State money to improve intersection for industrial park

Berks Park 183 being built next to Reading airport

HARRISBURG, Pa. - PennDOT is about to invest nearly three quarters of a million to improve an intersection for an industrial park in Berks County.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that $700,000 in state money will be put toward the cost of improving the intersection of Route 183 and Aviation Road in Bern Township.

The work, officials said, is needed to support the Berks Park 183 industrial park, which is being built by the Berks County Industrial Development Authority on 155 acres of land adjacent to the Reading Regional Airport.

The park, consisting of seven buildings situated on a brownfield site, could create as many as 600 permanent jobs, officials said.

The intersection project in Berks is one of 45 projects in 22 counties across Pennsylvania to share a $41.5-million investment in transportation initiatives.

"Our multimodal investments support important projects that help residents and local economies," Wolf said. "We are making possible improvements that will bring significant benefits to these communities."

PennDOT said it evaluated 222 applications for money and made its selections based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

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