Pennsylvania Route 32

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PA Route 32 marker

PA Route 32
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 40.605 mi[2] (65.347 km)
Existed: 1928[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 1 in Morrisville
  US 202 north of New Hope
North end: PA 611 near Upper Black Eddy
Location
Counties: Bucks
Highway system
PA 31 PA 33

Pennsylvania Route 32 (PA 32) is a scenic two-lane highway that runs along the side of the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It begins at U.S. Route 1 (US 1) in Falls Township outside of Morrisville and ends at PA 611 in the village of Kintnersville in Nockamixon. PA 32 passes through Washington Crossing Historic Park, a Revolutionary War-themed historical park on the site of George Washington's crossing on the night of December 25–26, 1776. It also passes through the towns of Morrisville, Yardley and New Hope.

PA 32 was first designated by 1927 to run from US 1 in Morrisville northwest to US 611 in Kintnersville. There were cancelled proposals in the 1930s to build a parkway along the corridor between Morrisville and New Hope and for a freeway in the 1960s between Interstate 95 (I-95) in Yardley and US 202 in New Hope. PA 32 was extended to its current southern terminus in the 1980s, replacing a part of US 1 Alternate (US 1 Alt.). Parts of the road were rebuilt in the 2000s due to floods.

Route description[edit]

PA 32 southbound through Washington Crossing

PA 32 is a two-lane undivided road that parallels the Delaware River for most of its length.[3] The road is popular for Sunday drivers, bikers, fishermen, and viewers of fall foliage.[4]

PA 32 begins at an interchange with the US 1 freeway in Falls Township, Bucks County, with access to southbound US 1 and from northbound US 1. From here, the route heads northeast on two-lane undivided Bridge Street, forming the border between Morrisville to the north and Falls Township to the south. The road fully enters Morrisville and passes through residential areas with some businesses. PA 32 crosses the Delaware Canal and heads into commercial areas. The route turns northwest onto Delmorr Avenue, with Bridge Street continuing to the northeast to the Lower Trenton Bridge over the Delaware River into Trenton, New Jersey. PA 32 passes between homes to the west and Williamson Park to the east, curving north before it heads northwest along the west bank of the Delaware River, with the Delaware Canal a short distance to the west. The road intersects Trenton Avenue just west of where that road crosses the river on the Calhoun Street Bridge. The route leaves Morrisville for Lower Makefield Township, where the name changes to River Road the canal heads farther to the west and the road passes through wooded areas of homes. PA 32 continues northwest along the Delaware River and passes under the West Trenton Railroad Bridge, which carries CSX's Trenton Subdivision and SEPTA's West Trenton Line, before entering Yardley and becoming Delaware Avenue. The road passes more homes in the borough and intersects the eastern terminus of PA 332.[3][5]

The route leaves Yardley for Lower Makefield Township again, regaining the River Road name and passing through woods. PA 32 passes under the Scudder Falls Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Delaware River. The road curves north and continues through wooded areas with some homes, entering Upper Makefield Township at the Mount Eyre Road intersection. The route continues along the river and heads northwest into the residential community of Washington Crossing. Here, PA 32 passes to the west of Washington Crossing Historic Park, which is situated along the river, and comes to an intersection with the northern terminus of PA 532 and the approach to the Washington Crossing Bridge. The road continues through the historic park before leaving Washington Crossing and heading past fields and woods with some residences. The route curves west and turns southwest away from the Delaware River to cross the Delaware Canal, coming to an intersection with Taylorsville Road. Here, PA 32 curves back northwest and runs through wooded areas of residential developments before passing through a mix of homes, woods, and fields. The road passes through another tract of Washington Crossing Historic Park and crosses into Solebury Township. The route heads north through forested areas, drawing closer to the canal and the river.[3][5]

PA 32 northbound in New Hope approaching PA 179

PA 32 enters New Hope, where it intersects the northern terminus of PA 232 and crosses the canal. The route becomes Main Street and heads through the commercial downtown of New Hope, passing the Bucks County Playhouse. In the center of town, the road crosses PA 179, which heads east to the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge over the Delaware River to Lambertville, New Jersey. PA 32 heads past more downtown businesses before heading into wooded residential areas. The route crosses back into Solebury Township and heads through woods as River Road, turning northwest away from the river and crossing the canal. PA 32 briefly becomes a four-lane divided highway as it comes to an interchange with the US 202 freeway, which heads east across the Delaware River on the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge. Past this interchange, the route becomes two lanes and undivided again as it bends west around a residential subdivision. The road turns northwest again and runs to the west of the canal and the river, passing east of homes. PA 32, along with the canal, heads farther away from the river as it runs through forested areas. The route intersects PA 263, which heads northeast to the Centre Bridge-Stockton Bridge over the Delaware River into Stockton, New Jersey, in the community of Centre Bridge. Past PA 263, the road heads west through forests with some fields, running parallel with the Delaware Canal and the Delaware River again. PA 32 curves northwest and passes through the community of Lumberville, where the road has access to the Lumberville-Raven Rock Bridge, a pedestrian bridge providing access to Bull's Island Recreation Area in New Jersey.[3][5]

The route enters Plumstead Township and runs through more forests, reaching the community of Point Pleasant. Here, PA 32 turns north and crosses the Tohickon Creek into Tinicum Township, where the road passes a few homes before heading into forests. The road continues north a short distance to the west of the Delaware Canal and the Delaware River, eventually crossing to the east side of the canal. PA 32 heads into a mix of fields and woods with some homes in the community of Erwinna, where it passes to the east of Tinicum County Park. The route passes through more rural areas and reaches the community of Uhlerstown, where the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge heads east into Frenchtown, New Jersey and connects to Route 12. The road passes through more farmland and woods with some homes on the west bank of the river, curving northwest and passing through the community of Lodi. PA 32 enters Bridgeton Township and passes through more rural areas with some homes before passing through the residential community of Upper Black Eddy, where the Upper Black Eddy-Milford Bridge heads northeast across the river to Milford, New Jersey. Past here, the route curves west and crosses the Delaware Canal, continuing through wooded areas with some fields and residences. The road crosses into Nockamixon Township and runs southwest between dense forests to the south and the canal and the river to the north. PA 32 continues west to its northern terminus at an intersection with PA 611 in the community of Kintnersville.[3][5]

History[edit]

PA 32 southbound past the northern terminus at PA 611

When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, what is now PA 32 was designated as part of Legislative Route 252 between Morrisville and Yardley.[6] PA 32 was designated by 1927 to run from US 1 (Bridge Street) in Morrisville northwest to US 611 (now PA 611) in Kintnersville, following its present alignment. At this time, the entire route was paved.[7] In 1932, a parkway was proposed along the route from Morrisville to New Hope; however, it was never built.[8] In 1969, another proposal was created for a $30 million PA 32 freeway from I-95 near Yardley to US 202 in New Hope. At the time, this freeway was to be completed by 1985. However, the proposal never came about.[9] In the 1980s, PA 32 was extended southwest to its current terminus, replacing a part of US 1 Alt., which had replaced the earlier US 1 designation, on Bridge Street.[10]

Due to its route along the Delaware River, PA 32 is prone to floods. Several floods, including the Mid-Atlantic Flood of June 2006, left many parts of the road impassable. The sections of road between PA 263 and Greenhill Road and near Fleecydale Road in Solebury Township and between PA 611 and Narrows Hill Road in Nockamixon Township were closed from the damage. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation undertook a $11.4 million[4] project to fix these sections of road in 2008. The section between PA 263 and Greenhill Road was completed by Memorial Day 2008 and the section between PA 611 and Narrows Hill Road was completed in summer of 2008.[4] Road closures and detours have affected many businesses along PA 32, with many seeing a decline in customers and some closing down or being put up for auction.[11]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Bucks County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Falls Township 0.000 0.000 US 1 south / US 13 – Philadelphia, Bristol, Yardley Interchange
Yardley 5.659 9.107 PA 332 west (Afton Avenue)
Upper Makefield Township 9.618 15.479 PA 532 south to I-95 / Washington Crossing Bridge – Newtown
New Hope 16.369 26.343 PA 232 south (Windy Bush Road) – Richboro
16.884 27.172 PA 179 (Bridge Street, New Hope-Lambertville Bridge)
Solebury Township 18.004 28.975 US 202 north (New Hope-Lambertville Toll Bridge) – New Jersey Interchange
20.194 32.499 PA 263 south (Upper York Road) to Route 29 (via Centre Bridge-Stockton Bridge) – Buckingham, Stockton
Tinicum Township 32.705 52.634 To Route 12 (Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge)
Nockamixon Township 40.605 65.347 PA 611 (Easton Road) – Kintnersville, Riegelsville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 32 Alternate Truck[edit]



PA-32.svg

Pennsylvania Route 32 Alternate Truck
Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Existed: 2013–present

Pennsylvania Route 32 Alternate Truck is an alternate truck route between Point Pleasant and PA 611, bypassing a weight-restricted bridge. The route follows Point Pleasant Pike, PA 413, and PA 611.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pennsylvania Highways - Pennsylvania Route 32
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 32". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/cVlKL. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Ruvo, Christopher (March 23, 2008). "Roadwork in Progress". The Intelligencer. 
  5. ^ a b c d 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. ^ Regional Plan of the Philadelphia Tri-State District. Regional Planning Federation. 1932. 
  9. ^ 1985 Regional Transportation Plan (Report). Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. 1969. OCLC 25700082.
  10. ^ State Farm Insurance (1983). State Farm Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally.
  11. ^ Bentman, Hilary (December 11, 2007). "18 months later, flood continues bashing business". The Intelligencer. 
  12. ^ Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 32 Alternate Truck". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/UvFnk. Retrieved April 21, 2014.

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