Community Welcomes Long Awaited Opening of River Road.... Businesses Anxious to get “Back to Normal”

(Bucks County, PA) The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the complete opening of River Road- the final section has re-opened on Friday, October 24th. This final stretch of road has been under repair for quite some time due to extensive problems from three major floods in a period of eighteen months. To commemorate this celebration, a Parade and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at 3pm, beginning at Route 611 and Route 32/River Road, down the two mile stretch and ended with the ribbon cutting in front of the Indian Rock Inn at 2206 River Road in Upper Black Eddy. The parade, led by a horse and buggy, carried Tom and Beverly Schweder, Owners of Indian Rock Inn, followed by Captain Dee Keller in his Bucks County Trolley (carrying Senator Chuck McIlhinney and State Rep. Marguerite Quinn), a procession of antique cars, local business vans and Upper Black Eddy Fire Trucks and their crew.

Senator Chuck McIlhinney, State Rep. Marguerite Quinn. Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Bill Haas, President of the Board of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau and Beverly Schweder, owner of the Indian Rock Inn, participated in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with a celebratory applause from the crowd.  The crowd included numerous business owners and residents of the Upper Bucks region significantly affected by the floods. Joseph Maxian, owner of Sand Castle Winery, handed out his signature Alpine Spice Wine to keep the crowd warm on an important fall day. (Photos attached)

Reactions from the crowd included sighs of relief, tremendous pride and the occasional “it’s about time!” Generally, the overall sentiment was to move forward with a positive outlook on the future.

“We urge the community to take the drive along one of our most scenic routes in the region and visit local businesses to revitalize a piece of Bucks County that has charmed residents and visitors for years” says Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau.

River Road, also known as Route 32, has been long distinguished for its beauty and culture as LIFE Books: Dream Destinations graciously pointed out this year while honoring Bucks County as one of the Top 20 Sightseeing Destinations in the World with specific mention to River Road.

The parade and ceremony was immediately followed by a reception from 4-6pm at the Indian Rock Inn with a scrumptious hot buffet. People gathered over drinks at the bar and food in the dining room with positive feelings that things hopefully will get back to normal.

Beverly Schweder, Co-owner of Indian Rock Inn, has already reported numerous cars traveling down River Road and stopping in for a bite to eat this weekend. With a smile in her voice, “It’s like everything is back to normal” Schweder stated.


Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x. 231 

About Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)
The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc (BCCVB) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the BCCVB is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions.  . For more information on BCCVB activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.