Route 283

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Pennsylvania 283 exists wholly as a freeway between Steelton, southeast of Harrisburg, and the U.S. 30 Lancaster Bypass. The route replaced U.S. 230 (now Pennsylvania 230) as the main route between Harrisburg and Lancaster in 1967 and was constructed as a freeway from 1949 to 1972.1

Showing its age, the freeway was reconstructed in the 1990s, starting with a 2.8-mile rebuild of the freeway from the Dauphin County line and Elizabethtown Road in 1993. During that project, portions of the concrete was rubblized to become the new roadbed while the clearance under the Elizabethtown Road overpass was increased to 16 feet 6 inches. This $6.5-million project was underway until November 23, 1993.2,3

Further reconstruction of Pennsylvania 283 from Manheim Pike to Spooky Nook Road, a 6.3-mile stretch, took place between March 1994 and October 1995. This work expanded the travel lanes from 11 to 12 feet and the shoulders from eight to ten feet. The $17.5-million project was prompted after large cracks formed across the traffic lanes. During construction, motorists were restricted to one lane in each direction with concrete barriers placed on each side of travel. These were referred to as "Cattle Chutes" by locals, and from AARoads' experience with the project, it was an appropriate nickname. Other aspects of this upgrade included a replacement of a center line metal guard rail with a 51 inch concrete barrier and replacement of original guide signs.4

Pennsylvania Route 283 Guides

Pennsylvania 283 scenes
Eisenhower Boulevard northbound at the western terminus of Pennsylvania 283 near Highspire. The Pennsylvania 283 freeway begins to the right along with the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). Eisenhower Boulevard continues northward to Pennsylvania 441 (Highland Street) at Swatara Township. Photo taken 09/18/04.
A large Pennsylvania Turnpike keystone resides at the gore point between the ramps to Interstate 76 and Pennsylvania 283 east from Eisenhower Boulevard northbound. I-283 ends at the Harrisburg East Interchange of the Turnpike just south of its full cloverleaf interchange with Pennsylvania 283. Photo taken 09/18/04.
A second large Pennsylvania Turnpike keystone points toward Pennsylvania 283 east from Eisenhower Boulevard south. Interstate 76 and Pennsylvania 283 cross paths but see no ramps with one another near Middletown. Eisenhower Boulevard continues 0.6 miles south of PA 283 to its end at Pennsylvania 230 (2nd Street) in Highspire. Photo taken 09/18/04.

  1. Pennsylvania Highways: PA 251- PA 300.
  2. "Rt. 283 must be 'rubblized' before it's rebuilt." Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), August 15, 1992.
  3. "Route 283 to reopen four lanes on Nov. 23." Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), November 16, 1993.
  4. "RT. 283 'CATTLE CHUTES' WILL SOON DISAPPEAR." Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), September 15, 1995.

Photo Credits:

09/18/04 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan

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U.S. 30

Page Updated 06-20-2014.