Pa. Senate passes bill to rename I-176 in Berks for veterans

'I'm thrilled,' says state Sen. Judy Schwank

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a bill that would rename Interstate 176 in Berks County in honor of veterans.

Efforts undertaken by state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Berks Democrat, led to the highway being included in the renaming bill.

"Local veterans came to me with this idea because they wanted a way to honor their brothers-and sisters-in-arm, and to encourage the public to remember what they did for us," Schwank said. "I'm thrilled that it's moving a step closer to becoming reality."

Under the legislation, separate sections of I-176 between Route 422 in Cumru Township and the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Morgantown interchange in Caernarvon Township would be marked to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Because the Senate amended the bill to include I-176, it must now return to the House of Representatives for its approval before it can be sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

Both the House and the Senate adjourned Wednesday for recess until January.

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