Pennsylvania Route 501

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PA Route 501 marker

PA Route 501
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 39.0 mi[1] (62.8 km)
Existed: 1928 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 222 / PA 272 in Lancaster
  US 30 / US 222 in Lancaster
PA 722 in Neffsville
PA 772 in Lititz
US 322 in Brickerville
PA 419 / PA 897 in Schaefferstown
US 422 in Myerstown
I-78 / US 22 in Bethel
North end: PA 895 near Pine Grove
Location
Counties: Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks, Schuylkill
Highway system
I‑495 PA 502
PA 242 PA-243 (1926).svg PA 244

Pennsylvania Route 501 (PA 501) is a north–south state highway in south central Pennsylvania that runs for 39 miles (63 km). Its southern terminus is at U.S. Route 222 and Pennsylvania Route 272 north of Lancaster, and its northern terminus is Pennsylvania Route 895 southeast of Pine Grove. Its designations are Lititz Pike, Broad Street (Lititz), Furnace Hills Pike in Lancaster County, Stiegel Pike in Lebanon County, and College Street (Myerstown).

Route description[edit]

PA 501 begins as Lititz Pike at a concurrency with U.S. Route 222 south and an intersection with U.S. Route 222 north/ Pennsylvania Route 272 north of Lancaster. In Manheim Township, PA 501 splits off from U.S. Route 222 south while interchanging with U.S. Route 30. In Neffsville, PA 501 has a concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 722. North of Neffsville, PA 501 passes west of Lancaster Airport and has an entrance from PA 501. North of Lancaster Airport, PA 501 enters the boro of Lititz and becomes Broad Street. In downtown Lititz, PA 501 has a small concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 772. North of Lititz, PA 501 is called Furnace Hills Pike. In Brickerville, PA 501 intersects U.S. Route 322. North of US 322 in Elizabeth Township, PA 501 passes over Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike).

As PA 501 enters Lebanon County, it is called Stiegel Pike. In Schaefferstown, PA 501 crosses Pennsylvania Route 419 and Pennsylvania Route 897. North of here, PA 501 is called College Street. In Myerstown, PA 501 intersects U.S. Route 422. Construction is currently underway to reroute 501 south of Schaefferstown to go to the west of the current highway to make the road go straight across 419 and 897.

In Berks County, PA 501 is called Lancaster Avenue and passes through the village of Mount Aetna. Paralleling the Little Swatara Creek, PA 501 has many turns in Tulpehocken Township. In Bethel, PA 501 meets the former U.S. Route 22. North of Old 22, PA 501 intersects Interstate 78 and the current U.S. Route 22 at exit 13. North of I-78, PA 501 continues as Lancaster Avenue into Schuylkill County.

PA 501 enters Schuylkill County as Brookside Road and Bethel Road. Southeast of Pine Grove, PA 501 ends at an intersection with Pennsylvania Route 895.[2]

History[edit]

PA 501 was established in 1928, its northern terminus originally at US 422 in Myerstown.[3] Its number is derived from its parent route of PA 1, now known as U.S. 30. By 1946, the terminus had been moved farther north to US 22 in Bethel.[4] Between 1960 and 1966,[5][6] the route was extended to its current terminus in Pine Grove.

A realignment of PA 501 was planned in Schaefferstown, eliminating the turns the road makes in the community. The project cost $10.4 million. On September 2, 2010, a court ruling was made overturning a decision that prevented farmland from being taken to construct the road.[7] Construction on the bypass began in summer 2011.[8] The realignment was originally expected to be completed in April 2013 but was pushed back due to utility relocation issues.[9] The new alignment of PA 501 in Schaefferstown opened to traffic on September 9, 2013.[8]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Lancaster Lancaster 0.00 0.00 US 222 / PA 272 (Lititz Pike, Oregon Pike) South end of US 222 southbound concurrency
0.50 0.80 US 30 to PA 283 west – York, Harrisburg, Philadelphia Interchange, north end of US 222 southbound concurrency
Manheim Township 2.70 4.35 PA 722 west (Petersburg Road) South end of PA 722 concurrency
3.10 4.99 PA 722 east (East Oregon Road) North end of PA 722 concurrency
Lititz 6.60 10.62 PA 772 west (West Orange Street) South end of PA 772 concurrency
6.70 10.78 PA 772 east (East Main Street) North end of PA 772 concurrency
Elizabeth Township 11.70 18.83 US 322 (28th Division Highway) – Cornwall, Ephrata
Lebanon Heidelberg Township PA 419 / PA 897 (West Main Street) – Cornwall, Lebanon, Kleinfeltersville
Myerstown 23.70 38.14 US 422 (Lincoln Avenue) – Lebanon, Reading
Berks Bethel Township 31.40 50.53 I-78 / US 22 – Harrisburg, Allentown Exit 13 (I-78/US 22)
Schuylkill Pine Grove 39.00 62.76 PA 895 (Rock Road) to I-81 / PA 125 – Pine Grove, Deer Lake
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2007. Toggle Measure Tool. Retrieved April 25, 2007.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Official Tourism and Transportation Map 2006" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  3. ^ "1941 Dauphin County Map" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  4. ^ "1946 Historical Type 10 Map" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  5. ^ "1960 Pennsylvania Transportation Map" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  6. ^ "1966 Berks County Historic Type 10 Map (Sheet 1)" (PDF). PennDOT. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  7. ^ Miller, Barbara (September 2, 2010). "State court rules PennDOT can take farmland for Schaefferstown bypass". The Patriot-News. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Schaefferstown bypass opens to traffic". Lebanon Daily News. September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ Latimer, John (November 27, 2012). "Schaefferstown bypass completion delayed by six months". Lebanon Daily News. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

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