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The I-495 bridge over Terminal Avenue in Wilmington will experience lane closures for nearly a month to replace a connector provides more flexibility to the span.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the northbound right lane will be shut down beginning today for the next two weeks.

After that the two left lanes will be closed for another two weeks.

Only one northbound lane will be left open.

And, the on-ramp will also be closed off until the work has been completed.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation is seeking to get some of the $43 million it spent to repair the I-495 bridge back from those response for the damage to the pilings.

DelDOT officials say that the Alma Properties LLC, Port Contractors and owners of Keogh Contracting will be the main subjects of the financial recovery effort.

In early June state official closed the I-495 Bridge over the Christina River because they had discovered that the span was tilting as a result of the pilings underneath.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The State Highway Administration will begin repairs next month on the U.S. 50 bridge in Ocean City.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Transportation officials say the damaged piers beneath the reopened Interstate 495 bridge are being dismantled and removed.

The Department of Transportation says the four piers beneath the bridge over the Christina River no longer support the weight of the bridge. Spokesman Gregory Layton says the bridge is resting on a stronger subsurface foundation and temporary steels towers and header beams.

The removal process involves sawing the piers into sections of concrete, then lowering the sections to the ground. New piers will be erected.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Barack Obama traveled to Wilmington on Thursday and announced a new program to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways around the nation.

The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the market for public-private partnerships and make greater use of federal credit programs.

Obama argued that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge to other countries that spend freely on infrastructure upgrades.

President Obama will be making a stop in Delaware at the I-495 bridge that has been closed for repairs after its support columns were found to be tilting.

The president’s trip is to highlight his effort to get more private sector investment in the country’s infrastructure.

Governor Jack Markell will also appear with the president.

The federal government is paying for part of the repairs on the bridge which state official ordered closed on an emergency basis.

Inspectors found no major problems with the bridge itself.

President Obama is scheduled to unveil an initiative for the Port of Wilmington against the backdrop of the I-495 Bridge whose support supports are being repaired.

The president is hoping to boost private investment for infrastructure.

But the White House initiative also comes just as the president is attempting to get congress to approve funding for the highway transportation trust fund. 

Meanwhile, the $35 million emergency repair of the bridge across the Christiana Bridge has closed span since June 2.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Transportation officials in Delaware say a portion of the closed Interstate 495 bridge may re-open ahead of schedule, weeks before Labor Day.

Officials announced the development Wednesday. The bridge, which typically carries about 90,000 vehicles daily, was closed June 2 after officials learned several columns were tilting.

Temporary repairs had been expected to be complete by Labor Day, but on Wednesday officials said the southbound lanes could re-open before then. The state's transportation department did not give a specific date.



The two pedestrian bridges in Salisbury City Park could be closed for the rest of the summer.

Teresa Gardner, director of Public Works, said city inspectors have found significant signs of deterioration on the Snow Hill Road pedestrian bridge during an inspection this month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the inspectors said they found the wood had warped and shrunk.