U.S. 30 East - Lancaster County

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U.S. 30 east
Peering southward from the U.S. 30 Wright's Ferry Bridge at the Pennsylvania 462 (Columbia–Wrightsville Bridge) crossing. The concrete arch bridge opened to traffic on September 30, 19301 and was the route of U.S. 30 until the 1972-completion of the current freeway bridge.
Remnant bridge supports parallel the concrete arch bridge on the north side. These supported a railroad bridge that ended operations on March 13, 1958.1 Photo taken 10/13/04.
The Wright's Ferry Bridge of U.S. 30 carries four overall lanes with full shoulders. A vintage metal guard rail comprises the median of the span.
Construction of the nondescript steel and concrete bridge ran between March 1969 and November 21, 1972. Its name commemorates the historical Wright's Ferry, the first crossing of the Susquehanna River established in 1730.2 Photo taken 10/13/04.
Passing underneath Pennsylvania 441 (3rd Street / Chickies Hill Road) ahead of the U.S. 30 loop ramp onto Linden Street west to the state route. Pennsylvania 441 travels 31.6 miles along the east banks of the Susquehanna River from Washington Boro (PA 999) northward to Columbia, Marietta, Bainbridge, Royalton, Middletown and Harrisburg. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Original concrete remained in use on the stretch between Pennsylvania 441 and Prospect Road north of Columbia until at least 2009. Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for the Prospect Road diamond interchange. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Eastbound at the Prospect Road off-ramp. The surface highway meanders through southwest Lancaster County from Main Street (old U.S. 230) at Salunga to Ironville, U.S. 30 and Pennsylvania 462 (Columbia Avenue) outside the borough of Montville. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Continuing eastward toward the Mountville interchange with Stoney Batter Road and College Avenue. College Avenue travels one half mile northeast from Pennsylvania 462 (Main Street) to U.S. 30. There the roadway becomes Stoney Batter Road on the 1.5 mile drive to Pennsylvania 23 at Oyster Point. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Centerville Road represents the next interchange of U.S. 30 eastbound after Mountville. The one-mile guide sign for the folded-cloverleaf interchange resides ahead of the Donerville Road overpass. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Entering the Lancaster metropolitan area on U.S. 30 eastbound at Pennsylvania 741 (Rohrerstown Road). All of the U.S. 30 freeway from here eastward through Lancaster was reconstructed between 1996 and 2002. Pennsylvania 741 loops southward from East Petersburg, Rohrerstown, Wheatland, and Millersville. Photo taken 10/13/04.
The on-ramp from Pennsylvania 741 adds an auxiliary lane to Harrisburg Pike (old U.S. 230) on U.S. 30 eastbound. Harrisburg Pike was superseded in importance as the route between Lancaster and Harrisburg with the completion of the Pennsylvania 283 freeway to the north. The roadway enters downtown Lancaster two miles to the southeast at U.S. 222 & Pennsylvania 272 (Prince Street) south. Photo taken 10/13/04.
U.S. 30 eastbound expands to four overall lanes in anticipation of the ramps to Pennsylvania 72 and the collector distributor roadway (Chester Road) to Pennsylvania 283 west and downtown Lancaster. Pennsylvania 72 (Manheim Pike) travels northward from the central business district of Lancaster to East Petersburg, Manheim, and ultimately Lebanon. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Pennsylvania 72 (Manheim Pike) passes underneath U.S. 30 at a half diamond interchange, just west of the merge with Pennsylvania 283. Photo taken 10/13/04.
U.S. 30 east proceeds to combine with the ending Pennsylvania 283 freeway ahead at a wye interchange. Construction completed in 2001 redesigned the former trumpet interchange with PA-283 as part of a split-diamond interchange linking the Lancaster Bypass with Fruitville Pike, Pennsylvania 501 (Lititz Pike) and Pennsylvania 272 (Oregon Pike). All movements from U.S. 30 east to the aforementioned roadway are handled by service roads (Chester Road east / York Road west). Photo taken 10/13/04.
Chester Road begins as traffic from both U.S. 30 and Pennsylvania 283 east combine ahead of a signalized intersection with Fruitville Pike. A Texas style u-turn ramp joins York Road westbound ahead of its ramp for Pennsylvania 283 west to complete the movement from U.S. 30 east to Harrisburg. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Two lanes of the ending Pennsylvania 283 east increase U.S. 30 east to four overall lanes. The right lane departs for Chester Road ahead of Pennsylvania 501 north and U.S. 222 (Lititz Pike) south and Pennsylvania 272 (Oregon Pike). Photo taken 06/21/12.
While a collector distributor roadway in function, Chester Road includes traffic signals at Fruitville Pike, Pennsylvania 501 (Lititz Pike), and Pennsylvania 272 (Oregon Pike). These intersections replaced three successive cloverleaf interchanges with tight ramps and weaving traffic movements on the freeway mainline.
The aforementioned u-turn ramp departs for Pennsylvania 283 west in this scene as Fruitville Pike, a commercial arterial leading north from Pennsylvania 72 (Prince Street / Manheim Pike) to Fruitville and PA 772, intersects Chester Road ahead. Photo taken 10/13/04.
A slip ramp follows the Fruitville Pike underpass for Chester Road east to Pennsylvania 501 & U.S. 222 south (Lititz Pike) and Pennsylvania 272 (Oregon Pike). Pennsylvania 501 originates at the U.S. 222 & Pennsylvania 272 northbound split with Lititz Pike at Oregon Pike and travels 39.2 miles to Neffsville, Lancaster Airport (LNS), Lititz and Marstown. Photo taken 10/13/04.
U.S. 222 north merges onto U.S. 30 east for a brief overlap from Oregon Pike (PA 272) to its freeway leading northeast to Reading in one mile. Photo taken 10/08/01.
Chester Road sees another u-turn ramp for York Road west before entering the intersection with Lititz Pike. Lititz Pike carries U.S. 222 & Pennsylvania 501 south one half mile to Oregon Pike (PA 272). U.S. 222 & PA 272 share pavement through downtown Lancaster to Lyndon, Hollinger and Willow Street. Both routes continue to Cecil County, Maryland. Photo taken 10/13/04.
Chester Road continues a short distance from PA 501 to Oregon Pike, which carries U.S. 222 north to U.S. 30 east and PA 272 otherwise to Roseville and Oregon along the former U.S. 222. Photo taken 10/13/04.
U.S. 30 east & 222 north
U.S. 222 north joins U.S. 30 east for a third of a mile to a trumpet interchange with the freeway leading north to Reading. The freeway opened between Lancaster and the Berks County line in 1978 and from there north to U.S. 422 at Sinking Spring by 2006. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Older guide signs for U.S. 30 east & 222 north ahead of their split. Reconstruction of U.S. 30 at U.S. 222 was completed in December 2001. Work resulted in the expansion of U.S. 30 to six lanes to Pennsylvania 23 (Walnut Street). Photo taken 10/08/01.
U.S. 222 northbound leaves U.S. 30 east for Akron, Ephrata, Reamstown, Adamstown, and the Reading metropolitan area. The freeway reaches Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) in 16 miles and the city of Reading in 28 miles. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 east
Turning southeast, U.S. 30 (Lancaster Bypass) next meets Pennsylvania 23 (New Holland Pike) east at a diamond interchange. The freeway reduces to four lanes and combines with Pennsylvania 23 west to Walnut Street while PA 23 east follows New Holland Avenue out of Lancaster to Eden, Leacock, Leola, and New Holland. Photo taken 06/21/12.
The New Holland Pike (Pennsylvania 23 east) off-ramp departs U.S. 30 east. New Holland Pike becomes New Holland Avenue southwest into the Lancaster street grid. The road doubled as Pennsylvania 23 to Walnut Street until November 1992. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 eastbound reassurance shield posted at the New Holland Pike overpass. Pennsylvania 23 is not co-signed in either direction of the 0.6-mile overlap with U.S. 30. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 east & Pennsylvania 23 west
Spanning Conestoga Creek, U.S. 30 east & Pennsylvania 23 west quickly approach their split at the Walnut Street parclo interchange. Opened November 20, 1992, the Walnut Street extension relocated Pennsylvania 23 from New Holland Avenue onto 1.5 miles of new controlled access arterial to U.S. 30. The alignment was built with provisions for the planned expressway eastward to New Holland. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Pennsylvania 23 follows Walnut Street west from U.S. 30 to a one-way couplet of Walnut (west) and Chestnut (east) Streets through downtown. A roadway stub remains at the interchange with U.S. 30 for the planned freeway east to New Holland.
Planned in the 1960s, the freeway to New Holland was partially constructed in the 1970s, from just east of U.S. 30 to Pennsylvania 772. Opposition against the roadway mounted before the roadway could open, leading PennDOT to cover the completed roadway with earth and grass seed. Now the "Goat Path," as locals refer to it, consists of a series of unused bridges and roadway grading leased out to local farmers for their horses, cattle and yes, goats. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 east at the split with Pennsylvania 23 west during reconstruction. The eastern component of the Route 30 rebuild was completed in November 2002. Photo taken 10/08/01.
U.S. 30 east
Passing over the Walnut Street extension, eastbound drivers see a U.S. 30 reassurance marker. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 travels through eastern reaches of the Lancaster city limits ahead of the Greenfield Road off-ramp. Greenfield Road serves a number of industrial parks and adjacent retail between Willow Road and Lincoln Highway (Pennsylvania 462). Photo taken 06/21/12.
A parclo interchange joins U.S. 30 (Lancaster Bypass) with Greenfield Road. Reconstruction altered the interchange from a folded diamond that utilized Hempstead Road on the east side. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Curving more to the south, U.S. 30 leaves the city limits of Lancaster by Greenfield Station, crossing over both Norfolk Southern and AMTRAK railroad tracks. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Pennsylvania 340 (Old Philadelphia Pike), a 30.1-mile route from Lancaster to Thorndale, meets U.S. 30 at a three-quarter diamond interchange in 0.25 miles. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Old Philadelphia Pike (PA 340) branches northward from PA 462 (Lincoln Highway) at Bridgeport to Smoketown, Bird in Hand and Intercourse. PA 340 stays on a parallel course to U.S. 30 east throughput its entire alignment. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 merges with PA 462 (Lincoln Highway) east at a traffic light with Oakview Road. Motorists bound for Oakview Road north to Old Philadelphia Pike should take the PA 462 off-ramp for Lincoln Highway east to reach the left turn lanes that are not accessible from the ending Lancaster Bypass. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 eastbound shield assembly posted below Pennsylvania 340 (Old Philadelphia Pike).
Originally a loop ramp departed ahead for PA 340. That ramp was replaced with a new on-ramp. Photo taken 06/21/12.
The PA 340 on-ramp adds a third eastbound lane for Pennsylvania 462 (Lincoln Highway). PA 462 ventures west along old U.S. 30 to a one-way couplet of Orange (west) and Kings (east) Streets through downtown Lancaster. Photo taken 06/21/12.
U.S. 30 eastbound at the off-ramp to Pennsylvania 462 (Lincoln Highway). Pennsylvania 462 follows all of old U.S. 30 from Lancaster west to Columbia and York. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Older signs for Pennsylvania 462 referenced westbound only, but drivers can access both directions of the state route. The ramp ties into a Walmart entrance way as well. Photo taken 10/08/01.
U.S. 30 follows a sweeping ramp over Pennsylvania 462 to the freeway end at Oakview Road and an adjacent shopping center. Photo taken 06/21/12.
A turn-off joins the ending Pennsylvania 462 (Lincoln Highway) east with a shopping center on the southwest quadrant of U.S. 30 and Oakview Road. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Oakview Road serves a number of apartment and town home communities north and south of Lincoln Highway at Greenland. U.S. 30 follows a congested arterial east from the freeway end here to the Coatesville bypass. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Harvest Road angles southeast from Hobson Road to meet U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) opposite Mennonite School Road at this traffic light. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Tanger Outlets line the south side of U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) east of Mill Creek. Dutch Wonderland theme park resides on the north side with a signal at the main entrance. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Additional big box retail is found along U.S. 30 ahead of and at the intersection with Witmer Road. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Witmer Road is another north-south road connecting U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) at this traffic light with Pennsylvania 340 (Old Philadelphia Pike). Pleasant Drive ties in from a small subdivision. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Willowdale Drive follows, joining U.S. 30 with a second outlet center to the south and a subdivision west of Pennsylvania 896 (Eastbrook Road). Photo taken 06/21/12.
Pennsylvania 896 crosses U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) at the next signal from Eastbrook Road to the north and Hartman Bridge Road to the south. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Pennsylvania 896 constitutes a multi-state route from nearby Smoketown (junction PA 340) to Boyds Corner, Delaware (U.S. 13). Within the Keystone State, PA 896 totals 33.6 miles along a mostly rural route through eastern Lancaster and southwestern Chester Counties. Photo taken 06/21/12.
Pennsylvania 896 connects Lancaster with Strasburg, three miles to the south. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania resides nearby along Pennsylvania 741. Photo taken 06/21/12.
East from Pennsylvania 896, U.S. 30 becomes more rural, with traffic counts dropping from 29,000 to 18,000 (2011 counts). Pennsylvania 896 takes the excess traffic southward to Strasburg, with 10,000 vpd recorded in 2011 north of the borough and 5,000 south of it. Photo taken 06/21/12.


 
Sources:
  1. Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge @ Wikipedia.org.
  2. Wright's Ferry Bridge @ Wikipedia.org.


Photo Credits:

10/08/01, 10/13/04, 06/21/12 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 222
Route 283
Route 340
Route 896

Page Updated 05-23-2013.