Saturday, June 11, 2005

Thun Trail Update

Thun Trail Update

Schuykill River Trail - Lancaster Avenue Bridge

Work has swung into full gear for a pedestrian bridge that will carry a portion of the Thun Trail section of the Schuylkill River Trail over Lancaster Avenue near the intersection with Route 10 in Reading.

A full crew of workers is at the site, said Kurt W. Zwikl, executive director of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which is building the 14-mile hiking and biking trail.

The project is expected to be finished in late summer.

The Pottstown-based Schuylkill Heritage Area has awarded a $938,000 contract to J.D. Eckman Inc., Perry Township, to build the 10-feet-wide steel span that will cross Lancaster Avenue about 50 feet south of the West Shore Bypass bridge.

Temporary traffic restrictions may be necessary when steel is being placed, but they would be short in duration and announced in advance.

The bridge will connect a short section of existing trail in Reading and West Reading with a section that runs along Route10 through Cumru Township and Route 724 in Gibraltar.