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Repairs To Storm-Damaged Roads Continue

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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Flooding and saturated ground conditions from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused significant damage to roads throughout the park earlier this fall. A number of primary and secondary roads, including a 7.5-mile-long segment of U.S. Route 209 in Pennsylvania and parts of Old Mine Road and NPS 615 in New Jersey, remain closed pending repairs. The park is working closely with Federal Highways to complete repairs. Since October 21st, both lanes of Route 209 have been closed to traffic between Route 739 (near Dingmans Ferry) and Route 206 (near Milford). A landslide occurred at Milepost 15.3 which caused a section of the road surface to separate and settle approximately six inches; a section of the McDade Trail was also washed out. All traffic has been detoured onto local roads until permanent repairs can be designed and constructed. The permanent repairs to Route 209 will require extensive engineering and reconstruction. Federal Highways personnel have completed site surveys and are conducting soil investigations; the data collected will be employed to design the road reconstruction project. Construction work is expected to begin in the spring or early summer of 2012. Current projections indicate that the road won’t reopen to through traffic until late summer or fall of 2012. In the meantime, planning actions are underway to reduce the closure from 7.5 miles to less than a mile, which will allow recreational users more access to park lands. In New Jersey, portions of NPS Route 615 and Old Mine Road were washed away by the flooding, making the roads impassable. They have been closed to through traffic since Hurricane Irene struck on August 27th. Because of the immediate need to restore traffic on these roads, emergency repairs are now underway and, weather permitting, are expected to be finished soon. For updated information about the status of the roadways, call 570-426-2492 for a recorded message, visit the park’s website (www.nps.gov/dewa), or follow the park on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS).



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