Pennsylvania Route 946

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PA Route 946 marker

PA Route 946
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 18.226 mi[1] (29.332 km)
Existed: 1928 – present
Major junctions
West end: PA 248 in Berlinsville
East end: PA 191 in Newburg
Location
Counties: Northampton
Highway system
PA 945 PA 948

Pennsylvania Route 946 (PA 946) is a rural Pennsylvania state highway that runs approximately 18.2 miles (29.3 km) from PA 248 in Berlinsville east to PA 191 in Newburg in Northampton County. The route heads east from PA 248 a short distance to the south of Blue Mountain, passing through Danielsville and intersecting the northern terminus of PA 987 in Klecknersville. After intersecting PA 512 in Moorestown, PA 946 turns southeast and intersects PA 248 again before reaching its terminus at PA 191. PA 946 was first designated onto an unpaved road running from a point between Danielsville and Youngsville and PA 512 in Moorestown while part of PA 512 ran along the alignment east of Moorestown. In the 1930s, PA 946 was extended to its current alignment, replacing that section of PA 512, and was paved.

Route description[edit]

PA 946 begins at an intersection with PA 248 in the community of Berlinsville in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, heading northeast on two-lane undivided Mountain View Drive. West of PA 248, Mountain View Drive continues towards Walnutport. From the western terminus, the route passes through a mix of farms, woods, and residences. The road curves east and reaches the residential community of Danielsville, where it intersects Blue Mountain Drive a short distance south of Blue Mountain. Past this community, PA 946 heads southeast through a mix of rural areas and residences, curving east and passing through the community of Rockville. The route crosses into Moore Township and runs through a mix of farmland and woodland, passing through the community of Youngsville. The road curves southeast into residential areas, passing through Klecknersville before coming to the northern terminus of PA 987 in Cross Roads. At this point, PA 987 continues southeast and PA 946 turns northeast onto Community Drive, passing more homes before curving east into a mix of farm fields and woods with a few residences. The route curves southeast and reaches the community of Moorestown, where it crosses PA 512.[2][3]

Past this intersection, the road becomes Nazareth Drive and curves south, passing residential neighborhoods. PA 946 heads southeast into a mix of farms, woods, and homes, where it crosses into Bushkill Township and becomes Daniels Road. The route soon enters Upper Nazareth Township and runs south through a mix of farm fields and residential subdivisions before it intersects PA 248 in Christian Springs. After this intersection, the road passes through a mix of farms and trees to the west of a quarry and crosses Norfolk Southern's Cement Secondary. The route runs through more rural areas and passes through the community of Georgetown before it crosses into Lower Nazareth Township. Here, PA 946 passes through a mix of agricultural areas and residential subdivisions before it reaches its eastern terminus at an intersection with PA 191 in the community of Newburg.[2][3]

History[edit]

The present-day routing of PA 946 was not legislated as a route when Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911.[4] By 1930, PA 946 was designated along an unpaved road running from a point between Danielsville and Youngsville, where a paved local road continued west towards Walnutport, east to PA 512 in Moorestown. The portion of road between Moorestown and PA 12 (now PA 191) in Hecktown was designated as the southern portion of PA 512, which was unpaved and was under construction between PA 12 and PA 45 (now PA 248).[5] In the 1930s, PA 946 was extended to its current alignment between PA 45 (now PA 248) near Walnutport and PA 12 (now PA 191) in Hecktown, by which time the entire road was paved. The route replaced PA 512, which was rerouted to head south to Bethlehem, between Moorestown and Hecktown.[6] PA 946 has remained on the same alignment since.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Northampton County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Lehigh Township 0.000 0.000 PA 248 (Lehigh Drive) – Lehighton, Easton
Moore Township 9.480 15.257 PA 987 south (Monocacy Drive) – Bath Northern terminus of PA 987
12.540 20.181 PA 512 (Moorestown Road) – Bath, Wind Gap
Upper Nazareth Township 15.992 25.737 PA 248 (Bath Pike) – Bath, Lehighton, Easton
Lower Nazareth Township 18.226 29.332 PA 191 (Bethlehem-Nazareth Pike) – Nazareth, Bethlehem
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  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 Google, Inc. "overview of Pennsylvania Route 946". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://goo.gl/maps/uvqXL. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c PennDOT (2014). Northampton County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). ftp://ftp.dot.state.pa.us/public/pdf/BPR_pdf_files/Maps/GHS/Roadnames/northampton_GHSN.PDF. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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 January 1, 2014.
  6. ^ 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.