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Pennsylvania Route 724 is a road spanning from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvaniamarker to Phoenixville, Pennsylvaniamarker. 724 travels through the counties Berksmarker and Chestermarker. The road was signed in 1962, taking place of Route 83, which extended to Ridgewood, as well as additional unsigned roads to reach its current terminus.

PA 724 shares stretches of road with PA 345 in Birdsboromarker, PA 10 in Readingmarker, and US 222 Business in Shillingtonmarker.

Route description

A PA Route 724 sign

Berks County

PA 724 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 422 in Sinking Springmarker as Shillington Road. PA 724 begins heading towars the southeast as Revere Road. In Spring Township, PA 724 interchanges with U.S. Route 222 at the newly built highway. Before 2004, US 222 use to run where US 222 Business runs today. In Shillingtonmarker, PA 724 has a concurrency with US 222 Business for less than a mile. After leaving US 222 BUS, PA 724 starts to just head east. In the borough of Kenhorstmarker, PA 724 is called Philadelphiamarker Avenue and PA 724 intersects Pennsylvania Route 625. In Cumru Townshipmarker, has a small concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 10. East of PA 10, PA 724 begins to parallel the Schuylkill River and intersects Interstate 176 at exit 10 in a Diamond interchange. In Robeson Townshipmarker, PA 724 is called Main Street and intersects the eastern terminus of Pennsylvania Route 568. In Birdsboromarker, PA 724 enters the borough as Main Street and has a concurrency with Pennsylvania Route 345 which was formerly part of Pennsylvania Route 82. PA 345 diverges south from PA 724 in Birdsboro where PA 345 formerly ended before it was extended in 2008. PA 724 continues east as East Main Street paralleling the Schuylkill River.

Chester County

PA 724 enters Chester Countymarker as Schuylkill Avenue. In the village of Pottstown Landingmarker, PA 724 interchanges with Pennsylvania Route 100. In the village of Kenilworthmarker, PA 724 interchanges with U.S. Route 422 at a Trumpet interchange. East of US 422, PA 724 continues southeast as a straight road named Schuylkill Road. PA 724 passes by the borough of Spring Citymarker. Two miles southeast of Spring City, PA 724 terminates (ends) at an "Y" intersection with Pennsylvania Route 23.

Names

Along the route, 724 has some alternative names which include Shillington Road, Schuylkill Road, Revere Boulevard, West Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia Avenue, Furnace Street, Thomas Avenue, East Main Street, West Schuylkill Road, and New Schuylkill Road.

Rail trail

The entire route of PA 724 runs parallel to the Schuylkill River Trail, a rail trail following the right-of-way of the former Schuylkill Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The highway crosses the trail twice in Birdsboromarker, and is within striking distance in Parker Ford, a hamlet within Spring Citymarker. The Schuylkill Branch was abandoned due to the rise in automobile traffic on PA 724.

Claim to Fame

PA 724 is referenced in the liner notes of Daryl Hall & John Oates' 1973 album "Abandoned Luncheonette". Hall, a Pottstown, PA native, and Oates approached Talmadge W. Faulk at his restaurant "Toggs" on Route 724 (New Schuylkill Rd.) on the eastern outskirts of town. The duo requested permission to photograph Faulk's defunct Rosedale Diner, which had been sitting dormant across the street since 1965. The photograph became the cover image for "Abandoned Luncheonette". In the liner notes, Faulk is simply credited as "The man on Rt. 724". In exchange for his verbal permission, Faulk received an autographed copy of the first album off the presses. The Rosedale Diner remained in the same spot until it was scrapped in 1983, due to the dilapidated condition it had incurred at the hands of souvenir-hunting Hall & Oates fans. The structure where Hall & Oates met with Faulk to request his permission still stands on PA 724 at Peterman Road, long abandoned under the name "Pizza World". Debris from the Rosedale Diner can still be found across the street, next to Towpath Park. Faulk passed away in 2007.

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