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Overnight lane closures are set for this week at the “Five Points Intersection” in Delaware.

The north and southbound lanes will be reduced to only one lane where Routes 1 and 9 meet beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday until 5 a.m. on Friday morning.

WBOC reports that this means that drivers will have to make right-turns from both side streets at the intersection.

The Delaware Department of Transportation is upgrading the operation of the traffic signal. 

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Delmarvans woke up to some snow on the ground which is expected to be anywhere from 2 to 4 inches.

The wind chill factor has reached the single digits over the last few days.

Delaware motorists are warned that bridges and the overpasses will freeze before the roadways and are urged to use caution.

Also in the First State there’s a winter weather advisory in effect until 4 p.m. for Kent and Sussex Counties.

In New Castle the advisory runs through 10 a.m. this morning.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Some coastal Sussex County towns are concerned about pedestrian safety on Route 1.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports while 2015 didn't see any pedestrian fatalities, some residents and officials in the towns along the Route 1 corridor are still worried that not enough is being done to prevent them.

Both Dewey Beach and South Bethany town officials are discussing ongoing issues with traffic on Route 1, which becomes one of the most heavily trafficked roads in the county in the summer.

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Delaware’s U.S. Route 301 toll road is about to get an infusion of federal cash.

The Department of Transportation signed off on a loan from the Federal Highway Administration that would allow for private credit markets to provide funding for state infrastructure.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its part of $470 million for construction of an expressway that would run through the Middletown area.

The paper reports that the loan comes on the heels of an announcement that DelDOT has come up with private investors to finance $212.5 million worth of bonds.

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The bridge over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal on Route 9 will be closed between 11 p.m. tonight and 5 a.m. on Saturday.

The Delaware Department of Transportation crews will be inspecting of the draw bridge.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that full lane closures will impact Route 9 northbound and southbound.

Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross the bridge.

There will be a detour sign for motorists. 

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The summer is gone and now it’s time to begin work on the Delaware Route 1 overpass in Kent County.

Officials held meeting with the public this week to discuss the impact of the $40 million project located between Magnolia and Frederica.

WBOC reports that the work which begins in October will more than likely produce backups Friday through Sunday.

The hope of transportation officials is that it will eliminate two traffic signals that include one at Bowers Beach Road.

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Bad weather has delayed the widening of Route 26.

The project was to be completed by June 24th of next year.

Yesterday Delaware Department of Transportation advisory group awarded an additional 43 days pushing the completion date back to September 7th of next year.

WBOC reports that Project Manager Mike Delp from the construction firm said that the extensions were to be expected since none had been included in the contract.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation will be spending at levels not seen since the Great Recession began.

There will be $3.4 billion shelled out from the capital transportation plan that runs from 2017 through 2022.

It will spend nearly $600-million on paving and road rehabilitation.

Other projects range from $261-million to widen Delaware Route 1 near the Roth Bridge to $41 million on ramps at the I-95 and SR 141 interchange.

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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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