|The freshly resurfaced pathway at the Manville Causeway.|
However, it would appear that once again no binding agent was used to help cement the crushed red shale aggregate together from water caused erosion. A quick and low effort pawing at the surface with my shoe easily put a divot in the surface an inch deep. This calls into question whether the trail surface will just wash away again in the next flood just as I predicted the first time I reported the trail resurfacing nearly two years ago.
In other D&R news, there is a minor but well marked detour in South Bound Brook as some sort of major earth moving is being done between the canal path and the Raritan River near the Queens Bridge over the Raritan. Fortunately, when the factory site was redeveloped in S. Bound Brook a number of years ago, the old train bridge that went over the canal to access the old factory was saved and an access path was built to allow easy and convenient access to the canal from the local neighborhood (many locals could be seen accessing the towpath when I stopped for a quick look). This wise move years ago is now paying off as this access now provides a critical function allowing for a simple and safe detour and not one that would require trail users to ride on a dangerous section of Easton Ave near Interstate 287.
Oh yeah! Don't forget that the D&R Canal Towpath is a large and vital link of the East Coast Greenway here in New Jersey.