The expansion and rehabilitation efforts of the Reading Bridges will upgrade and modernize Greater Reading’s bridge infrastructure. These projects along with the 422 West Shore Bypass Project will ensure efficient and safe travel.
- Schuylkill Avenue Bridge: Completed 2015
- Buttonwood Street Bridge: Completed 2017
- Penn Street Bridge: Projected Completion 2019
- Bingaman Street Bridge: Schedule Pending Coordination with 422/West Shore Bypass Project
New Traffic Patterns Coming to the Penn Street Bridge
Penn Street Bridge – The US 422 west ramp to Penn Street is closed and detoured. The posted detour will utilize the Business 222/Lancaster Avenue exit to Bingaman Street and Fifth Street. Motorists who miss the Lancaster Avenue exit can use the North Wyomissing Boulevard exit to North Wyomissing Boulevard to Park Road to Penn Avenue/Penn Street. See the detour maps below.
The Penn Street Bridge will remain open during construction, but one of the two eastbound lanes will be restricted (heading into the City of Reading).
The bridge work is over 76% complete to date with total bridge anticipated to be completed in December 2019.
For Penn Street Bridge Drone images of the construction progress, developed by Gannett Fleming, Inc., follow the links below:
Upstream and Downstream panoramas of the bridge. You can zoom-in with the mouse wheel.
360-Panoramic on both the upstream and downstream sides of the bridge. You can interact with the viewer.
Penn Street Bridge Rehabilitation Update – March 2019
Key changes to the existing traffic patterns currently in effect are described below:
- The US 422 west ramp to Penn Street (towards the City of Reading) is closed and detoured. The posted detour utilizes the Business 222/Lancaster Avenue exit to Bingaman Street and Fifth Street. Motorists who miss the Lancaster Avenue exit can also use the North Wyomissing Boulevard exit to North Wyomissing Boulevard to Park Road to Penn Avenue/Penn Street. See the map below and Detours for more information.
- Eastbound traffic (entering the City of Reading) across the Penn Street Bridge is reduced to one 11’ wide lane. The eastbound traffic will not return to two lanes of traffic until project completion, which is anticipated in December of 2019.
- Westbound traffic (leaving the City of Reading) across the Penn Street Bridge continues with two 11’ wide lanes until the last stages of the project.
- Pedestrian traffic is on the north side of the structure.Pedestrians will remain in this configuration until project competition.
As with all construction events, the closure date above is anticipated at this point in time. Inclement weather or other unforeseen events could cause a slight delay to this schedule
Please Consider: car-pooling, possible staggered start and end times.
Buttonwood Street Bridge – Reopened April 7, 2017
April 7, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony