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Issue 43 — Thursday, May 26, 2016

MILFORD — Some information was incorrect in the print article about Pike County bridge and dam repairs that appeared in this week’s paper.

The reference to the Mink Pond Bridge in Lehman Township should have been to the state-owned Pond Eddy Bridge, whose reconstruction will cost an estimated $17 million. The repairs for the much smaller, county-owned Mink Pond Bridge repair would cost in the neighborhood of $500,000 to $600,000, according to the Pike County Commissioners.

In addition, funding sought from the National Resource Conservation Service was for a county dam, not a bridge.

New DEWA Regs Include Adams Creek Ban

BUSHKILL — The closure to public access of the upper waterfall section of Adams Creek tops the 2016 list of changed regulations in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA). Adams Creek was the scene last summer of a cliff-jumping craze that resulted in several serious injuries, difficult and dangerous rescues, and littering and parking problems.

“There are several changes in our regulations this year that the public should be aware of before planning a visit. We expect that these changes will result in better and safer experiences for our visitors and improved protection of park resources,” said DEWA Superintendent John Donahue.

The Adams Creek drainage, from the lower waterfall pool upstream to the park boundary along Route 2001 in Delaware Township, including the Sproul Road and Long Meadow Road trailheads, is closed due to public hazard from May 1 to Sept. 30. This includes the upper waterfall and pool, the scene of the cliff-jumping accidents. DEWA public affairs specialist Kathleen Sandt said that the Adams Creek closures were implemented in the interests of public safety and they include no-parking restrictions at the two trailheads.

“People will be posted at Adams Creek as often as we can so the public can understand the new regulations,” Sandt said. Violators can expect that citations will be given out, with as yet unspecified fines, she said. The restrictions apply to hikers, waders and boaters.

Because of new swimming and wading restrictions, access to the closed area of Adams Creek from downstream along Route 209 will also be limited because swimming and wading are prohibited in Adams Creek, and the trail to the upper sections involves wading across the creek several times. Except for active fishing, the swimming and wading restrictions also apply to the George W. Childs Recreation site, Toms Creek and the portion of Dingmans Creek lying between a point approximately 100 feet upstream of Dingmans Falls and the Dingmans Falls Visitor Center parking lot.

Toms Creek is an exceptional value trout stream because of its native brook trout population, and damming the creek for wading disturbs habitat, Sandt said... for a complete story, get this week's paper.

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Bridge, Dam Repairs Might Require County Bond Issue

MILFORD — Last year, Pike commissioners and transportation planners opted to join an urban transportation-planning network as a means to tap additional funding for upgrading and repairing bridges, dams, highways, and roads, but even those extra funds might not be enough to meet major funding needs for bridges and dams, according to Pike Commissioner Rich Caridi. Caridi said, “We already applied to PennDOT for some money for some of the bridges that are most deteriorated. We’ll probably get some money, but for the rest, we would need a bond because we have no money to cover all the bridges and dams.”

At last week’s regular commissioner meeting, Caridi and Commissioner Steve Guccini made appointments of county officials to serve on a committee that plans and funds for such projects. The following are Pike County representatives, who would serve for terms from July 1 2016 to June 30, 2018 on the Technical Planning Committee of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO, a committee of Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA):

• Commissioner Matthew M. Osterberg;
• Commissioner Steven R. Guccini, alternate;
• Michael Mrozinski, Pike Office of Community Planning Dept. Planning Director, at-large representative;
• Christine Kerstetter, Pike County Transportation Director, at-large representative alternate.

Mrozinski previously said that the switch from rural to urban MPO has already brought in additional millions earmarked for Pike road projects listed on the PennDOT long-term plans. Caridi said in an interview on Tuesday that the funding for roads is a start, but the 18 county bridges that need substantial repair due to age and use deterioration must be fixed in the relatively near future. Also, three dams in Greentown that were damaged in a major flooding incident must also be fixed... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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