Superintendent John J. Donahue has announced that the bridge over Bushkill Creek on US Route 209 in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be closed to all vehicles starting on July 9. The bridge will reopen no later than July 27. The closure is necessary to complete repairs to the bridge.


Superintendent John J. Donahue has announced that the bridge over Bushkill Creek on US Route 209 in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be closed to all vehicles starting on July 9. The bridge will reopen no later than July 27. The closure is necessary to complete repairs to the bridge.
 
During the closure, vehicles of 15 tons (30,000 pounds) Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or less  will be able to use US Route 209 through the recreation area between Bushkill and Milford. Such vehicles will follow a 4.3 mile detour route to bypass the closed bridge. Traffic will be detoured onto Winona Falls Road, East/West Sugar Mountain Road, and Bushkill Falls Road.
 
Vehicles with a GVWR in excess of 15 tons will not be able to use US Route 209 through the recreation area between Bushkill and Milford, and will not be allowed to follow the detour route described above. Vehicles in excess of 15 tons GVWR must find alternate routes.
 
Variable message signs will be placed on US Route 209, I-80, I-84, and other major roads to the area to inform motorists of the closure. Additional signs will mark the detour route. US Route 209 will be barricaded at Bushkill Bridge and at the recreation area’s South Contact Station. In addition, Community Drive will be closed between River Road and US Route 209.
 
“While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, these essential repairs will enhance everyone's safety,” said Donahue.