Pennsylvania Route 663

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PA Route 663 marker

PA Route 663
Map of northern Montgomery County and western Bucks County with PA 663 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 22.134 mi[2] (35.621 km)
Existed: by 1930[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: PA 100 in Pottstown
  I-476 / Penna Turnpike NE Extension near Quakertown
North end: PA 309 / PA 313 in Quakertown
Location
Counties: Bucks, Montgomery
Highway system
PA 662 PA 664

Pennsylvania Route 663 (PA 663) is a 22.98-mile-long (36.98 km) state highway in Bucks and Montgomery counties in southeast Pennsylvania. Its northern terminus is at PA 309 and PA 313 in Quakertown, where it continues eastward as PA 313, and its southern terminus is at PA 100 in Pottstown. Along the way, PA 663 also passes through the town of Pennsburg. It is called John Fries Highway between Pennsburg and Quakertown. It has an interchange with Interstate 476 (I-476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike) at exit 44 west of Quakertown. The route was assigned in 1930, and it has had several realignments since its commissioning, including two major ones.

Route description[edit]

PA 663 approaching its southern terminus at PA 100 in Pottstown.

PA 663 begins at an intersection with PA 100 in Pottstown, Montgomery County, heading east on four-lane undivided West King Street. The road passes through commercial areas and crosses the Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad and Manatawny Creek. The route becomes two-lane undivided King Street and is lined with residences. PA 663 turns north onto Charlotte Street and continues past homes, curving to the northeast. The road crosses into Upper Pottsgrove Township and runs through a mix of residential and commercial areas as North Charlotte Street. The route turns east before it curves back to the northeast. PA 663 continues through wooded areas with a few homes and enters New Hanover Township. The road runs through more rural areas with some development and passes to the east of New Hanover Airport at the Swamp Pike intersection.[3][4]

Farther northeast, PA 663 intersects PA 73 and turns east to form a concurrency with that route on Big Road. The road crosses Swamp Creek before PA 663 splits from PA 73 by heading northeast on Layfield Road. The route runs through farmland and woodland with some development. Farther northeast, the road heads into Upper Hanover Township and crosses the Green Lane Reservoir along the Perkiomen Creek. PA 663 heads into Pennsburg, where it becomes Pottstown Avenue and runs past homes and a few businesses. In the center of town, the route intersects PA 29. Past this intersection, the road becomes Quakertown Avenue and passes more development before leaving Pennsburg for Upper Hanover Township again. At this point, the route becomes John Fries Highway and heads through farm fields and woods.[3][4]

Two mile sign for Exit 44 on Interstate 476 (Northeast Extension) leading to PA 663

Past the Geryville Pike intersection, PA 663 enters Milford Township in Bucks County and continues through more rural areas. The road passes to the southeast of Spinnerstown and widens into a four-lane divided highway at the Spinnerstown Road/Krammes Road intersection, where it curves to the east. The route becomes undivided and comes to an interchange with I-476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension). PA 663 becomes a divided highway again and passes businesses. The route becomes a two-lane undivided road again and continues back into rural areas, where it crosses Allentown Road. The road passes to the north of Milford Square and passes near some development. The route enters Richland Township at the Portzer Road intersection and passes homes, becoming the border between Richland Township to the north and Quakertown to the south at the Milford Square Pike intersection. PA 663 heads into commercial areas and fully enters Quakertown, where it widens back into a four-lane divided highway and comes to its northern terminus at an intersection with PA 309. Past this intersection, the road continues east as PA 313.[3][5]

History[edit]

PA 663 was once part of the Steinsburg and Milford Square Turnpike. The turnpike was chartered in March 1858.[6] The PA 663 designation first appeared on maps in 1930.[1] At that time, the northern terminus of PA 663 was at the PA 73 intersection with New Hanover Township, although that was changed in 1936. In 1936, PA 663 was extended to an intersection with PA 309 and PA 313 in Quakertown.[7] In 1950, the segment of PA 663 from Spinnerstown to Milford Square was paved.[8] After construction began in 1973, a new alignment of PA 663 from Pennsburg to the Northeast Extension opened a year later.[9][10]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Montgomery Pottstown 0.000 0.000 PA 100 (Pottstown Pike)
New Hanover Township 7.037 11.325 PA 73 west (Big Road) – Gilbertsville Southern terminus of concurrency.
7.273 11.705 PA 73 east (Big Road) Northern terminus of concurrency.
Pennsburg 13.936 22.428 PA 29 (Main Street)
Bucks Milford Township 18.760 30.191 I-476 / Penna Turnpike NE Extension – Philadelphia, Allentown Exit 44 (I-476/PA Turnpike); Quakertown
Quakertown 22.134 35.621 PA 309 (West End Boulevard) – Allentown, Sellersville
PA 313 east (West Broad Street) – Quakertown
Western terminus of PA 313.
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). Map Showing Pennsylvania State Highways (Map).
  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 Google Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 663". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=PA-100+N&daddr=40.2760259,-75.6083896+to:W+Broad+St&hl=en&sll=40.420031,-75.409298&sspn=0.070179,0.169086&geocode=FTQmZgIdQYB9-w%3BFTmQZgIdu05--ymFRKBrI4TGiTFHhKWU8iqKqg%3BFfEeaQIdPx-C-w&t=h&mra=ls&via=1&z=11. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  4. ^ a b ADC Map (2006). Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (18th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-775-2.
  5. ^ ADC Map (2006). Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Map). 1"=2000' (19th ed.). ISBN 0-87530-774-4.
  6. ^ Calvin Gustavus Beitel (1874). A Digest of Titles of Corporations Chartered by the Legislature of Pennsylvania, Between the Years 1700 and 1873 Inclusive: Giving the Dates of Acts of Incorporation, with the Several Supplements Thereto, with a Reference to the Pages of the Pamphlet Laws, where They May be Found. J. Cambbell & son. p. 439. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Scenic and Historic Commission (1936). Carefree Holidays About You in Pennsylvania (Map).
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1950). Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (Map).
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (1973). Pennsylvania Official Transportation Map (Map).
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (1974). Pennsylvania Official Transportation Map (Map).

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing