Grant to help fund building of trail bridge over Route 724

Construction expected to start in spring 2019

UNION TWP., Pa. - A state grant will help Schuylkill River Trail users avoid a dangerous stretch of Route 724 in Berks County.

The $516,501 from the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources (DCNR) will go toward the Schuylkill River Greenways' construction of a pedestrian bridge in Union Township, near Monocacy Station.

"This is a high-traffic area along Route 724 where cars are traveling at a high rate of speed with poor sight distances, and trail users must negotiate a steep hill on either side," said Robert Folwell, trail manager.

The total project cost is about $1 million, with the DCNR grant covering the construction expenses. An additional $325,636 from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission will pay for the project's design, inspection, engineering, and administrative expenses, as well as for part of the construction, officials said.

Schuylkill River Greenways said it will be applying for additional grants to make up the $150,000 shortfall.

Construction is expected to starting the spring of 2019. In the meantime, trail users are being aided in their crossing by visible warning signs, which were installed at the intersection last year. Those signs were paid for with money raised through the sale of Sly Fox Brewery's SRT Ale.

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