Breaking News & Updates

Pipes Are In Place at the Kleinhans Aqueduct

April 27, 2016

Bi-State Construction is in the process of completing the installation of the pipe and coffer dam system that will allow Canal water to flow south through the leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct.  If all goes well, the gates at the Lehigh River  will be opened this afternoon or tomorrow morning, and water will return.

The start of the project.
The start of the project.

Bi-State Will Start Installing Pipes Tomorrow

April 25, 2016

In order to restore the Lehigh River water flow to the south, Bi-State Construction will install coffer dams at either end of the leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct and run three pipes through aqueduct span.    Mobilization has already begun.  Thanks to DCNR for approving this work that will allow  the Canal to be watered while the aqueduct is repaired.

The leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct
The leaking Kleinhans Aqueduct

A Few Glitches in Rewatering Process

April 20, 2016

The amount of water reaching the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area north of Centre Bridge has diminished due to several circumstances.

  1. Debris, brush, yard waste, etc. continues to accumulate at the locks and stop gates on the route south from Easton.  These accumulations hinder the water flow and must be laboriously cleaned out by the Park staff.  The staff tackles clean-out nearly every day.
  2. The structural problems that were known about Fry’s Run Aqueduct south of Easton have blossomed into a leak.  The Park engineers have developed a short term plan for keeping water fully flowing, which may be implemented as quickly as April 25-26. They also have an intermediate plan.  The Fry’s Run Aqueduct is the shortest one on the Canal, just 25 feet long, so solutions easier to accomplish.

The water level in the southern end of the Canal from Green Lane to the Bristol Lagoon is also lower because the Park staff is repairing some holes that developed around a culvert that runs underneath the Canal.

No catastrophes!

 

 

Lehigh River Water Stopped at Virginia Forrest Recreation Area

Thursday, April 7

The stop gate and waste gate at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area have been closed by the Park staff.   The Lehigh River water has reached this point, 29 miles south of Easton, and will be stopped here because of the Redfield Bridge construction project a short distance to the south.

The River water level will build to the north while Bi-State Construction replaces the collapsed abutment of the Redfield Bridge.  The original plan was to retain both of the bridge abutments, but when the deteriorated deck was removed, the east abutment developed serious structural cracks.  Work must be done within the Canal prism, so water cannot be run through at this time.

The water level to the north of the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area will rise.
The water level to the north of the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area will rise.
As soon as the east abutment is replaced, the pipes in the Canal prism will carry Lehigh River water south.
As soon as the east abutment is replaced, the pipes in the Canal prism will carry Lehigh River water south.

The Lehigh River Water is at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area

April 4, 2016

Last week the Lehigh River water reached Point Pleasant.  Last Sunday it had made its way to Lumberville, and today is just north of the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area.

Looking north from Lock 14 in Point Pleasant
Looking north from Lock 14 in Point Pleasant
Looking south from Lock 12 in Lumberville
Looking south from Lock 12 in Lumberville

New Pump at Centre Bridge Installed

March 30, 2016

The new pump was installed in the Delaware River at Centre Bridge this morning. It’s pumping away nicely with about a foot of water accumulated in back of the Centre Bridge Inn in about an hour. It will produce a greater volume of water more efficiently. The installation is a collaboration among the Friends of the Delaware Canal, New Hope for Our Canal, and PA Department of Natural Resources.

Centre Bridge pump 03302016

Towpath Closed Between Centre Bridge and the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area

March 28, 2016

The Redfield Bridge replacement project has necessitated the closure of the towpath between Centre Bridge and the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area.   It will be reopened as soon as the contractor can move away from the towpath.

Park Staff Cleans Out Below Bridge 3

March 23,2016

As the Delaware Canal Park staff cleans out the prism below Bridge 3 in Smithtown, the Lehigh River water is being diverted out a waste gate at Bridge 4.   The clean-out is expected to be finished today.  The waste gate will be closed, and Lehigh River water should progress southward.

 

Uhlerstown Repair Finished

March 11, 2016

The Park staff completed the installation of a section of bentomat lining in Uhlerstown yesterday.  The waste gate at Lodi was closed late yesterday afternoon, and the Canal is being slowly refilled section by section heading southward.

Small Repair Project in Uhlerstown Begins

March 8, 2016

The State Park staff started the minor repair project in Uhlerstown today.  It is anticipated that it will be finished tomorrow.