Hanover Township, Lehigh County is a township of the second class with a total area of approximately 4.3 square miles; it is located to the north of the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem. It is the only township in Lehigh County that lies east of the Lehigh River. Its location, on the county’s eastern border, places it near the geographic center of the Lehigh-Northampton bi-county region. This centrality has made the Township a strategic location for major regional and inter-regional transportation facilities such as the Lehigh Valley International Airport and Route 22. Location on the periphery of both Allentown and Bethlehem has placed the Township in the path of outward expansion of the two cities.
Route 22, the major regional east-west thoroughfare, links the Township with the three cities-Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. Beyond the ABE region, Route 22 extends to the major metropolitan centers of New York and New Jersey and west to Harrisburg and central Pennsylvania. Airport Road is the only north-south road of any importance in the Township. It connects the Township with the cement and slate belt areas to the north and the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem to the immediate south.
The Township is located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, a gentle undulating limestone valley, which is part of the greater Ridge and Valley Physiographic Province extending diagonally from the south-central to the northeastern borders of Pennsylvania. The rich soils of this area made the Township an early agricultural area. However, the relatively level farm land, the proximity of the area to the two major cities, and accessibility to major transportation facilities such as the Lehigh Valley International Airport have given the Township a rapidly expanding industrial and commercial land use pattern.
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