Pennsylvania Route 283

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Pennsylvania Route 283

SR 300
PA 283 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length29.112 mi[1] (46.851 km)
Major junctions
West endSouth Eisenhower Boulevard in Lower Swatara Township
Major intersections
East end US 30 in Lancaster
CountryUnited States
CountiesDauphin, Lancaster
Highway system
I-283 PA 284
PA 299SR 300 PA 301

Pennsylvania Route 283 (PA 283), officially State Route 0300 or SR 0300 due to the presence of Interstate 283 (I-283), is a 29-mile-long (47 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. A freeway for nearly its entire length, it connects Harrisburg to Lancaster, paralleling the old U.S. Route 230 (US 230, now partly PA 230). The route follows a generally northwest–southeast direction and is signed east–west. The number was assigned based on the function the route serves as a southeastern extension of I-283, but I-283 and PA 283 are not the same roadway; the two intersect at a partial cloverleaf interchange.

Because it is a distinct route from I-283, it is one of only several state routes in Pennsylvania to use a different Location Referencing System designation from its signed number.

Route description

PA 283 eastbound past I-283 in Lower Swatara Township

PA 283 begins at an at-grade intersection with Eisenhower Boulevard north of the borough of Highspire in Lower Swatara Township in Dauphin County; Eisenhower Boulevard heads south to provide access to PA 230. From this intersection, the route heads northeast as a four-lane divided highway and intersects I-283 at a partial cloverleaf interchange; I-283 heads south to connect to the Harrisburg East interchange of I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). East of I-283, the road becomes a freeway and the median widens as it continues to the east, passing through a mix of farm fields and residential and commercial development. PA 283 meets the northern terminus of Airport Connector freeway connecting to Harrisburg International Airport at a trumpet interchange which also provides access to PA 441 via an eastbound exit and westbound entrance. Past this interchange, the freeway runs between industrial areas to the north and farms and woods to the south, reaching a diamond interchange with North Union Street that indirectly connects to Fulling Mill Road. The route comes to a bridge over the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad and the Swatara Creek, at which point it enters Londonderry Township. PA 283 meets Vine Street at a partial cloverleaf interchange in a business area; Vine Street provides access to the borough of Middletown to the south and the borough of Hummelstown to the north. Past this interchange, the freeway curves south-southeast through wooded areas with some fields and homes, passing over I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). The route continues southeast through rural areas and passes over PA 341 before it curves east and comes to a partial cloverleaf interchange with Toll House Road which connects to PA 341 to the north and PA 230 to the south. At this point, eastbound PA 283 becomes concurrent with eastbound PA 341 Truck. The freeway heads east through farmland with some woods and homes, crossing into Conewago Township and curving to the east-southeast.[2][3]

PA 283 westbound in Mount Joy Township

PA 283 crosses the Conewago Creek into Mount Joy Township in Lancaster County and continues southeast through farmland, passing over the Conewago Recreation Trail before coming to a diamond interchange with PA 743 that serves the borough of Elizabethtown to the south. PA 341 Truck splits from PA 283 at this interchange by heading north on PA 743. Past this interchange, the freeway crosses under PA 241 with no connection and passes to the northeast of Elizabethtown, heading between farmland to the northeast and residential development in Elizabethtown to the southwest and crossing Conoy Creek. The route heads through farm fields with some homes and commercial development, coming to a diamond interchange with Cloverleaf Road that serves the community of Rheems to the south. PA 283 continues through agricultural areas with some development and curves east, crossing Little Chiques Creek into Rapho Township. Here, the freeway curves southeast and comes to a diamond interchange with PA 772 that serves the borough of Mount Joy to the southwest. Following this interchange, the route runs between farmland to the northeast and industrial areas to the southwest, coming to an eastbound exit and westbound entrance with Esbenshade Road before it reaches a westbound exit and eastbound entrance with the eastern terminus of PA 230 on Harrisburg Pike.[2][4]

US 30 westbound approaching the beginning of PA 283 westbound in Lancaster

After the PA 230 interchange, the median of the freeway narrows to a Jersey barrier with no shoulder. PA 283 crosses Chiques Creek into East Hempfield Township and comes to a diamond interchange with Spooky Nook Road that serves the community of Salunga to the south. The route passes near industrial development before it runs east-southeast between farm fields to the north and residential and commercial development to the south, passing north of the community of Landisville. Along this stretch, the road is separated from the developed area to the south by woods and Amtrak's Keystone Corridor railroad line. The freeway reaches a diamond interchange with the western terminus of PA 722 that provides access to Landisville. Following this interchange, PA 283 continues through farmland with some commercial development, with the Amtrak line heading further to the south. The route passes over Norfolk Southern's Lititz Secondary railroad line before it comes to an interchange with PA 741, at which point it crosses Little Conestoga Creek into Manheim Township. Past here, the freeway widens to six lanes and runs through industrial areas, coming to a partial cloverleaf interchange with PA 72. The route continues past a field to the northeast and commercial development to the southwest. After crossing into the city of Lancaster, PA 283 reaches its eastern terminus at an interchange with the US 30 freeway, which also provides access to Fruitville Pike.[2][4]


Berks County

PA 283 was first designated in 1928 on an approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) road connecting PA 83 (today PA 724) to US 422 across the Schuylkill River in Berks County. The route was decommissioned in 1946.

Eisenhower Boulevard

In 1961, the designation was revived in the suburbs of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was designated on a section of Eisenhower Boulevard between then-US 230 and the temporary end of Interstate 83 (the site of the Eisenhower Interchange today), replacing the retired US 230 Bypass route.[5] This was only temporary designation, however, as an interstate highway connector between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 83 was being built. The new interstate was built parallel to Eisenhower Boulevard. In 1969, two years ahead of its opening, it was designated I-283, and the PA 283 designation on Eisenhower Boulevard was deleted.

Harrisburg to Lancaster

In 1949, the section of what is now PA 283 between the current Mount Joy (PA 230) and Manheim Pike (PA 72) opened to traffic as part of US 230. Construction began in 1951, concluding the following year, to extend the expressway past the current eastern terminus of PA 283 at US 30 to US 222 (Oregon Pike). With the decommissioning of US 230 in 1967, this section became PA 230.

Also in 1967 was the beginning of construction between Elizabethtown and Mount Joy at the end of the then-US 230 expressway. The remaining section between Eisenhower Boulevard and Elizabethtown started construction in 1969, the same year the PA 283 designation was removed from Eisenhower Boulevard. The following year, the short section of road between Eisenhower Boulevard and I-283 opened as a connector between the two roads. With the opening of the section between Elizabethtown and Mount Joy in 1971, the PA 283 designation was revived along this section, extending eastward along the former PA 230 expressway to end at US 30, truncating PA 230 to its current eastern terminus. Finally, the section between I-283 and Elizabethtown opened in 1972, completing the route.

In 1987, when the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law reorganizing the Commonwealth's legislative routes into the Location Referencing System (LRS), Interstate 283 gained the LRS designation SR 0283. However, because two distinct traffic routes in the Commonwealth cannot share the same LRS designation, Pennsylvania Route 283 was given the LRS designation SR 0300.

The aging section of the route between Chiques Creek and PA 741 was reconstructed starting in 1994 and concluding in 1995.[6] The section between PA 741 and US 30 was reconstructed as part of a US 30 reconstruction project, concluding in 2000.

A project took place that reconstructed 6 miles (9.7 km) of PA 283 between Eisenhower Boulevard and PA 341.[7] As part of the project, the ramp from westbound PA 283 to northbound I-283 was re-aligned, and the loop ramp from westbound PA 283 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike was removed and replaced with a left turn and a traffic signal. This eliminated the problem of traffic weaving between the aforementioned loop ramp and the heavily traveled loop ramp from southbound I-283 to eastbound PA 283. The project was projected to be completed in late 2020.[7]

Exit list

All exits are unnumbered.

DauphinLower Swatara Township0.0000.000
South Eisenhower Boulevard to PA 230 – Highspire
At-grade intersection; western terminus of PA 283

I-76 Toll / Penna Turnpike / I-283 north to I-81 / I-83 – Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg
Partial cloverleaf interchange; E-ZPass or toll-by-plate on Penna Turnpike
1.8863.035 PA 441 – MiddletownEastbound exit and westbound entrance

Airport Connector south to PA 230 / PA 441 – Harrisburg International Airport
PA 441 signed eastbound; access to Penn State Harrisburg
North Union Street / Fulling Mill Road to PA 441
PA 441 signed westbound
Londonderry Township3.9276.320Middletown, HummelstownAccess via Vine Street

Toll House Road to PA 230 / PA 341
West end of eastbound concurrency with PA 341 Truck
LancasterMount Joy Township11.71418.852 PA 743 (PA 341 Truck east) – Hershey, ElizabethtownEast end of eastbound concurrency with PA 341 Truck
15.08624.279Rheems, ElizabethtownAccess via Cloverleaf Road
Rapho Township20.14832.425 PA 772 – Manheim, Mount Joy
21.33934.342Esbenshade RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
PA 230 west – Mount Joy
Eastern terminus of PA 230; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
East Hempfield Township22.65436.458SalungaAccess via Spooky Nook Road
PA 722 east / State Road – Landisville, East Petersburg
Western terminus of PA 722
27.17143.727 PA 741 – Millersville, East Petersburg
Manheim Township27.98445.036 PA 72 (Manheim Pike)

US 30 west – York
Fruitville Pike – Lancaster

US 30 east to US 222 / PA 272 (Oregon Pike) / PA 501 (Lititz Pike) – Philadelphia
Eastern terminus of PA 283
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2016). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2016 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Google (October 27, 2019). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 283" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "Traffic Route Changes Made". The Evening Sentinel. Carlisle, PA. May 4, 1961. p. 20. Retrieved April 26, 2018 – via
  6. ^ "Pennsylvania 283 - AARoads - Pennsylvania". AARoads. June 20, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Knapp, Tom (May 5, 2017). "Work begins on 6 miles of Route 283, part of $1B project to improve Capital Beltway". Lancaster Online. Retrieved September 29, 2018.

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