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Old bridge may end up in Alabama

on March 22, 2014 10:24 AM

READING (AP) — A 131-year-old eastern Pennsylvania bridge might gain a new lease on life in a warmer climate.

The Reading Eagle reported that Berks County officials are considering a proposal to ship the Wiley’s Road Bridge in Ontelaunee Township to Alabama.

County commissioner Kevin Barnhardt said Alabama officials would use the truss span to provide access to a historic bridge that activists there want to save.

He told the Reading Area Transportation Study on Thursday that 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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