Contact: For information on the C&D Canal Conservation Area, Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902; for trail construction information, Greg Layton, DelDOT Public Affairs, 302-760-2075.
Construction to temporarily close a portion
of the C&D Canal Conservation Area’s Castle Trail
ST. GEORGES (May 1, 2014) – Due to construction activity, approximately 1.3 miles of the Michael N. Castle Trail at the C&D Canal Conservation Area near St. Georges will be closed to pedestrian traffic beginning Friday, May 2, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The trail section, located east of the Biddle Point parking area, is expected to reopen in the fall.
“The Delaware Department of Transportation is beginning the next construction phase of the Castle Trail with building up and blacktopping the road bed, with heavy truck traffic expected during this process,” said New Castle County Wildlife Manager Eric Ludwig, noting that the new section will become the trail’s connector to Delaware City. “For the safety of trail users, this segment of the trail will be closed until the construction is completed.”
The Castle Trail from west of Biddle’s Point to Summit Marina will remain open to visitors, with access from the Biddle’s Point and St. Georges parking areas.
Constructed as part of Governor Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative, with DelDOT overseeing its construction, the first phase of the Michael N. Castle Trail opened last fall and currently stretches nearly nine miles from the southern end of the Branch Canal west to the Summit Bridge. This scenic stretch along the north bank of the C&D Canal is a multi-use pathway designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and equestrians. The trail is managed by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife as part of the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
For more information on use of the Michael N. Castle Trail, please call 302-739-9912, or visit www.trails.delaware.gov.
Governor Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative creates a statewide network of new and enhanced trails and pathways for residents and visitors to enjoy walking, biking, hiking and active living. The initiative has far-reaching advantages – boosting Delaware’s economy, benefitting local businesses and promoting the continued growth of the state’s recreation and tourism industries. By offering people a place to walk, run, or ride, trails and pathways allow them to connect with the outdoors and encourage healthier, more active lifestyles as well as offering more choices for active transportation. The initiative is a partnership led by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Transportation with regional and local organization and government partners.
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