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Bethel, Tulpehocken townships team up to protect bridge

From the Reading Eagle (4/5/17):

Officials from Bethel and Tulpehocken townships have joined forces in protecting a Civil War-era bridge, one of only four remaining in Berks County, at a joint meeting Tuesday in the Bethel municipal building.

Both townships will have their engineers explore the possibility of placing weight restrictions on the use of the Swatara-Salem Road Bridge, a historic three-arch structure on Salem Road that spans Little Swatara Creek.

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Buttonwood Street Bridge set to reopen April 7

From the Reading Eagle (3/31/17):

It's official: The Buttonwood Street Bridge is slated to open next week.

Traffic will resume on the span — which has been closed for repairs since July 2015 — after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 7, Berks County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt said during the commissioners' meeting Thursday. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/buttonwood-street-bridge-set-to-reopen-april-7

Editorial: Promoting downtown crucial during bridge project

From the Reading Eagle (3/27/17):

The Issue:

A planned billboard will remind motorists that despite traffic issues, Reading is open for business.

Our Opinion:

It’s important to make sure local attractions don’t lose ground while work is underway.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-promoting-downtown-crucial-during-bridge-project

Business leaders: Downtown Reading traffic top complaint

From the Reading Eagle (3/25/17):

There's been a lot of talk about how to keep visitors coming to downtown Reading when traffic restrictions begin on the Penn Street Bridge.

But the coming bridge work is only part of the issue, managers for two of downtown's major draws said during a meeting about the bridge work Friday. Traffic before and after downtown events is already a mess.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/business-leaders-downtown-reading-traffic-top-complaint

Reading group working on plan to ease bridge-work-related traffic

From the Reading Eagle (3/25/17):

Craig Poole doesn't see much use for a new and improved Penn Street Bridge if downtown Reading businesses don't survive the 2 1/2 years it will take to get one.

That's why, the general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel said Friday, it's vital that the city and its businesses pull out all the stops to ensure visitors keep coming downtown despite the bridge work.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-group-working-on-plan-to-ease-bridge-work-related-traffic

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