Pennsylvania Route 32

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Pennsylvania Route 32

Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length40.605 mi[1] (65.347 km)
Major junctions
South end US 1 near Morrisville
Major intersections
North end PA 611 in Kintnersville
CountryUnited States
Highway system
PA 31 PA 33

Pennsylvania Route 32 (PA 32) is a scenic two-lane highway that runs along the west side of the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Signed north-south, it runs from U.S. Route 1 (US 1) in Falls Township outside of Morrisville northwest to PA 611 in the village of Kintnersville in Nockamixon Township. PA 32 passes through Washington Crossing Historic Park, a Revolutionary War-themed historical park on the site of George Washington's crossing on the night of December 25–26, 1776. It also passes through the boroughs of Morrisville, Yardley, and New Hope.

PA 32 was first designated in 1927 to run from Philadelphia northeast to Morrisville and then northwest to US 611/PA 2 in Kintnersville. The route ran concurrent with US 13 between Philadelphia and Morrisville. The southern terminus was cut back to US 1 in Morrisville in 1928. There were cancelled proposals in the 1930s to build a parkway along the corridor between Morrisville and New Hope and for a freeway in the 1960s between Interstate 95 (I-95, now I-295) in Yardley and US 202 in New Hope. PA 32 was extended to its current southern terminus in the 1980s, replacing a part of US 1 Alternate (US 1 Alt.). Parts of the road were rebuilt in the 2000s due to floods.

Route description

PA 32 northbound past the eastern terminus of PA 332 in Yardley

PA 32 is a two-lane undivided road that parallels the Delaware River for most of its length.[2] The road is popular for Sunday drivers, bikers, fishermen, and viewers of fall foliage.[3]

PA 32 begins at an interchange with the US 1 freeway in Falls Township, Bucks County, with access to southbound US 1 and from northbound US 1. At this interchange, the ramp from southbound PA 32 merges into the collector/distributor road from southbound US 1 that serves the interchanges with the northern termini of US 13 and US 1 Bus. From here, the route heads northeast on two-lane undivided West Bridge Street, forming the border between the borough of Morrisville to the north and Falls Township to the south. The road fully enters Morrisville and passes through residential areas with some businesses. PA 32 crosses the Delaware Canal and heads into commercial areas. At the Pennsylvania Avenue intersection, the road name changes to East Bridge Street. The route turns northwest onto North Delmorr Avenue, with East Bridge Street continuing to the northeast to the Lower Trenton Bridge over the Delaware River into the city of Trenton, New Jersey. PA 32 passes between homes to the west and Williamson Park to the east, curving north before it heads northwest along the west bank of the Delaware River, with the Delaware Canal a short distance to the west. The road intersects East Trenton Avenue just west of where that road crosses the river on the Calhoun Street Bridge. The route leaves Morrisville for Lower Makefield Township, where the name changes to River Road. The canal heads farther to the west and the road passes through wooded areas of homes. PA 32 continues northwest along the Delaware River and passes under the West Trenton Railroad Bridge, which carries CSX's Trenton Subdivision railroad line and SEPTA's West Trenton Line, before entering the borough of Yardley and becoming South Delaware Avenue. The road passes more homes in the borough and intersects the eastern terminus of PA 332, where the road name changes to North Delaware Avenue and it crosses Buck Creek.[2][4]

PA 32 northbound past PA 532 in Washington Crossing

The route leaves Yardley for Lower Makefield Township again, regaining the River Road name and passing through woods. PA 32 heads under the Scudder Falls Bridge, which carries I-295 over the Delaware River. The road curves north and continues through wooded areas with some homes, crossing Dyers Creek before entering Upper Makefield Township at the Mount Eyre Road intersection. The route continues along the river and crosses Houghs Creek before it heads northwest into the residential community of Washington Crossing. Here, PA 32 passes to the west of Washington Crossing Historic Park, which is situated along the river, and comes to an intersection with the northern terminus of PA 532 and the approach to the Washington Crossing Bridge. The road continues through the historic park before leaving Washington Crossing and heading past fields and woods with some residences. The route curves west and turns southwest away from the Delaware River to cross the Delaware Canal, coming to an intersection with Taylorsville Road before it passes over Jericho Creek. Here, PA 32 curves back northwest and runs through wooded areas of residential developments before passing through a mix of homes, woods, and fields. The road passes through another tract of Washington Crossing Historic Park and crosses into Solebury Township. The route heads north through forested areas and crosses Pidcock Creek, drawing closer to the canal and the river.[2][4]

PA 32 northbound past PA 232 in New Hope

PA 32 enters the borough of New Hope, where it intersects the northern terminus of PA 232 and crosses Dark Hollow Run and the canal. The route becomes South Main Street and heads through the commercial downtown of New Hope, passing the Bucks County Playhouse as it crosses Aquetong Creek. In the center of town, the road crosses PA 179, which heads east to the New Hope–Lambertville Bridge over the Delaware River to the city of Lambertville, New Jersey. PA 32 becomes North Main Street and heads past more downtown businesses before heading into wooded residential areas. The route crosses back into Solebury Township and heads through woods as River Road, turning northwest away from the river and crossing the canal. PA 32 briefly becomes a four-lane divided highway as it crosses Rabbit Run and comes to an interchange with the US 202 freeway, which heads east across the Delaware River on the New Hope–Lambertville Toll Bridge. Past this interchange, the route becomes two lanes and undivided again as it bends west around a residential subdivision. The road turns northwest again and runs to the west of the canal and the river, passing east of homes. PA 32, along with the canal, heads farther away from the river as it runs through forested areas. The route intersects PA 263, which heads northeast to the Centre Bridge–Stockton Bridge over the Delaware River into the borough of Stockton, New Jersey, in the community of Centre Bridge. Past PA 263, the road heads west through forests with some fields, running parallel with the Delaware Canal and the Delaware River again. Along this stretch, the route crosses Cuttalosa Creek. PA 32 curves northwest and passes through the community of Lumberville, where the road has access to the Lumberville–Raven Rock Bridge, a pedestrian bridge providing access to Bull's Island Recreation Area in New Jersey, and crosses Paunnacussing Creek.[2][4]

The route enters Plumstead Township and runs through more forests, crossing Hickory Creek before reaching the community of Point Pleasant. Here, PA 32 turns north and crosses the Tohickon Creek into Tinicum Township, where the road passes a few homes before heading into forests. The road continues north a short distance to the west of the Delaware Canal and the Delaware River, heading across Smithtown Creek and Tinicum Creek before it crosses to the east side of the canal. PA 32 heads into a mix of fields and woods with some homes in the community of Erwinna, where it passes to the east of Tinicum County Park. The route passes through more rural areas and reaches the community of Uhlerstown, where the Uhlerstown–Frenchtown Bridge heads east into the borough of Frenchtown, New Jersey, and connects to Route 12. The road passes through more farmland and woods with some homes on the west bank of the river, curving northwest and passing through the community of Lodi. PA 32 enters Bridgeton Township and passes through more rural areas with some homes before passing through the residential community of Upper Black Eddy, where the Upper Black Eddy–Milford Bridge heads northeast across the river to the borough of Milford, New Jersey. Past here, the route curves west and crosses the Delaware Canal, continuing through wooded areas with some fields and residences and heading across Falls Creek. The road crosses into Nockamixon Township and runs southwest between dense forests to the south and the canal and the river to the north. PA 32 continues west to its northern terminus at an intersection with PA 611 in the community of Kintnersville.[2][4]


PA 32 southbound past the northern terminus at PA 611 in Kintnersville

When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, what is now PA 32 was designated as part of Legislative Route 252 between Morrisville and Yardley.[5] PA 32 was designated in 1927 to run between Philadelphia and US 611/PA 2 in Kintnersville, heading northeast along US 13 to Morrisville before turning northwest on its present alignment. At this time, the entire route was paved.[6][7] In 1928, the southern terminus was cut back to US 1 (Bridge Street) in Morrisville, removing the concurrency with US 13.[8] In 1932, a parkway was proposed along the route from Morrisville to New Hope; however, it was never built.[9] In 1969, another proposal was created for a $30 million PA 32 freeway from I-95 (now I-295) near Yardley to US 202 in New Hope. At the time, this freeway was to be completed by 1985. However, the proposal never came about.[10] In the 1980s, PA 32 was extended southwest to its current terminus, replacing a part of US 1 Alt., which had replaced the earlier US 1 designation, on Bridge Street.[11]

Due to its route along the Delaware River, PA 32 is prone to floods. Several floods, including the Mid-Atlantic Flood of June 2006, left many parts of the road impassable. The sections of road between PA 263 and Greenhill Road and near Fleecydale Road in Solebury Township and between PA 611 and Narrows Hill Road in Nockamixon Township were closed from the damage. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation undertook a $11.4 million[3] project to fix these sections of road in 2008. The section between PA 263 and Greenhill Road was completed by May 2008 and the section between PA 611 and Narrows Hill Road was completed later that year.[3] Road closures and detours have affected many businesses along PA 32, with many seeing a decline in customers and some closing down or being put up for auction.[12]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Bucks County.

Falls Township0.0000.000

US 1 south to US 13 – Philadelphia, Bristol, Yardley
Interchange; southern terminus; access to southbound US 1 and from northbound US 1
PA 332 west (East Afton Avenue)
Eastern terminus of PA 332
Upper Makefield Township9.61815.479

PA 532 south (General Washington Memorial Boulevard) to I-95 / Washington Crossing Bridge – Newtown
Northern terminus of PA 532
New Hope16.36926.343
PA 232 south (Windy Bush Road) – Richboro
Northern terminus of PA 232
16.88427.172 PA 179 (Bridge Street/New Hope–Lambertville Bridge)
Solebury Township18.00428.975 US 202 (New Hope–Lambertville Toll Bridge) – New JerseyInterchange

PA 263 south (Upper York Road) / Centre Bridge–Stockton Bridge to Route 29 – Buckingham, Stockton
Signed northern terminus of PA 263
Tinicum Township32.70552.634
Uhlerstown–Frenchtown Bridge to Route 12
Nockamixon Township40.60565.347 PA 611 (Easton Road) – Kintnersville, RiegelsvilleNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 32 Alternate Truck


Alternate truck plate.svg

PA Route 32 Alternate Truck

LocationMorrisville, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Route 32 Alternate Truck is a truck route bypassing a weight-restricted bridge over a tributary to the Delaware River in Morrisville, on which trucks over 34 tons are prohibited. The route follows US 1 and Pennsylvania Avenue. It was signed in 2013.[13][14]

Point Pleasant–Kintnersville

Alternate truck plate.svg

PA Route 32 Alternate Truck

LocationPoint Pleasant-Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Route 32 Alternate Truck was a truck route between Point Pleasant and PA 611 in Kintnersville, bypassing a weight-restricted bridge over the Delaware Canal in Tinicum Township, on which trucks over 35 tons are prohibited. The route followed Point Pleasant Pike, PA 413, and PA 611. It was signed in 2013 and decommissioned in 2018 following a bridge repair, removing the need for weight-restriction.[14][15]

See also


  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 c d e Google (January 9, 2014). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 32" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Ruvo, Christopher (March 23, 2008). "Roadwork in Progress". The Intelligencer.
  4. ^ a b c d Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Map) (19th ed.). 1"=2000'. ADC Map. 2006. ISBN 0-87530-774-4.
  5. ^ Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1911. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Highway Map (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1927. Retrieved December 26, 2007.
  7. ^ Map of New Jersey (Map). Tydol Trails. 1927. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  8. ^ Map of Pennsylvania (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1928. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Regional Plan of the Philadelphia Tri-State District. Regional Planning Federation. 1932.
  10. ^ 1985 Regional Transportation Plan (Report). Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. 1969. OCLC 25700082.
  11. ^ State Farm Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. State Farm Insurance. 1983.
  12. ^ Bentman, Hilary (December 11, 2007). "18 months later, flood continues bashing business". The Intelligencer.
  13. ^ Google (August 1, 2014). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 32 Alternate Truck Morrisville" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Risk-Based Bridge Postings - State and Local Bridges" (PDF). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. October 8, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  15. ^ Google (April 21, 2014). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 32 Alternate Truck Point Pleasant to Kintnersville" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 21, 2014.

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