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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area announces $11 million infrastructure investment to overhaul a main route on NJ side of park

A road riddled with potholes overflowing with excess rain water.

NPS Photo/C. Palazzo

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News Release Date: April 5, 2024

Contact: Kathleen Sandt, (570) 234-9144

BUSHKILL, PA - Old Mine Road, on the New Jersey side of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, is about to receive a major upgrade made possible by approximately $11 million from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund.


The first phase of this major project will rehabilitate a three-mile segment of Old Mine Road at the southern end of the park between Mile Marker 6 (park boundary) and Mile Marker 9 in Hardwick Township. This phase of construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2024 and be completed by the end of the summer.  


“This road project will modernize a vital piece of the park’s infrastructure and enhance safety and access while also protecting sensitive natural and cultural resources along its route and maintaining its historic integrity” said Park Superintendent Doyle Sapp. 


For the safety of park visitors and contractors working in the project area, and to allow work to be completed as expeditiously as possible, the following closures will be in effect for the summer of 2024:


  • Old Mine Road will be closed between the NPS boundary at Mile Marker 6/Worthington State Forest and Millbrook Village.
  • Turtle Beach will be closed for the season.
  • Poxono Access will be closed for the season.
  • Van Campens Glen will be closed for the season, including the upper and lower trailheads.

The second phase will rehabilitate an additional three-mile section of the road at the park’s northern end, from Mile Marker 26.4 to Mile Marker 26.7 and between Mile Marker 29.6 and Mile Marker 32.4 in Sandyston and Montague Townships. This work will begin in the fall of 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2025. Further details will be shared once construction schedules are finalized for this phase of work.


Old Mine Road is one of the oldest commercial roads in the nation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District; historic buildings along the route contribute to its eligibility. The road also traverses the Minisink National Historic Landmark. Protection of wetlands and streams, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River and its floodplain, and the park’s cultural resources are primary considerations in the planning and execution of this work.


Work will include milling the existing pavement, conducting full depth patch repair and spot base repair, culvert replacement, reconstruction of shoulders and line striping. The repair of the road surface, subsurface, and drainage systems will extend the life of the road, eliminate the ongoing cost of frequent patching of potholes and other temporary corrective measures, and improve safety for motorists and bicyclists, including correcting the steep drop-offs on the road’s shoulders.


In 2023, the park hosted 4.2 million visits, making it the seventeenth most-visited national park in the country.  For more information on the park's infrastructure please visit By the Numbers - Infrastructure (U.S. National Park Service) (


The project is being financed by GAOA’s National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund which, along with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other construction funding sources, is part of a concerted effort to address the large maintenance and repair backlog in national parks. When completed, this project is expected to eliminate approximately $9.7 million of the maintenance backlog in the park.


Supported by revenue from energy development, GAOA provides up to $1.9 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks and other public lands to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors. For more information on the Great American Outdoors Act and the Legacy Restoration Fund visit

Last updated: May 6, 2024

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