Officials gathered at the Schuylkill River Trail bridge in Pottstown’s Riverfront Park recently to view the completed work to repair the span over Manatawny Creek. The roughly $70,000 project was necessitated after erosion along the bank undermined the bridge’s foundation. The bridge was repaired temporarily in 2015, but more significant work was needed to ensure safety over the long term. Cedarville Engineering designed a more permanent fix for the bridge, pouring concrete footers and pins into the bank. Funding for the project came from a $40,000 Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation grant which was awarded to the Schuylkill River Greenways NHA. That grant was matched by an additional $40,000 commitment from the Scott & Susan Bentley Fund.
The bridge is located along a popular section of trail that links Pottstown Riverfront Park to the Schuylkill River Trail’s Keystone Boulevard Trailhead, making it possible for cyclists and pedestrians to travel from Riverfront Park along the trail as far as Reading.