Pennsylvania Route 741

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PA Route 741 marker

PA Route 741
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT, Borough of East Petersburg, and East Hempfield Township
Length: 26.335 mi[1] (42.382 km)
Major junctions
West end: PA 722 in East Petersburg
  PA 283 near Lancaster
US 30 near Lancaster
PA 23 near Lancaster
PA 462 near Lancaster
PA 999 in Millersville
PA 324 in New Danville
US 222 / PA 272 in Willow Street
PA 896 near Strasburg
East end: PA 41 in Gap
Counties: Lancaster
Highway system
PA 739 PA 742

Pennsylvania Route 741 (PA 741) is a 26.3-mile-long (42.3 km) state highway that runs through western and southern Lancaster County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The western terminus is at PA 722 in East Petersburg. The eastern terminus is at PA 41 in Gap. PA 741 heads south from East Petersburg and runs through the western suburbs of Lancaster. The route turns southeast and passes through Millersville before it turns east at New Danville. PA 741 forms a concurrency with U.S. Route 222 (US 222) between Willow Street and Lampeter before it continues east through farmland, passing through Strasburg before reaching Gap.

The section of road between Willow Street and Lampeter was designated as part of US 230 in 1926 and cocncurrent with PA 72 in 1927, with US 222 replacing US 230 by 1928. In 1928, the road between Willow Street and Gap became part of PA 41. PA 741 was designated by 1930 to run from PA 41 north to US 30 in Gap. In the 1930s, PA 41 and PA 741 switched alignments, with PA 741 running between US 222 in Lampeter and PA 41 in Gap and PA 41 heading north to US 30. PA 741 was extended west to PA 324 south of New Danville in the 1970s. The route was extended to its current western terminus in the 1980s.

Route description[edit]

PA 741 begins at an intersection with PA 722 in East Petersburg, Lancaster County, heading to the south on two-lane undivided Lemon Street, which is unsigned and locally maintained. The road passes homes prior to crossing into East Hempfield Township, where it becomes Rohrerstown Road and continues through industrial parks. PA 741 gains a center left-turn lane and becomes signed at the Commercial Avenue intersection. The route continues to an interchange with PA 283, at which point it becomes state-maintained. The road crosses the Little Conestoga Creek into Manheim Township after PA 283. The route becomes two lanes again and turns east prior to turning southwest and crossing the Little Conestoga Creek back into East Hempfield Township. At this point, PA 741 becomes McGovernville Road and comes to a bridge over Norfolk Southern's Lititz Secondary and Amtrak's Philadelphia to Harrisburg Main Line. The road passes a mix of homes and woods as it comes to the Harrisburg Pike intersection, where it makes a turn to the south onto Rohrerstown Road, a three lane road with a center left-turn lane. PA 741 passes homes to the west and a branch of Lancaster General Hospital to the east prior to coming to the US 30 interchange. In the area of the interchange, PA 741 is briefly a divided highway. Following US 30, the route becomes a two-lane undivided road and passes residences prior to crossing Norfolk Southern's Columbia Secondary and entering the residential and commercial community of Rohrerstown. Here, PA 741 crosses PA 23. After leaving Rohrerstown, the road passes a mix of farms and businesses prior to an intersection with PA 462.[2][3]

After this intersection, PA 741 enters Manor Township and becomes Millersville Road, passing farm fields to the west and suburban residential neighborhoods to the east. Farther south, the road enters areas of woods and homes, making a turn to the southeast. The road briefly forms the border between Manor Township to the southwest and Millersville to the northeast prior to fully entering Millersville and crossing PA 999, at which point the road passes businesses. Following this intersection, PA 741 heads through farmland before passing a few homes. At the Wabank Road intersection, the road enters Lancaster Township and passes a mix of homes and farms before crossing the Conestoga River. At this point, PA 741 continues into Pequea Township and runs through agricultural areas prior to entering the residential community of New Danville. Here, the route intersects PA 324 and forms a concurrency with that route, heading south on Marticville Road out of New Danville. PA 741 splits from PA 324 by heading east on Long Lane, passing more farmland and crossing into West Lampeter Township.[2][3]

Upon reaching the community of Willow Street, PA 741 widens into a two-lane divided highway and meets the southbound direction of US 222/PA 272 and forms a concurrency with southbound US 222 at this point, entering commercial areas. A short distance later, the road intersects the northbound direction of US 222/PA 272, at which point PA 741 becomes concurrent with both directions of US 222. The two routes continue east on Beaver Valley Pike, passing farms to the north and commercial development to the south. The road becomes undivided and passes agricultural areas and homes before PA 741 splits from US 222 by continuing east on Village Road. The route continues through a mix of farms and residences as it passes the community of Lampeter. After crossing the Pequea Creek, PA 741 enters Strasburg Township and turns to the southeast. Upon crossing into Strasburg, the route heads east-northeast onto Miller Street and passes several homes. At the Strasburg Pike intersection, PA 741 heads east onto West Main Street and comes to the center of Strasburg. The route continue past more homes on East Main Street prior to crossing into Strasburg Township and meeting PA 896.[2][3]

At this point, PA 741 continues east on Gap Road into commercial areas. The route crosses the Strasburg Rail Road and passes between the Strasburg Rail Road station to the north and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania to the south. The road continues into open farmland and crosses into Paradise Township at the Paradise Lane intersection, becoming Strasburg Road. The road heads through more rural areas as it comes into Salisbury Township, at which point PA 741 enters wooded areas with Amtrak's Philadelphia to Harrisburg Main Line parallel to the north of the road and homes to the south of the road. As the road enters the community of Gap, it, along with the railroad line, make a sharp turn to the south. PA 741 turns east onto Bridge Street to cross over the Amtrak line prior to reaching its eastern terminus at PA 41.[2][3]


When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, present-day PA 741 was not given a route number.[4] US 230 was designated onto the road between Willow Street and Lampeter in 1926; PA 72 was designated concurrent in 1927 and the US 230 designation was replaced by US 222 in 1928.[5][6][7] In 1928, the road between Willow Street and Gap was designated as part of PA 41, which ran from Harrisburg southeast to the Delaware border. At this time, the road was paved between Willow Street and Strasburg and unpaved between Strasburg and Gap.[7] By 1930, PA 741 was designated to run PA 41 north to US 30 in Gap on a paved road. By this time, PA 41 was paved from a point east of Strasburg east to Gap. Also, the concurrent PA 72 designation was removed from US 222/PA 41 between Willow Street and Lampeter.[8] In the 1930s, PA 741 was realigned to run from US 222 in Lampeter east to PA 41 in Gap, replacing that section of PA 41. Meanwhile, PA 41 was realigned onto the former alignment of PA 741 heading north to US 30 in Gap.[9] By 1950, the current alignment of the route between East Petersburg and Willow Street was paved; at this time the road did not carry a route number.[10] In the 1970s, PA 741 was extended west to PA 324 south of New Danville.[11] The route was further extended north to its current terminus at PA 722.[12] PA 741 previously ran concurrent with PA 896 between Decatur Street and Georgetown Road in Strasburg.[13] The concurrency was removed when PA 896 was rerouted to bypass Strasburg to the northeast in November 2009.[14]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Lancaster County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
East Petersburg 0.000 0.000 PA 722 (State Street) Western terminus
Manheim Township 1.358 2.185 PA 283 – Lancaster, Harrisburg Interchange
East Hempfield Township 3.231 5.200 US 30 – Downtown Lancaster, York Interchange
3.793 6.104 PA 23 (Marietta Avenue)
4.754 7.651 PA 462 (Columbia Avenue) – Lancaster, Columbia
Millersville 6.842 11.011 PA 999 (Millersville Pike/Manor Avenue) – Lancaster, Millersville
Pequea Township 9.733 15.664 PA 324 north (New Danville Pike) – Lancaster West end of PA 324 overlap
10.220 16.447 PA 324 south (Marticville Road) – Marticville, Martic Forge East end of PA 324 overlap
West Lampeter Township 11.878 19.116 US 222 north / PA 272 (Willow Street Pike) – Willow Street, Buck West end of US 222 overlap
13.251 21.325 US 222 south (Beaver Valley Pike) – Quarryville East end of US 222 overlap
Strasburg 18.258 29.383 PA 896 (Historic Drive) to US 30
Salisbury Township 26.335 42.382 PA 41
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


Route map: Bing / Google

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Google (2010-11-29). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 741" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1911. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Highway Map (eastern side) (Map). Gulf Oil. 1926. Retrieved December 26, 2007. 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1927. Retrieved December 26, 2007. 
  7. ^ a b Pennsylvania Highway Map (Philadelphia Metro) (Map). Gulf Oil. 1928. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  8. ^ Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1930. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1940. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1950. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 1980. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 1989. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2005. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ Hummel, Cindy (April 11, 2014). "Strasburg Bypass gets mixed reviews 4 years after opening". LancasterOnline. Retrieved December 19, 2014.