Pennsylvania Route 113

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PA Route 113 marker

PA Route 113
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 46.915 mi[1] (75.502 km)
Major junctions
South end:
US 30 Bus. in Downingtown
  US 30 near Downingtown
PA 309 near Souderton
North end: PA 611 in Tinicum Township
Location
Counties: Bucks, Chester, Montgomery
Highway system
PA 112 PA 114

Pennsylvania Route 113 (PA 113) is a 46.9-mile-long (75.5 km) state route in eastern Pennsylvania. The southern terminus of the route is at U.S. Route 30 Business (US 30 Bus.) in Downingtown. Its northern terminus is at PA 611 in Tinicum Township. The route is signed as north–south although its exact alignment follows a northeast-southwest routing. The route serves Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks counties, passing through Lionville, Phoenixville, Trappe, Skippack, Harleysville, Souderton, and Silverdale along the way.

PA 113 was originally designated by 1927 to run from PA 23 and PA 29 in Phoenixville to US 1 and PA 101 in Penndel. By 1930, PA 113 was extended from Phoenixville southwest to US 30 in Downingtown and south from Penndel to US 13 in Eddington. The route was moved to its current alignment between Phoenixville and Rahns by 1940, switching routes with PA 29. By 1947, the northern terminus of PA 113 was realigned at Kulps Corner to head to is current location, replacing part of PA 413. The former PA 113 between Kulps Corner and Eddington became PA 313, US 202, PA 413, PA 513, and Bensalem Boulevard. PA 113 was realigned to bypass Kimberton in the 1970s and Harleysville in the 1980s. In 2009, the new Gay Street Bridge over the French Creek was opened, replacing a bridge that was built in 1924.

Route description[edit]

Chester County[edit]

PA 113 northbound across the Gay Street Bridge in Phoenixville

PA 113 begins at an intersection with US 30 Bus. in Downingtown, Chester County, heading north on Uwchlan Avenue, a two-lane divided highway. The road passes through residential areas and becomes an undivided road. The route crosses into East Caln Township and becomes a divided highway again as it reaches a partial interchange with the US 30 freeway, with access to and from the westbound direction of the freeway. PA 113 becomes undivided again and continues northeast through wooded areas of homes with a few businesses. The road enters Uwchlan Township and widens to four lanes as it continues through suburban areas. The route heads to the north and gains a center left-turn lane as it passes through commercial areas in Lionville. PA 113 curves to the northeast again and crosses PA 100. Past this intersection, the road passes near industrial parks before it comes to a bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76). The route passes near residential areas with some farmland before it crosses into West Pikeland Township.[2][3]

Here, PA 113 becomes Kimberton Road and narrows to two lanes as it comes to an intersection with PA 401 at Opperman's Corner. The road continues northeast through wooded areas with some fields and residences, including the village of Chester Springs. The route heads into East Pikeland Township and becomes Pike Springs Road as it continues through more rural areas with some development. PA 113 reaches the community of Kimberton and curves to the east, with the name becoming Kimberton Road again. The road passes through areas of homes and businesses and becomes the border between Schuylkill Township to the north and Phoenixville to the south at the Township Line Road intersection. The route passes more development and fully enters Schuylkill Township before crossing into Phoenixville and coming to the PA 23 junction.[2][3]

At this point, PA 113 turns southeast to form a concurrency with PA 23 on Nutt Road, a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane. The road passes businesses and crosses under an abandoned railroad line, at which point it continues through residential areas. PA 113 splits from PA 23 by heading northeast on two-lane Bridge Street. The road passes homes before heading into commercial areas. The route continues east into downtown Phoenixville, where it turns north to cross the French Creek and the former Phoenix Iron Works site on the Gay Street Bridge. PA 113 becomes Franklin Street and heads into residential areas, turning east onto Emmet Street. The route turns north onto Dayton Street before it curves northeast along Freemon Street. The name changes to Black Rock Road and the road continues through wooded areas with some residential development, curving to the north before a turn to the northwest.[2][3]

Montgomery County[edit]

PA 113 northbound in Souderton

PA 113 crosses the Schuylkill River on the Black Rock Bridge into Upper Providence Township in Montgomery County and heads into fields, turning northeast onto Trappe Road. The road continues near residential neighborhoods and passes under the US 422 freeway. The route passes through a mix of fields and homes before it crosses into Trappe. Here, PA 113 becomes 3rd Avenue and runs through residential areas, crossing Main Street. Following this, the road passes through farmland before it enters Perkiomen Township and becomes Bridge Road, passing to the west of an industrial park. PA 113 curves east and passes homes as it comes to an intersection with PA 29 in Rahns. The road crosses the Perkiomen Creek into Skippack Township and passes through wooded residential areas, turning back to the northeast. The route passes through a mix of fields and development as it runs to the southeast of State Correctional Institution – Graterford and heads through the community of Creamery. PA 113 passes near more homes and comes to an junction with PA 73 in a commercial area.[2][4]

The road heads past more residential development and curves north, at which point it crosses into Lower Salford Township and becomes Harleysville Pike. The route passes through a mix of fields and woods with some homes, turning to the northeast. PA 113 winds north near more residential development before it heads northeast to an intersection with PA 63 in Harleysville. The road becomes Souderton-Harleysville Pike and passes near residential neighborhoods and farm fields before it crosses into Franconia Township. The route runs through agricultural areas with a few homes and comes to a bridge over the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476). PA 113 passes through more rural areas before it heads past a few businesses between Allentown Road and Godshall Road. The road curves east into areas of homes and crosses into Souderton. At this point, the route becomes Main Street and turns to the southeast, passing more homes and a few businesses. PA 113 heads into the downtown area and turns northeast onto Broad Street, immediately crossing a railroad line owned by SEPTA and operated by the Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad. The road passes more homes before it gains a center left-turn lane and passes businesses.[2][4]

Bucks County[edit]

After crossing County Line Road, PA 113 enters Hilltown Township in Bucks County and becomes Souderton Road, passing more businesses as a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane and coming to an interchange with the PA 309 freeway. The road passes more development before it comes to the Bethlehem Pike intersection. The route narrows back to two lanes and runs through a mix of farmland and woodland with some housing developments. Farther northeast, PA 113 crosses into Silverdale and becomes Main Street, passing homes and a few businesses. In this borough, the route forms a short wrong-way concurrency with PA 152. The road crosses back into Hilltown Township and becomes Souderton Road again, running through more farmland with some woods and residences. PA 113 passes through the community of Blooming Glen and continues through rural areas to an intersection with PA 313 in Kulps Corner. Upon crossing PA 313, the route heads into Bedminster Township as Bedminster Road, continuing through agricultural and wooded areas with occasional homes. The road heads northeast and passes through the community of Bedminster. Farther northeast, PA 113 crosses the Tohickon Creek into Tinicum Township and comes to its northern terminus at an intersection with PA 611.[2][5]

History[edit]

Demolition of the Gay Street (PA 113) Bridge in 2008, replaced and reopened in 2009

When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, what would become PA 113 was designated as Legislative Route 270 between Downingtown and Phoenixville, Legislative Route 202 between Phoenixville and Collegeville, Legislative Route 158 between Collegeville and Iron Bridge, Legislative Route 270 between Iron Bridge and Blooming Glen, Legislative Route 154 between Dublin and Doylestown, Legislative Route 178 between Doylestown and Buckingham, and Legislative Route 152 between Buckingham and Langhorne.[6] PA 113 was first designated by 1927 to run from PA 23 and PA 29 in Phoenixville east to US 1 (now US 1 Bus.) and PA 101 in Penndel. PA 113 continued northeast from Phoenixville through Collegeville and resumed along its present-day alignment in Iron Bridge. The route ran northeast through Harleysville, Souderton, and Silverdale before it turned southeast at Kulps Corner. From here, PA 113 passed through Dublin before it reached Doylestown, where it briefly ran concurrent south on US 611 before heading east along US 122 (now US 202) to Buckingham. PA 113 split from US 122 here and ran southeast through Newtown and then south through Langhorne to Penndel.[7] By 1930, PA 113 was extended southwest to US 30 (now US 30 Bus.) in Downingtown along its present routing. The route was also extended from Penndel south through Hulmeville to US 13 near Eddington.[8] By 1940, PA 113 was paved from northeast of Downingtown to Lionville and between Hulmeville and Eddington. Also, PA 113 and PA 29 switched alignments between Phoenixville and Rahns, with PA 113 now following its present alignment between those two places.[9]

The northern terminus of PA 113 was realigned to its current location at US 611 (now PA 611) by 1947, replacing a portion of PA 413. The former alignment of PA 113 east of Kulps Corner became PA 313 between Kulps Corner and Doylestown, solely US 202 between Doylestown and Buckingham, PA 413 between Buckingham and Penndel, PA 513 between Penndel and Hulmeville, and present-day Bensalem Boulevard between Hulmeville and US 13.[10][11] PA 113 was slightly re-routed in the 1970s when a bypass was constructed around Kimberton. The historic roadbed is currently Kimberton Road and Hares Hill Road.[12] In the 1980s, PA 113 was rerouted to bypass the center of Harleysville, eliminating a short concurrency with PA 63.[13] In 2008, the structurally deficient Gay Street Bridge over the French Creek in Phoenixville, built in 1924, was closed and demolished in a project to build a new bridge.[14][15] The new Gay Street Bridge opened in fall 2009 at a cost of $17 million.[15]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Chester Downingtown 0.000 0.000
US 30 Bus. / US 322 Truck (East Lancaster Avenue)
East Caln Township 0.584 0.940 US 30 west (Downingtown Coatesville Bypass) – Coatesville, Lancaster Interchange
Uwchlan Township 3.935 6.333 PA 100 (Pottstown Pike) – Pottstown, Exton
West Pikeland Township 5.902 9.498 PA 401 (Conestoga Road) – Elverson, Malvern
Phoenixville 12.791 20.585 PA 23 west (Nutt Road) – Pottstown Southern terminus of concurrency
13.260 21.340 PA 23 east (Nutt Road) – Valley Forge Northern terminus of concurrency
Schuylkill River 16.121 25.944 Black Rock Bridge
Montgomery Perkiomen Township 21.098 33.954 PA 29 (Gravel Pike) – Schwenksville, Collegeville Southern terminus of PA 113 Alternate Truck
Skippack Township 24.362 39.207 PA 73 (Skippack Pike) – Schwenksville, Skippack Northern terminus of PA 113 Alternate Truck
Lower Salford Township 28.506 45.876 PA 63 (Main Street) – Green Lane, Harleysville
Bucks Hilltown Township 34.179 55.006 PA 309 – Quakertown, Montgomeryville Interchange
Silverdale 37.063 59.647 PA 152 north (Walnut Street) Southern terminus of concurrency
37.176 59.829 PA 152 south (Baringer Avenue) Northern terminus of concurrency
Hilltown Township
Bedminster Township
40.801 65.663 PA 313 (Dublin Pike)
Tinicum Township 46.915 75.502 PA 611 (Easton Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 113 Alternate Truck[edit]



Pennsylvania Route 113 Alternate Truck
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Existed: 2013–present

Pennsylvania Route 113 Alternate Truck is an alternate truck route of PA 113, bypassing a weight-restricted bridge in Skippack Township. The route follows PA 29 and PA 73. It was signed 2013.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (December 31, 2012). "Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams" (2013 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 113". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=W+Uwchlan+Ave&daddr=40.116245,-75.588444+to:40.1306934,-75.5223642+to:40.1528869,-75.5073854+to:40.223705,-75.4106716+to:PA-611+N%2FEaston+Rd&hl=en&sll=40.415718,-75.161076&sspn=0.070184,0.169086&geocode=FceGYgIdsPp8-w%3BFRUgZAIdpJx--yn1-qrcQIzGiTFq918OkIki9w%3BFYVYZAIdxJ5_-yldcbyW_pHGiTEtaShl_cbMWg%3BFTavZAIdR9l_-ykjq2tNxpHGiTHEHv7FNha9Nw%3BFdnDZQIdEVOB-ylvTOufopnGiTEbPpESlY7i-g%3BFQ8uaQIdbE2F-w&t=h&mra=ls&via=1,2,3,4&z=10. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c ADC Map (2006). Chester County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (17th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-778-7.
  4. ^ a b ADC Map (2006). Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (18th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-775-2.
  5. ^ ADC Map (2006). Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (19th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-774-4.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Tydol Trails (1927). Map of New Jersey (Map). http://www.jimmyandsharonwilliams.com/njroads/1920s/maps/1927tt2.jpg. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ United States Department of the Army (1947). Newark, NJ 1:250,000 Quadrangle (Map). http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/250k/txu-pclmaps-topo-us-newark-1947.jpg. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1950). Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1950fr.pdf. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (1980). Pennsylvania Official Transportation Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1980fr.pdf. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (1989). Pennsylvania Official Transportation Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1989fr.pdf. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  14. ^ "Gay Street/Route 113 Bridge in Phoenixville to close for replacement on April 2". PennDOT. March 27, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Gay Street Bridge Phoenixville, PA". High Steel Structures Inc. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 113 Alternate Truck". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/GsYO3. Retrieved May 18, 2014.