A delayed project to replace the Birdsboro Bridge that carries Route 345 over the Schuylkill River is getting the green light.
PennDOT officials said the work is supposed to start next Monday and take about two years. The span, which connects Birdsboro and Exeter Township and handles about 8,400 vehicles a day, will remain open while a new one is built just west of it.
The $14.5 million project was supposed to start in March but was delayed by the discovery that the area around the bridge is a habitat for red-bellied turtles, a threatened species. That required additional planning.
At the same time, PennDOT also needed to negotiate with nearby property owners to obtain rights-of-way.