1) Edwards Ferry (mile 30.8)
2) Dargan Bend (mile 64.9)
3) Fifteen Mile Creek (mile 140.8)
The park plans to replace three public vehicle bridges at Edwards Ferry, Dargan Bend, and Fifteen Mile Creek. Both the bridges at Dargan Bend and Fifteen Mile Creek show signs of deterioration and have reached the end of their service life. As a reminder, users should abide by any posted load restrictions when crossing any bridges in the park. At Edwards Ferry, the temporary bridge, previously installed as an interim repair measure, will be removed and replaced with a permanent structure during this project.
CURRENT DETOURS AND CLOSURES
Above are three maps showing the project areas and the local detours that are in place. The detours divert traffic from the towpath and around the active bridge construction. Visitors are asked to follow the signage and dismount bicycles along these brief stretches.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What is the need for the project?
The existing bridges at Dargan Bend and Fifteen Mile Creek are experiencing significant deterioration and have reached the end of their service life. The bridge at Edwards Ferry is a temporary bridge previously installed as an interim measure while awaiting a permanent structure. To prevent future concerns and to ensure the safety of visitors and NPS staff, it is critical that these structures are replaced.
What does the project include?
The project consists of work removing the existing vehicular bridges at Dargan Bend and Fifteen Mile Creek, as well as the temporary steel spanner bridge at Edwards Ferry. These bridges will be replaced with new multi-beam steel bridges with steel beams, timber decking, and wood railings that will convey pedestrian, vehicular, and recreational boater traffic.
Where will the project take place?
This project will take place at Edwards Ferry (mile 30.8), Dargan Bend (mile 64.9), and Fifteen Mile Creek (mile 140.8).
When will the project begin and end?
The project is anticipated to begin July 2023 and continue through Winter 2023/24, weather dependent.
How will this project impact park visitors?
Last updated: September 29, 2023