Pennsylvania Route 272
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|Maintained by PennDOT|
|Length:||54.6 mi (87.9 km)|
|South end:||MD 272 near Nottingham|
| US 1 in Nottingham
US 222 in Fulton Township
US 222 / PA 741 in Willow Street
US 30 / US 222 in Lancaster
US 322 in Ephrata
I-76 / Penna Turnpike / US 222 near Denver
|North end:||US 222 / PA 568 in Adamstown|
|Counties:||Berks, Chester, Lancaster|
Pennsylvania Route 272 (PA 272) is a 55-mile-long (89 km) highway in eastern Pennsylvania, in the Lancaster area. The southern terminus of the route is at the Mason-Dixon Line southeast of Nottingham, where it continues into Maryland as Maryland Route 272. The northern terminus is at U.S. Route 222 and Pennsylvania Route 568 in Adamstown, where PA 568 continues eastward on the PA 272 right-of-way.
PA 272 is mostly in Lancaster County, except for about a mile at the northern terminus where it enters Berks County and the southernmost part of the route, which is in Chester County. In downtown Lancaster, it is hidden but merged with US 222.
Maryland State Line to Lancaster
The southern terminus of PA 272 is at the Maryland state line in East Nottingham Township in Chester County where it continues as Maryland Route 272. 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the Mayland State Line, it meets US 1 at an interchange. Upon crossing the Octoraro Creek, PA 272 enters Lancaster County. In Wakefield, it merges with US 222 for about half a mile. In East Drumore Township, it meets with PA 372. Approaching Willow Street, it splits into a four-lane, at-grade expressway for about four miles before entering the town proper. In Willow street itself, the southbound lanes form a bypass of town while the northbound lanes follow the business district before meeting with PA 741 and merging with US 222 into Lancaster. In the southern tip of Lancaster, 272 and US 222 meet with the northern terminus of PA 324.
Lancaster to Adamstown
In Lancaster, PA 272 is hidden but is routed with US 222. South of the downtown area of Lancaster, it meets the southern terminus of PA 72. In Lancaster, it meets with the PA 23 and PA 462 concurrency. Outside of Lancaster, PA 272 splits from US 222 (which forms a concurrency with US 30). About 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Neffsville, it meets the eastern terminus of PA 722. Near Brownstown, it meets with PA 772. In Ephrata, it shares an interchange with US 322. Near Denver, PA 272 meets the connector to the Pa Turnpike/ I-76 and US 222. Just south of Adamstown, it intersects PA 897 in East Cocalico Township. A mile east of Adamstown and in Berks County, the route ends at an interchange with US 222, with the road becoming PA 568.
PA 272 was signed in 1928. In 1965, the northern terminus was moved from the Fulton Township community of Wakefield to Willow Street, south of Lancaster. In 1975, the northern terminus was moved from Willow Street to the Pennsylvania Turnpike connector in Denver. For a portion of this period, the roadway followed State Street through Ephrata, Reamstown, and Denver. In 1978, the northern terminus was moved to its current location.
|Chester||Maryland state line||0.0||0.0||MD 272 south (Chrome Road)||Continuation into Maryland|
|West Nottingham Township||3.3||5.3||US 1 (Kennett Oxford Bypass) – Rising Sun, Baltimore, Oxford||Interchange|
|Lancaster||Fulton Township||12.6||20.3||US 222 south (Robert Fulton Highway) – Baltimore||Southern terminus of concurrency|
|13.0||20.9||US 222 north (Robert Fulton Highway) – Quarryville||Northern terminus of concurrency|
|East Drumore Township||20.2||32.5||PA 372 (Holtwood Road, Buck Road) – Holtwood, Quarryville|
|Willow Street||28.8||46.3||US 222 south / PA 741 (Long Lane, Beaver Valley Pike) – Quarryville||Southern terminus of US 222/PA 272 concurrency|
|Lancaster||31.6||50.9||PA 324 south (New Danville Pike)||Northern terminus of PA 324|
|32.4||52.1||PA 72 north (Queen Street)||Southern terminus of PA 72 Northbound|
|32.6||52.5||PA 462 east (King Street)|
|PA 23 east (Chestnut Street)|
|PA 23 / PA 462 west (Walnut Street)|
|PA 72 north (Prince Street) – Manheim, Lebanon|
|PA 501 north (Lititz Pike) – Lititz||Southern terminus of PA 501|
|35.1||56.5||US 30 / US 222 north – York, Harrisburg, Reading, Philadelphia||Interchange, northern terminus of US 222/PA 272 concurrency|
|Manheim Township||39.6||63.7||PA 722 west (East Oregon Road)||Eastern terminus of PA 722|
|West Earl Township||41.4||66.6||PA 772 (Newport Road) – Lititz, Brownstown, Leola|
|Ephrata||45.6||73.4||US 322 (Main Street)||Interchange|
|Denver||51.2||82.4||I-76 / Penna Turnpike / US 222||Connector to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and US 222|
|East Cocalico Township||52.4||84.3||PA 897 (Swartzville Road) – Schaefferstown, Terre Hill|
|Berks||Adamstown||55.0||88.5|| US 222 – Reading, Lancaster
PA 568 east – Knauers
|Interchange, western terminus of PA 568|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Google Inc. "Pennsylvania Route 272". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=PA-272+N%2FChrome+Rd&daddr=39.9839038,-76.2792549+to:40.0992304,-76.2639792+to:40.1782224,-76.1960878+to:PA-272+S%2FN+Reading+Rd&hl=en&ll=39.998164,-76.014404&spn=0.860558,1.783905&sll=39.991128,-76.281724&sspn=0.026895,0.055747&geocode=FTEbXgIdEJ94-w%3BFR8bYgIdKhJ0-ykhJs0mUSXGiTEpX98LcZ0S-g%3BFZ7dYwId1U10-ymZsc2ZKT3GiTFWqm49i6FrXA%3BFS4SZQIdCVd1-yn_783bjRbGiTEylxJjVv5CRQ%3BFdImZgIdBMV3-w&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=15&via=1,2,3&t=m&z=10. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
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