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CUMBERLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Repairs to the towpath just upstream of Evitts Creek Aqueduct will start in February, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park announced Tuesday.

CSX Corporation will repair a large washout that threatened towpath continuity for a period of time, authorities said. CSX will be working with C&O Canal staff to make sure park visitors are safe during the repairs, authorities added.

The temporary pedestrian bridge that has spanned the washed out towpath for several years will be taken away, authorities said.

Even though the park and towpath will be open while repairs are being made, visitors will experience delays up to 15 minutes possibly, authorities said.

The public is asked to stay out of the work area and follow all posted signs for safety purposes, the park said.

Construction should be done within eight weeks, authorities added.

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