Pennsylvania Route 162

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PA Route 162 marker

PA Route 162
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 10.144 mi[1] (16.325 km)
Existed: 1928 – present
Major junctions
West end: PA 82 / PA 842 in Unionville
East end:
US 322 Bus. in West Chester
Counties: Chester
Highway system
PA 161 PA 163

Pennsylvania Route 162 (PA 162) is a 10.1-mile-long (16.3 km) state highway in southeast Pennsylvania. The western terminus of the route is at the PA 82/PA 82 in Unionville, Chester County. The eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 322 Business (US 322 Bus.) in West Chester. PA 162 is known as Embreeville Road from its western terminus to the village of Embreeville and Telegraph Road from Embreeville to an intersection with the Strasburg Road one mile (1.6 km) west of Marshallton. At this point, the route turns east, following the Strasburg Road to US 322 Bus. in West Chester. The portion of road between Marshallton and West Chester follows the 17th-century Great Minquas Path and became part of the Strasburg Road linking Strasburg and Philadelphia in the 1770s. PA 162 was designated onto its current alignment by 1930.

Route description[edit]

PA 162 at the intersection with Stargazers Road, with the Harlan House in view

PA 162 begins at an intersection with PA 82/PA 842 in the community of Unionville in East Marlborough Township, heading north on two-lane undivided Embreeville Road. The road heads through a mix of farms and woods, crossing into Newlin Township. The route makes a sharp turn east and north again as it crosses the West Branch Brandywine Creek, which begins to run to the east of the route PA 162 enters Embreeville, where the road crosses an East Penn Railroad line and passes a few homes. Leaving Embreeville, the road heads into forested areas and makes a turn to the east, continuing to parallel the creek. As PA 162 moves away from the creek, it crosses into West Bradford Township and passes to the south of the closed Embreeville State Hospital before continuing past a mix of fields and woods. The route bears east onto Strasburg Road and passes woodland and homes. After entering East Bradford Township, PA 162 crosses the East Branch Brandywine Creek and heads into increasing areas of residential subdivisions. The road gains a center left-turn lane and enters commercial areas as it crosses into West Chester, coming to its eastern terminus at US 322 Bus.[2][3]


The portion of PA 162 between Marshallton and West Chester follows a Native American path known as the Great Minquas Path, which dates back to 1620.[4] In 1772 and 1773, the road between Marshallton and West Chester was surveyed as part of the Strasburg Road, which ran between Strasburg and Philadelphia. The survey was conducted by John Sellers and others under the colonial administration of Governor Richard Penn. This road was completed under a new administration of an independent state of Pennsylvania.[5][6][7] When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, the current alignment of PA 162 was legislated as part of Legislative Route 273, which ran from Kennett Square to West Chester.[8] PA 162 was designated to follow its current alignment between PA 82/PA 842 in Unionville and PA 5 (now US 322 Bus.) in West Chester in 1928. At this time, the road was paved between Embreeville and West Chester.[9] By 1930, the road between Unionville and Embreeville was paved.[10] PA 162 has remained on the same alignment since.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Chester County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
East Marlborough Township 0.000 0.000 PA 82 / PA 842 (Doe Run Road)
West Chester 10.144 16.325
US 322 Bus. (Hannum Avenue) – Downingtown, West Chester
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (December 31, 2012). "Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams" (2013 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 162". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-75.6979549+to:hannum+avenue+and+PA+162&geocode=FRDBYAIdzGF8-ylHUHN061fGiTFSx_qG14lLpw%3BFR6TYQId3vB8-ylt2ffPMvbGiTGkc9qGB0iwAA%3BFUi6YQId5S9--ykdDV42SvHGiTEYzkEo3jH-Bg&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=12&via=1&dirflg=w&sll=39.92712,-75.673585&sspn=0.120056,0.338173&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=12. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ a b PennDOT (2010). Chester County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  4. ^ Wallace, Paul A.W. (1987). Indian Paths of Pennsylvania (Fourth Printing ed.). Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. pp. 64–65. ISBN 0-89271-090-X. (Note: ISBN refers to 1998 impression.) 
  5. ^ Futhey, John Smith (1881). History of Chester County, Pennsylvania: with genealogical and biographical sketches, Volume 2. p. 782. , p.719
  6. ^ Harris, Alexander (1872). A biographical history of Lancaster County ...:. E. Barr & Co. p. 638. 
  7. ^ Smith, George (1862). History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania: from the discovery .... Media, PA: H.B. Ashmead. p. 581. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1911). Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (Map). Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  9. ^ Gulf Oil (1928). Pennsylvania Highway Map (Philadelphia Metro) (Map). Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1930). Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (Map). Retrieved December 14, 2014.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing