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Aqueduct to close for coring, drilling tests

February 23, 2001

Aqueduct to close for coring, drilling tests



Personnel at the C&O Canal National Historic Park will perform coring and drilling tests at the Monocacy Aqueduct Feb. 26-28.

During the testing, the Monocacy Aqueduct will be closed to all pedestrians and bicycle traffic. The testing will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The trail will be open to traffic prior to and after the testing. The parking area and downstream portion of the towpath will remain open.

The 517-foot aqueduct has received damage over the years from flooding and debris, National Park Service spokeswoman Debbie Conway said in a press release.

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After a flood in 1972, a metal banding system was placed on the structure to stabilize and preserve it. Congressional funding is expected in 2002 to begin a restoration project, she said.

The testing is part of ongoing planning and design work being completed as part of the preservation strategy for the structure.

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