Berks County’s $274.8 million transportation plan receives preliminary approval

The following is an excerpt from an article posted on It was written by Holly Herman.

The Reading Area Transportation Study group granted preliminary approval of a $274.8 million four-year transportation improvement plan in Berks County.

The plan includes $202.1 million for 107 highway and bridge projects, including improvements to Routes 222 and 422.

It also includes $62.7 million for 21 BARTA transportation projects.

The plan also includes $117.5 million for upgrades along Interstate 78 and the interchange in Tilden Township and Hamburg.

The plan is available to review through July 6.

The RATS group is required to submit a final plan to PennDOT at the end of July.

The plan will be reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration and take effect Oct. 1.

Michael Golembiewski, transportation planner, said Wednesday that the Berks planners cannot speculate if the coronavirus pandemic will result in revenue losses for transportation.

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