Pennsylvania Route 472

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PA Route 472 marker

PA Route 472
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 20.842 mi[1] (33.542 km)
Major junctions
South end: PA 841 in Elk Township
 

PA 10 in Oxford

US 1 in Oxford
North end: PA 372 in Quarryville
Location
Counties: Chester, Lancaster
Highway system
PA 471 PA 474

Pennsylvania Route 472 (PA 472) is a north–south state highway in Chester and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania. Its southern terminus is at PA 841 in Lewisville 300 yards (270 m) north of the Maryland border. Its northern terminus is at PA 372 in Quarryville. PA 472 is a two-lane undivided road that passes through mostly rural areas along a northwest-southeast alignment. The route passes through the borough of Oxford, where it intersects the southern terminus of PA 10 and has an interchange with U.S. Route 1 (US 1). PA 472 was originally designated in 1928 between US 1/PA 12/PA 42 in Oxford and PA 372 in Quarryville. The route was extended south to Hickory Hill by 1930, at which time the entire length of the route was paved. The southern terminus of PA 472 was extended to PA 841 in Lewisville by 1940.

Route description[edit]

PA 472 begins at an intersection with PA 841 in the community of Lewisville in Elk Township, Chester County a short distance north of the Maryland border. From this intersection, the route heads west-northwest on two-lane undivided Lewisville Road. The road runs through farms and residential areas, curving to the north. PA 472 runs through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes, turning west and passing through the community of Peacedale. The route curves northwest and comes to the community of Hickory Hill, where it turns north onto Hickory Hill Road. PA 472 continues northwest into East Nottingham Township and passes through rural land with mixed residential subdivisions. The road curves west and enters through the borough of Oxford, where it becomes Market Street and is lined with homes. The route heads into the commercial downtown and crosses an East Penn Railroad line before intersecting the southern terminus of PA 10. At this point, PA 472 turns north for a one block concurrency with PA 10 on Third Street before splitting by turning northwest onto Lancaster Avenue. The road turns west and heads through residential areas with some farm fields, reaching an interchange with the US 1 freeway. Past this interchange, the route leaves Oxford for Lower Oxford Township and heads northwest through farmland with some wooded areas and homes, passing through the community of Mount Vernon.[2][3]

PA 472 crosses the Octoraro Lake along Octoraro Creek into Colerain Township in Lancaster County and becomes Kirkwood Pike. The road passes through agricultural areas with some woods and homes, passing through Union before reaching the community of Kirkwood. Here, the route turns west-northwest through more rural land with some development. PA 472 passes through the community of Collins before crossing into Eden Township. The road continues into the borough of Quarryville and becomes South Lime Street, passing homes and some businesses. PA 472 reaches its northern terminus at an intersection with PA 372.[2][4]

History[edit]

When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, present-day PA 472 was not given a route number.[5] PA 472 was designated in 1928 to run from US 1/PA 12/PA 42 (now PA 10) in Oxford northwest to PA 372 in Quarryville, following its current alignment. At this time, the roadway was paved near Oxford and between Kirkwood and a point northwest of Collins.[6] By 1930, PA 472 was extended south from Oxford to Hickory Hill along a roadway under construction. By this time, the entire length between Oxford and Quarryville was paved.[7] By 1940, the southern terminus of PA 472 was extended to its current location at PA 841 in Lewisville along a paved road.[8] PA 472 has remained along the same alignment since.[3][4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Chester Elk Township 0.000 0.000 PA 841 (Chesterville Road)
Oxford 7.745 12.464 PA 10 begins (North Third Street) Southern terminus of PA 10, south end of PA 10 overlap
7.766 12.498 PA 10 north (North Third Street) – Cochranville North end of PA 10 overlap
8.708 14.014 US 1 (Kennett Oxford Bypass) – Kennett Square, Rising Sun Interchange
Lancaster Quarryville 20.842 33.542 PA 372 (East State Street) to US 222 – Buck, Lancaster, Christiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 Google Inc. "Pennsylvania Route 472". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/7PpBf. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b PennDOT (2014). Chester County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/chester_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  4. ^ a b PennDOT (2014). Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/lancaster_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Gulf Oil (1928). Pennsylvania Highway Map (Philadelphia Metro) (Map). http://www.mapsofpa.com/art5pics/1928phila3.jpg. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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 January 1, 2014.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing