Pennsylvania Route 29

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PA Route 29 marker

PA Route 29
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 118.05 mi[2] (189.98 km)
Existed: 1928[1] – present
Southern section
Length: 43.46 mi[2] (69.94 km)
South end: US 30 in Malvern
Major
junctions:
US 202 in Malvern
I-76 / Penna. Tpk. near Malvern
US 422 in Mont Clare
North end: I-78 / PA 309 in Allentown
Northern section
Length: 74.59 mi[2] (120.04 km)
South end: I-81 in Ashley
Major
junctions:
US 11 in Nanticoke
US 6 in Tunkhannock
North end: NY 7 near Brookdale
Location
Counties: Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh, Luzerne, Wyoming, Susquehanna
Highway system
PA 28 US 30
PA 138 PA-139 (1926).svg US 140

Pennsylvania Route 29 (PA 29) is a 118 mile (189 km) long[2] north–south state highway that runs through most of eastern Pennsylvania. The route currently exists in two segments, a southern segment and a northern segment. The southernmost terminus of the designation is at U.S. Route 30 in Malvern. The northernmost end is at the New York-Pennsylvania border near Brookdale, Pennsylvania, where the route becomes New York State Route 7.

The route was continuous until 1966, when Route 29 was split into the two segments that exist today.

The southernmost 5 miles (8.0 km) of PA 29's northern segment is a limited-access highway known as the South Cross Valley Expressway.

Route description[edit]

Southern segment[edit]

Chester County[edit]

The 43-mile-long (69 km) southern portion of PA 29 begins at U.S. Route 30 in the Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, located 20 miles (32 km) northwest of downtown Philadelphia in Chester County. Just north of US 30, PA 29 interchanges with U.S. Route 202 near the Penn State Great Valley Campus. The route continues to the northwest meeting Interstate 76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike) at turnpike interchange #320, an All-Electronic Interchange (EZ-Pass only). North of the turnpike, PA 29 takes on an increasingly northeastern alignment as it approaches the neighboring areas of Phoenixville and Mont Clare, geographically separated by only the Schuylkill River.

PA 29 enters Phoenixville from the south on State Road, which becomes Main Street upon entering the area. South of the town center, PA 29 meets Pennsylvania Route 23. On the opposite side of PA 23, PA 29 becomes Manavon Street. A short distance north of the intersection, PA 29 curves onto Starr Street for just over a half-mile. At the end of Starr, PA 29 makes a right onto the aptly named Bridge Street, crossing the Schuylkill River by way of the Mont Clare Bridge and entering Montgomery County in the process.

Montgomery County[edit]

View from southbound PA 29 north of Phoenixville.

Now in Mont Clare, PA 29 becomes Collegeville Road as it interchanges with U.S. Route 422, the Pottstown Expressway. Past the exit, PA 29 continues on its northeast alignment to Collegeville, where PA 29 turns to the north ahead of the Perkiomen Creek, becoming 2nd Avenue as it intersects the west end of the Germantown Pike in the borough center.

North of Collegeville, PA 29 becomes the Gravel Pike, paralleling the Perkiomen Creek as it proceeds north. Less than two miles (3 km) north of Collegeville, PA 29 intersects Pennsylvania Route 113.

In Schwenksville, Pennsylvania Route 73, which runs along the east bank of the Perkiomen for a short distance southeast of the area, crosses the Perkiomen and intersects PA 29. The two routes come together, joining north to Zieglersville, where PA 29 and PA 73 split, with PA 73 continuing to the northwest and PA 29 continuing north.

Near Green Lane, PA 29 breaks from its north–south alignment to pass to the east of the Upper Perkiomen Valley County Park and the Green Lane Reservoir Park. In Green Lane, PA 29 meets the western terminus of Pennsylvania Route 63. Northwest of this point, PA 29 returns to a north–south alignment at the northern edge of the Green Lane Reservoir Park.

Directly north of the reservoir in Pennsburg, PA 29 meets Pennsylvania Route 663. North of Pennsburg, PA 29 follows a northwesterly alignment to the Montgomery-Berks county line.

Berks County[edit]

The stay of PA 29 in Berks County is a brief one, as only two miles of the route are located in the county. Roughly a mile from the county line, PA 29 intersects Pennsylvania Route 100 in Hereford. PA 29 turns north onto PA 100, joining northward across the county line and into Lehigh County.

Lehigh County[edit]

Little more than three miles (5 km) from the county line, the concurrency comes to an end in Shimerville. While PA 100 heads to the northwest, PA 29 continues north toward Allentown, becoming Chestnut Street.

Now in Emmaus, PA 29 passes under Interstate 476, the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension, west of town before turning north onto Cedar Crest Boulevard PA 29 passes a pair of golf courses and Lehigh Valley Hospital before the southern segment terminates at exit 55 on Interstate 78 in Allentown, concurrent with Pennsylvania Route 309 at this point. Cedar Crest Boulevard continues to the north as SR 1019.

Northern segment[edit]

Luzerne County[edit]

PA-29 crossing the Susquehanna River at Nanticoke

50 miles (80 km) northwest of Dorneyville, the 74-mile-long (119 km) northern segment of PA 29 begins at exit 164 on Interstate 81 in Ashley, Luzerne County. Heading west from I-81, PA 29 is a limited-access expressway containing three numbered exits and four overall, passing along the southern extents of Wilkes-Barre before returning to an at-grade road at U.S. Route 11 via a trumpet-style interchange that brings the expressway to an end. This is named the South Cross Valley Expressway.

US 11 and PA 29 join west along the west bank of the Susquehanna River to West Nanticoke, where PA 29 turns north, leaving US 11, which continues to parallel the Susquehanna for a considerable distance.

Due to the terrain of the area, the alignment of PA 29 between US 11 and Silkworth has a large amount of curves as it snakes northeast before returning west to Silkworth. At Silkworth, PA 29 returns to a northerly alignment.

In Pikes Creek, PA 29 intersects Pennsylvania Route 118. North of town, the terrain forces PA 29 to take on an erratic northwesterly routing, an alignment the route maintains into Wyoming County.

Wyoming County[edit]

Shortly after entering Wyoming County, PA 29 intersects the northern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 415 northeast of Harveys Lake. PA 29 turns to the north at this spot before making a wide turn to the east, passing through Noxen Township as it approaches Bowman Creek and the north end of Pennsylvania Route 309, the same route that meets the northern terminus of PA 29's southern segment near Allentown.

North of Bowman Creek, near Evans Falls, PA 29 intersects the western end of Pennsylvania Route 292.

Between Evans Falls and Tunkhannock, PA 29 does not intersect any signed routes as it proceeds northeast through rural Pennsylvania. In Tunkhannock, however, PA 29 intersects both U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 6 Business before leaving north on Bridge Street.

Route 29, along with the concurrency with Route 167 and Route 706 in Montrose

PA 29 continues to the north as it enters Susquehanna County, the seventh and final county along PA 29's routing.

Susquehanna County[edit]

The southern portion of PA 29's routing through Susquehanna County takes on a nondescript feel, passing through Springville and Dimock as it proceeds north. The first signed state route that PA 29 meets in Susquehanna County, however, is located in Montrose, where PA 29 meets the Pennsylvania Route 167/Pennsylvania Route 706 concurrency, which begins just west of the intersection with PA 29. The three routes form a brief concurrency through the town before PA 29 turns north on the eastern edge of town.

Like the southern portion of the county, the routing north of Montrose lacks any notable locations or roads as PA 29 does not intersect another signed route during its northeasterly trek to the New York-Pennsylvania border, where the route becomes New York State Route 7.

History[edit]

Original route[edit]

PA 29 was created and first signed in 1928. During this time, construction began on the segment between Tunkhannock north to Springville. A year later, the stretch between Tunkhannock and Lemon, midway Tunkhannock and Springville, opened to traffic. Lemon to Springville opened the following year, in 1930.

In 1934, work started on the section between US 6 in Tunkhannock and Franklin Forks, located midway between Montrose and the state border. The construction was complete by the following year. In 1936, two major sections of the route, stretching between Evans Falls to Rosengrants, near Tunkhannock, and from Franklin Forks to the state line, were paved. A subsequent project united PA 29 into a single route, completing the road from Hazleton to Tunkhannock.

Two years later, the section from Rosengrants to Tunkhannock was paved. In 1940, the section between Bowmans Creek and Evans Falls was paved.

The first realignment of the route came in 1946 when PA 29 was routed to its current position between West Nanticoke and Silkworth, shifting the route from Cragle Hill Road and Swamp Road to U.S. Route 11 from Shickshinny to West Nanticoke. This routing replaced Pennsylvania Route 139.

The route was split in 1966, eliminating a number of overlaps that linked the two segments.

Post-split[edit]

In 1969, construction began on the South Cross Valley Expressway between Sugar Notch and the Nanticoke interchange. The expressway was extended to Interstate 81 in 1971 and opened in 1972.

Prior to construction of the US 202 expressway in 1970, PA 29 travelled entirely on Phoenixville Pike between Phoenixville and West Chester. PA 29 entered West Chester on Goshen Rd and Marshall Street ending at PA 100 in town. When the US 202 expressway was built, PA 29 was rerouted onto Morehall Rd. at Devault and ran south to junction US 202 and then end at US 30.[1] There are still today numerous road signs on Phoenixville Pike between Frazer and West Chester that label the road as PA 29.

In 1978, PA 29 was re-signed to the northern segment of the route after 12 years of not having a designation. The southern terminus was moved from West Nanticoke to the current end at I-81 exit 164 in Ashley.

There are future plans to extend the South Cross Valley Expressway in 2009.

On December 11, 2012, an E-ZPass only interchange opened with the Pennsylvania Turnpike.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

Southern segment[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Chester Malvern 0.00 0.00 US 30 (Lancaster Avenue) – Malvern, Exton
0.55 0.89 US 202 – West Chester, King of Prussia Interchange
2.46 3.96 I-76 / Penna. Tpk. – Philadelphia, Harrisburg Exit 320 (I-76/Penna. Tpk.), E-ZPass only
Phoenixville 6.72 10.81 PA 23 (Nutt Road) – Pottstown, Valley Forge
Schuylkill River Mont Clare Bridge
Montgomery Mont Clare 10.11 16.27 US 422 (Pottstown Expressway) – Pottstown, King of Prussia Interchange
Collegeville 14.39 23.16 PA 113 (Bridge Road) – Trappe, Skippack
Schwenksville 17.39 27.99 PA 73 east (Skippack Pike) – Skippack Southern terminus of PA 73 concurrency
Zieglersville 19.63 31.59 PA 73 west (Big Road) – Obelisk Northern terminus of PA 73 concurrency
Green Lane 24.41 39.28 PA 63 east (Main Street) – Harleysville
Pennsburg 28.99 46.65 PA 663 (Pottstown Avenue, Quakertown Avenue) – Pottstown, Quakertown
Berks Hereford 33.81 54.41 PA 100 south (Chestnut Street) – Boyertown Southern terminus of PA 100 concurrency
Lehigh Emmaus 37.86 60.93
PA 100 north (Kings Highway) / PA 100 Truck begins – Fogelsville
Northern terminus of PA 100 concurrency, southern terminus of PA 100 Truck concurrency

PA 100 Truck north (Buckeye Road) – Macungie
Northern terminus of PA 100 Truck concurrency
Allentown 43.46 69.94 I-78 / PA 309 – Harrisburg, Tamaqua, Bethlehem, Quakertown Exit 55 (I-78/PA 309)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Northern segment[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Luzerne Ashley 0.00 0.00 I-81 – Scranton, Hazleton South end of the South Cross Valley Expressway
Sugar Notch 1 SR 2010 (Main Street) – Sugar Notch, Ashley
Warrior Run 2 SR 2008 (South Main Street) – Wilkes-Barre, Alden
Nanticoke 3 SR 2002 (Sans Souci Parkway) – Nanticoke, Wilkes-Barre
4.68 7.53 US 11 north – Plymouth North end of the South Cross Valley Expressway; southern terminus of US 11 concurrency
North end of freeway
West Nanticoke 6.20 9.98 US 11 south Northern terminus of US 11 concurrency
Pikes Creek 16.72 26.91 PA 118
Wyoming Harveys Lake 24.60 39.59 PA 415 south
Bowman Creek 30.30 48.76 PA 309 south
Evans Falls 33.88 54.52 PA 292 east
Tunkhannock 39.72 63.92 US 6
39.85 64.13
US 6 Bus. (Tioga Street)
Susquehanna Montrose 61.30 98.65 PA 167 north / PA 706 west (Church Street) Southern terminus of PA 167/PA 706 concurrency
62.48 100.55 PA 167 south / PA 706 east Northern terminus of PA 167/PA 706 concurrency
Brookdale 74.59 120.04 NY 7 east (Montrose Drive) New York state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Spur routes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pennsylvania Highways - Pennsylvania Route 29
  2. ^ a b c d e f Calculated using DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2007 Toggle Measure Tool
  3. ^ Davis, Carolyn (December 12, 2012). "Turnpike ramp opens - The E-ZPass-only interchange could lighten volume elsewhere.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. B01.