Route 724 in Cumru to close for fallen rock problem

Route 724 in Cumru to close for...

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Drivers in Cumru Township have been no stranger to road closures as of late, and they're about to get hit with another one.

Officials said a long stretch of Route 724 between Route 10 and Interstate 176 will be shut down for 10 days, starting Monday. The reason: rocks. They're falling onto the road, damaging cars and just creating an overall unsafe environment.

"It's a little bit scary going through there. People are always a little concerned," said resident Joe Pichler.

Cumru Township police said the state will come in, clean up the rocks on the road and replace the fence.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County sits right at the beginning of the planned closure, but officials there said visitors will still be able to stop by.

"People can get to the Animal Rescue League still from 422, and they should have no problems getting on or off very easily from the Morgantown exit," said Nan Parks of the Berks ARL.

That's not the same case for California Bar and Grill, about three-and-a-half miles west on 724. Over on that end, the eastbound lane of 724 at the corner of New Holland Road has been shut down for weeks for another project. Co-owner Nick Harris said it's hurt his business, and the latest project probably won't help.

"The problem comes if you're not from the area and you don't know where you're going it's tough to get in here then," said Harris.

Officials said the project is a small price to pay to prevent any sort of potential landslide.

"Hope this gets back to normal as soon as possible," said Harris.

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