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Contact: Leigh Zahm, 301-745-5815
Washington, DC –On Thursday, June 9th, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will begin draining the watered canal section from Fletchers Cove (Towpath Mile 3) to Georgetown (Towpath Mile 0) to accommodate a construction project adjacent to the canal at 3225 Grace Street NW. During the project, Toepfler Construction will install scaffolding which will rest in the canal's prism, or watered area. Scaffolding installation is expected to take five working days after which time, water levels will be raised. Work is being completed under a special use permit issued by the National Park Service.
Park staff are available to monitor the activity and respond to any fish entrapment that may occur. Construction repairs to 3225 Grace Street are expected to take six to eight weeks. At the conclusion of the project water will again be drained to enable crews to remove the scaffolding. The park will provide updates on the project as appropriate.