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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Old Mine Road, Possibly the Oldest Continuously Used Road in America to Close for Repairs This Summer

Old Mine Road, the road that leaves no doubt about the accuracy of its name, will be getting a facelift this summer. 

The National Park Service said a three-mile stretch in Hardwick will be closed this summer for the first phase of a major upgrade. It will be closed from milepost 6, the border between the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Worthington State Forest to three miles north at Millbrook Road in Millbrook Village. 

While no firm timetables have been set, the Park Service said the road should be reopened by the end of the summer. 

The second phase will rebuild an additional three-mile stretch of the road at the north end of the park from milepost 26 to milepost 29 between Sandyston and Montague townships in New Jersey. This work is expected to begin this fall and be completed in 2025. 

In addition to Old Mine Road, Turtle Beach, the Poxono Access and Van Campen’s Glen will be closed as well as trailheads within the area. 

Funding for the project is part of an $11 million grant from the Great American Outdoors Act Legacy Restoration Fund (GAOA LRF).

This same stretch is routinely closed during the winter. The spring reopening this year will be brief. 

Old Mine Road is generally considered to be one of the oldest, continuously used roads in the United States. It runs from the Delaware Water Gap to Kingston, New York, on the Hudson River. 

In New York State, most of the original road has been expanded to become Route 209, while the New Jersey portion has retained its narrow, meandering right-of-way and has been breaking wheels since the Dutch arrived to mine copper near the Water Gap in the 17th century. 

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.