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Pennsylvania Route 132

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This article is about Street Road in Bucks County. For highway in Chester County with the same name, see Pennsylvania Route 926.

PA Route 132 marker

PA Route 132
Street Road
Armed Forces and Veterans Memorial Highway
Map of northern suburbs of Philadelphia with PA 132 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length: 15.155 mi[2] (24.390 km)
Existed: by 1927[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: PA 611 in Warrington Township
  PA 263 in Warminster Township
PA 332 in Warminster Township
PA 232 in Upper Southampton Township
PA 532 in Lower Southampton Township
US 1 in Bensalem Township
I-276 / Penna Turnpike in Bensalem Township
PA 513 in Bensalem Township
US 13 in Bensalem Township
East end: I-95 in Bensalem Township
Location
Counties: Bucks
Highway system
PA 131 PA 133

Pennsylvania Route 132 (PA 132) is a state highway in southeast Pennsylvania. It runs northwest to southeast through Bucks County in suburban Philadelphia from PA 611 in Warrington Township to Interstate 95 (I-95) in Bensalem Township. It is a commercial route lined with shopping centers throughout much of its 15-mile (24 km) length. It is named Street Road and is five lanes wide for much of its length. It was also designated as the Armed Forces and Veterans Memorial Highway in 2005. From west to east, it crosses PA 263 and PA 332 in Warminster Township, PA 232 in Upper Southampton Township, PA 532 in Lower Southampton Township, and U.S. Route 1 (US 1), the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276), PA 513, and US 13 in Bensalem Township. Street Road was included in William Penn's survey plans and completed by 1737. The road was paved by 1911 and received the PA 132 designation by 1927. The road was widened into a multi-lane highway and extended to I-95 by 1970. An E-ZPass-only interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 2010.

Route description[edit]

PA 132 eastbound in Warminster Township.

PA 132 begins at an intersection with PA 611 (Easton Road) in Warrington Township, heading to the southeast on West Street Road, a four-lane road that alternates between a divided highway and an undivided five-lane road including a center left-turn lane. West of PA 611, Street Road continues as an unnumbered road to Lower State Road. It heads through commercial areas before crossing the Little Neshaminy Creek and entering residential areas. At the Valley Road intersection, the route crosses into Warminster Township and continues through suburban development. PA 132 enters commercial areas as it comes to an intersection with PA 263 (York Road). After crossing the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad at-grade about 300 feet (91 m) north of that railroad meeting SEPTA's Warminster Line, the route passes through industrial areas before intersecting PA 332 (Jacksonville Road).[3][4]

Past the PA 332 intersection, the road continues through a mix of homes and businesses as East Street Road. Upon crossing Davisville Road, PA 132 enters Upper Southampton Township and passes more businesses. The road crosses PA 232 (Second Street Pike) in the community of Southampton before crossing a bridge over SEPTA's abandoned Fox Chase/Newtown Line. After passing through wooded residential areas, the road crosses into Lower Southampton Township at the Stump Road intersection and passes under Norfolk Southern's Morrisville Line.[3][4]

Street Road continues past a mix of residential and commercial development as it comes to an intersection with PA 532 (Bustleton Pike) in the community of Feasterville. After crossing PA 532, the road heads past several businesses before turning south-southeast into woodland. PA 132 turns southeast again and intersects Philmont Avenue prior to entering Bensalem Township. Upon entering Bensalem, the route passes over SEPTA's West Trenton Line on a bridge as it enters commercial areas again. After a bridge over CSX's Trenton Subdivision, PA 132 passes under the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) immediately before an intersection with Old Lincoln Highway, becoming a divided highway.[3][4]

A short distance later, the road reaches a partial cloverleaf interchange with US 1 before turning south and coming to an E-ZPass-only ramp that provides access to and from the eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike. PA 132 continues south-southeast past more businesses, becoming an undivided road again and passing the entrance to Parx Casino and Racing. The road passes more development as it reaches the PA 513 (Hulmeville Road) intersection. Farther southeast, PA 132 reaches an interchange with US 13 before ending at the I-95 interchange. Past I-95, Street Road continues as an unnumbered road to State Road.[3][4]

In 2014, PA 132 had an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 42,000 vehicles between Trevose Road/Old Street Road and Old Lincoln Highway to a low of 25,000 vehicles between Maple Avenue and PA 232.[5] The entire length of PA 132 is part of the National Highway System.[6]

History[edit]

PA 132 westbound at ramp to eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) in Bensalem Township

Street Road was originally surveyed in the late 17th century, with the road being included in the original survey plans of William Penn for the Province of Pennsylvania. For much of its history it has been known as "the Street road".[7] It was called the Street road because, contrary to present usage where "street" is a synonym for road, the original use of the word "street" was a paved road.[8] The entire length of the road was completed by 1737.[9] Street Road became a paved road by 1911; at the time, the route was not defined as a legislative route.[10] By 1927, PA 132 was designated onto part of Street Road, running from US 611 (now PA 611) in Warrington Township southeast to US 13 in Bensalem Township.[1]

In February 1950, two traffic signals were installed along the road in Bensalem.[11] Street lights were installed along the stretch of PA 132 in Bensalem in December 1952.[12] In August 1956, Bensalem police chief William Riempp urged for the stretch of Street Road through the township to be completely reconstructed as it was one of the most dangerous roads in the state.[13] The state widened the portion of PA 132 through Upper Southampton and Lower Southampton townships from 22 feet (6.7 m) to 24 feet (7.3 m) in 1956; this widening was called a "useless waste of public funds" by the Lower Southampton Township planning commission as the road was not anticipated to handle increasing traffic volumes.[14] The portion of Street Road between US 1 and US 13 in Bensalem Township was repaved in summer 1957; however the shoulders were not repaved, resulting in a drop between the travel lanes and the shoulder.[15] In August 1958, the Pennsylvania State Highway Department (PDH) considered reducing the speed limit on the two-lane stretch of PA 132 between Davisville Road and Gravel Hill Road in Upper Southampton Township in order to make the road safer.[16]

On January 9, 1960, the PDH awarded a contract worth $1,488,493 to James D. Morrisey, Inc. to upgrade the section of PA 132 between Neshaminy and Warminster to a four-lane divided highway.[17] In November 1961, the portion of Street Road southeast of US 13 was closed to allow for construction of I-95 (Delaware Expressway), which would include an interchange with Street Road; this interchange was planned to be completed in 1962.[18] In January 1962, a proposal was made to split PA 132 onto separate roadways through Feasterville, with the westbound direction using Irving Place a block north of Street Road.[19] In January 1963, plans were made to widen the entire length of PA 132 to 80 feet (24 m) with a median strip, with a portion in Feasterville to be widened to 71 feet (22 m). The widening was originally planned to be completed in 1965.[20] By March of that year, the widening project was shelved as the state felt they should receive federal funds to fund the project.[21] With the widening shelved, businesses from Feeasterville and Southampton along with State Senator Marvin Keller led a push to get the portion of Street Road through the two communities paved, which was in disrepair and saw a lot of accidents.[22]

In May 1965, construction began to widen the portion of PA 132 between US 1 and US 13 in Bensalem to a four-lane divided highway.[23] On August 27, 1965, a 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of new concrete pavement along PA 132 in Bensalem was completed, with work then to begin on rebuilding the original roadway to make it a divided highway.[24] The widening of Street Road into a divided highway between US 1 and US 13 was completed in December 1965.[25] The proposed widening of PA 132 in Feasterville drew concerns from residents who feared they would lose their homes.[26] In July 1967, the state made plans to add left turn lanes at PA 132's intersections with US 611 in Warrington and PA 263 in Warminster in order to reduce crashes.[27] In 1969, work was underway in widening Street Road between PA 263 and PA 332 in Warminster.[28] The widening of PA 132 into a divided highway was completed in 1970. As a result of this improvement, a portion of the road was relocated east of Feasterville, with the former alignment becoming Old Street Road. Also by this time, the route was extended southeast to an interchange with I-95.[29]

In May 1971, plans were announced to install a traffic signal at PA 132 and Mechanicsville Road in Bensalem Township, an intersection that saw many accidents.[30] Plans were discussed in September 1975 to reconsturct PA 132 to handle increasing traffic volumes, with work projected to begin between 1977 and 1980.[31] On November 22, 1976, Warminster Township supervisors voted against building sidewalks and curbs on a portion of Street Road in the township in order to not burden taxpayers.[32] In 2005, a bill was passed designated the entire length of PA 132 as the Armed Forces and Veterans Memorial Highway.[33] On May 28, 2007, PA 132 was officially named the Armed Forces and Veterans Memorial Highway in a ceremony held in Warminster, with State Representative Kathy Watson in attendance.[34] On November 22, 2010, an E-ZPass only ramp with access to and from the eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem Township opened, intended to provide improved access to the Parx Casino and reduce congestion at the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange with US 1.[35]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Bucks County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Warrington Township 0.000 0.000 PA 611 (Easton Road) – Willow Grove, Doylestown
Warminster Township 2.589 4.167 PA 263 (York Road)
3.748 6.032 PA 332 (Jacksonville Road) – Ivyland
Upper Southampton Township 6.304 10.145 PA 232 (Second Street Pike)
Lower Southampton Township 9.033 14.537 PA 532 (Bustleton Pike)
Bensalem Township 11.413 18.367 US 1 – Philadelphia, Morrisville Interchange
11.753 18.915 I-276 east / Penna Turnpike east – New Jersey Exit 352 (I-276 / Penna Turnpike), E-ZPass only, no trucks
14.102 22.695 PA 513 (Hulmeville Road) – Hulmeville, Bensalem
15.072 24.256 US 13 (Bristol Pike) Interchange
15.155 24.390 I-95 – Central Philadelphia, Trenton Exit 37 (I-95)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Map of New Jersey (Map). Tydol Trails. 1927. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d Google (November 24, 2010). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 132" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Map) (19th ed.). 1"=2000'. ADC Map. 2006. ISBN 0-87530-774-4. 
  5. ^ Bucks County, Pennsylvania Traffic Volume Map (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ National Highway System: Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Davis, William W.H. (1905). History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania: From the Discovery of the Delaware to the Present Time. 1. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 123. The two oldest taverns in the township are the Red Lion, on the turnpike, at the crossing of the Poquessing, and the Trappe, on the Street road, a mile above where the old King's highway crosses it on its way to the falls. 
  8. ^ "Online Etymology". Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A. Warner & Co. 1887. p. 334. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1911. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Traffic Light Poles Erected In Bensalem". The Bristol Daily Courier. February 4, 1950. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ "Bensalem Township Is Getting Street Lights; Illumination Now Being Installed Along Street Road And Route 13; Others Follow". The Bristol Daily Courier. December 15, 1952. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ "Street Road Job Urged By Riempp". The Levittown Times. August 14, 1956. p. 7. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "Street Road 'Widening' Called Useless Waste Of Public Funds". The Bristol Daily Courier. December 5, 1956. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ "Street Road Awful". The Bristol Daily Courier. November 30, 1957. p. 6. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  16. ^ "Speed Limit Drop Considered On Blacktop Section Of Street Road". The Bristol Daily Courier. August 28, 1958. p. 16. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  17. ^ "Contract Awarded For Route 132 Highway". The Bristol Daily Courier. UPI. January 9, 1960. p. 17. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  18. ^ "Expressway Closes Part Of Street Road". The Bristol Daily Courier. November 1, 1961. p. 3. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  19. ^ "Street Road Split May Cause Problem". The Bristol Daily Courier. January 10, 1962. p. 14. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  20. ^ "Street Road To Be Widened To 80 Feet By Highway Dept.". The Levittown Times. January 24, 1963. p. 2. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  21. ^ "Big Potholes Shred Tires, Shake Street Rd. Drivers". The Bristol Daily Courier. March 12, 1963. p. 1, 3. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  22. ^ "Keller Advises Businessmen On Street Road Repairs". The Bristol Daily Courier. April 1, 1964. p. 10. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  23. ^ Nagy, Greg (August 18, 1965). "Road Construction Gets Hot In Summer". The Bristol Daily Courier. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  24. ^ "Street Rd. Stretch To Open". The Bristol Daily Courier. August 26, 1965. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  25. ^ "Let's Delay The Cheers". The Bristol Daily Courier. November 20, 1965. p. 6. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  26. ^ "Proposed Road Widening Spurs Feasterville Petitions". The Bristol Daily Courier. November 26, 1965. p. 12. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  27. ^ "Two Street Road Death Traps Set For Elimination By Highway Dept.". The Daily Intelligencer. Doylestown, PA. July 6, 1967. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  28. ^ Martin, Bob (June 24, 1969). "Merchants Brighten On Street Road". Courier Times. Levittown, PA. p. 33. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  29. ^ Official Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1970. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Street Rd. signal set". Bucks County Courier Times. Levittown, PA. May 21, 1971. p. 47. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  31. ^ Smith, Mark J. (September 29, 1975). "Street Road renovations could be 2 to 5 years away". The Daily Intelligencer. Doylestown, PA. p. 22. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  32. ^ Sprauge, Susan (November 23, 1976). "Warminster not building curbs on Street Road". The Daily Intelligencer. Doylestown, PA. p. 3. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  33. ^ SENATE BILL No. 599, General Assembly of Pennsylvania, 2005, retrieved August 3, 2010 
  34. ^ McGill, Andrew (May 29, 2007). "Service members honored in Warminster". The Intelligencer. Doylestown, PA. p. 10. Retrieved December 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  35. ^ Mattar, George (November 23, 2010). "Turnpike E-ZPass exit opens at Street Road". The Intelligencer. Doylestown, PA. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

  • Kitsko, Jeffrey J. (2016). "PA 132". Pennsylvania Highways.