Published Aug 16, 2014
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced on February 7, 2014 that due to construction activities associated with the Susquehanna to Roseland Transmission Line project, the recreational use of some park facilities will be restricted until February 28, 2014, as workers install new transmission lines on the newly erected towers in this pristine national park.
"These temporary restrictions are intended to protect the public, employees and construction workers from safety hazards associated with large scale construction activities," said Donahue. "Safety is a top priority for the NPS, the utility companies, and contractors working on this project in the park. We are all working together to ensure that disruptions to the public are minimized to the greatest extent possible."
Two utility companies -- PSE&G in New Jersey and PPL in Pennsylvania -- are upgrading an existing transmission line and associated structures within their Right of Way (ROW) in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The portion of the ROW that passes through the park is approximately five miles long. The 150 feet wide corridor runs west to east from Bushkill, Pennsylvania, across the Middle Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to Hardwick Township, New Jersey, where it crosses the Pioneer and Hamilton Ridge Trails, Old Mine Road, Route 602 (Millbrook-Blairstown Road) and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail before cresting Kittatinny Ridge.
The utility companies have removed the old transmission lines and associated structures along the ROW. New towers have been erected and new transmission lines are scheduled to be installed through February 28.
During this time frame, some park sites and facilities near the construction area will be closed, or access may be limited, to eliminate or reduce hazards associated with moving overhead wires and the use of heavy construction equipment, including cranes, large trucks and helicopters. The size and scope of this project and the commensurate risks to the public, employees, and contractors during this phase of construction make it necessary to institute these precautionary measures.
Signs will be posted at these locations to notify the public of any closures or restrictions.
More information on the transmission line project, including maps, construction schedules and restriction or closure notices, can be found on the park's website:www.nps.gov/dewa.
Current information on closures will also be posted on the park's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS and on Twitter at DelWaterGapNPS.
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