READING, Pa. -

PennDOT is ready to share more information about its plans to reconstruct the West Shore Bypass.

Officials with District 5, which includes Berks County, will hold a public open house in the grand ballroom of the Reading Country Club in Exeter Township on May 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

PennDOT will review improvement alternatives for the reconstruction of the bypass, also designated as Route 422, between Perkiomen Avenue in Exeter and the Warren Street Bypass/Route 12 in Wyomissing.

Those in attendance at the meeting will be invited to offer their feedback on the project.

Transportation leaders announced last month a $650 million overhaul of the 50-year-old highway.

"It would be upgrading the bypass to handle the congestion issues, as well as the safety issues, which are also a factor," said Ron Young, with PennDOT.

The project would widen Route 422, add an additional lane to both sides between the Warren Street Bypass and Lancaster Avenue, upgrade the bridges and redesign the ramps to give people more time to safely merge with traffic.  

The construction phase of the project could take eight to 10 years, but PennDOT said it is necessary because it is going to try and keep all lanes open during the construction phase.