Pennsylvania Route 332

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PA Route 332 marker

PA Route 332
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 17.522 mi[2] (28.199 km)
Existed: 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: PA 263 in Hatboro
  PA 132 in Warminster Township
PA 232 in Northampton Township
PA 413 / PA 532 in Newtown Township
I-95 in Lower Makefield Township
East end: PA 32 in Yardley
Location
Counties: Montgomery, Bucks
Highway system
PA 331 PA 333

Pennsylvania Route 332 (PA 332) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The route runs 17.5 miles (28.2 km) from PA 263 in Hatboro, Montgomery County east to PA 32 in Yardley, Bucks County. PA 332 runs through suburban areas to the north of Philadelphia, serving Warminster, Ivyland, Richboro, and Newtown. The route is two lanes wide most of its length, with the bypass around Newtown a four-lane divided highway. PA 332 intersects PA 132 in Warminster, PA 232 in Richboro, PA 413 and PA 532 in Newtown (all three run concurrently on the Newtown Bypass), and Interstate 95 (I-95) in Lower Makefield Township.

What would become PA 332 between Newtown and Yardley was designated part of Legislative Route 252 in 1911. PA 332 was created by 1930 to run from PA 263 in Hatboro east to Ivyland with the road between Newtown and Yardley designated as part of PA 532. By 1940, PA 332 was extended to PA 113 in Newtown. The route was extended to Yardley by 1947, replacing PA 532. PA 332 was routed to bypass Newtown in 1991 when the eastern portion of the Newtown Bypass was completed.

Route description[edit]

PA 332 eastbound in Warminster Township past County Line Road.

PA 332 begins at an intersection with PA 263 (York Road) in Hatboro, Montgomery County, heading east on Montgomery Avenue, a two-lane undivided roadway. The road passes through residential areas, crossing SEPTA's Warminster Line. Immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, the route turns northeast on Jacksonville Road and heads through industrial and business areas with some homes.[3][4] PA 332 intersects County Line Road and it enters Warminster Township in Bucks County, continuing through more commercial areas west of Warminster Heights and passing to the east of the Warminster train station. The route widens to four lanes and intersects PA 132 as it continues near industrial parks. The road narrows back to two lanes past the Johnsville Boulevard intersection and enters Ivyland, heading through more residential areas. The route becomes the border between Ivyland to the northwest and Warminster Township to the southeast prior to crossing Bristol Road into Northampton Township. PA 332 continues between industrial areas to the northwest and residential areas to the southeast, reaching an intersection with Almshouse Road.[3][5]

PA 332 westbound shield in Northampton Township past Hatboro Road.

PA 332 turns southeast onto Almshouse Road and heads through a mix of farm fields and residences. Past the Hatboro Road intersection, the road curves to the east and gains a center left-turn lane, heading into Richboro. In Richboro, the route heads through business areas and intersects PA 232. Upon crossing PA 232, PA 332 changes its name to Newtown Richboro Road and continues past more homes as a two-lane road. The road forms the southern boundary of Tyler State Park, passing between areas of fields and woods in the park to the north and residential subdivisions to the south. The route curves northeast before heading east across the Neshaminy Creek into Newtown Township. In this area, the road briefly widens into a divided highway as it passes the entrance to a housing development to the south of the road. PA 332 comes to an intersection with PA 413 and PA 532 at the Newtown Bypass, a road that provides a bypass of the borough of Newtown.[3][5]

PA 332's eastern terminus at PA 32 in Yardley

At this point, PA 332 turns south on the four-lane divided Newtown Bypass, forming a concurrency with PA 413 and PA 532. The road heads through wooded areas with nearby residential development, with PA 532 splitting southwest onto Buck Road toward Holland. PA 332 and PA 413 curve east through more woodland and come to a bridge over the abandoned Fox Chase/Newtown railroad line, with PA 413 turning south onto Newtown Langhorne Road toward Langhorne. PA 332 continues east near residential and commercial development a short distance to the north of the border between Newtown Township and Middletown Township. The road curves to the northeast and passes between an industrial park to the northwest and woods to the southeast, turning east past the intersection with Newtown Yardley Road. Upon intersecting Lindenhurst Road, the route enters Lower Makefield Township and becomes Newtown Yardley Road. It passes through farmland before heading north of an office park and reaching an interchange with I-95. Following this interchange, PA 332 becomes a two-lane undivided road and continues past more fields prior to heading into areas of wooded residential subdivisions. The route turns northeast onto Yardley Langhorne Road and crosses into Yardley, where it is known as Afton Avenue. The road passes more homes before heading into the commercial downtown, crossing the Delaware Canal. PA 332 comes to its eastern terminus at an intersection with PA 32, which runs along the Delaware River.[3][5]

History[edit]

PA 332 westbound along with northbound PA 413 and northbound PA 532 on the Newtown Bypass

What would become PA 332 between Newtown and Yardley was designated as part of Legislative Route 252 in 1911, which continued southeast from Yardley to Morrisville.[6] By 1930, PA 332 was designated to run from PA 263 in Hatboro east to Ivyland, with the portion of road between Newtown and Yardley designated as part of PA 532. Between Ivyland and Newtown, the road remained an unnumbered road that was paved with the exception of a portion west of Newtown.[1] PA 332 was extended east to end at PA 113 (State Street) in Newtown by 1940, with the entire route paved by that time. PA 332 entered Newtown from the west on Newtown-Richboro Road.[7] By 1947, PA 332 was extended east to Yardley, replacing that portion of PA 532. The route continued north from its previous eastern terminus on PA 413 (former PA 113, State Street) before turning east on Washington Street and leaving Newtown on Newtown Yardley Road.[8][9] The portion of the Newtown Bypass carrying PA 332 west of PA 413 (Newtown Langhorne Road) was completed as part of a western bypass of Newtown for PA 413 in 1977. In September 1989, construction began to extend the Newtown Bypass east to the interchange between PA 332 and I-95.[10] Construction on this bypass was completed in November 1991 at a cost of $16.6 million.[11] With the completion of this bypass, PA 332 was routed to bypass Newtown.[12]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Montgomery Hatboro 0.000 0.000 PA 263 (York Road)
Bucks Warminster Township 1.879 3.024 PA 132 (Street Road) – Chalfont, Warminster, Southampton
Northampton Township 7.036 11.323 PA 232 (Second Street Pike) – New Hope, Bryn Athyn
Newtown Township 10.572 17.014 PA 413 / PA 532 north (Newtown Bypass) – Buckingham, Washington Crossing West end of PA 413/PA 532 overlap
11.154 17.951 PA 532 south (Buck Road) – Feasterville East end of PA 532 overlap
11.820 19.022 PA 413 south (Newtown Langhorne Road) – Langhorne East end of PA 413 overlap
Lower Makefield Township 14.849 23.897 I-95 – Philadelphia, Trenton, Princeton Exit 49 on I-95
Yardley 17.522 28.199 PA 32 (Main Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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 June 24, 2010.
  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 Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 332". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=PA+263+and+PA+332&daddr=PA+32+and+PA+332&hl=en&sll=40.2052,-75.21678&sspn=0.508681,1.352692&geocode=FT8WZQIdhPqF-yllRlLlTK7GiTHzQq-BCS-nFQ%3BFZQWZgIdrxaK-ykZeoRNUFbBiTFfEnRwFfEcqQ&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=h&z=12. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  4. ^ ADC Map (2006). Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (18th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-775-2.
  5. ^ a b c 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 June 24, 2010.
  7. ^ 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 June 24, 2010.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Gagnier, Mary (September 10, 1989). "At Long Last Start Of Bypass Extension Is Marked". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ Bishop, Todd (June 11, 1997). "Newtown Traffic Solution 2 First Was The Bypass, Now So Busy, Drivers Are Leaving It. The Sequel: New Traffic Light Timers.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (1991). Bucks County Pennsylvania (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_PDF_FILES/Maps/Type_10_GHS_Historical_Scans/Bucks_1991_Sheet_1.pdf. Retrieved January 4, 2012.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

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