Interstate 283

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Interstate 283 marker

Interstate 283
I-283 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-83
Maintained by PennDOT
Length2.907 mi[1] (4.678 km)
Existed1972–present
Major junctions
South end
I-76 / Penna Turnpike near Highspire
  PA 283 in Lower Swatara Township
PA 441 in Swatara Township
North end I-83 / US 322 near Harrisburg
Location
CountiesDauphin
Highway system
PA 282PA 283

Interstate 283 (I-283) is an auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System located just east of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. It travels from the Harrisburg East interchange of I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) north to I-83/US 322 (Capital Beltway) at the Eisenhower Interchange. Pennsylvania Route 283 (officially designated as SR 300 because of I-283) continues southeast from near the southern terminus of I-283 to Lancaster as a freeway, functioning as an extension of the interstate, though they are two separate roads.

Route description[edit]

Interstate Shields for I-283 and I-83 painted on the roadway.
Pavement markings on I-83 just prior to the northern terminus of I-283.

I-283 begins at the Harrisburg East interchange of I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County. Past the interchange tollbooth, the road continues north and immediately reaches a cloverleaf interchange with the PA 283 freeway that also has access to PA 230 via Eisenhower Boulevard. I-283 continues north-northwest as a four-lane freeway, running past business parks before entering areas of farms and woods, crossing into Swatara Township. The road enters commercial areas as it comes to a diamond interchange with PA 441. After that exit, the road continues northwest before turning north and passing an industrial park. I-283 comes to an end at the Eisenhower Interchange with I-83/US 322 (Capital Beltway), at which point the freeway continues north as part of I-83/US 322.[2][3]

History[edit]

Construction began on the interstate in 1968.[4] Previously, the Harrisburg East interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike connected directly to Eisenhower Boulevard. The section from the Turnpike to PA 441 opened in 1970 and included a short portion of what is now PA 283, connecting Eisenhower Boulevard to the Exit 1 cloverleaf. The next year, the Eisenhower Interchange opened to traffic along with the remaining section of interstate.

As part of a project to reconstruct 6 miles (9.7 km) of PA 283, the interchange between I-283 and PA 283 is being improved.[5] The ramp from westbound PA 283 and northbound I-283 is being widened to two lanes, and the loop ramp from westbound PA 283 to southbound I-283 toward the Pennsylvania Turnpike toll plaza will be removed and replaced with a left turn and a traffic signal. This will eliminate 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 is projected to be completed in late 2020.[5]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Dauphin County.

Locationmi[1]kmOld exit
[6]
New exit
[6]
DestinationsNotes
Lower Swatara Township0.0000.000
I-76 / Penna Turnpike – Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
Southern terminus
0.0160.0262E1A PA 283 east – Harrisburg International Airport, LancasterLast free exit southbound; Access to Eisenhower Blvd via Exit 1B
2W1B To PA 230 – Highspire
Swatara Township1.8602.99312 PA 441 – Swatara
2.9074.6783A I-83 south (Capital Beltway) – HarrisburgNorthern terminus; Eisenhower Interchange
3B I-83 north (Capital Beltway) / US 322 west to I-81 – Hazleton, Lewistown
3C US 322 – Hershey
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Tolled

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  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.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Google (2010-12-04). "overview of Interstate 283" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  3. ^ Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-30.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Jeffrey J. Kitsko (March 14, 2010). "Pennsylvania Highways: Interstate 283". Pennsylvania Highways. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  5. ^ 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 28, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Pennsylvania Exit Numbering" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 2, 2007.