Pennsylvania Route 41

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PA Route 41 marker

PA Route 41
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 22.220 mi[1] (35.760 km)
Major junctions
South end: DE 41 in New Garden Township
  US 1 in London Grove Township
PA 10 in West Fallowfield Township
North end: US 30 in Gap
Location
Counties: Lancaster, Chester
Highway system
US 40 PA 42

Pennsylvania Route 41 (PA 41) is a 22-mile-long (35 km) state highway located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The southern terminus of the route is at the Delaware state line in New Garden Township, where it continues as Delaware Route 41 (DE 41). The northern terminus is at U.S. Route 30 (US 30) in Gap. PA 41 runs along a two-lane undivided road called Gap Newport Pike, passing through mostly rural areas of Chester and Lancaster counties and serving Avondale, Cochranville, and Atglen. The route serves as the main road linking Wilmington, Delaware to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Gap and Newport Turnpike was charted in 1807 to run from Gap southeast to the Delaware border, where it was to continue to Newport, Delaware. PA 41 was first designated in 1926 to run between US 22/PA 3 and US 111/PA 4 in Harrisburg and US 22/PA 3 and US 120/PA 13 in Reading, following US 230 between Harrisburg and Lancaster and US 222 between Lancaster and Reading. PA 41 was rerouted at Lancaster to run southeast to the Delaware border in 1928, heading south from Lancaster to Lampeter along US 222/PA 72 before it turned east to Gap and southeast along the Gap Newport Pike. The western terminus was cut back to US 222 in Lampeter by 1930 while PA 741 was designated from PA 41 north to US 30 in Gap. PA 41 was rerouted to US 30 by 1940 while PA 741 was designated on the former alignment between US 222 in Lampeter and Gap.

Route description[edit]

PA 41 begins at the Delaware border in Kennett Township, Chester County, where the road continues into that state as DE 41 and heads towards Wilmington. From the state line, the route heads northwest on two-lane undivided Gap Newport Pike, passing through farmland with some development. The road enters New Garden Township and comes to an interchange with Limestone Road, which heads south to the Delaware border and becomes DE 7. PA 41 continues northwest through more rural areas with some homes and businesses. Then route heads into Avondale, where it crosses an East Penn Railroad line and comes to an intersection with Baltimore Pike. Here, the road becomes Pennsylvania Avenue and passes through wooded residential areas. PA 41 leaves Avondale for London Grove Township and becomes Gap Newport Pike again, passing near homes and farmland before Baltimore Pike heads to the west. The route continues through commercial areas before coming to an interchange with the US 1 freeway.[2][3]

Following this, the road runs through agricultural areas with some woods and homes, reaching an intersection with PA 841 in the community of Chatham. PA 41 continues through more rural areas and enters Londonderry Township, where it comes to a junction with PA 926. A short distance later, the road reaches a junction with the northern terminus of PA 796. The route runs through more farmland with some woodland and residences, crossing into West Fallowfield Township. Here, PA 41 comes to the community of Cochranville, where it crosses PA 10. After Cochranville, the road heads through more open farmland with some patches of woods and homes. The route briefly passes through a corner of West Sadsbury Township before it enters Atglen and comes to an intersection with PA 372. Following this, PA 41 heads into wooded areas and comes to a bridge over Amtrak's Philadelphia to Harrisburg Main Line. The road curves northwest and crosses back into West Sadsbury Township, passing through a mix of farm fields and development.[2][3]

PA 41 southbound at northern terminus in Gap

PA 41 crosses Pine Creek into Sadsbury Township in Lancaster County and heads west past homes and businesses as it bypasses Christiana to the north. The road curves to the north-northwest and passes through a mix of farms and woods with some commercial development a short distance to the east of the Amtrak line. The route heads north and crosses into Salisbury Township, where it enters the residential community of Gap and comes to an intersection with the eastern terminus of PA 741. PA 41 heads into business areas and comes to its northern terminus at a junction with US 30, which provides access to Lancaster to the west.[2][4]

History[edit]

On April 7, 1807, the state of Pennsylvania chartered the Gap and Newport Turnpike to run from the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike in Gap southeast towards Delaware, where it was to continue to the Christina River in Newport, Delaware. The continuation into Delaware was chartered on January 30, 1808.[5] The turnpike was created to improve trade between Lancaster County and Wilmington, Delaware.[6] When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, the Gap Newport Pike along with the road running from Gap west to Lancaster were designated as Legislative Route 215.[7] PA 41 was first designated in 1926 to run from US 22/PA 3 and US 111/PA 4 in Harrisburg and US 22/PA 3 and US 120/PA 13 in Reading, heading southeast through Middletown, Elizabethtown, and Mount Joy to Lancaster, where it turned northeast and passed through Ephrata on its way to Reading. PA 41 ran concurrent with US 230 between Harrisburg and Lancaster and US 222 between Lancaster and Reading.[8][9] In 1928, PA 41 was rerouted at Lancaster to head southeast to the Delaware border near Kaolin. The new alignment ran along US 222/PA 72 from Lancaster south and east to Lampeter, where PA 41 headed east through Strasburg to Gap. From Gap, PA 41 ran southeast along the Gap Newport Pike to the Delaware border. At this time, all of PA 41 was paved except for the portion between Strasburg and Gap. PA 240 replaced the PA 41 designation along the US 222 concurrency between Lancaster and Reading.[10] By 1930, the western terminus of PA 41 was cut back to US 222 near Lampeter, removing the concurrences with US 230 and US 222, while the road from PA 41 in Gap north to US 30 was designated as PA 741. By this time, the route was paved from a point east of Strasburg east to Gap.[11] The northern terminus of PA 41 was moved to its current location at US 30 by 1940, replacing PA 741. Meanwhile, PA 741 was designated onto the former alignment of PA 41 between US 222 near Lampeter and Gap.[12] PA 41 has remained on the same alignment since.[3][4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Chester Kennett Township 0.000 0.000 DE 41 south (Lancaster Pike) – Wilmington Southern terminus, continuation into Delaware
New Garden Township 0.641 1.032 SR 3013 (Limestone Road) to DE 7 – Christiana Interchange
London Grove Township 5.816 9.360 US 1 (Kennett Oxford Bypass) – Oxford, Kennett Square, Philadelphia Interchange, near Borough of Avondale
7.206 11.597 PA 841 (London Grove Road) Village of Chatham
Londonderry Township 9.822 15.807 PA 926 (Street Road) – Russellville, Longwood
10.413 16.758 PA 796 south (Jennersville Road) Northern terminus of PA 796
West Fallowfield Township 13.130 21.131 PA 10 (Limestone Road) – Oxford, Parkesburg Village of Cochranville
Atglen 17.740 28.550 PA 372 (Lower Valley Road) – Atglen, Parkesburg
Lancaster Salisbury Township 21.708 34.936 PA 741 west (Bridge Street) Eastern terminus of PA 741
22.220 35.760 US 30 (Lincoln Highway) – Lancaster, Coatesville Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2014). "Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams" (2014 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 41". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=DE+41+and+PA+41&daddr=US+30+and+PA+41&hl=en&ll=39.893407,-75.868149&spn=0.282902,0.676346&sll=39.880765,-75.995155&sspn=0.282954,0.676346&geocode=FQA3XwIdx7J8-ynN9A-Kff_GiTGWPpPfIu6FiQ%3BFa87YgIds_93-ylbc1-p9kbGiTGA8RvEl7DW3Q&t=h&mra=ls&z=11. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c PennDOT (2012). Chester County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/chester_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  4. ^ a b PennDOT (2012). Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/lancaster_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  5. ^ Scharf, John Thomas. History of Delaware : 1609-1888, Volume 1. Philadelphia: L.J. Richards & Co. p. 416. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ellis, Franklin and Samuel Evans (1883). History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck. p. 313. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1911). Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1911.pdf. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  8. ^ Gulf Oil (1926). Pennsylvania Highway Map (eastern side) (Map). http://www.mapsofpa.com/art5pics/251c.jpg. Retrieved December 26, 2007.
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1927). Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). http://www.mapsofpa.com/roadcart/1927_2043m.jpg. Retrieved December 26, 2007.
  10. ^ Gulf Oil (1928). Pennsylvania Highway Map (Philadelphia Metro) (Map). http://www.mapsofpa.com/art5pics/1928phila3.jpg. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1930). Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1930fr.pdf. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1940). Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1940fr.pdf. Retrieved June 24, 2010.