Breaking News & Updates
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.
August 31, 2017
The level of the Delaware River, as measured in Trenton, is at 8.56 ft. This level is .044 below the level of the New Hope inlet located behind the former Odette’s. The consequence is that no River water is entering the Canal, and the levels from New Hope to Bristol are slowly dropping.
From Bethany Hare – Assistant Park Manager
The pump at Center Bridge, which allows the Delaware Canal to be watered from Center Bridge south to New Hope, stopped working the other day. After inspection by a representative from Sander Power Equip Co. it was determined that a piece of the internal impeller assembly had broken. We are sending it out to be repaired today, but there is about a 2-week turnaround time before we can get the part back and replaced in the pump in the river. Replacing the part in the pump is also dependent on river levels being low enough for our equipment to reach the pump out in the river; we do not expect any issues with this but it’s always a potential variable.
Our intention is to return the pump to working order as soon as possible, but with the turnaround time for the part there is risk for a fish kill, which we want to avoid. Our staff will be watching for any fish in trouble in this stretch as the water continues to drop. We welcome notifications from visitors/neighbors of fish in need, as well as assistance from volunteers with removing fish and returning them to the river. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 610-982-5560.
Closed D&R Canal Towpath Segment to Reopen on Friday Afternoon
August 23, 2017
Closed New Jersey Canal Towpath Segment to Reopen Friday Afternoon Towpath to Remain Open after Labor Day Holiday Weekend
The barricaded portion of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath on the New Jersey side of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge will be reopened to the public on Friday afternoon, Sept. 1, just in time for the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The affected towpath segment has been closed since August 23. The closure was implemented for public safety reasons so the work crews could performed a series of tasks using cranes and other heavy equipment in close proximity to the towpath.
The towpath is expected to reopen 5 p.m. Friday, enabling public use during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The towpath will remain open after the busy recreational weekend as additional project-related closure periods are not anticipated during the next several weeks.