Route 209 to Open Nov. 21st
Route 209 through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area opens Wednesday, 13 months after Hurricane Irene damaged the road at mile marker 15.3, about two miles north of Route 739.
There, the pavement separated and dropped about 6 inches, and large voids developed under the pavement, threatening to create a sinkhole on the road.
The closure caused a long, unpopular detour up Route 739 onto Route 2001/Milford Road through Delaware and Dingman townships.
York-based contractor G.A. & F.C Wagman, had been working around the clock to complete the $4.3 million project in October. But worked stopped and equipment was secured in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy just as the job was wrapping up.
Sandy blew trees and power lines onto the work site and onto equipment, park spokeswoman Kathleen Sandt said. It delayed the opening of the main connection between Milford and Marshalls Creek.
The wires had to be removed but the construction site was a lower priority than private homes without power, so there was a wait for removal Sandt said.