U.S. Route 209, between Dingmans Ferry and Milford is expected to remain closed through the winter. Repairs to the badly damaged road are not expected until Spring or early Summer 2012.
Deb Nordeen, spokesperson, National Park Service Delaware Gap National Recreation Area, said that the National Park Service is responsible for 20 miles of U.S. Route 209 between Bushkill and Milford, PA, including the closed segment from Dingmans Ferry to Milford.
She said that the problem section is at Mile Marker 15 and involves major failure of approximately 150 yards of the road. There are multiple serious issues: a section of the embankment collapsed (on the east side), there are voids under the pavement, and the pavement has dropped and separated -in some places there is a height difference of three to six inches between the lanes.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is managing the repair project. To date, FHWA has prepared a formal detour plan to route traffic around the closed area, completed survey work, and will next take boring samples.
FHWA will use the data collected to design the road repair/reconstruction project.
“We won't have a firm schedule until the design work is done; however, construction is not expected to begin until next spring or early summer,” Nordeen said.
Detours are being coordinated with PennDOT.
The highway is closed from the park’s North Contact Station, just south of Milford, to the intersection of Route 739 at Dingmans Ferry. Motorists should plan to use alternative routes, such as Milford Road from Milford to get to Route 739 or crossing into New Jersey to take Old Mine Road from Route 206 to get to the Dingmans Ferry Bridge.
Raymondskill Road, which links State Route 2001 and Route 209, will be closed to through traffic. It is open, however, from State Route 2001 to Raymondskill Falls, allowing park visitors to access the Raymondskill Falls and Cliff Park trails.
Visitors will be able to park outside of the closed section of Route 209 and walk to park lands to hike, hunt and fish. In addition to Route 209, 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 at www.nps.gov/dewa; or follow the park on www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS and www.twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS.