A Multi Modal Grant funding project filed by Lower Alsace Township on behalf of Alsace Township and the City of Reading to reconstruct Skyline Drive and provide safer biking and hiking facilities on this scenic route will begin the construction phase in May 2017. $969,000 of grant funds approved by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development will be used to improve and enhance the use of this historic roadway during the spring and summer of 2017.
The following dates represent the proposed schedule of extended road closures for the Skyline Drive reconstruction project. Please be aware that these dates are subject to change due to weather and other factors.
Road Closed Start Closure End Closure
Pagoda to List Rd May 8 June 23
List Rd to Bingaman Rd June 26 August 4
Pagoda Rd to Bingaman Rd August 7 August 18
- All of Skyline Drive will be opened for events on weekends of June 24/25 and August 20/21
- One week prior to the May 8 and June 26 road closures, signs will be posted identifying the limits of the closure and the start date
- Angora, Bingaman and Shearer Roads will be the route used for detoured traffic
The roadway was originally constructed in 1932 as an unemployment relief project that provided jobs to 1,200 men. The original building of the “Skyline Drive wall” was funded and constructed by the Federal government under the Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his creation of the W.P.A. The workers constructed the magnificent wall in 1939 that extends the length of Skyline Drive. The wall begins at Reading’s most famous landmark, the world-famous Pagoda, and past the equally prominent landmark, the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower in Lower Alsace Township. The wall extends to McKnight’s Gap Road in Alsace Township, where it curves around Oak Lane for a total of 2.55 miles.
This project will develop a clearer separation of bike, pedestrian and vehicular travel lanes to enable the safe passage of all three forms of transportation while providing greater access to those forms of transportation to one the area’s most scenic views. Improvements to the storm water management system of the existing roadway will also help to preserve and protect the structural integrity of the historic wall as well as to the roadway itself.
We ask for the full cooperation and patience from the public as these inconvenient, but necessary road closures and detours will result in improved recreational and transportation enhancements.
- The next meeting of the Alsace Township Heritage Society will be held on
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm
- at the Township Municipal Building located at 65 Woodside Avenue.
Please join us to offer your thoughts and knowledge regarding the history of Alsace Township. Please think about volunteering your time for the future of those who are yet to come. Bring your ideas, photos and other artifacts from Alsace Township’s history!
Len Jones’s – Garage, motel, and luncheonette.
Guess the location…hint…you can still get gasoline there!
The 2017 Summer Recreation Program will soon be here! You can download the registration form (ONE form per child). Click here for registration form: 2017 – Recreation Program REGISTRATION FORM. You can register at any time, however full payment is required at the time of registration. Registration Day will be held at the Township Building on Saturday, June 10th from 10:00-noon.
The 2017 Summer Recreation Program runs from:
- June 12 to August 11
- Monday thru Friday
- 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The program is for children ages 5 to 14 years old. The cost of the program is $80.00 per child. Checks should be made payable to “Alsace Township”. Cash is accepted in-person at the Alsace Township Playground or Municipal Building with a completed Registration Form.
Come join the fun! Questions? Please call 610-929-5324.
We offer a daily schedule of activities including tie dye day, water days, crafts, field trips, athletics, and more! The children are supervised by Program Leaders.
Also available for download is the Parent’s Handbook for Summer of 2017.
Open burn permitted
Call Alsace Manor Volunteer Fire Company at 610-921-9372 for more information.