EWING, NJ – A short section of the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath upstream of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge will be closed on a 24/7 basis for about three weeks beginning Wednesday, October 11, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.

The uninterrupted suspension of towpath access is needed to ensure public safety as tree clearing work takes place in the place in an area largely between Route 29 and the canal near the northern limits of the 4-1/2-year Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project.  Tree cutting also will be conducted in the area where a connection ramp and related retaining walls will be constructed to eventually connect the towpath with a pedestrian walkway on the replacement bridge’s upstream span.

The work involve tree cutting, stump clearing, debris removal, and installation of erosion-control measures.  All work will be conducted during daytime hours and is weather sensitive.  The towpath will remain off limits 24/7 because of equipment, felled trees and other unsafe conditions that will be present during non-work hours.

The towpath closure is scheduled to begin about 6 a.m. Oct. 11 and continue through Oct. 31.

Bicyclists, pedestrians and other recreationists are urged to plan other routes or excursions during the towpath closure period.  (Note: A portion of the Delaware Canal towpath on the Pennsylvania side of the Scudder Falls bridge also will be closed to the public on October 11 and 12.)

More information and videos on the bridge replacement project are available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com.

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