Reading, May 24, 2018 − On Tuesday, May 29, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) will unveil three new highway signs on Route 176 in Berks County. The signs are the result of a road-naming bill that renamed Route 176 in Berks in honor of veterans. Berks County’s inclusion in the bill was the result of the joint legislative efforts of Schwank and Gillen.
Under the legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in February, separate sections of the Morgantown Expressway between its intersections with Route 422 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike would be marked to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq and Afghanistan War, respectively.
“We must always remember what veterans have done for us, and this is one way we’ll preserve our gratitude,” Schwank said. “This legislation was brought to life by local veterans who wanted a way to honor their brothers-and sisters-in-arm.”
At Tuesday’s event, several veterans will speak about what the signs mean to them.
What: Press Conference unveiling highway signs
Who: Sen. Schwank, Rep. Gillen, local veterans
Where: PennDOT work shed near Hafer Equipment Ltd, 34 Angstadt Lane, Birdsboro
Parking: Available at Schuylkill River Trail entrance
When: May 29, 10 a.m.