the Location Referencing System, it is designated State Route 3032 by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In 2021, the freeway gained the name Airport Road.

Route description

Airport Connector northbound past PA 230 in Lower Swatara Township

The Airport Connector begins at the entrance to Harrisburg International Airport in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County, where the roadway continues south to loop around the terminal. Past the airport, the road passes over Norfolk Southern's Royalton Branch and Amtrak's Keystone Corridor railroad lines before immediately reaching a partial cloverleaf interchange with PA 230. From this point, the four-lane freeway heads north-northeast through wooded areas adjacent to homes and farms, crossing over the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) without an interchange as it curves north-northwest. The freeway passes more areas of farms and woods before it reaches its terminus at a trumpet interchange with the PA 283 freeway. The interchange also provides partial access between PA 283 and PA 441, but the Airport Connector has no connection to the latter route.[2]


With the opening of PA 283 in 1972 and the completion of new terminals at Harrisburg International Airport the following year, a need was determined to provide a direct connection between the two, as the airport was not served by the area's freeway system. Construction began in 1974 and the connector opened to traffic in 1977.[3]

Exit list

The entire road is in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County. All exits are unnumbered.

0.0000.000 Harrisburg International AirportSouthern terminus; also provides access to Airport Drive
0.2610.420 PA 230 – Highspire, MiddletownAccess to Penn State Harrisburg

PA 283 west to I-283 / I-76 Toll / Penna Turnpike – Harrisburg

PA 283 east – Lancaster
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Google (2010-12-24). "overview of Airport Connector" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  3. ^ Jeffrey J. Kitsko (March 31, 2010). "Harrisburg Highways: Airport Connector". Pennsylvania Highways. Retrieved September 29, 2018.

External links