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2012 Official Road Map

Updates made to the 2012 official state highway map.

Today I stopped by my local DMV to get my driver’s license renewed. It was an uneventful process. That probably had to do with the fact that there had been an icing event that morning and no one was out traveling as they usually were after Christmas. As I waited for the new one to finish laminating, I happen to notice down at the other end of the counter stacks of state maps.  So, I picked up a copy of the 2012 official road map. I guess better late than never that I was able to secure a copy right under the wire.  No idea why the Department of Transportation and VisitPA decided to print another in succession since there is only one change.

Montgomery County
US 202 Parkway shown as completed from US 202 to PA 463

US 202 parkway in Montgomery County completed from PA 63 to PA 463 on the 2012 official road map

The parkway is a “consolation prize” for the lack of a full expressway. Planning for which took place in the 1960s and 1970s as the Piedmont Expressway. Rather than build an expressway, the new roadway is and will be an at-grade facility with separated trails for biking and walking along the route. This was the more favorable plan for the communities along the new US 202 alignment.

That is the only change to the 2012 official road map. It has the same dimensions as the previous year’s map. However, this year’s cover features a picture of a man kayaking on the north branch of the Susquehanna Water Trail.

Cover of the 2012 Department of Transportation map
 

By pahighways

Jeff Kitsko has been the owner and webmaster of Pennsylvania Highways since its inception in 1997 as a means to illustrate the history of the Commonwealth's roadways.

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