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Route 29 Washout – Some Photos

Please excuse my delay in getting down to look at the Route 29 washout.

As folks may be aware, a section of Rt. 29 in Hopewell Township was washed out by Delaware River Irene flood waters (at mile 16). The road remains closed, and it looks like it will be awhile before it is repaired.

A big section of the D&R Canal State Park Towpath was washed out as well.

I finally got down there today on my bicycle. I was pleasantly surprised that I was allowed to ride on a closed Rt. 29, from Washington Crossing to Lambertville, which enabled me to get a close up view. Take a look.

view looking north

view looking north





looking south

looking south

D&R canal path and canal in foreground

D&R canal path and canal in foreground

canal path washed out

canal path washed out

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  1. Bill Neil
    September 2nd, 2011 at 13:53 | #1

    Thanks Bill. Could you tell what the dynamics were? The river attacking the canal and its banks and then the road? Or a failure in the canal itself?

  2. bill wolfe
    September 2nd, 2011 at 14:19 | #2

    @Bill Neil
    Hey Bill – I should have noted this in the post.

    From what I could tell, it looked like the river ran across a broad floodplain, over-topped and washed out the Canal Tow Path, and then came right up and washed the roadway out.

    If you Google Earth Lambertville, follow the river south and you will see just about 2 miles south of the point where Rt 29 goes to a single lane (at mile 16) there is a grassland dominated floodplain between the river and the road.

    When I initially got to the site, I noted that the road washed out directly across the street from an old mined area on the eastern side of the road. I immediately assumed that the mine drainage had wiped out the road.

    I ran that by one of the guys working at the site, but he said no, that the river had run right up to the road.

    I’m working on two other aspects of this story with Trenton Times.

    1) I saw many times more men, equipment and materials responding to restoring the D&R Canal than the road. That seems an odd allocation f resources (from teh public’s perspective, not necessarily mine – I loved riding the bike on a closed roadd!)

    2) There were at least a half dozen tree crews doing routine tree maintenance (destruction) along a closed portion of Rt. 29. I would object to this in normal times, but it really was bad given that – in my neck of the woods – there are still many downed trees and power lines that have not be cleaned up yet, so folks still have no power. Those tree crews should be doing that work.

  3. Bill Neil
    September 2nd, 2011 at 14:40 | #3

    That would have been my guess. I’m trying to remember whether any communities south and east – heading towards New Brunswick – of this washout depend on the canal for drinking water; remember, decades ago, there was a canal-length dig out of the old sediment, a big project, and I think that was one of the rationales. And I don’t know if there are “re-fill” mechanisms to get river water – via controlled points, not washouts – back into the canal. The D & R Canal Commission might have the answers – or have they been privatized?

  4. bill wolfe
    September 2nd, 2011 at 14:53 | #4

    @Bill Neil
    ill – the D&R Canal supplies 100 million gallons per day drinking water to dozens of towns in central NJ.

    Gov. Christie proposed to abolish the D&R Canal Commission, but that move was strongly opposed by Dems and DEP Commissioner Martin backtracked and agreed to retain it. See:

    Christie Plan To Abolish D&R Canal Commission Draws Fire

  5. Barbara Comfort
    September 5th, 2011 at 21:57 | #5

    Hey Bill…we sell golf cars and we need to get to Farmingdale soon. We normally come across the Lambertville bridge from New Hope and travel down 29 to get to Trenton..catch 195 out to Farmingdale. We tried to come the other day when we had no clue that the road was out. We were unsure where the detour would take us..we are going to be towing a landscape trailer..where does the detour take you to get back onto 29 or get over to Trenton or 195? Does it take you way out of your way? Please email or call me and let me know. I would appreciate it. My cell # is (610) 462-7902. I turn my phone off at night, but it is usually on by 10:30 am. Thanks in advance for your help.

  6. September 6th, 2011 at 07:01 | #6

    @Barbara Comfort
    From New Hope, go up Rt. 179 hill to Rt 31 south down to 295 then over to 195.

  7. Barbara Comfort
    September 6th, 2011 at 11:31 | #7

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly..but wouldnt it be easier to go 518 to 546 to 29 then to 195. That way we would be back on the original road that we would normally take. Let me know…thanks

  8. Barbara Comfort
    September 6th, 2011 at 11:33 | #8

    Do they have any idea how long repairs might take?

  9. Gus Fanjul
    September 7th, 2011 at 10:04 | #9

    Rt 29 is now open, used it this morning.

  10. Barbara Comfort
    September 7th, 2011 at 11:42 | #10

    wow..one thing about New Jersey..they get things done..so Gus if we come over the New Hope/Lambertville bridge and turn right onto 29..we will be able to travel all the way to 195/Trenton with no detour off of 29?

  11. Jerrold Kamensky
    September 9th, 2011 at 18:49 | #11

    29 is closed again due to at leasr three areas of problems. I live in lambertville and i must take 518 to 31 to get in to Trenton.

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