Repairs slated to begin on towpath near Cumberland

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Date: February 18, 2014
Contact: Daniel Copenhaver, (301)745-5818

Cumberland MD. – The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) is pleased to announce that repairs to the towpath just upstream of Evitts Creek Aqueduct near Mile Post 181.2 will begin in February. A large washout that has threatened towpath continuity for some time will be repaired by CSX Corporation. CSX's construction contractor will be working closely with C&O Canal staff to ensure the safety of park visitors as they make repairs. The temporary pedestrian bridge that has spanned the washed out towpath for so many years will be removed.

While the park and towpath will remain open in this area during construction, visitors should expect to experience delays, possibly up to 15 minutes. The park is asking the public to stay clear of the immediate work area and obey all posted signs for their safety. The construction is expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

Did You Know?

Photo canal boat exiting lock 20.

Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.

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