Restoration of Junction & Breakwater Trail begins July 11, with temporary closure of some trail segments

LEWES – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that portions of the Junction & Breakwater Trail, originally constructed in 2003, will undergo repairs and renovation beginning July 11. Nearly two miles of trail surface will be restored on sections lying between Hebron Road, at the south end, and the Holland Glade pedestrian bridge on the north side of the trail. Other smaller segments of the trail will be repaired between the Hawkseye community and the Wolfe Neck parking lot trailhead.

Map of closure areas.
Map of areas to be closed for repairs.

Repairs will focus on reconstructing rough exposed rock trail sections, which will be resurfaced with stone dust to create a smooth walkable and bikeable tread. Other repairs include eliminating areas of standing water and washouts, and replacing fencing.

DNREC’s contractor on the Junction & Breakwater Trail restoration, George & Lynch Inc., will complete the project in two stages. The first stage of the work will take place from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15. The second stage of restoration spans Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22. The trail will open for use Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. The Division of Parks & Recreation is putting forth trail restoration plans with a contingency for weather circumstances that could alter the contractor’s work schedule.

The Junction & Breakwater Trail and the Gordons Pond Trail are part of a 15-mile regional network linking Lewes and Rehoboth. The Junction & Breakwater Trail between Gills Neck Road and the Hawkseye community will be open continuously. Trail users also are encouraged to use the Gordons Pond Trail for recreational activities while the Junction & Breakwater Trail restoration is in progress.

This trail restoration is a cooperative project between DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation and the Federal Recreational Trails Program. For questions on this project and for up-to-date information about it, please contact Superintendent Paul Faircloth at the Cape Henlopen State Park Office, 302-645-8983.

CONTACT: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 242