Before the current Penn Street bridge (also known as the Penn Street Viaduct) was constructed in 1913, a steel bridge led traffic back and forth from West Reading to Reading. It was constructed in 1885, and spanned a total of 1128ft. It was designed for ordinary traffic of the late 1800s, which rendered it outdated by the increased availability of the automobile in the 1900s. The new Penn Street bridge was constructed right alongside the old one. Just recently after 104 years, the current Penn Street Bridge has started going through long-needed rehabilitation. You may have noticed the construction if you have tried to get in or out of the city using the bridge recently. This project is expected to last approximately 3 years.