U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, U.S. Representative John Carney, and other Federal, state, and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the initial phase of a shared-use recreational trail along the Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal.

As part of the ceremony, former Delaware governor and U.S. Representative Michael N. Castle was honored by having the trail named for him.

The C&D Canal, which has been in operation for more than 180 years, is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The trail, which will accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, and horseback riders, is being constructed under the supervision of the Delaware Department of Transportation.  The first phase will be nine miles in length.

JMT’s role began in the preliminary engineering stage and has continued through the preparation of an Environmental Assessment in accordance with NEPA and the development of contract documents for the current construction project.  We are currently designing the Branch Canal section, a one-mile extension to the Phase 1 improvements.

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