BUSHKILL, Pa. -

Various improvement projects at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will begin in early May, Superintendent John J. Donahue announced Wednesday.

The work will include pavement improvements around the park and the replacement of the McDade Trail Bridge.

The pavement project involves improvements to roads, parking areas, and pullouts within the park. Specifically, the contractor will install a pavement overlay and new stripping and pavement markings on River Road, Milford Beach Access Road, Kittatinny Point Picnic Area parking lot, Resort Point Overlook, and sections of Route 209. This work will improve driving conditions and visitor safety and extend the life of the roads.

The bridge project, located adjacent to Route 209 at milepost 17, replaces and relocates the Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail pedestrian bridge over Raymondskill Creek. The bridge was washed out by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The project includes the realignment of a portion of the McDade Trail, construction of a steel truss pedestrian bridge, earthwork and aggregate surfacing, drainage improvements, and other miscellaneous work.

Depending on favorable weather conditions, the road project should be completed by early November and the bridge project by late July, officials said.

Motorists should expect minor delays and lane closures while the road and bridge work is underway.

The project is managed by the National Park Service with funding from the Federal Highway Administration.