Pennsylvania Route 737

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PA Route 737 marker

PA Route 737
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 10.588 mi[1] (17.040 km)
Existed: 1962 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 222 in Kutztown
  I-78 / US 22 in Greenwich Township
North end: PA 143 in Albany Township
Location
Counties: Berks
Highway system
PA 732 PA 739

Pennsylvania Route 737 (PA 737) is a state highway in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The route runs from U.S. Route 222 (US 222) in Kutztown north to PA 143 in Albany Township. PA 737 heads north from an interchange with the US 222 Kutztown Bypass north of Kutztown on Krumsville Road. It continues north through a small part of Maxatawny Township into Greenwich Township. The road features an interchange with Interstate 78 (I-78)/US 22 near the village of Krumsville. PA 737 then heads northwest into Albany Township where it ends at PA 143 near the village of Kempton.

PA 737 was assigned to a formerly un-designated local road between Kutztown and Kempton in 1962. Around that time, US 222 served as the southern terminus in downtown Kutztown. When the Kutztown Bypass was constructed in the 1970s, US 222 was realigned off of Main Street in Kutztown and onto the bypass. The road, at that point, ended at the now locally-maintained Main Street until 1978, when the designation was truncated. Since then, the route has remained virtually untouched in alignment.

Route description[edit]

PA 737 nearing the Kutztown Bypass (US 222)

PA 737 begins at the southern point of the interchange with US 222 north of the municipality of Kutztown. South of the interchange, the right-of-way continues as Greenwich Street into downtown Kutztown. From the interchange, PA 737 heads northward along the community borderline on Krumsville Road. The route heads northward through dense forestry and some small hills. The road becomes slightly developed for a short distance. After the highway intersects with Sweet Corn Drive, PA 737 begins its way to the northwest into more rural areas.[2]

PA 737 heads to the northwest, intersecting with Long Dam Road, which parallels through another set of deep forests. At a curve to the north, the highway intersects with Kutz Mill Road, the highway heads through a close area of fields and forests. At an intersection with Ebling Road, it begins curving its way through the area. After Wiltrout Road, the highway begins on a northward progression through Greenwich Township. After Sunrise Boulevard, PA 737 heads out of the developed area. Nearing an intersection with Sutter Road, PA 737 turns to the northeast and enters Krumsville.[2]

PA 737 heading northbound and into Krumsville

In Krumsville, the surroundings of the highway becomes more developed, passing local commercial businesses. There it interchanges with I-78 and US 22 at Exit 40. After the interchange, the highway heads northward into the rural regions of Krumsville, intersecting with the former alignment of US 22.[3] At the intersection with Long Lane Road, PA 737 leaves Krumsville. There, the road becomes surrounded by fields, with several farmhouses in the area. After an intersection with Snyder Road, PA 737 begins to follow several bends in the highway, progressing its way towards Kempton. Eventually there is a curve to the northwest, and the highway enters the developed community of Stony Run. The highway enters and leaves, turning now in a westerly progression. Forests and fields surround the progressing highway from north and the south, as PA 737 makes its final turn and into Kempton, another developed area. After passing Albany Township Elementary School, the designation terminates at an intersection with PA 143 south of Trexler.[2]

History[edit]

PA 737 approaching its southern terminus. The sign designating the highway's end is visible to the center of the image

PA 737 originated as an unnumbered arterial highway from US 222 in downtown Kutztown to PA 143 at an intersection in Kempton.[4] The state took over the alignment in 1962, designating the highway as PA 737 on the alignment of the arterial highway.[5] In 1971, the newly formed Pennsylvania Department of Transportation began construction on the Kutztown Bypass, an alignment of US 222 that was planned to bypass downtown Kutztown. The bypass was constructed in September 1972 and US 222 was realigned onto the new highway in 1973.[6] After the realignment, PA 737 now ended at unnumbered Main Street in downtown Kutztown for a short time.[7] By 1978, the southern terminus of PA 737 had been adjusted to the interchange with the Kutztown Bypass.[8] The route has remained virtually untouched since.[9] PA 737 and its interchange with I-78 in Krumsville was reconstructed in 2006, with the interchange receiving additional truck lanes from I-78.[citation needed][10] On July 23, 2009, the borough of Kutztown sold 5 acres (2.0 ha) of land to Maxatawny Township, Pennsylvania for future construction of a sewer plant.[11] In 2009, Berks County began to work on design for a new "Accelerated Bridge Program" for several bridges, one on PA 737 and two on nearby Quadrant Routes. The bridges are set to use stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which will cost the county about $180,000 (2009 USD) for the studies.[12]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Berks County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Kutztown 0.000 0.000 US 222 – Reading, Allentown Kutztown Bypass interchange
Greenwich Township 4.686 7.541 I-78 / US 22 – Harrisburg, Allentown Exit 40 (I-78/US 22).
Albany Township 10.588 17.040 PA 143 – Lenhartsville, New Tripoli, Tamaqua
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 c Yahoo! Inc. "overview map of Pennsylvania Route 737". Yahoo! Maps (Map). Cartography by Navteq. http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=40.526711&lon=-75.768449&zoom=14&q1=40.623522%2C-75.861919&q2=40.527298%2C-75.781924. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1946). Pennsylvania Official Road Map (Map).
  4. ^ United States Geological Survey (1956). Hamburg, Pennsylvania 15-min quadrangle (Map). Cartography by United States Geological Survey. http://historical.mytopo.com/getImage.asp?fname=hamb56se.jpg&state=PA. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Highways (1962). Pennsylvania Official Road Map (Map).
  6. ^ Research and Development, Offices of (2007). Report No. FHWA-RD. Federal Highway Administration. 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (1974). Pennsylvania (Map). Cartography by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (1978). Pennsylvania (Map). Cartography by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (2009). Pennsylvania (Map). Cartography by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  10. ^ "Pennsylvania’s 2007 Transportation Program". Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ DeLucas, Stephen F. (July 23, 2009). "Kutztown approves sale of land for sewer plant". Reading Eagle. Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Reading Area Transportation Study". Berks County, Pennsylvania. January 15, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2009. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  • Kitsko, Jeffrey J. (2009). "PA 737". Pennsylvania Highways. pp. 701–750.