Pennsylvania Route 272

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PA Route 272 marker

PA Route 272
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 54.6 mi[1] (87.9 km)
Major junctions
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
Highway system
PA 271 PA 274

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.

Route description[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

PA 272 in Akron.

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.

Former designations[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
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

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