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Photograph of the project area, showing the stone steps, low stone wall, sloping hillside, and lockhouse

Stone Steps - Lock 24 (Riley's Lock)

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The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, will backfill selected areas of the south embankment associated with Lock 24 and Riley's lockhouse. Within the area adjacent to the lockhouse are a set of stone steps that are not currently in use. The main stairway for visitor access to the towpath, canal, lock, and lockhouse is located on the north side of the lockhouse.

The stone steps on the south elevation have fallen into disrepair, and are currently fenced off from use. The age of the steps is uncertain, but believed to be historic.

In order to address the unsafe condition of steps, yet preserve them in accordance to the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, the NPS will backfill over the steps, thus preserving them in-situ. The backfill will match existing grade of the surrounding slope. The low stone wall, located mid-slope, will remain exposed.

Upon completion of the backfill, park approved grasses will be established.

The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.4 – Routine maintenance and repairs to cultural resources sites, structures, utilities, and grounds if the action falls under an approved Historic Structures Preservation Guide or Cyclic Maintenance Guide, or if the action would not adversely affect the cultural resource.

The project also meets the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, Exclusion #IV.B 9 – Rehabilitation work limited to actions for retaining and preserving, protecting and maintaining, and repairing and replacing in kind materials and features, consistent with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and the accompanying guidelines.

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For further information about this project, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.