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Two Sinkholes Plus

The number of sinkholes in the Point Pleasant area multiplied.    Bi-State Construction is finished filling in five of the six sinkholes between Bridges 2 and 3 in Point Pleasant.  After completing the sixth, they will move south of the Mountainside Inn and take care of a few there. Filling Holes North of Bridge Two 08152016

The Tale of Two Sinkholes

August 1, 2016

Two significant sinkholes developed  between Bridge 2 and Bridge 3 north of Point Pleasant this weekend.  (This is a notoriously unstable area.)  Tomorrow, August 2nd, the Park staff will be draining down the Canal section by opening the waste gate at Bridge 4 in Smithtown and the waste  gate at Mountainside Inn in Point Pleasant.   Fish rescues will be conducted if needed.

Bi-State Construction will arrive next  Monday, August 8th to repair the holes.  The project is anticipated to take two days.

We commend DCNR for jumping right on the repair.

The River Is Down

June 22, 2016

The southern end of the Delaware Canal from New Hope to Bristol is fed by the Delaware River through an inlet located behind the Chez Odette building.   We’ve been having a dry spell, so the River has dropped  below level of  the mouth of the inlet, and thus no water is being supplied into the Canal.   The levels along the Canal are dropping.

As a point of reference, the Delaware River gauge at Trenton must be at 9 or above for water to flow into the Canal.  Currently the River level is at 8.6.

Coffer Dam is Fixed and Water is Flowing Again

The Delaware Canal State Park staff moved quickly to fix a collapsed 3ft. X 3ft. sandbag in the Kleinhans Creek Aqueduct coffer dam installation.   Water is again flowing south from Groundhog Lock!    Thank you!!

Kleinhans Aqueduct fix 2

Coffer Dam at Kleinhans Aqueduct Breaks

Water levels in the northern half of the Canal will be down until the coffer dam at the Kleinhans Aqueduct can be repaired.    The Park staff is currently evaluating the situation.

Lehigh River Water Has Again Reached Its Current Destination

The gates that allow Lehigh River water to flow into the Delaware Canal were reopened last Friday.   The Canal has been refilling and flow has reached its current destination, the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 29 miles south of Easton.    Thanks to DCNR for allowing pipes to be installed at the failing Kleinhans Aqueduct and thanks to Bi-State Construction for making quick work of it.

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.