BUSHKILL TWP., Pa. -

River Road, which goes through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, will be closing August 18 for repairs.

The repairs are being done as part of the Pavement Improvement Project that started in the park in May.

“River Road is going to receive some much-needed repairs that will provide everyone who travels on the road with a safer and more enjoyable experience,” said Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue in a statement Friday.

On August 18, River Road will be closed from park headquarters to Smithfield Beach, which will then be accessible from the south.

After those repairs are competed, River Road will close from Smithfield Beach to the park's southern boundary. Smithfield Beach will be accessible from the north during this time period.

These initial repairs should take two weeks.

Picking up open to two weeks later, more repairs, including chip-sealing and stripping, will be completed on the same schedule as above.

The road will be open on weekends, beginning Friday evening and extending through Monday morning.

The project should be completed by mid-September.