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.
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.
UPDATED – March, 2018
Morrisville Bridge Street – Engineering
This project is in partnership with Morrisville and PennDOT. The project, which will link the trail across Bridge Street, is currently in engineering.
CSX Passageway – Construction
With funding from PennDOT, a contractor has been selected and work is underway. No firm expected completion date yet.
Tyburn Road – Construction
DCNR State Parks will begin work to create trail connection when staff is available.
Levittown Shopping Center – Construction
Signs will be installed in 2018 to direct trail users along the D&L Trail in front of the Levittown Shopping Center. Trail users should follow the signs and cross at the designated crosswalks.
Bristol Lagoon to Bristol Marsh – Proposed
Planning is underway with Bristol Borough to connect the D&L Trail from Jefferson Ave. to the historic end of the canal at Bristol Marsh.
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.