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Contact: Kathleen Sandt, Public Affairs Specialist, (570) 426-2472 (O); (570) 234-9144 (C)
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue reminds motorists that River Road within the park will be closed for repairs beginning August 18 as part of a Pavement Improvement Project that started in the park in May. "River Road is going to receive some much-needed repairs that will provide everyone who travels on the road with a safer and more enjoyable experience," said Donahue of the project.
Starting on Monday, August 18, 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.
This part of the project will last about 2 weeks. Then there will be a 1-2 week lull before the entire road will be chip sealed and striped following a similar pattern of closures as above. The closure will extend through the evening during the week. The road will be open on weekends, beginning Friday evening and extending through Monday morning.
Work on River Road is expected to be completed by mid-September.