Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to Repair US 209

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This road area north of Bushkill Access will be one of the areas on US Route 209 being upgraded in 2022 NPS/M.Cuff

Rehabilitation work on a section of US 209 that crosses Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania will begin in the spring.

According to the National Park Service, $6.5 million from the Great American Outdoors Act will be used to rehabilitate a seven-mile stretch of the highway. This will be the first phase of a $21.5 million project to improve the park’s main north-south highway on the Pennsylvania side.

“This road project will upgrade a critical piece of park infrastructure and improve safety and access for the millions of people who visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area each year and for local residents and commuters who use this road every day,” the park superintendent said. Sula Jacobs. “It will address one of the largest and most expensive infrastructure needs in the park. Route 209 is a priority route that serves as an emergency route for local communities and provides access to these communities and popular recreational facilities located along the corridor. However, it is currently in very poor condition with failing pavement, poor drainage and numerous potholes.

In the first phase of the Route 209 project, the entire section of road between Mile Post 0 in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County and Mile Post 7 in Lehman Township, Pike County will be rehabilitated.

Work will include milling of the existing pavement, full repair of patches and patch base repair, culvert replacement, shoulder reconstruction and line striping. Repairing the road surface, subsoil and drainage systems will prolong the life of the road, eliminate the permanent cost of frequent patching of potholes and other temporary corrective measures, and improve the safety of motorists and cyclists, in particular by correcting steep differences in level on the shoulders of the road.

The project is funded by the GAOA National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund which, along with the recently passed bipartisan Infrastructure Act and other sources of construction funding, is part of a concerted effort to address the significant maintenance backlog in national parks. When complete, this project is expected to eliminate $16.8 million in Water Gap’s maintenance backlog.

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