D&R Canal Dredging Forces Temporary Closure Of Parts Of Canal Road

D&R Canal dredging will close parts of Canal Road the week of November 5. (File photo.)

The ongoing Delaware & Raritan Canal dredging project will lead to sporadic closures of Canal Road from November 5-8.

The closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all four days.

On November 5 and 6, Canal Road will be closed between Jacques Lane and Suydam Road.

On November 7 and 8, Canal Road will be closed between Coppermine and Old Georgetown roads, according to the township’s web site.

Drivers should expect altered traffic patterns during those times, and are asked to use caution while in the area.

If possible, drivers are asked to use alternate routes during those four days. Residents on surrounding roads should expect to see increased traffic.

The $52 million project got underway in August of 2018. The project is expected to last through 2022, although actual dredging is expected to stop in 2020, according to the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.

A 10-mile stretch of the canal from Route 27 in Kingston to Amwell Road in East Millstone is targeted for the dredging. A total of 248,000 cubic yards of sediment is expected to be removed from the canal, which will help NJWSA serve its water customers, according to the company’s web site. The sediment will be piped to property at 1391 Canal Road for drying and then will be trucked to the American Cyanamid Superfund Site in Bridgewater for final distribution.

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