Cedar Crest Boulevard

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Cedar Crest Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 9.471 mi[1] (15.242 km)
Existed: 1920s – present
Component
highways:
PA 29 from Emmaus to Dorneyville
SR 1019 from Dorneyville to North Whitehall Township
Major junctions
South end: PA 29 in Emmaus
  I-78 / PA 309 near Dorneyville
PA 222 near Dorneyville
Tilghman Street in Allentown
US 22 in South Whitehall Township
Walbert Avenue in South Whitehall Township
North end: Mauch Chunk Road in North Whitehall Township
Location
Counties: Lehigh
Highway system
PA 228 PA 229 PA 230

Cedar Crest Boulevard is a major north-south highway in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. South of Interstate 78 (I-78), the road is a part of Pennsylvania Route 29 and north of it the road is State Route 1019.

The boulevard is 9.5 miles in length and passes through Allentown, Pennsylvania. Its southern terminus is in Emmaus, Pennsylvania at Chestnut Street and its northern terminus is in North Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania at Mauch Chunk Road. It also is a major junction for I-78, a major east-west highway between the Harrisburg area in the west and New York City's Holland Tunnel in the east.

Cedar Crest Boulevard is home to many attractions in the Lehigh Valley, including two rival high schools, Emmaus High School and Parkland High School, as well as the main campuses of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Cedar Crest College. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Lake Muhlenberg, the Lehigh Country Club, the Lehigh Parkway, Muhlenberg College and Trexler Park all border the boulevard.

The boulevard is a prominent road for Allentown-area commerce, including numerous strip malls and restaurants.

Route description[edit]

Cedar Crest Boulevard begins at an intersection with PA 29 (Chestnut Street) in the borough of Emmaus in Lehigh County, heading northwest as a two-lane undivided road that is part of PA 29. The road passes through residential areas to the southwest of Emmaus High School, heading through a section of Upper Milford Township before becoming the border between Lower Macungie Township to the west and Emmaus to the east and curving to the north. Cedar Crest Boulevard fully enters Lower Macungie Township and passes through a mix of fields, woods, and homes, running to the west of Lehigh Country Club. PA 29 crosses into Salisbury Township and widens into a four-lane road that passes between Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest to the west and an office park to the east. Cedar Crest Boulevard becomes a divided highway and comes to an interchange with I-78/PA 309, where PA 29 ends and the road becomes SR 1019.[2][3]

Past this interchange, SR 1019 becomes a two-lane undivided road and runs through suburban residential neighborhoods, crossing into South Whitehall Township. Cedar Crest Boulevard comes to an intersection with a one-way pair carrying PA 222 in a business area in the community of Dorneyville, a short distance to the east of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Following this, the roadway becomes the border between South Whitehall Township to the west and the city of Allentown to the east, passing to the west of Cedar Crest College. Cedar Crest Boulevard continues near homes and businesses in the western part of Allentown as a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane, crossing Lehigh Parkway and forming the eastern border of Trexler Park. SR 1019 crosses SR 1002 (Tilghman Street) in a commercial area and continues through residential areas as a two-lane road, leaving Allentown for South Whitehall Township. The road comes to an interchange with the US 22 freeway and heads into business areas. After crossing SR 1006 (Walbert Avenue) in the community of Wennersville, Cedar Crest Boulevard heads through a mix of farmland and woodland with some development. The road crosses over Jordan Creek and under Norfolk Southern's C&F Secondary before it passes to the east of Parkland High School. SR 1019 continues through rural areas and crosses into North Whitehall Township in the community of Meyersville. Cedar Crest Boulevard comes to its northern terminus at an intersection with SR 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road).[2][3]

History[edit]

PA Route 229
Location: EmmausWennersville
Existed: 1928–1940s

In 1928, the section of the road from Walbert Avenue (US 309/PA 29) in Wennersville to Chestnut Street (PA 29) in Emmaus was designated as Pennsylvania Route 229.[4][5] PA 229 was paved by 1930.[6] By 1950, however, the route number was removed, and it was renamed Cedar Crest Boulevard.[7] PA 29 was designated onto the portion of Cedar Crest Boulevard south of US 309 (now I-78/PA 309) in the 1950s.[8] The route is sometimes referred to by locals as simply Cedar Crest.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Lehigh County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Emmaus 40.398 65.014 PA 29 south (Chestnut Street) – Boyertown South end of PA 29 overlap
Salisbury Township 43.454–
0.000
69.932–
0.000
I-78 / PA 309 – Harrisburg, Tamaqua, Bethlehem, Quakertown Exit 55 (I-78/PA 309), north end of PA 29, south end of SR 1019
Allentown 0.853–
1.090
1.373–
1.754
PA 222 (Hamilton Boulevard) – Reading, Allentown
2.115 3.404 SR 1002 (Tilghman Street) – Kuhnsville, Allentown
South Whitehall Township 2.958 4.760 US 22 (Lehigh Valley Thruway) – Harrisburg, Bethlehem Interchange
3.393 5.461 SR 1006 (Walbert Avenue) – Slatington, Allentown
North Whitehall Township 6.415 10.324 SR 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) – Balliettsville, Allentown
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 (January 2015). Roadway Management System Straight Line Diagrams (Report) (2015 ed.). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Google (August 23, 2015). "Cedar Crest Boulevard" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Lehigh County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ Map of Pennsylvania (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1928. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1941 Lehigh County Map" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  6. ^ Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1930. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ Official Road Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1950. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "1960 Lehigh County Map" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. Retrieved 2007-07-25.