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Fees for oversized vehicle permits are going up in Delaware.

The Delaware Department of Transportation will double the price for oversize permits and will triple the superloads in October.

They are expected to bring in $1.5 million.

WBOC reports that the funds will go to repair roads damaged by large trucks as well maintenance.

None of the funds will go toward new projects.

Other DMV fee hikes and toll increases will cover paving and repairing roads as well as some projects that have been delayed.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation says it plans to spend most of the $55 million allocated by the state legislature on fixing bridges and repairing roads next year.

DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan said that the money will help fill a six-year $180 million shortfall.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that almost all of the money approved by the state legislature came from 13 vehicle fees along with $25 million in bonds.

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It’s still 24 hours before the music begins but campers are already arriving for the Firefly Music Festival.

The festival opens today and there was a small contingent of campers who arrived in Dover by 8 a.m. yesterday.

They waited at a nearby parking lot until the campsites open at noon.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they expect 65-thousand campers for this year’s festival for a total of over 90-thousand expected attendees.

An extra day of camping was added to the four day festival that runs through Sunday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The organizers of Delaware's Firefly Music Festival are expecting up to 90,000 attendees at this year's event.

The festival, scheduled from June 18-21, has 119 announced bands, including headliners Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and The Killers. Last year about 80,000 people attended.

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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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Today Delaware State Transportation officials will give the Millsboro town council a look at their plans for a scaled-back bypass around the city.  

It is part of a controversial plan to move much of U.S. 113 in the southern portion of Sussex County.

The project will have two lanes that would connect Route 24 with Route 113.

This would give motorists another route instead of driving through Millsboro’s downtown.

Two years ago the state decided not to fully bypass Millsboro  as  envisioned by an $839 million, nearly 17 mile plan for Route 113.

Snow on the Way

Mar 4, 2015
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Delaware, get ready for some more snow.

A new forecast says that there could be up 9 inches in some parts.

School district began cancelling their after-school activities and events yesterday afternoon.

Delaware crews are preparing snow plows and readying themselves to spread salt on the roads for tomorrow when the storm hits.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says the salt supply is in good supply but warns motorists to be cautious.

They should especially look out for slick areas.

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The roads are slick and the weather is cold as Delmarvans begin to venture out this morning.

There’s only a slight chance of snow this afternoon.

Low temperatures have left some icy roads so motorists should be cautious.

But the Delaware Department of Transportation has had work crews out putting down salt to fight the freezing conditions.

At a Royal Farms in Salisbury motorists said the roads weren’t too bad as the snow came down yesterday:

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are accepting public comment on proposed new rules governing animal shelters in Delaware.

The regulations proposed by the Office of Animal Welfare will be the subject of a public hearing Monday at DelDOT headquarters in Dover.

Officials say the regulations are intended to ensure the protection and care of companion animals being held in shelters and to increase opportunities for their adoption.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation plans to accelerate the repair work on the I-95 bridge over the Brandywine in Wilmington.

Barry Benton with the bridge department told the Wilmington News Journal that the increased traffic from the I-495 has had its effect on the bridge decking.

The department expects work on the bridge to begin within the next two years.

It will involve replacement of the six-lane concrete deck and barrier walls as well as repairs for cracks in the concrete piers.

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Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt is leaving his post after nearly 4 years to head up the Colorado Department of Transportation.

He will take over the position in mid-February.

Bhatt told the Wilmington News Journal that he wanted to deal with the revenue package for DelDOT before he leaves the agency.

Governor Jack Markell has nominated Jennifer Cohan, head of the Division of Motor Vehicles, to take over the job.

Cohan has managed nearly all of the agency’s divisions when vacancies came up while still running the DMV.

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Work crews will begin jacking operations for the tilted northbound deck on the trouble l-495 bridge across the Christina River next week.

The realignment should take around five days to complete.

That’s two more than it took to re-open the southbound lanes two weeks ago.

Javier Torrijos with the Delaware Department of Transportation told the Wilmington News Journal that the operation is a bit more complicated for the northbound deck.

DelDOT hopes to re-open the northbound lanes between Exits 2 and 3 by Labor Day.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A specialized pedestrian traffic light outside the new Dover High School has some city council members concerned.

At a council meeting Monday night, President David Bonar and other members told a Delaware Department of Transportation official they would have preferred a full traffic signal to ensure safety of students who need to cross Del. Route 8.

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There will be a two road closures in Kent County Delaware involving removal and replacement of crossroad pipes.

Beginning next week on Monday August 18th and Wednesday August 20th the Delaware Department of Transportation will be working on Jarrells Road between Hopkins Cemetery Road and Little Mastens Corner Road between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.   

The following week on Monday August 25 and Wednesay August 27th DelDOT will be working on Hourglass Road between Judith Road and Slaughter Station Road between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.  

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Transportation says it's preparing for a jacking operation that it calls a critical phase of repairing the damaged Interstate 495 bridge.

The agency says engineers and a contractor are working this week on a jacking system to enable crews to build eight temporary towers beneath the southbound bridge deck.

Meanwhile, crews are strengthening the jacking towers by tethering them to anchor points with steel cables.

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I-95 from the south end of Brandywine Bridge to the Concord Pike exit will only allow one lane to pass from midnight to 5 a.m. through midweek.

The Concord Exit will be open to traffic during construction.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says its crews will be out paving the road that drivers should expect delays.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are using aerial images taken over the last few years to investigate a mountain of dirt they think may have caused an interstate bridge to become unsafe.

Engineers think that as the pile of dirt grew to about two stories high and 100 yards long, it moved the ground and caused the bridge to tilt.

Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt says images from Google Earth show the pile of dirt gradually growing beginning in 2012.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has ruled that the state's Department of Transportation must pay legal and other fees for a Middletown couple who successfully challenged an attempt to condemn their property for a highway project.

The state's high court found Wednesday that state law "clearly contemplates" that the reimbursement rule applies to reasonable attorney, appraisal and engineering fees incurred in a condemnation challenge.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state report shows Delaware's red-light cameras are reducing the frequency of dangerous crashes at 30 intersections, even as they bring in fewer dollars than in past years.

The News Journal reports the Delaware Department of Transportation's program generated more than 39,000 red-light tickets and about $4 million in fines last year. Fines are $112.50 each. After the program's expenses, it brought in just under $900,000.

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There will now be a round-about along Delaware Route 7 on Main Street just north of Delaware Route 273 in Christiana.

This would still give full access to the Village while addressing safety concerns at the intersection.

Originally, The Delaware Department of Transportation had planned on creating a dead-end on East Main Street.

But, the Wilmington News Journal reports that local resident argued that this would hurt the delivery of emergency services and trap people in the community when there was a flood.

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The snow continues to fall across Delmarva.

But, so far, there has been no accumulation.

Officials warn that could change with an expected forecast of 1-t-2 inches today

Work crews with hundreds of plows from the Delaware Department of Transportation have been out since early this morning applying salt and sand on the roads.

DelDOT says it has enough salt stockpiled throughout the state.

13-thousand tons are normally used for a snow event of six inches.

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Watchout for Potholes!

Jan 27, 2014
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Motorists are seeing an early crop of potholes on Delaware roads this winter.

The state Department of Transportation says all of its districts are reporting an increase in potholes because of temperature swings.

The News Journal reports that crews are having a tough time keeping up...because of the weather.

Potholes usually appear in late winter or early spring, but this year, a deep freeze and fast warming coupled with lots of precipitation have brought them out early.

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Motorists should expect rolling roadblocks and delays today between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as state transportation workers evaluate the bridge decks on I-95 and I-495.

The roadblocks will be located along the northbound I-95 between Delaware Route 1 and the I-495/I-95 southern split.

In addition, also expect them on northbound I-95 between Maryland Avenue and the northbound off ramp to Concord Pike and southbound I-95 between Marsh Road and the Brandywine Bridge.

Finally, there will also be some on the northbound I-495 between 12th Street and Philadelphia Pike.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Transportation is offering free E-ZPass transponders for new account holders.

Starting Friday, the $15 fee for a new transponder will be waived. The promotion ends Dec. 31.

The state has issued more than 350,000 E-ZPass transponders since introducing the electronic toll system in 1999.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation has giving a $25 million contract to widen Route 26 near Bethany Beach to the company of George & Lynch.

Their bid was around 8.4 percent lower than what state officials had estimated which was $29.6 million.

Work is set to begin this fall with a completion date in the second half of 2016.

The 4-mile two-lane road will run from Ocean View to Clarksville.

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Traffic delays should be expected due to a lane closure on northbound Delaware Route 1 at Tybouts Corner in the morning and afternoon as maintenance crews carry out some bridge work.

This will include crack sealing of the bridge decks, hot-mix repairs and riprap replacement to deal with erosion.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this should continue until November 1st.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says the right lane is shutdown where the highway curves to cross over U.S. 13 just south of Hamburg Road.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation held a workshop for the residents of the town of Bear to outline the options for an $180 million expansion of the nearby north-south interchange.

Many expressed concerns about potential noise and limitation on local access for through traffic needs.

The Delaware Department of Transportation wants to widen Route 1 from the I-95 interchange to the Roth Bridge.

WDEL radio reports that the $185 million project would add travel lanes in each direction and would widen existing bridges.

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Engineers are removing 400-ton sections of the old Indian River Inlet Bridge in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports removing the old bridge has proving to be a feat of engineering as much as building the new $150 million bridge nearby.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Transportation officials say Prime Hook Road is open again following flooding that closed the road during last week's winter storm.

The road connects Prime Hook Beach to Coastal Highway and runs along the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The storm cut off the main access to the Delaware Bay community in Sussex County. The road is used by about 200 year-round residents.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials are proposing postponing $46 million in projects.

The postponements were contained in a capital budget proposal presented to state lawmakers on Monday. The agency is working to reduce a $1.08 billion in debt.

The postponed projects include 15 safety-driven improvements statewide. Construction will be delayed a few months to a few years, depending on funding. Projects being delayed include improvements to Churchmans Road from Christiana Hospital to the Route 1 interchange.

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