Local industry and prosperity literally ride on sound transportation and infrastructure. All members of the community, from employers, to emergency responders, to educational institutions, to art & entertainment venues, are directly affected by an aging transportation system. By communicating the current status of the area’s aging Bridges, Passenger Rail, major road projects 222 North and 422 West Shore Bypass we hope to ensure economic vibrancy and maintain our standard of living for all during the long term construction period.
The Berks County Infrastructure (Reading Bridges) Workgroup was established as a public private partnership between the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and the Berks County Commissioners to promote safety, disseminate information, and champion for the community during construction of the Reading bridges and major road projects. The Workgroup has also created alliances with key local partners in order to better serve the community, including:
- Berks County Planning Department
- PA Department of Transportation
- City of Reading
- West Reading
- Commuter Services
- and others (see stakeholder list)
Alert: Penn Street Bridge Traffic & Closure Update effective May 28th
On Tuesday, May 28th the Penn Street Bridge will undergo its next traffic staging switch. It will only effect the inbound Reading Traffic. This traffic will be moved to the outside of the bridge along the new railing to open up the middle of the bridge for the next stage of construction. Reading inbound traffic will remain one lane. Reading outbound traffic will remain two lanes.
In addition to this change, the Front Street Detour will be implemented again. Front Street will be closed under Penn Street. This closure will be in effect from May 28th thru August 15th.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentown.