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A map showing the Olmsted Bridge Closure and alternate activities.
Olmsted bridge and the Great Falls  Tavern Visitor Center welcome at least a million visitors each year.

NPS Photo | Monica Larcom

Olmsted Island Bridge to Close mid-February

Great Falls Overlook to close during construction

Starting mid-to-late February, the Olmsted Bridge and Great Falls Overlook will be temporarily closing near the Great Falls Tavern visitor center near Potomac, MD
for repairs that will improve our visitor and staff safety and better protect park resources.

Work on the bridge and overlook is expected to to last 90-120 days with completion and re-opening in late June. Future press releases will communicate the exact closure date and construction progress. Completion of construction may be impacted by weather conditions.
Go to the Olmsted Bridge Closure page to learn more about the construction that will be taking place and the history of the bridge and project.

You can also read the initial Olmsted Bridge Closure Press Release.


Paw Paw Tunnel Rock Scaling and Pinning Project

The closure of the tunnel is expected to happen late March or early April.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) will be performing a rock scaling project along the towpath at the northern or downstream portal of the Paw Paw Tunnel (Mile 155.2) starting early April 2017.

Read the initial Paw Paw Tunnel Project press release.

Go to our Paw Paw Tunnel Rock Scaling and Pinning Project page for more information on the project and its scope.
Paw Paw Tunnel closure detour map using alternate routes
A map showing the towpath detours around the Paw Paw Tunnel and boardwalk closure.

Joe Reed | NPS

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