National Park Service Superintendent John Donahue announced that the northern section of U.S. Route 209 from the park’s North Contact Station, just south of Milford, to the intersection of PA Route 739 was closed at 5 p.m. Friday due to the failure of a section of the road.
Motorists should plan to use alternative routes, such as State Route 2001 (Milford Road) from Milford to PA 739 and Old Mine Road, in New Jersey, between U.S. 206 and the Dingmans Ferry Bridge.
The failure involves a 150-yard segment of the road at Mile Marker 15, about two miles north of PA 739. The embankment on the east side of the road has slumped, the pavement has begun to separate – evidenced by large cracks in the surface – large voids have developed under the pavement, and the road has dropped by approximately six inches in some places. Federal Highways Administration engineers were on site today and determined that the road is unsafe for motor vehicles. It is likely that this year’s record rainfall, along with the impacts of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, have caused the problems. A timeframe for completion of emergency repairs is unknown at this time.
Raymondskill Road, a connecting road between State Route 2001 and Route 209, will be closed to through traffic. However, it will remain open from State Route 2001 to Raymondskill Falls, allowing park visitors to access the Raymondskill Falls and Cliff Park trails. Visitors will be able to parkoutside of the closed section of Route 209 and walk to park lands to hike, hunt, and fish. In addition, the McDade Trail will be closed from the Pitman Orchard trailhead south to PA 739.
For updated information about the status of Route 209, call (570)426-2492 for a recorded message, visit the park’s website, www.nps.gov/dewa, or follow the park on www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS and www.twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS.