Interstate 283 Pennsylvania

Interstate 283 Harrisburg Map - Interstate-Guide

The capital city of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg, and Interstate 283 serves the city from the southeast (with connections from Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike and Pennsylvania 283 inbound from Lancaster). In the late 1990s, Capital Beltway trailblazers were added to various freeways traversing the metropolitan area. They are as follows: Pennsylvania 581 to Interstate 83, Interstate 83 to Interstate 81, Interstate 81 back to Pennsylvania 581.

Routing

Interstate 283 composes a short connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 83 near Swatera Township. The highway features two mainline interchanges: Exit 1A/B with the Pennsylvania 283 freeway and Pennsylvania 230; Exit 2 with Pennsylvania 441 serving Swatara Township. The northern terminus is located at the Eisenhower Interchange, a condensed multilevel stack interchange with Interstate 83 and U.S. 322. The southern terminus is a trumpet interchange at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Harrisburg East interchange.

History

Replacing Pennsylvania 283 (Eisenhower Boulevard) along the same path between Interstate 76 and 83, Interstate 283 construction started in 1968 and was completed in 1971.1

Highway Guides

Southern Terminus - Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike - Highspire, Pennsylvania
Perspective from Interstate 283 south
End Interstate 283 shield located within the Interstate 283/Pennsylvania 283 cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 10/01.
Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike and Pennsylvania 283 overheads on Interstate 283 South within the cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 10/01.
Toll plaza of Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike on Interstate 283 south as seen from the Pennsylvania 283 overpass. Photo taken 07/00.
Perspective from Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike west
Westbound Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike approaches Exit 247, Interstate 283 north to Harrisburg, two miles. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Westbound Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike approaches Exit 247, Interstate 283 north to Harrisburg, one mile. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Westbound Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike reaches Exit 247, Interstate 283 north to Harrisburg. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Perspective from Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike east
The first mention of the southern terminus interchange of Interstate 283 from Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike east comes in the form of a typical Pennsylvania Turnpike mileage sign. The first such sign is posted just after the Gettysburg Pike interchange (U.S. 15) (not shown), and the second mileage sign is located after the Interstate 83/Harrisburg West interchange. This second mileage sign provides the distance to the Harrisburg East interchange (Exit 247, Interstate 283 and Pennsylvania 283) (five miles) and the Lebanon-Lancaster interchange (Exit 266, Pennsylvania 72) (24 miles). Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
Soon thereafter is this two-mile guide sign for Exit 247, Interstate 283 and Pennsylvania 283 on eastbound Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
Traffic to Lancaster via the Pennsylvania 283 freeway should use Exit 247, Harrisburg East interchange (which is also the southern terminus of Interstate 283). This sign is also posted on Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike east prior to the Susquehanna River bridge. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
To the Harrisburg International Airport, follow Pennsylvania 283 east, then turn south via the freeway Airport Connector. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
The right lane of Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike east becomes exit only for Exit 247, Interstate 283 north to Harrisburg and Pennsylvania 283 east to the airport, Lancaster, and Wilmington, Delaware. At this point, motorists are about 1.50 miles away from the Harrisburg East interchange of the Turnpike and about to cross the Susquehanna River (the bridge is in the background of this photo where the pavement changes from asphalt to concrete). Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
The Susquehanna River was reconstructed earlier this decade, and new exit only lane was part of that project. At this point, Interstate 76 leaves the bridge and approaches Exit 247. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
The ramp for Exit 247, Harrisburg East interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike departs Interstate 76 east for Interstate 283 north and Pennsylvania 283 east with two lanes. Interstate 76 east continues ahead towards the Philadelphia metro area. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
Immediately thereafter, Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike east passes under the Interstate 283 overpass, which is labeled as Harrisburg East Int. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/24/08).
Perspective from Pennsylvania 283 west
Old button copy signage along Pennsylvania 283 east at Interstate 283. Pennsylvania 283 terminates just off to the west of Interstate 283 at Pennsylvania 230. Photo taken 07/00.
Perspective from Interstate 283 north
Northbound on Interstate 283 on the transition from westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 76. Photo taken by David Field (10/01).
Perspective from Pennsylvania 283 east
This views shows Pennsylvania 283 east at Interstate 283. The junction between I and PA 283 is a standard cloverleaf. The location is just to the north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike toll plaza. Photo taken 07/00.
Northern Terminus - Interstate 83 - Oakleigh, Pennsylvania
Perspective from Interstate 283 north
Overheads on Interstate 283 northbound at Interstate 83/U.S. 322. The control points for Interstate 83 reflect the connections with Interstate 81 north and U.S. 322 westbound. This interchange features left-hand ramps as part of the overall stack. Photo taken 07/00.
One lane is afforded for Interstate 283 northbound traffic to Interstate 83 north/U.S. 322 west (Exit 3B). This photograph shows the lane allocation at Exit 3C for U.S. 322 east. Traffic departing to the right will reach Hershey in ten miles, as U.S. 322 carries four lanes in a varying freeway/expressway configuration. Photo taken 10/01.
Perspective from Interstate 83 north
Northbound on Interstate 83 at the junction of Interstate 283 and U.S. 322. Interstate 83 turns from an easterly orientation to the north, now part of the Capital Beltway designation. Pennsylvania 283, which begins two miles south of this junction, is a 29 mile freeway between Interstate 283/Harrisburg to Lancaster (hence the inclusion of that city on the Interstate 283 panel). Photo taken 10/01.
As part of this mega-interchange, U.S. 322 eastbound splits from Interstate 83 southbound to follow Eisenhower Blvd. Then U.S. 322 exits Eisenhower Blvd. and *rejoins* Interstate 83 *northbound* before exiting again and heading east toward Hershey. This photo shows U.S. 322 eastbound having rejoined Interstate 83 in the vicinity of Interstate 283. U.S. 322 eastbound is the rightmost lane, and is completely separated from Interstate 83 here. Photo taken by Tim Reichard (08/19/02).
Perspective from Interstate 83 south
Interstate 83 southbound/U.S. 322 eastbound at Union Deposit Road/Exit 48. A two-mile guide sign for the upcoming junction with Interstate 283 is the first advertising the upcoming terminus. Photo taken by Tim Reichard (08/19/02).
The large stack interchange of Interstate 83/283 is forthcoming. U.S. 322 exits first, ending the Interstate 83/U.S. 322 duplex, with Interstate 283 beginning by exiting left soon thereafter. Photo taken by Tim Reichard (08/19/02).
U.S. 322 departs at Exit 47 as Interstate 83 prepares to make its westward jaunt into downtown Harrisburg. The main travel lanes will transition to Interstate 283 south in a short distance. Photo taken by Tim Reichard (08/19/02).
Perspective from U.S. 322 west
U.S. 322 westbound at the northern terminus of Interstate 283 (left-exit). The control point is indicated as Airport. This reflects the connection to Harrisburg International Airport at Middletown via Pennsylvania 283. The eastbound lanes of U.S. 322 transition into Interstate 83, only four miles from the state capital. Photo taken by Tim Reichard (08/19/02).
Another view of U.S. 322 westbound at its junction with Interstates 83 and 283. The stack interchange can be seen in the distance. U.S. 322 overlaps with Interstate 83 for its final five miles to Interstate 81. Photo taken 07/00.
The first Interstate 283 shield comes into view from U.S. 322 westbound. The highest flyover ramp takes Interstate 83 traffic from its east-west alignment to its north-south alignment. This is part of the Capital Beltway configuration for the city of Harrisburg. Photo taken by Tim Reichard (08/19/02).
Under the Interstate 83/283 stack interchange, taking the ramp to Interstate 83 northbound/U.S. 322 westbound, which leads to Eisenhower Blvd./U.S. 322 first, then to Interstate 83/U.S. 322. Photo taken by Tim Reichard (08/19/02).

Sources:

  1. Pennsylvania Highways: Interstate 283.

Page Updated August 10, 2008.

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