Pennsylvania Route 842

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Pennsylvania Route 842

Route information
Maintained by PennDOT, East Marlborough Township, and Borough of West Chester
Length15.019 mi[1] (24.171 km)
Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end PA 841 in West Marlborough Township
Major intersections
East end
US 322 Bus. in West Chester
CountryUnited States
Highway system
PA 841 PA 843

Pennsylvania Route 842 (PA 842) is a state highway in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The route runs from PA 841 in West Marlborough Township to U.S. Route 322 Business (US 322 Bus.) in downtown West Chester. PA 842 runs through rural areas with some development between PA 841 and West Chester as a two-lane undivided road. Along this stretch, the route forms a concurrency with PA 82 in Unionville, where it intersects the western terminus of PA 162. In West Chester, PA 842 is routed along one-way streets. PA 842 was first designated by 1928 between PA 82 in Unionville and US 122/PA 5/PA 62 in West Chester. The route was extended west to PA 841 in 1937.

Route description

PA 842 westbound in Newlin Township

PA 842 begins at an intersection with PA 841 in West Marlborough Township, Chester County, heading northeast on two-lane undivided Upland Road. The road passes through farmland and woodland, curving to the east. The route continues through rural areas and crosses Newark Road, becoming the border between East Marlborough Township to the north and West Marlborough Township to the south before fully entering East Marlborough Township. PA 842 curves northeast and reaches an intersection with PA 82, where it turns east to form a concurrency with that route on Doe Run Road. The road passes through the residential community of Unionville, where it intersects the western terminus of PA 162. After leaving Unionville, PA 842 splits from PA 82 by turning northeast onto Unionville Wawaset Road. The route continues through woodland with some fields and homes, crossing into Newlin Township. The road heads through more farmland and woodland with some residences and enters Pocopson Township. Here, PA 842 curves north into woodland before curving east through fields and trees. The route crosses an East Penn Railroad line at-grade and the West Branch Brandywine Creek before it heads into East Bradford Township, where it becomes Bridge Road. The road continues through rural areas with some homes and crosses the East Branch Brandywine Creek.[2][3]

PA 842 westbound past Brandywine Street in West Chester

After this, PA 842 turns northeast onto Creek Road and winds northeast through fields and woods. The route splits from Creek Road and continues northeast on West Miner Street as it heads through wooded areas with some homes. At the Bradford Avenue intersection, the road crosses into the borough of West Chester and continues through residential areas. Here, PA 842 splits into a one-way pair. The eastbound direction turns northwest onto South Brandywine Street before heading northeast onto West Market Street, entering the commercial downtown of West Chester and ending at the eastbound direction of US 322 Bus. at the intersection of West Market Street and New Street. Westbound PA 842 begins at US 322 Bus. at the intersection of South High Street and Miner Street and runs west along West Miner Street past homes.[2][3]

PA 842 eastern terminus at US 322 Bus. in West Chester

The section of PA 842 along Creek Road in East Bradford Township is part of the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway, a Pennsylvania Scenic Byway.[4]


Miner Street in West Chester, which comprises part of PA 842, was laid out in 1831 as part of an expansion of West Chester built by William Everhart. The street was named for Charles Miner, a West Chester resident.[5] When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, what would become PA 842 was not legislated as part of a route.[6] PA 842 was first designated by 1928 to run from PA 82 in Unionville east to US 122/PA 5/PA 62 (now US 322 Bus.) in West Chester, following its current alignment.[7] In 1937, PA 842 was extended west from Unionville to its current western terminus at PA 841.[8][9] PA 842 has remained on the same alignment since.[3]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Chester County.

West Marlborough Township0.0000.000 PA 841 (Chatham Road) – Chatham, SpringdellWestern terminus
East Marlborough Township5.5038.856
PA 82 north (Doe Run Road)
Western terminus of PA 82 concurrency
PA 162 east (Embreeville Road)
Western terminus of PA 162
PA 82 south (Doe Run Road)
Eastern terminus of PA 82 concurrency
West Chester15.01924.171
US 322 Bus. (New Street/Market Street/High Street)
Eastern terminus; PA 842 intersects eastbound US 322 Bus. at New Street and Market Street eastbound and intersects US 322 Bus. at High Street westbound
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. ^ a b Google (April 30, 2013). "Pennsylvania Route 842" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Chester County, Pennsylvania (Map) (17th ed.). 1"=2000'. ADC Map. 2006. ISBN 0-87530-778-7.
  4. ^ "Brandywine Valley". Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  5. ^ West Chester, Past and Present: Centennial Souvenir with Celebration Proceedings. Daily Local News. 1899. p. 54-55. Retrieved January 21, 2014. miner street west chester.
  6. ^ Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1911. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Highway Map (Philadelphia Metro) (Map). Gulf Oil. 1928. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  8. ^ "State Highways Are Renumbered" (PDF). The Philadelphia Inquirer. May 2, 1937. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1940. Retrieved January 1, 2014.

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