September 17, 2015
Contact: Chiara Palazzolo, Project Manager
, (570) 296-6952,X16
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that pavement improvements will be in progress on River Road beginning Sept 21, 2015. The project is a follow-up to work started last year and includes additional road patching, chip sealing, and line striping by the contractor, Team Henry. Expected completion of this portion of the project is September 30, 2015.
River Road is a historic road dating back to 1744. As such, it characteristically exists within a narrow corridor running through rolling terrain, steep hills and sharp curves. Maintaining safe operations within the restrictive road features necessitates road closures.
Starting on Monday, September 21, River Road will be closed from Park Headquarters to Smithfield Beach while contractors complete patch repairs to the pavement. Access to Smithfield Beach will still be possible from the south. Once that section is completed, River Road will be closed from the park boundary at the south end to Smithfield Beach; Smithfield Beach will be accessible from the north during this period. Please contact Chiara Palazzolo at (570) 296-6952, extension 16, if you need additional information about the closure.
The project will also include repairs to the rumble strips on US Route 209. Rumble strip work will start October 3 and last about 10 working days. Depending on favorable weather conditions, the US Route 209 work should be completed by mid-October. Motorists should expect minor delays and lane closures while US 209 work is underway. The project is managed and funded by the National Park Service.