8 03, 2024

Construction of the Court Street Bridge – Reading, PA

2024-03-08T17:21:14-04:00March 8th, 2024|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

The current Court Street Bridge was created as part of the Downtown East Urban Renewal Project. Construction of the bridge began in 1970 and was completed in 1971. The bridge was built as part of a plan to expand the traffic capacity of [...]

29 12, 2023

Leinbach’s Hill, West Reading

2023-12-29T22:45:54-04:00December 29th, 2023|Bridges-Viaducts, Landmarks|0 Comments

Anyone traveling into West Reading across the Penn Street Viaduct has probably noticed at one time or another the large rock formation on the right against the exit ramp for motorists traveling West on the By-Pass into West Reading. The rock formation is [...]

1 07, 2022

Lancaster Avenue Covered Bridge and Bingaman Street Bridge

2022-07-01T11:46:52-04:00July 1st, 2022|Bridges-Viaducts|Comments Off on Lancaster Avenue Covered Bridge and Bingaman Street Bridge

The county commissioners were authorized by an Act passed April 23, 1829, to erect a bridge over the Schuylkill River at Gerber’s ferry, on the road from Reading to Lancaster. It was finished in 1831. The bridge was a one lane, two span [...]

16 08, 2020

Wertz’s Red Covered Bridge

2020-08-16T13:56:36-04:00August 16th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Wertz's Covered Bridge, also known as the Red Covered Bridge, is a historic wooden covered bridge located at Bern Township and Spring Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The bridge, a 204-foot-long, Burr Truss bridge, crosses the Tulpehocken Creek and serves as the walkway [...]

28 07, 2020

Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge in Muhlenberg Township

2020-07-28T16:21:28-04:00July 28th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Muhlenberg Township had two covered bridges, Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge and Leize’s Bridge, both of which spanned the Schuylkill River and both shared with Bern Township. Bridges were covered only to extend the life of the wooden superstructures but Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge was unique [...]

26 07, 2020

The Crossroads at Leisz’s Bridge in Muhlenberg Township

2020-07-26T20:48:03-04:00July 26th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

One of the most historic spots along Muhlenberg Township’s River Road is the intersection with Leisz’s Bridge Road. Leisz’s Bridge was an important commercial link between Bern and Muhlenberg Townships. In particular, the early dairies in Muhlenberg Township benefited from the ease of [...]

26 06, 2020

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Swinging Bridge at Outer Station

2020-06-26T09:20:05-04:00June 26th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts, Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

In 1886, the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) decided to provide a safe pedestrian route across its main line and yard tracks east of the Outer Station in Reading. With the closest underpass located two blocks north of the station, pedestrians coming from [...]

21 06, 2020

History of the Warren Street, West Shore, and Outer Bypasses

2020-07-14T01:55:06-04:00June 21st, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts|0 Comments

Warren Street was constructed around 1920, running from Fayette Street near the Tulpehocken Creek east to a dead end near the Schuylkill River. In 1949, plans were made to build a four-lane bridge across Tulpehocken Creek at Warren Street. As part of this [...]

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