Pedestrian bridge proposed for dangerous trail crossing in Berks

Span would carry Schuylkill River Trail users over Route 724 in Monocacy

UNION TWP., Pa. - Plans are in the works to make safer a stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail in Berks County.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area wants to install a pedestrian bridge that would carry trailer users over Route 724 in the Monocacy section of Union Township.

The crossing in its current form is dangerous, officials said, because trail users must negotiate a steep slope on either side of Route 724 in order to cross the road.

The slope was created by the removal of a railroad bridge before the section of trail was completed along the old railroad bed, officials said.

Bob Folwell, the heritage area's trails manager, will present three options for the proposed bridge to the Union Township supervisors Monday night.

The options, prepared by Wilson Consulting Group engineers, feature bridges of various lengths and materials, officials said.

The Thun section of the Schuylkill River Trail stretches from Reading to Pottstown. The trail, when complete, will run an estimated 130 miles along the river's entire length from Pottsville to Philadelphia.

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