Pennsylvania Route 152

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PA Route 152 marker

PA Route 152
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 25.300 mi[3] (40.716 km)
Existed: 1928[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: PA 309 in Cheltenham Township
  PA 63 in Horsham Township
US 202 in Warrington Township
North end: PA 309 near Telford
Location
Counties: Bucks, Montgomery
Highway system
PA 151 PA 153

Pennsylvania Route 152 (PA 152) is a 25.3-mile-long (40.7 km) state highway located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The route travels north–south from an interchange with PA 309 located in the Cedarbrook neighborhood of Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County north to another interchange with PA 309 located northeast of Telford in Bucks County. PA 152 is known as Limekiln Pike for most of its length. From the southern terminus, the route passes through suburban areas to the north of Philadelphia, serving Dresher, Maple Glen, and Chalfont. North of Chalfont, PA 152 passes through rural suburbs of Philadelphia before reaching Silverdale. Past here, the road continues northwest through Perkasie, where it turns southwest and passes through Sellersville before reaching its northern terminus.

What is now PA 152 was originally Limekiln Road, a road built to transport lime from area kilns. The road was a turnpike between the 1850s and 1917. The route was first designated in 1928 to run from U.S. Route 611 (US 611) in North Philadelphia to PA 113 in Silverdale. PA 152 was extended north to US 309 in Sellersville in 1947, replacing the former routing of PA 413 between Perkasie and Sellersville. By 1960, the southern terminus of the route was cut back to its current location. PA 152 was extended west to end at PA 309 near Telford by 1970.

Route description[edit]

PA 152 northbound approaching the fork with Susquehanna Road in Dresher

Montgomery County[edit]

PA 152 begins at an interchange with the Fort Washington Expressway (PA 309) in the community of Cedarbrook, located in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County about 3,000 feet (910 m) north of the Philadelphia city line. From this interchange, the route proceeds northeast on four-lane divided Easton Road, passing to the east of Arcadia University. PA 152 heads north onto Limekiln Pike and crosses PA 73 (Church Road), crossing through residential areas as a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane before losing the turn lane as it passes businesses in the community of Edge Hill. The route curves northeast and comes to a bridge over SEPTA's Lansdale/Doylestown Line, where it enters Abington Township. Immediately after the bridge, PA 152 turns northwest to remain along Limekiln Pike, making a curve back to the north a short distance later. The road continues through residential and commercial areas, crossing into Upper Dublin Township. PA 152 passes through a local golf course before reaching an intersection with Jenkintown Road and Fitzwatertown Road in the community of Fitzwatertown, where it turns northwest. PA 152 heads north through areas of homes with some businesses before curving northeast and coming to an intersection with Susquehanna Road.[4][5]

Here, the route turns northwest and passes under Norfolk Southern's Morrisville Line and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) as a three-lane road with one northbound lane and two southbound lanes. Immediately after the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge, Susquehanna Road splits to the northwest and PA 152 continues north along Limekiln Pike, passing businesses in Dresher. The road becomes two lanes again and continues northwest through wooded areas of residential neighborhoods, passing through Jarrettown. PA 152 curves to the north and reaches the community of Maple Glen, where it crosses Norristown Road and PA 63 (Welsh Road). At the intersection with the latter, PA 152 enters Horsham Township and continues through more wooded areas of homes, intersecting Butler Pike.[4][5]

In the community of Prospectville, the road comes to an intersection with PA 463 (Horsham Road). Past this intersection, the route continues north between a cemetery to the west and a golf course to the east before heading through a mix of farmland and wooded areas of homes PA 152 intersects Lower State Road and turns northeast, running along the border between Montgomery Township to the northwest and Horsham Township to the southeast, crossing the Little Neshaminy Creek. PA 152 turns north and fully enters Montgomery Township, coming to an intersection with County Line Road in the community of Eureka.[4][5]

Bucks County[edit]

PA 152 northbound past County Line Road in Warrington Township

Upon crossing County Line Road, PA 152 enters Warrington Township in Bucks County, passing through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes. The route heads into a mix of woodland and residential subdivisions as it comes to an intersection with US 202 and curves to the northwest. Upon crossing Upper State Road, PA 152 enters New Britain Township and continues north through wooded areas of homes. PA 152 curves northwest soon after and enters Chalfont. The route turns northeast onto Butler Avenue and crosses the West Branch of Neshaminy Creek before heading into a business district and turning northwest onto Main Street. The road passes homes, coming to a bridge over SEPTA's Lansdale/Doylestown Line near the Chalfont station. PA 152 continues through more residential areas with commercial development before curving north before running along the border between New Britain Township to the west and Chalfont to the east.[4][6]

PA 152 fully enters New Britain Township and becomes Limekiln Pike again, heading into a mix of agricultural and wooded areas with some homes and passing through the community of Newville. The road curves northwest and continues into Hilltown Township, passing through more rural areas. At the intersection with Hilltown Pike, PA 152 turns northeast to remain along Limekiln Pike before turning northwest in the community of Hilltown. The route passes through the community of Mount Pleasant and continues through rural areas with residential development. Farther northwest, the road enters Silverdale and becomes Baringer Avenue before coming to an intersection with PA 113 (Main Street).[4][6]

At this point, PA 152 turns southwest to form a wrong-way concurrency with PA 113 on Main Street before splitting from that route by turning northwest onto Walnut Street. The route leaves Silverdale for Hilltown Township again and passes through areas of residential subdivisions. Farther northwest, the road enters Perkasie and continues past more residences and businesses. PA 152 turns southwest onto Constitution Avenue and passes a park before entering Sellersville and becomes Park Avenue, passing through wooded areas of homes. PA 152 turns south onto Main Street and passes through residential areas with some commercial establishments. The road enters West Rockhill Township and crosses through a mix of woods and development. PA 152 turns west onto four-lane undivided State Road before changing over to a divided highway as it comes to a bridge over an East Penn Railroad line. After the bridge, PA 152 crosses through a mix of fields and development before reaching its northern terminus at an interchange with the PA 309 freeway. Past the northern terminus, State Road continues southwest toward Telford.[4][6]

History[edit]

The southern terminus of PA 152 in Cheltenham.

PA 152 was originally built as Limekiln Road in 1693. This road was used to transport lime from kilns in Upper Dublin Township.[7] The road was maintained by adjacent property owners.[8] In 1850, the Limekiln Turnpike Company was created to improve the roadway through the collection of tolls, boasting tollhouses at each end of the village of Dreshertown (now Dresher). The toll collection and tollhouses along the Limekiln Pike were abolished and removed in 1917.[9] When Pennsylvania designated legislative routes in 1911, what is now PA 152 did not get a route number.[10] In the original 1928 routing, PA 152 stretched from the Stenton Avenue and Broad Street (US 611) intersection via Ogontz Avenue in the Oak Lane neighborhood of North Philadelphia to PA 113 in Silverdale. At this time, the entire route south of Chalfont was paved. The segment within Perkasie and Sellersville known as Walnut Street, Constitution Avenue, and Park Avenue was signed as PA 413 from South Perkasie Road to Main Street (then US 309).[1] By 1940, PA 152 was paved north of Chalfont.[11]

In 1947, the northern terminus was moved to US 309 in Sellersville, replacing the segment of PA 413.[12] From the late 1940s to before 1960, the southernmost segment on Easton Road from US 309 to Arcadia University was signed as US 611 Alternate.[13][14] By 1960, the southern terminus was moved to its current location at US 309 (now PA 309) in Cheltenham Township.[14] The northern terminus was moved to its current location at the PA 309 interchange near Sellersville by 1970.[15]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
Montgomery Cheltenham Township 0.000 0.000 PA 309 (Fort Washington Expressway) – Philadelphia, Fort Washington Interchange
0.462 0.744 PA 73 (Church Road)
Upper Dublin Township
Horsham Township
6.980 11.233 PA 63 (Welsh Road)
Horsham Township 9.188 14.787 PA 463 (Horsham Road) – Hatfield, Hatboro
Bucks Warrington Township 13.112 21.102 US 202 – Norristown, Doylestown
Silverdale 20.682 33.284 PA 113 north (Main Street) Southern terminus of concurrency
20.795 33.466 PA 113 south (Main Street) Northern terminus of concurrency
West Rockhill Township 25.300 40.716 PA 309 Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gulf Oil (1928). Pennsylvania Highway Map (Philadelphia Metro) (Map). http://www.mapsofpa.com/art5pics/1928phila3.jpg. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1927). Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). http://www.mapsofpa.com/roadcart/1927_2043m.jpg. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Google Inc. "overview map of Pennsylvania Route 152". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=PA-152+N%2FS+Easton+Rd&daddr=40.13376,-75.1668231+to:40.273275,-75.204857+to:40.341699,-75.257334+to:40.3644,-75.2861+to:PA-152+N%2FE+Park+Ave%2FState+Rd&hl=en&sll=40.354655,-75.276346&sspn=0.035124,0.084543&geocode=FXiuYwIdNhWF-w%3BFYBkZAIdmQuF-ylh8pZ6kLrGiTEUntB5kDglOg%3BFXuFZgIdB3eE-ynjctBD9qbGiTEEXOb4z5U-9Q%3BFcOQZwIdCqqD-ym3dJB3BR7EiTHyxNMJWe3_2g%3BFXDpZwIdrDmD-ynpBLCjTx7EiTGP3uJoPLEaNQ%3BFWKVZwIdGr6C-w&t=h&mra=ls&via=1,2,3,4&z=11. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c PennDOT (2012). Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/montgomery_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c PennDOT (2012). Bucks County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/bucks_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Alderfer, Everett Gordon (1951). The Montgomery County story. Commissioners of Montgomery County. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  8. ^ Clemmer, Leon (2004). Horsham Township. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ Historical Society of Fort Washington (2004). Fort Washington and Upper Dublin. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. p. 31. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1911) (PDF). 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 27, 2011.
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1940) (PDF). Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1940fr.pdf. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ United States Department of the Army (1946). Philadelphia, PA and vicinity map (Map). http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/250k/txu-pclmaps-topo-us-wilmington-1946-a.jpg. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  14. ^ a b Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1960). Official Map of Pennsylvania (back) (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1960bk.pdf. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1970). Official Map of Pennsylvania (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/Statewide/Historic_OTMs/1970fr.pdf. Retrieved December 3, 2012.

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