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US 15 Expressway in Cumberland County

By the end of the decade, so much of US 15 in Pennsylvania will be freeway. South of the Harrisburg area, the major north-south route is no different. US 15 follows a 5-mile freeway south from Camp Hill with closely spaced interchanges serving US 11/PA 581 to the north, PA 114 to the south, The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) in the middle, and several local exits. The expressway ends south of PA 114 and becomes a four-lane highway. In 2002-2003, the first major intersection south of the highway, at Lisburn Road, is being upgraded to a freeway, thus extending the US 15 freeway by another mile to near the York/Cumberland County line. Here is a look at the US 15 expressway from north to south.


Timothy Reichard 8/19/02

The expressway's north end is the double split of the lengthy US 11/US 15 duplex and the US 11/PA 581 duplex. Here southbound on US 11/US 15, US 11 exits to PA 581, the Capitol Beltway.

 


Timothy Reichard 8/19/02

On the other side of the cloverleaf interchange is the ramp to PA 581's east end. US 15 begins as a freeway here.


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The next interchange serves Shiremanstown to the west via Simpson Ferry Road. The previous interchange has barely been passed (the last onramp merges here) and two more exits leave in the next eighth mile.

 


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The other side of this cloverleaf interchange serves Highland Park to the east.

 


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The third interchange is a more direct way to Shiremanstown via Slate Hill Road. Many of the main Harrisburg-area routes, such as I-81, I-83, I-283, US 11, US 15, US 22, and US 322 have tenth-milemarkers like this one. Since they are posted every tenth of a mile, it is hard to photograph the road without including one of these signs. The sign means that 41.1 miles of US 15 remain between here and the southern border (Maryland state line).

 


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Just 0.5 miles from the previous interchange, the next one appears for Wesley Drive, serving the Shiremanstown and Mechanicsburg area to the west. To the east, Wesley Drive becomes Rossmoyne Road.

 


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The Pennsylvania Turnpike looms ahead at the Wesley Drive/Rossmoyne Road interchange.

 


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Next in line is the fifth interchange in about two miles. This one is the double trumpet interchagne with the Turnpike.

 


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US 15 southbound at the Turnpike exit.

 


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Half a mile ahead, the Cumberland Parkway and Winding Hill Road serve the village of Winding Hill and connect to the Gettysburg Pike, which is the old, paralleling US 15 of olden days.

 


Timothy Reichard 8/19/02

The seventh interchange is of the simplest design so far—a diamond interchange. PA 114 serves as a southwest-quadrant loop around the Harrisburg area. This exit is the last exit in the expressway until the next one to the south is completed.

 


Timothy Reichard 8/19/02

Nearing Lisburn Road, cues of a construction zone appear everywhere. Lisburn Road met US 15 at an at-grade intersection, but that junction now being upgraded to an interchange by raising US 15 over Lisburn Road.

 


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Narrow US 15 during the construction period.

 


Timothy Reichard 8/19/02

Our US 15 journey has gone southbound thus far, but here we look back to the north. About half of the interchange was completed by August 2002, as seen here. First US 15 is pushed to the left while the new northbound lanes were raised over Lisburn Road. Then the new northbound lanes are used while the new southbound lanes are raised. Finally, all of US 15 will rise over Lisburn Road.

 


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The new northound lanes and the new ramp down to Lisburn Road.

 


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The overpass over Lisburn Road.

 


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Northbound on the new travel lanes.

 

 

 


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