Marino guides Delaware Water Gap Commercial Traffic bill thorough House

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) shepherded a bill on Wednesday that would reauthorize commercial traffic in the Delaware Water Gap (DWG) National Recreation Area to passage in the House of Representatives.

The bill, H.R. 3620, would amend the DWG National Recreation Area Improvement Act to reauthorize commercial traffic along a 21-mile stretch of Route 209, which passes through national parkland.

Pennsylvania transferred Route 209 to the National Park Service more than 30 years ago. Because commercial traffic is banned on roads in national parks, exemptions have been granted to support the local freight transport industry.

The most recent commercial traffic exemption for the DWG National Recreation Area expired in September.

“We are grateful of National Park Service officials for their patience while myself, local officials and community stakeholders negotiated a solution,” Marino said. “There was always agreement that Route 209 posed a unique dilemma to the traditional commercial vehicle ban within national parks. The best way to address that was to issue commercial traffic serving the DWG’s surrounding communities an access permit administered by the National Park Service. This solution protects jobs, maintains access to the park and preserves the pristine nature of the DWG.”

Expiration of the commercial traffic exemption has cast uncertainty on jobs and businesses in municipalities surrounding the DWG National Recreation Area, Marino said.

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