• Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath Ravaged – Again

    by  • August 30, 2011 • Injuries and Fatalities, Transportation Trails • 1 Comment

    Cross-posted from WalkBikeJersey Blog

    Record setting flooding of the Raritan and Millstone Rivers in NJ has undoubtedly left 20 miles of the D&R Canal impassible from Landing Lane in New Brunswick to Rt 27 in Kingston. Be prepared to use  on-road alternatives until further notice, even after the flooding recedes, as damage to the unpaved trail is likely to be extensive. You can check out the East Coast Greenway Alliance Facebook page for updates.

    Also, the canal towpath along the feeder canal that runs along the Delaware River from Trenton to Millford is also likely underwater in places. Luckily, it seems that the flooding on the Delaware was not as bad as forecast by the USGS. Visit the WalkBikeJersey Blog for more HERE.

    Poster’s note: The Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath is a popular destination for Delaware bicyclists and pedestrians, in about an hour’s drive from northern NCC. Quite possibly, this could be the end of the facility as we know it, given the millions in FEMA funds already spent on earlier storm damage. Below are pictures taken during a WCBC sanctioned ride on the towpath in 2002.

    One Response to Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath Ravaged – Again

    1. Alex Durnan
      September 29, 2011 at 2:00 am

      What a tradgedy! I just rode that whole thing in June on a round trip to Long Island. It was my first time with it, and I was quite impressed. The spillways were somewhat challenging on a road bike laden with gear.
      It forms such an important ECGW link,as well as being a cultural and historical treasure, it is imperative that it be saved.

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