NPS Bridge and Pavement Projects to Begin in May
Contact: Chiara Palazzolo, Project Manager, 570-296-6952, ext. 16
NPS Bridge and Pavement Improvement Projects to Start in May
BUSHKILL, PA: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that the Pavement Improvement Project and the McDade Trail Bridge Replacement Project will both begin in early May. The contracts for the work were awarded last fall to Team Henry for the road project and to Kovilic Construction Company for the bridge project.
The road project involves improvements to roads, parking areas, and pullouts within the park. Specifically, Team Henry will install a pavement overlay and new stripping and pavement markings on River Road, Milford Beach Access Road, Kittatinny Point Picnic Area parking lot, Resort Point Overlook, and sections of Route 209. This work will improve drivability and visitor safety and extend the life of the roads.
The bridge project, located adjacent to Route 209 at milepost 17, replaces and relocates the Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail pedestrian bridge over Raymondskill Creek. The bridge was washed out by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The project includes the realignment of a portion of the McDade Trail, construction of a steel truss pedestrian bridge, earthwork and aggregate surfacing, drainage improvements, and other miscellaneous work.
Depending on favorable weather conditions, the road project should be completed by early November and the bridge project by late July. Motorists should expect minor delays and lane closures while the road and bridge work is underway. The project is managed by the National Park Service with funding from the Federal Highway Administration.
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