Breaking News & Updates
Towpath Closure at Phillips’ Mill
April 12, 2018
The towpath will be closed between the Lower Limeport Bridge and the pedestrian bridge at Canal Park in Solebury Township beginning on Monday, April 16th. The closure is necessary because of the replacement of the bridge that crosses the Canal at Phillips’ Mill. The closure will remain in effect until the project is completed.
It will not be possible to complete the Delaware Canal/Delaware & Raritan Canal Loop Trail that runs from Centre Bridge, PA to New Hope, PA to Lambertville, NJ to Stockton, NJ to Centre Bridge, PA.
Upcoming Work on the Centre Bridge to Lock 11 Section
Wednesday, March 28
The pump that supplies water to the Canal from Centre Bridge to Lock 11 section in New Hope was damaged during the ice floes in the Delaware River this winter. The Park Maintenance staff has not been able to get down into the River to fully ascertain the problem because of ice, then high water levels. It anticipated that the damage isn’t too significant.
In the meantime, the contract has been awarded to Bi-State Construction for the reconstruction of the Phillips’ Mill Bridge. The first stage of this project is to place pipes through which water can flow in the Canal and then construct a temporary roadway to access the bridge site.
The Park’s plan is to have both the pump repair and the pipe installation/ temporary road access projects occur simultaneously in April. This will take advantage of the Canal’s current waterless condition and prevent the scenario of rewatering the Canal with the pump only to have it de-watered again shortly thereafter.
Towpath Closure Postponed until after January 1, 2018
December 21, 2017
The towpath in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement project in Lower Makefield Township will not be closed during the week after Christmas. The closure is now scheduled for after January 1, 2018.
Change in Plans
December 18, 2017
The towpath in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge project in Lower Makefield Township will not be closed until Tuesday, December 26th. Happy riding and walking this week.
Towpath to be Closed in Vicinity of Scudder Falls Bridge Project
December 13, 2017
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has announced that the Delaware Canal towpath in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge project in Lower Makefield Township will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates:
Friday, December 15
Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 22
Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29
The scheduled closures are needed for work associated with the widening of the current approach bridge structure that carries I-95 across the Delaware Canal and its towpath. The work will involvd both staged demolition and construction activities.
The closure periods are subject to change due to weather and other considerations. Pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to exercise caution when traveling along the Canal near or through work areas for the duration of the 4-1/2-year-long bridge replacement project.
Sinkholes at Lock 20 Repaired
November 21, 2017
Using the new Menzi, the Park staff has repaired the two sinkholes in the vicinity of Lock 20 south of Kintnersville and water is again flowing southward “at a good clip.”
Water problems in the north
November 16, 2017
Towpath to be Closed on October 11 and 12 in Lower Makefield Township
36-HOUR-LONG CLOSURE OF PENNSYLVANIA CANAL TOWPATH
NEAR SCUDDER FALLS BRIDGE NEXT WEEK
LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal towpath is scheduled to be closed for 36 hours next week in the area where it crosses beneath I-95 near the Scudder Falls Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The towpath closure is scheduled to begin about 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, and end approximately 6 p.m. Thursday, October 12.
The closure is needed to allow for tree cutting that will allow for eventual widening of the bridge that carries I-95 across the canal on the Pennsylvania approach to the Scudder Falls Bridge. The highway widening is one element of the multi-faceted Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project that is currently underway and is expected to continue until late 2021.
Bicyclists, pedestrians and other recreationists are urged to plan other routes or excursions during the towpath closure period. (Note: A portion of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls Bridge also will be closed to the public on October 11 and 12.)
More information and videos on the bridge replacement project are available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.
Centre Bridge Pump is Working Again
September 27, 2017
The new part was installed in the Centre Bridge pump today. It’s “working better than ever” and slowly filling the Canal from Centre Bridge to Lock 11.
Conrail Pedestrian Passageway – Drawdown Notice
September 26, 2017
From Bethany Hare – Assistant Manager at Delaware Canal State Park
This summer, Delaware Canal State Park put out a bid for a contract to install a pedestrian tunnel through the embankment in Morrisville where a Conrail railroad was built over top of the canal and towpath, effectively creating a dead end on the towpath. This project will resolve one of the last three remaining obstructions to the towpath and will allow users to continue safely through Morrisville and Falls Township. A contractor was awarded the bid and will begin construction sometime this fall.
As part of the construction of the pedestrian tunnel, it will be necessary for the contractor to install a temporary crossing and pipe on the south side of the embankment. In order to install this, the canal needs to be drained. Due to restrictions surrounding the red-belly turtle, a drawdown of water in the canal must be completed by October 1 to minimize any impact to the turtles.
Effective immediately, the park will begin the drawdown from Morrisville south in order to be complete by October 1. Water will be released from the waste gate near Maple Ave. in Morrisville. Water flow will be reinstated once the contractor is completed with all necessary work in the canal.
During the drawdown period, park staff will once again be monitoring the dewatered stretches for fish in need of rescue. The park appreciates the help of neighbors and visitors, and welcomes notification of locations where fish are in need of rescue. Please contact the park office at 610-982-5560 with any questions or comments.