Pennsylvania Route 52

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Pennsylvania Route 52

Route information
Maintained by PennDOT
Length11.782 mi[1] (18.961 km)
Existed1928–present
Tourist
routes
Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end DE 52 in Pennsbury Township
Major intersections
North end
US 322 Bus. in West Chester
Location
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountiesChester
Highway system
PA 51 PA 53

Pennsylvania Route 52 (PA 52) is a 11.8-mile-long (19.0 km) state highway located in southeast Pennsylvania. The southern terminus of the route is at the Pennsylvania-Delaware state line near Kennett Square, where the road continues as Delaware Route 52 (DE 52). The northern terminus is at U.S. Route 322 Business (US 322 Bus.) in West Chester. Near the Kennett Township community of Longwood, it has about a 1-mile (1.6 km) wrong-way concurrency with US 1. PA 52 passes through suburban and rural areas along its route.

PA 52 was first designated by 1928, continuing northeast from West Chester to New Hope along a concurrency with US 122 (later US 202). This concurrency was removed by 1930 and the northern terminus of PA 52 was cut back to its current location in West Chester. In 2011, a portion of PA 52 north of US 1 was realigned.

Route description

PA 52 northbound in Pennsbury Township

PA 52 begins at the Delaware border in Pennsbury Township, Chester County, at which point the road continues south into Delaware as DE 52. From the state line, the route heads north-northwest on two-lane undivided Kennett Pike through wooded residential areas. The road enters Kennett Township and heads northwest to the community of Mendenhall, where it crosses an East Penn Railroad line at-grade. Farther northwest, PA 52 comes to an intersection with US 1 (Baltimore Pike) in the community of Hamorton and turns west to form a concurrency with that route, which is a four-lane divided highway that passes fields. Near Longwood Gardens, PA 52 splits from US 1 by heading north on two-lane undivided Lenape Road. The road runs a short distance east of the border between East Marlborough Township to the west and Pennsbury Township to the east as it passes through a mix of woods and fields, intersecting PA 926 (Street Road).[2][3]

PA 52 northbound approaching the turn onto Price Street in West Chester

Past this intersection, the road passes through forested residential areas, crossing into Pocopson Township as it winds more to the northeast and reaches a roundabout with Lenape Unionville Road and South Wawaset Road. In the community of Lenape, PA 52 heads across another East Penn Railroad line at-grade prior to crossing the Brandywine Creek and then over a parking lot on the Lenape Bridge into Birmingham Township. Here, the road turns northwest onto Creek Road (the old alignment of PA 100) prior to continuing northeast along Lenape Road into East Bradford Township. The route passes through areas of woods, fields, and housing developments prior to intersecting West Rosedale Avenue. At this point, PA 52 heads northwest on Bradford Avenue, forming the border between East Bradford Township to the west and the borough of West Chester to the east, passing homes. The route makes a turn northeast onto Price Street, fully entering West Chester, where it continues through residential areas. The route comes to its northern terminus at US 322 Bus. (South High Street) a short distance north of the West Chester University of Pennsylvania campus. At this intersection, the old alignment of PA 100 turned north onto South High Street.[2][3]

The section of PA 52 south of West Chester is part of the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway, a Pennsylvania Scenic Byway.[4]

History

PA 52 northbound in East Bradford Township

When Pennsylvania first legislated routes in 1911, what would become PA 52 was legislated as Legislative Route 134 between the Delaware border and West Chester, Legislative Route 143 between West Chester and Norristown, Legislative Route 178 between Norristown and Buckingham, and Legislative Route 155 between Buckingham and New Hope.[5] PA 52 was first designated by 1928 to run from the Delaware border northeast to the New Jersey border at the Delaware River in New Hope, following its current routing to West Chester, where it reached an intersection with US 122 at High Street. PA 52 ran concurrent with US 122 between West Chester and New Hope by way of Paoli, King of Prussia, Norristown, Montgomeryville, Chalfont, Doylestown, and Buckingham.[6] By 1930, the concurrency with US 122 (later US 202) was removed, leaving the northern terminus at US 122 (High Street, now US 322 Bus.).[7] When first assigned, PA 52 ran concurrent with PA 62 between Lenape and West Chester.[6] In 1932, PA 62 was renumbered to PA 100.[8][9] In 2003, the PA 100 concurrency was removed when the southern terminus of that route was cut back from the Delaware border to north of West Chester.[10]

In 2010, construction began to relocate PA 52 onto a new alignment between US 1 and PA 926 in order to improve traffic flow.[11] This shortened but did not eliminate the wrong-way concurrency between US 1 and PA 52. The new alignment of PA 52 opened on October 25, 2011 at a cost of $15.4 million.[12] With completion of the new alignment, the former PA 52 south of Webb Barn Lane became an access road to Longwood Gardens while the rest of the road was slated to be torn up.[13]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Chester County.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Pennsbury Township0.0000.000
DE 52 south (Kennett Pike) – Wilmington
Delaware state line; southern terminus
Kennett Township2.9874.807
US 1 north (Baltimore Pike) – Chadds Ford
Southern terminus of US 1 concurrency
3.6755.914
US 1 south (Baltimore Pike) – Kennett Square
Northern terminus of US 1 concurrency
Pennsbury Township4.6187.432 PA 926 (Street Road) – Oxford, Newtown Square
West Chester11.78218.961
US 322 Bus. (South High Street)
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

PA 52 Alternate Truck

Alternate truck plate.svg

PA Route 52 Alternate Truck

LocationChester County, Pennsylvania
Length1.4 mi[2] (2.3 km)
Existed2017–present

Pennsylvania Route 52 Alternate Truck is a northbound-only truck route of PA 52 that motorists use to help follow PA 926 Alternate Truck. The route runs concurrent with PA 926 Alternate Truck for its entire length, following its parent route and US 1 throughout portions of Chester County. It was formed sometime in 2017.

References

  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 Google (2010-11-27). "overview of Pennsylvania Route 52" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ a b Chester County, Pennsylvania Highway Map (PDF) (Map). PennDOT. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  4. ^ "Brandywine Valley". VisitPA.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Map of Pennsylvania Showing State Highways (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1911. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Pennsylvania Highway Map (Philadelphia Metro) (Map). Gulf Oil. 1928. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  7. ^ Tourist Map of Pennsylvania (PDF) (Map). Pennsylvania Department of Highways. 1930. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "U.S. Route 22 Through Reading Changed to 222". Reading Times. June 1, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved August 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Changes In Route Numbers Of Roads". The Morning News. Danville, PA. February 16, 1932. p. 4. Retrieved September 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Petersen, Nancy (October 9, 2003). "Route 100 loses its way through West Chester". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Schwartzman, Rich (September 15, 2010). "Relocation of Route 52 is underway". Chadds Ford Live. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  12. ^ "PennDOT to Open New Route 52 Alignment in Chester County". PennDOT. October 25, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  13. ^ Maye, Fran (August 6, 2010). "Work set to begin on Route 52 relocation". Daily Local News. West Chester, PA. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2010.

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