Pennsylvania Route 212

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PA Route 212 marker

PA Route 212
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 14.918 mi[1] (24.008 km)
Major junctions
West end: PA 313 in Quakertown
East end: PA 611 in Durham Township
Location
Counties: Bucks
Highway system
PA 210 PA 213

Pennsylvania Route 212 (PA 212) is a 14.9-mile-long (24.0 km) state highway in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The route runs from PA 313 in Quakertown northeast to PA 611 in Durham Township, just south of the borough of Riegelsville. The route, which is a two-lane undivided road its entire length, passes through rural areas of northern Bucks County, serving Richlandtown and Springtown. PA 212 has a concurrency with PA 412 through the Springtown area.

The westernmost part of PA 212 between Quakertown and Richlandtown was part of the Richland Turnpike or Plank Road Company, a company established in 1854 to build a turnpike connecting present-day PA 313 and PA 412. PA 212 was first designated by 1927 to run from U.S. Route 309 (US 309) and PA 312 in Quakertown northeast to US 611 in Riegelsville. The western terminus was moved to PA 313 by 1930. The easternmost part of PA 212 was completed by 1940.

Route description[edit]

PA 212 westbound through Springfield Township, passing a nearby cemetery

PA 212 begins at an intersection with PA 313 in Quakertown, Bucks County, heading north on two-lane undivided Hellertown Avenue. The road passes through residential areas, curving east and becoming Tohickon Avenue. The route leaves Quakertown for Richland Township and heads northeast, crossing Tohickon Creek and becoming Richlandtown Pike. PA 212 is lined with homes as it passes through rural areas, crossing into Richlandtown. Here, the name of the road becomes Main Street and runs past more residences. The route turns northeast onto Church Road and heads back into Richland Township, where it heads north into farmland and woodland with some homes. PA 212 curves northeast and winds north into forested areas, entering Springfield Township. Here, the route becomes an unnamed road and turns northeast into agricultural areas with some woods and homes. The road passes through the community of Pleasant Valley as it continues north through more rural areas. PA 212 reaches an intersection with PA 412, at which point that route joins PA 212 in a concurrency.[2][3]

The road becomes Main Street and turns east, passing through the residential communuity of Springtown. Upon leaving Springtown, the road becomes unnumbered again and heads back into areas of forests and fields, with PA 412 splitting from PA 212 by heading to the southeast. PA 212 continues east-northeast through rural areas, crossing into Durham Township. Here, the road heads through forested areas with some homes, passing through the community of Durham Mill. PA 212 curves east and parallels Cooks Creek before it reaches its eastern terminus at an intersection with PA 611 along the west bank of the Delaware River south of Riegelsville.[2][3]

History[edit]

The portion of PA 212 between Quakertown and Richlandtown dates back to 1854, when the Richland Turnpike or Plank Road Company was created to build a turnpike linking the Doylestown Road (present-day PA 313) to the Hellertown Road (present-day PA 412). This road existed as an unimproved road into the 20th century.[4] The present-day alignment of PA 212 was not legislated as a state highway in 1911.[5] PA 212 was designated by 1927 to run from US 309 (now PA 309) and PA 312 (now PA 663) in Quakertown northeast to US 611 (now PA 611) in Riegelsville. At this time, the route was paved from Quakertown to a short distance north of Richlandtown.[6] By 1930, the route's western terminus was moved to PA 313 and the route was paved from north of Richlandtown to past the east end of the PA 412 concurrency. The easternmost portion of the route leading to US 611 south of Riegelsville was under construction at this time.[7] The portion of PA 212 under construction was completed by 1940.[8] PA 212 has remained on the same alignment since.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Bucks County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Quakertown 0.000 0.000 PA 313 (Broad Street)
Springfield Township 8.624 13.879 PA 412 north West end of PA 412 concurrency
10.505 16.906 PA 412 south East end of PA 412 concurrency
Durham Township 14.918 24.008 PA 611 (Easton Road) – Easton, Doylestown
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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 Google Inc. "Pennsylvania Route 212". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/bjazi. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c ADC Map (2006). Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (19th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-774-4.
  4. ^ Leight, Robert L., Moll, Thomas R. (2011). Richland Township and Richlandtown Borough. Images of America. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 92. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Tydol Trails (1927). Map of New Jersey (Map). http://www.jimmyandsharonwilliams.com/njroads/1920s/maps/1927tt2.jpg. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing