Reading police announced that motorists should be prepared for changes in traffic patterns Sunday due to several events taking place in the city.
Reading is hosting the second annual Puerto Rican Parade from Second and Penn Streets to City Park starting at 11 a.m., followed by the Salsa Festival in the park. The annual Run for Wise 5K starts at 10 a.m. at Reading Area Community College. The fundraiser is held in honor of Reading police Officer Michael H. Wise II, who was killed in the line of duty in 2004.
Penn Street will be closed much of the day. Early in the day traffic crossing the Penn Street Bridge will be redirected to South Second Street. After 11 a.m., all inbound traffic on the Penn Street Bridge will be redirected to turn left on North Second Street using a temporary special lane. Penn Street is expected to reopen at about 4 p.m.
Motorists will be able to drive north to south and vice versa on Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and 10th streets. North 11th Street will be closed to traffic between Penn and Washington streets while the parade is taking place.
Reading officials announced that the Reading Parking Authority has made following garages available at no charge from 6 a.m. to midnight: Fourth and Franklin streets, Fifth and Cherry streets, Santander Arena garage at 615 Franklin St., DoubleTree garage at 700 Court St. Garages offering free parking will have signs posted indicating that’s the case.
Source: Berkshire mont