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.