FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions):
Impact to Surrounding Area
See the map above for the boundaries of the work area.
Q: Will the canal be drained for this construction project?
A: Water is currently flowing in the canal. The canal was drained from Lock 5 to the Georgetown boundary during construction.
Q: Will the canal be drained for the whole duration of the project?
A: Water is currently flowing in the canal. Yes, de-watering the canal was important to in relation to both of the workers and to protect the work itself.
Q: What will happen to the Justice Douglas statue?
A: The Justice Douglas is now back at Lock 3. The bust and support were crated and transferred to the Museum Resources Center in Hyattville, Maryland for cleaning and restoration.
Q: How will site access be limited during construction?
A: Public access was re-opened 5/17/19.
Q: What road closures, if any, will happen?
A: The towpath is OPEN for public access. All detours were removed 5/17/19.
Q: Why was the European Basswood tree taken down?
A: For the heavy-lifting of the project to begin, the European basswood tree near Lock 3 had to, unfortunately, be removed. The park worked with engineers and restoration experts to try to work around the tree during construction, but there was no way to do so and keep the tree intact.