Narrowsburg Bridge will be closed August 28 through August 31 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., for installation of a temporary barrier, PennDOT reports.
UPPER DELAWARE - Narrowsburg Bridge will be closed August 28 through August 31 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., for installation of a temporary barrier, PennDOT reports.
This is the first of 15 overnight closures anticipated, in a project that has kept the bridge down to one lane for four years.
The project is scheduled to be complete by September 2018.
PennDOT needs to rehabilitate the steel deck arch over the Delaware River, and some other work. Controlled one-lane traffic will be maintained, apart from 15 overnight closures.
Two separate detours have been set up. Cars will be directed to take the bridge No. 6, the span connecting Damascus, PA and Cochecton, NY. Trucks will be directed to use Bridge No. 3, which links Shohola, PA with Barryville, NY. (Narrowsburg Bridge is Bridge No. 4.)
The contractor, D.A. Collins Construction Co., Inc., will be notifying local fire and EMS departments.
Providing of ambulance service on the Pennsylvania side was a major concern for Carol Rope Wingert, Supervisor, Town of Tusten. She said she approached PennDOT and made sure that the PA side of the Tusten emergency services would be covered.
“They assured us that either an ambulance could pass even during these closures, or they would be working with Tusten Ambulance Service, posting an ambulance with paid EMS staff on the PA side during those hours,” she said.
Some misinformation had been spread this summer on Facebook announcing incorrect dates for overnight closures of the Narrowsburg Bridge, Laure Ramie, Executive Director of the Upper Delaware Council, stated at their meeting, August 4.
The bridge has been down to one lane since 2013, awaiting the necessary upgrade. The weight limit was also lowered that year. Carla Hahn, National Park Service, related that PennDOT anticipated closures by late August or early September, when all of the steel has arrived.
The UDC has kept close watch on the project, hosted a public meeting with PennDOT to discuss coordination of closures, and was one of several entities that sent letters to PennDOT regarding the impact of having the vital link between the two states, shut down. Among the concerns is the need to provide for emergency services that serve both sides of the river.
The UDC meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg. The office may be reached at 845-252-3022.