131-year-old Berks County bridge may move to Alabama

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 21, 2014 6:32 AM

(Reading) -- A 131-year-old Berks County bridge might gain a new lease on life in a warmer climate.

Berks County commissioners are considering a proposal to ship the Wiley's Road Bridge in Ontelaunee Township to Alabama.

Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt says the truss span will be used in Scottsdale, Alabama, to provide access to a historic bridge that activists there want to save.

He has told the Reading Area Transportation Study the plan isn't final, but it would save the bridge -- even though people would "have to drive down to Alabama to see it."

Township supervisors last year turned down a deal in which the county would fix the span and turn it over to the township. The county then planned to demolish the bridge.

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