Access to the Susquehanna River and a significant portion of the Conowingo Dam fishing area will limited for the next two to five months as Colonial Pipeline Co. repairs a pipeline that runs under the river just downstream of the dam, according to a company spokesman.
Shures Landing Road and its parking lot already have been closed to house equipment for the project and to serve as a workspace for repairs.
Work on the pipeline is scheduled to begin June 16. Company officials say they will accommodate recreational activities if possible.
A shuttle bus will transport people who wish to fish to Fisherman's Park. That bus is scheduled to run from a nearby parking lot at the corner of U.S. 1 and Shuresville Road between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week.
Conowingo has also closed its boat ramp during the repairs. Alternate boat ramps are at Port Deposit's Marina Park and Susquehanna State Park's Lapidum launch ramp.
The nearby recreational trail will remain open during construction, but the Fisherman's Park entrance to the trail will be closed.
Officials from Colonial Pipeline, an Atlanta-based company that builds and services fuel and oil pipelines, have said they will try to complete the project as quickly as possible.
According to company spokesman Sam Whitehead, the repairs for the pipeline, which transports refined petroleum products from Texas to New York, became necessary when a small dent was detected during an inspection last year.
Whitehead said the company would be taking particular care because of the pipe's location near the river.