Breaking News & Updates
Water Levels to be dropped in Levittown and New Hope
October 10, 2018
***CANAL DRAWDOWN NOTICE***
The park will begin a drawdown of water levels in the canal to conduct several repair and preventative maintenance projects in two areas of the park. Canal levels will be dropped from Mill Creek Road south to Bristol Borough so that a collapsed culvert under Haines Road can be repaired and replaced. Water levels from Centre Bridge to New Hope will also be lowered so that vegetation removal can take place along the canal prism and to help facilitate the bridge replacement project at Phillips Mill.
Drawdown of the canal must take place before October 15th due to regulations established by the PA Fish & Boat Commission to protect the eastern redbelly turtle. During the drawdown, park staff will be on site removing and relocating fish, turtles, and/or other species of concern to a safe location should they become stranded in a section of the canal with low water.
If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 610-982-5560.
Two PA/NJ Canal Loops Out of Commission
Thursday, October 4, 2018
The replacement of the Phillips’ Mill Bridge in New Hope and the repair of the River Road Bridge near the Golden Pheasant Inn in Erwinna have required that the Delaware Canal towpath be closed at these locations.
The towpath closure at Phillips’ Mill Bridge has disconnected the PA/NJ Canal Loop Trail that runs from New Hope, PA to Lambertville, PA to Stockton, NJ to Centre Bridge, PA.
The towpath closure at the “Golden Pheasant” Bridge has disconnected the Loop Trail from Lumberville, PA to Bull’s Island, NJ to Frenchtown, NJ to Uhlerstown, PA.
The detours around the closures are not recommended.
Pipes Reinstalled at Fry’s Run
Monday, August 27, 2018
The temporary pipes have been reinstalled at the Fry’s Run Aqueduct and Lehigh River is again flowing south. Thanks DCNR for the quick action!
Update on the Fry’s Run aka Kleinhans Aqueduct Situation
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
From Josh Swartley, Delaware Canal State Park Manager —-
On Saturday, August 11, 2018 Williams Township (Northampton County) experience torrential downpours and flash flooding. As a result of this flooding Fry’s Run overflowed its banks, sending a wall of water into Kleinhans Aqueduct. The flash flooding damage the aqueduct and the temporary bypass that carries water along the canal. The aqueduct wall on the west side was completely blown off and washed down the canal. The temporary bypass, that conveys water through the canal, was washed away. Currently, water is being diverted out of the canal at Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area (TRRA) until repairs can be made to the aqueduct. The area between TRRA and Durham will have no flow until repairs can be made. The Durham pump has been turned on, so the area south of Durham will have a minimal amount of water on a short term, temporary basis. Over the next several days, we will be working on installing another temporary bypass over the aqueduct and hope to have water flowing through the area by the end of next week.
Local Flooding Damages Fry’s Run Aqueduct
August 13, 2018
On Saturday, August 11th, it RAINED in the upper stretches of the Canal causing local flooding. Fry’s Run near Raubsville rose to a level higher than the canal aqueduct, and the tremendous force of the water against the temporary pipes, which were carrying the Canal’s water over the Run, were ripped out of place – as well as stone walls and some River bank.
The result is that most of the water coming south from Easton is pouring out the west side of what remains of the aqueduct structure. Water levels have dropped from Groundhog Lock south.
Hope to know more soon about the way forward. This turn of events is especially sad since
DCNR took great pains to install the pipes so that the Canal could be watered until the structurally deficient aqueduct was replaced. Fortunately, the plans for the new aqueduct are finished, so the replacement process is underway.
Towpath Closure at Scudder Falls Bridge Project
July 20, 2018
From the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission:
Delaware Canal Towpath in Pennsylvania near Scudder Falls Bridge
To Close Six Days a Week Starting July 30
Towpath Section to be Open Sundays Only until August 31
LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA – A short section of the Delaware Canal towpath on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls Bridge is scheduled to be closed six days a week beginning Monday, July 30, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The scheduled towpath closure is needed to ensure public safety while construction activities take place on the approach bridge that carries I-295/I-95 across the canal. This work initially will involve mobilization activities and then expansion of the approach bridge’s abutment as a precursor to widening the roadway before the river bridge.
The towpath is scheduled to be barricaded and inaccessible to the public from Woodside Road to the project limits downstream of the canal’s I-295/I-95 overpass Monday through Saturday of each week from July 30 until August 31.
Under the current schedule, the towpath is expected to be open through the project area on Sundays only in the month of August. If all goes as scheduled, the affected towpath segment should be open for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The aforementioned 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 as the bridge replacement project construction activities proceed over the next t years.
More information and videos on the bridge replacement project are available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com
Towpath Trail Closed at Conrail Embankment South of Morrisville
July 16, 2018
Construction has begun on opening up one of our remaining three major trail obstructions along the canal. Contractors have begun work at the site known as the Conrail embankment, located 1 mile south of Bridge Street in Morrisville. The towpath on both north and south sides of the embankment will be closed due to this construction for the foreseeable future, as contractors prepare to tunnel through the embankment.
Once completed, towpath users will once again be able to safely traverse through this segment of the canal towpath for the first time in decades.
Towpath Trail Closure North of Centre Bridge
June 27, 2018
TRAIL CLOSURE: The towpath will be closed approximately a 1/2 mile north of the Virginia Forrest Recreation area and a 1/2 south of the bridge at Delaware Quarries. Contractors will be repairing a collapsed wall along the river and towpath during this closure. The closure will take place on June 27, 28, and 29 and on July 2 and 3. The Towpath will be open on the weekend (June 30 and July 1) and will be open on the 4th of July. For additional information please contact the park office at 610-982-5560 or email: email@example.com
Phillips’ Mill Bridge Replacement is Progressing
June 11, 2018
Bi-State Construction has installed the temporary roadway that gives access to the bridge construction project and the pipes that will allow canal water to flow past the site as soon as the Centre Bridge pump is put back in service ( we hope this week). The towpath trail is CLOSED between Lower Limeport Bridge to the north and the bridge at Canal Park to the south. The project could take as long as April 2019, and the trail will be closed throughout that time.
Please do not try to get through that area by removing barriers. They will be replaced and the project will take that much longer to complete.
Also please be aware that the temporary roadway is for use only by the contractor and the owners of the riverside properties that have no other access.
Your cooperation will be very much appreciated by all involved and affected.
Centre Bridge Pump Update
Friday, May 11, 2018
From Josh Swartley, Delaware Canal State Park Manager —
We tried to retrieve the pump on Tuesday and were unable to get to it. River level is still too high. We also need to replace the compression fitting on the discharge line where the flexible pipe meets the plastic pipe. The parts have been ordered for this and should be available next week.