***CANAL DRAWDOWN NOTICE*** Beginning October 1, 2017,
Beginning October 1, 2017, construction will begin on installing a pedestrian tunnel through the Conrail embankment in Morrisville, where years ago the rail tracks had been built over top of the canal and towpath, effectively creating a dead end. This project will resolve one of the last three remaining obstructions to the towpath and will allow users to continue safely through Morrisville and Falls Township.
As part of the construction of the pedestrian tunnel, it will be necessary for the contractor to install a temporary crossing and pipe on the south side of the embankment. In order to install this, the canal needs to be drained. Due to restrictions surrounding the red-belly turtle, a drawdown of water in the canal must be completed by October 1 to minimize any impact to the turtles.
Effective immediately, the park will begin the drawdown from Morrisville south in order to be complete by October 1. Water will be released from the waste gate near Maple Ave. in Morrisville. Water flow will be reinstated once the contractor is completed with all necessary work in the canal.
During the drawdown period, park staff will once again be monitoring the dewatered stretches for fish in need of rescue. The park appreciates the help of neighbors and visitors, and welcomes notification of locations where fish are in need of rescue. Please contact the park office at 610-982-5560 with any questions or comments.
There are a few obstructions through this section that prevent the D&L Trail from being a continuous path. In Morrisville Borough, many partners led by Pennsylvania Environmental Council are working to design and construct a safe pedestrian crossing at Bridge Street. Additional obstructions and safety concerns exist at Tyburn Road and Route 13 crossings in Falls Township, Penn Central Railway crossing South of Route 1, and Bristol Pike in Bristol Borough. Please see the PDF maps below for obstruction detour information.
This D&L Trail section connects Morrisville to Bristol, two of the Landmark Towns of Bucks County. Stop in the towns for a bite to eat, a cold drink, or shopping in a cycling store. This section is part of over 50 miles of the D&L Trail designated as National Recreation Trail within Delaware Canal State Park from Easton to Bristol near Philadelphia. For more information specific to the D&L Trail along the Delaware Canal please refer to the Delaware Canal State Park and Friends of the Delaware Canal websites.
Pennsylvania Avenue and Bridge Street Detour
Southbound: 1. From D&L Trail turn left onto North Pennsylvania Avenue, 2. Turn right onto Bridge Street, 3. Continue to bridge that crosses canal and, 4. Cross the street heading south, descend stairs, and continue onto trail
Northbound: 1. From D&L Trail ascend stairs and turn right onto Bridge Street, 2. Continue along Bridge Street and then make left onto North Pennsylvania Avenue, 3. Continue to bridge that crosses canal and descend bank toward D&L Trail
276 and Bristol Pike Detour
Southbound: 1. From D&L Trail turn right and continue south on sidewalk adjacent to Route 13 Bristol Pike, 2. Cross Route 13 Bristol Pike using crosswalk at Green Lane intersection, 3. Immediately after use same intersection crosswalk to cross Green Lane, 4. Continue South on Green Lane until it intersects the D&L Trail, 5. Turn right onto D&L Trail and continue South
Northbound: 1. Turn left onto Green Lane from the D&L Trail, 2. Cross Green Lane at Route 13 Bristol Pike Intersection, 3. Then at same intersection cross Route 13 Bristol Pike using same crosswalk, 4. Use sidewalk along Route 13 Bristol Pike and continue north, 5. Turn left onto D&L Trail and continue North.
Penn Central Railway Crossing and Tyburn Road Crossing Detours
Unfortunately, there are no safe detours to bypass either of these obstructions. Trail users are still encouraged to use these sections of trail as “out-and-back” trips, but should be warned that these obstructions cannot be detoured safely.