The Harrisburg Capital Beltway encircles the City of Harrisburg, the State Capital of Pennsylvania, and surrounding municipalities. The Beltway includes a section of Interstate 81, a section of Interstate 83, and PA Route 581. The Beltway is entirely a limited access facility. It is vital to the economy of the Harrisburg region, and is an important hub in the transportation network of the northeastern United States. This website focuses on the I-83 section of the Beltway, which extends from a junction with I-81 northeast of Harrisburg to the interchange with PA 581 to the south of Harrisburg. An I-83 Master Plan was prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in 2003 for this section of the Capital Beltway to identify, plan, and program future transportation improvement projects. The document identified four sections of I-83 to be addressed as future transportation projects. The first section of I-83 to be programmed as a transportation project was the I-83 East Shore Section 1 Project.
Project Updates:

I-83 East Shore Section 1 Project:

I-83 East Shore Section 1 extends from the junction with I-81 to Derry Street. As described in the I-83 Master Plan, the roadway improvements would involve total reconstruction and widening of the I-83 mainline, and reconfiguration of the Colonial Park and Union Deposit Interchanges. A comprehensive public involvement program would accompany this project.

At this time, preliminary engineering and environmental studies are near completion. Funding options are currently being explored for future project phases.

In addition to the link to the I-83 East Shore Section 1 Project page, the I-83 East Shore Section 1 design concept is contained in the I-83 Master Plan. Please visit the Master Plan link on the Master Plan homepage and select "V. Transportation Solutions."

I-83/PA 581 Interchange Bottleneck Safety Project:

PennDOT has programmed the I-83 / PA 581 Interchange Bottleneck Safety Project for design and construction. Routine commuters on the Capital Beltway tend to agree that the location most consistent for back-ups and crash problems is the I-83 / PA 581 Interchange, commonly known as the York Split. This chronic congestion and safety situation at this interchange has resulted in PennDOT taking steps to correct the main problems with an early action safety solution. While this is not the total interchange reconstruction concept featured in the I-83 Master Plan, it is one that can be designed and constructed in the near future using available roadway funds. Please click on the I-83/PA 581 Interchange Bottleneck Safety Project link to learn more about this project.


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