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Bridge in central Berks reopens after replacement project

The Carsonia Avenue bridge over Antietam Creek in Lower Alsace Township has been replaced and is now reopened, according to local officials.

The roadway was initially expected to reopen in late August, but the PennDOT project was delayed after severe flooding along Antietam Creek in early July disrupted the work.

“The road is usable, people now can go from Carsonia down Friedensburg Road towards Oley, they don’t have to take the detour,” said Don Pottiger, Lower Alsace Township manager. “There’s some more paving work that needs to be done, but a lot of that is going to be done in the spring.”

The work included the bridge, along with replacing roadway from Logan Street to the intersection of Carsonia and Antietam and Friedensburg roads.

The traffic pattern will also be changed from a two-way stop to a four-way stop at that intersection once paving work on Antietam Road is finished, Pottiger said.

Traffic was previously routed along Exeter Road, Butter Lane/North Bingaman Street, St. Lawrence Avenue, Perkiomen Avenue and North 23rd Street.

“It’s amazing how many cars had to be rerouted all the way down to Butter Lane, taking that roundabout way, the neighbors out there seem to be very happy with the (reopening),” Pottiger said.

He said the township was satisfied with what PennDOT was able to accomplish with the project.

“I think we’ve got a safer roadway,” Pottiger said, “We’ve got some grant money for other projects, to create some more safe walkways.”

Pottiger noted that Antietam Road will be closed for three or four days next week as PennDOT finishes paving work in the area.

The project also includes the installation of new retaining walls upstream and downstream.

The full $5.1 million PennDOT project is expected to wrap up by November 2024.

Source: Berkshire mont

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