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U.S. 30 West - Lancaster County

U.S. 30 west
The Downingtown-Coatesville Bypass ends just east of junction Pennsylvania 10 (Octorara Trail / old U.S. 122) west of Sadsburyville. From there the Lincoln Highway downgrades into a three-lane highway across western Chester County and eastern Lancaster County. A busy intersection exists with the northern terminus of Pennsylvania 41 at Gap, followed by this intersection with the eastern end of Pennsylvania 772 (Newport Road). Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 772 ventures west northwest from the Lincoln Highway to Pennsylvania 23 between Leola and Leacock. Photo taken 09/18/04.
U.S. 30 westbound at the westbound beginning of Pennsylvania 772 (Newport Road). Newport Road carries Pennsylvania 772 through low rolling hills of Amish country between here and Leola. After a brief overlap with Pennsylvania 23, the highway arcs northwest to Rothsville and Lititz. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Traffic congestion grows as one continues westward along U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) toward the Lancaster metropolitan area and junction Pennsylvania 896 (Hartman Bridge Road) in this scene. The three-lane roadway widens to five overall lanes to accomodate local, truck, and tourist traffic.
The city of Lancaster draws visitors from across the country due to its proximity to Amish Country. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Westbound U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) at Pennsylvania 896. The north-south route begins nearby at Smoketown from Pennsylvania 340 (Old Philadelphia Pike) and Eastbrook Road to the right. To the left Pennsylvania 896 travels Hartman Bridge Road to Strasburg en route to the tri-corner with Delaware and Maryland. Pennsylvania 896 becomes unsigned Maryland 896 and then Delaware 896 at Newark. The route provides an alternative to Pennsylvania 41 between northern Delaware and Lancaster. Photo taken 08/01/04.
After 2.5 miles of stop and go traffic, U.S. 30 prepares to bypass the city of Lancaster. Constructed in the 1950s, the Lancaster Bypass shuttles U.S. 30 to the north en route to York as the original Lincoln Highway carries Pennsylvania 462 through the city. Photo taken 08/01/04.
U.S. 30 leaves the Lincoln Highway (Pennsylvania 462) and turns northwesterly toward U.S. 222 and Pennsylvania 283. Six miles of freeway separate U.S. 30 from the wye interchange at Pennsylvania 462 from the westbound beginning of Pennsylvania 283. That freeway joins the Lancaster area with Harrisburg. Pennsylvania 462 meanwhile continues 3.5 miles into downtown and junction U.S. 222. Photo taken 08/01/04.

The U.S. 30 freeway underwent a widening and modernization project between 1996 and November 2002. The former narrow and congested four-lane freeway was expanded to include wider lanes, full shoulders, and additional capacity. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Nearing the Greenfield Road partial-cloverleaf interchange along U.S. 30 westbound. A three-ramp interchange precedes that exit with Pennsylvania 340 (Old Philadelphia Pike) by one mile. Access to Old Philadelphia Pike is only available for U.S. 30 eastbound however. Photo taken 08/01/04.
An upcoming exits guide sign for downtown Lancaster lists arterials and avenues accessible from U.S. 30 westbound over the next 3.75 miles. Omitted from the sign is the U.S. 222 (Oregon Pike) southbound off-ramp. Photo taken 08/01/04.
The Pennsylvania 340 westbound on-ramp forms an auxiliary lane through to the Greenfield Road off-ramp. Greenfield Road travels north from Pennsylvania 462 (Lincoln Highway) and Old Philadelphia Pike to U.S. 30 before turning east.
Before reconstruction of the U.S. 30 freeway, a folded-diamond interchange utilizing adjacent Hempstead Road joined westbound with Greenfield Road. Photo taken 08/01/04.
U.S. 30 westbound at the Greenfield Road off-ramp. Greenfield Road travels one mile northeast before ending at Willow Road. Industrial development and big box retail flanks the interchange and nearby environs. However at the north end of the road one encounters farmland. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Passing over Pitney Road just east of the Walnut Street (Pennsylvania 23) partial-cloverleaf interchange on U.S. 30. The interchange opened on November 20, 1992 along with a 1.5-mile segment of controlled-access arterial linking the freeway with Walnut and Chestnut Streets, the one-way street couplet of Pennsylvania 23 leading toward downtown.1 A stub on the north end of the exit alludes to a planned connection with the Goat Path Expressway, the scuttled freeway for Pennsylvania 23 between Lancaster and New Holland. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Westbound at the loop ramp onto Pennsylvania 23 (Walnut Street) westbound. The completion of this interchange and the associated roadway saw the relocation of Pennsylvania 23 from New Holland Avenue onto Walnut Street and U.S. 30. U.S. 30 west & Pennsylvania 23 east overlap for 0.6 miles northward to the New Holland Pike exit. Photo taken 08/01/04.
U.S. 30 west & Pennsylvania 23 eastbound on their short cosigning in east Lancaster. Pennsylvania 23 is omitted from the shield assembly here as the highway departs U.S. 30 at the next exit. The four-lane freeway expands to six overall with the addition of two auxiliary lanes. Photo taken 08/01/04.
U.S. 30 west & Pennsylvania 23 east
Downtown Lancaster upcoming exits sign including the interchanges for New Holland Avenue, Pennsylvania 501 (Lititz Pike) and Fruitville Pike. Again U.S. 222 is omitted from the sign. Photo taken 08/01/04.
The modernization of U.S. 30 included the installation of sound barriers through parts of Lancaster. The adjacent residential areas to the south of U.S. 30 were originally concealed by foliage. Ahead is the Pennsylvania 23 eastbound departure from the freeway. The state route rejoins its original alignment on New Holland Pike for the eastward journey to Eden, Leola, and Leacock. Photo taken 08/01/04.
Ascending the ramp to New Holland Pike on Pennsylvania 23 east. New Holland Pike becomes New Holland Avenue to the left en route to downtown. Traveling to the east, Pennsylvania 23 reaches New Holland in ten miles. The Goat Path Expressway, which consists of unused bridges and road grading built for the planned Pennsylvania 23 freeway, are found south of the corridor between Willow Road and Pennsylvania 772 (Newport Road). Photo taken 08/01/04.
U.S. 30 west
Two miles now separate the freeway partition of U.S. 30 west from Pennsylvania 283 west. However before that split occurs, U.S. 30 entangles with the U.S. 222 freeway from Reading and the Oregon Pike interchange with Pennsylvania 272. Traffic entering U.S. 30 west from New Holland Avenue / Pike join the freeway via an auxiliary lane to U.S. 222 north. Photo taken 09/18/04.
A trumpet interchange joins U.S. 222 with U.S. 30 at Lancaster. The two U.S. Highways join together from this exit westward to the split-diamond interchange with Oregon Pike (Pennsylvania 272) and Lititz Pike (Pennsylvania 501). Historically U.S. 222 followed Oregon Pike northward to Ephrata before it shifted to the 1978-completed freeway from Lancaster to the Berks County line. By June 2006, the U.S. 222 freeway was complete between U.S. 30 and U.S. 422 outside Reading. Photo taken 09/18/04.
U.S. 30 west & 222 south
U.S. 222 south joins U.S. 30 west for a just a half mile before departing at Oregon Pike for an overlap with Pennsylvania 501 south to PA 272 and downtown Lancaster. The forthcoming off-ramp forms a westbound service road linking the U.S. 30 freeway with Oregon Pike (Pennsylvania 272) north, Lititz Pike (Pennsylvania 501) and Fruitville Pike. Photo taken 06/24/12.
U.S. 222 south and Pennsylvania 272 traffic departs ahead as the U.S. 30 mainline prepares for its separation with the Pennsylvania 283 freeway to Harrisburg. Pennsylvania 283 replaced U.S. 230, which was decommissioned in 1967, as the main route between Lancaster and Harrisburg. Photo taken 06/24/12.
Exits for Pennsylvania 272 (Oregon Pike) north to Roseville and the service road west to U.S. 222 south & Pennsylvania 501 (Lititz Pike) depart in unison from the U.S. 30 freeway mainline. Pennsylvania 272 overlaps with U.S. 222 south from the end of Oregon Pike through downtown before emerging at Willow Street. Photo taken 06/24/12.
U.S. 30 westbound segregates from the c/d roadway system at the Pennsylvania 272 northbound off-ramp. U.S. 222 utilizes the parallel service road west to Lititz Pike, where the route turns southward with Pennsylvania 501 one half mile to PA 272. Once in the central business district, the route splits into the one-way street couplet of Prince Street (southbound) and Lime Street (northbound). South of Lancaster, both U.S. 222 and Pennsylvania 272 continue to the Maryland state line. Pennsylvania 272 ultimately becomes Maryland 272 en route to Elk Neck on the Chesapeake Bay while U.S. 222 ends at Conowingo (U.S. 1). Photo taken 06/24/12.
U.S. 30 west
U.S. 30 reassurance marker posted after the Pennsylvania 272 (Oregon Pike) under crossing. Before the U.S. 30 reconstruction project of 1996-2002, a system of compact cloverleaf interchanges joined the Lancaster Bypass with Oregon Pike, Lititz Pike and Fruitville Pike. All loop ramps were removed and replaced with connections made by the service roads (York Road west / Chester Road east). Photo taken 06/24/12.
Diagrammatic overhead detailing the configuration of the U.S. 30 & Pennsylvania 283 westbound split. The on-ramp from Pennsylvania 501 (Lititz Pike) adds a fourth westbound lane through to the wye interchange with PA 283 west.
28 miles separate U.S. 30 from Interstate 283 in the Harrisburg metropolitan area via Pennsylvania 283. Photo taken 06/24/12.
Posted above the westbound service road (York Road) is a sign bridge for the U.S. 222 southbound turn onto Lititz Pike and PA 501. Motorists remaining west along York Road will see a return ramp to U.S. 30 and otherwise meet Fruitville Pike at a traffic light.
Pennsylvania 501 travels six miles north from U.S. 30 and 222 to Lititz. The 39.2-mile route travels to Brickerville, Myerstown and ultimately Marstown and junction Pennsylvania 895. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Pennsylvania 72 (Manheim Pike) bound motorists are advised to take Pennsylvania 283 to its first interchange. Manheim Pike passes underneath U.S. 30 with no direct access from the westbound direction otherwise. Photo taken 06/24/12.
Passing over Fruitville Pike, U.S. 30 makes the final approach to the split with Pennsylvania 283 as the one-mile guide sign for Pennsylvania 72 (Manheim Pike) appears. Photo taken 06/24/12.
U.S. 30 and Pennsylvania 283 westbound part ways. U.S. 30 travels overhead of Pennsylvania 283 en route to Columbia and York while Pennsylvania 283 ventures west to Mount Joy, Elizabethtown, Middletown and junction Interstate 283 by the Harrisburg East Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Photo taken 06/24/12.
U.S. 30 bends southwest from Pennsylvania 283 to a diamond interchange with Harrisbur Pike (old U.S. 230) at the Park City Center mall. Photo taken 09/18/04.
Harrisburg Pike ventures west from downtown Lancaster to McGovernsville and Landisville, parallel to the Pennsylvania 283 freeway. The forthcoming exit serves adjacent Longs Park and Franklin & Marshall College, which lies along Harrisburg Pike, 1.3 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 06/03/05.
A half-diamond interchange adds a westbound auxiliary lane from Pennsylvania 72 (Manheim Pike) to Harrisburg Pike. Photo taken 06/03/05.
Harrisburg Pike carried U.S. 230 shields until 1950, when the route shifted northward onto Dillerville Road and Manheim Pike. That lasted until 1951 when U.S. 230 followed the Lancaster Bypass freeway east to Fruitville Pike, and Fruitville Pike south to an end at King Street.2 Photo taken 06/03/05.
U.S. 30 leaves the city of Lancaster and next meets Pennsylvania 741 (Rohrerstown Road) at a diamond interchange. Pennsylvania 741 encircles Lancaster to the west and south from Pennsylvania 722 at East Petersburg to Rohrerstown, Millersville, and Willow Street eastward to Strasburg.
Westward U.S. 30 continues two miles to a folded-diamond interchange with Centerville Road. Centerville Road leads north from Pennsylvania 462 (old U.S. 30) through a large industrial park area to residential areas of East Hempfield Township and Harrisburg Pike. Photo taken 06/03/05.
Stony Battery Road leads southwest from Pennsylvania 23 at Oyster Point to become College Avenue at the borough of Mountville. The road sees a diamond interchange with U.S. 30. Photo taken 06/03/05.
Prospect Road connects U.S. 30 with adjacent Pennsylvania 462 (Columbia Avenue), midway between Mountville and the borough of Columbia. The road heads north to Ironville and Spooky Nook Road ahead of Salunga. Photo taken 06/03/05.
The final Lancaster County interchange joins U.S. 30 with Pennsylvania 441 (3rd Street south / Chickies Hill Road north) at Columbia. Pennsylvania 441 stretches 31.6 miles northwest from Pennsylvania 999 at Washington Boro along the Susquehanna River to Marietta, Middletown and the intersection of Sycamore and Paxton Streets in Harrisburg. Photo taken 06/03/05.
U.S. 30 passes over a Norfolk Southern Railroad ahead of the Susquehanna River bridge. Photo taken 06/03/05.
Spanning the Susquehanna River, U.S. 30 leaves Lancaster County for York County, remaining along a freeway through to Stonybrook. The 464 mile river flows southward from two branches that originate in upstate New York and western Pennsylvania respectively to the Chesapeake Bay between Havre de Grace and Perryville, Maryland. Photos taken 06/03/05.



Sources:

  1. "State, local officials open new Route 23." Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), November 21, 1992.
  2. Pennsylvania Highways: US 230 (Decommissioned).
Photo Credits:
  • 2004-08-01 by AARoads.
  • 2004-09-18 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 2005-06-03 by AARoads.
  • 2012-06-24 by AARoads.

Connect with:
U.S. Highway 222
Pennsylvania 283
Pennsylvania 340
Pennsylvania 896

Page Updated 05-22-2013.

 
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