National Park Service approves plans to repair, widen, towpath in Washington County


The National Park Service has approved a plan to make improvements to nearly one mile of a towpath near McMahon’s Mill in Washington County, Maryland. 

These improvements will be made between McMahon’s Mill and Lock 42. Currently, the towpath prevents emergency vehicles from getting through. The multi-million dollar project will stabilize the stone wall, raise the wall in the area to prevent water from flooding the towpath and will also widen the towpath. 

“This particular area is one of the few areas in the park that inundates with flooding on average 12 times a year, making it impassable to both pedestrians and vehicular use,” said C&O Canal National Historic Park, Deputy Superintendent, John Noel. 

Noel anticipates the project to be completed by November of 2020. 

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