Your #1 resource to stay updated on bridge improvement projects to support Greater Reading.  

The expansion and rehabilitation efforts of the Reading Bridges will upgrade and modernize Greater Reading’s bridge infrastructure. The project will ensure safe and efficient travel on the area’s four main bridges.  From the latest news and updates, to detours and traffic patterns, to commuter services, we are here to help you navigate through the upcoming construction projects. Learn more about us.    
The Buttonwood Street Bridge is Closed

The contractor will be working 6 days per week and two shift per day to stay on schedule.   Please refer to the detour information. During the entire closure and construction period, left turns from Penn Avenue onto 3rd and 4th Avenues in West Reading will be prohibited to accommodate two thru lanes into West Reading.

Buttonwood Bridge Schedule of Work to Competition

  • Type II concrete repairs to spans (phased): May 2016 – March 2017
  • Beam, pedestal and crossgirder repair/replacement (phased): May 2016 – September 2016
  • Span 4-6 deck installation: June 2016 – August 2016
  • Span 7-9 deck installation: September 2016 – October 2016
  • Span 1-3 deck installation: October 2016 – November 2016
  • Barrier curb and sidewalk installation (paced with completion of deck work): November 2016 – March 2017
  • Pave approaches, complete street markings, install signs, final grading and seeding: April 2017
  • Final utility connections and lighting installation: March 2017 – April 2017
  • Remove overhead shielding and causeway: March 2017 – April 2017
  • Bridge reopened to traffic: April 24, 2017

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Learn about new closures and traffic patterns here before you hit the road. 
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 Buttonwood Street Bridge – Berks County will experience rehabilitation on the bridge starting on July 21, 2015.  All lanes and sidewalks on the bridge will remain closed during the estimated two-year construction period.  When reopened (estimated late 2016) there will be no restrictions on use.

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Penn Street Bridge PennDOT is advancing design of the bridge rehabilitation and anticipates construction will begin following the reopening of Buttonwood Street Bridge.  During construction, the bridge will remain open but there will be lane restrictions.  In particular, the ramp from westbound US 422 (West Shore Bypass) to Penn St. (downtown Reading) will be closed and detoured for the duration of the project (estimated 2-3 construction seasons).

Detours – Navigate through the construction 

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Real time traffic: 

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Berks County Traffic Flow Drive Times

Traveler Resources:

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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.