Delaware Department of Transportation

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.

Don Rush

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.

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.

Don Rush

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.


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.

Don Rush

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.

Don Rush

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.

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.

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.

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.

Erin McKibben

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Road Work,

This morning work crews will shut down a bridge along Washington Street over the Mispillion River in Milford through November 30thfor repairs.

The Delaware Department of Transportation is replacing the existing superstructure with steel beams and a concrete deck.

In addition, there will be minor renovations of the roadway ap­proach and sidewalks as well as repair of cracks and spalls in the concrete abutments and placement of riprap in the stream to prevent scour. 

The railroad crossing on Bethel Road between O’Neal’s Road and alternate 13 or Seaford Road south of Seaford will be closed for repairs Through 5 pm on Friday.

The Delaware Department of Transportation has posted signs guiding motorists on Bethel Road in both directions to a short detour. 

It’s a cat and mouse game in Delaware.

Despite fines imposed over the last seven years to deter people from putting up temporary signs along the roadside state officials say they can’t keep up with them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they have been sprouting like weeds hawking such things as pizza specials and fast cash now.

Officials say many of – what are called sign bandits – have been climbing up utility poles to put up their thin often fluorescent signs.

 Route 54 is now – for all practical purpose ready for motorists -- bringing some relief to residents of Fenwick Island who wanted the construct ion to be done before Memorial Day.

Geoff Sundstrom with the Delaware Department of Transportation  told the Wilmington News Journal that crews will still be on site to remove some equipment and complete some last minute items like drainage work.

Last summer business owners along the corridor reported financial losses because of the daytime construction.



           The latest audit of the Delaware Transportation Department is not good.

            DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said that it turned up at least $161-thousand in uncashed developer checks with dozens of state land rights potentially in jeopardy because of fragmented and lax practices.

            The six week probe was prompted by the Wilmington News Journal investigation into a land deal in Milford that has already led to reforms.



          Missing documents and unaccounted for checks are among the problems facing outside investigators…to be called into to probe of problems at the Delaware Department of Transportation.

            State officials say that the troubles could put millions of dollars of taxpayer money at stake.

            During a media briefing at the agency’s Dover headquarters the Wilmington News Journal reports that Secretary Shailen Bhatt said that talks were now under way with an accounting firm tentatively selected to look over DelDOT’s handling of checks.