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10:28 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Cancellation of Road Closures in Delaware

I-95 and U.S. 202 in Delaware
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With temperatures dropping the Delaware Department of Transportation has canceled planned road closures at I-95 and U.S. 202.

That includes the full closure of northbound I-95 this weekend.

State officials say that the contractor Mumford & Miller Concrete Incorporated decided yesterday to delay the work until after the winter months.  

It’s part of a three year major repaving project at the interchange .

The work was delayed earlier this year when the I-495 Bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington was shut down because of damage to its pilings.

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8:22 am
Wed November 19, 2014

I-495 Bridge Repair Near Completion

I-495 Bridge Repair
Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State transportation officials say final repairs to the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River should be completed by late this year or early next year.

Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt says the final cost probably will be a little less than $40 million, with the federal government picking up almost all the tab.

Bhatt said after presenting his fiscal 2016 budget request Wednesday that officials are still pursuing their legal options. Officials say several bridge columns tilted after a large mound of dirt was dumped next to them.

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12:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Realignment of Northbound Lanes on Troubled I-495 Bridge Next Week

I-495 Bridge
Credit 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.

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11:15 am
Fri January 17, 2014

DelDOT Cleans Up Snow From Sidewalks


When it snows the Delaware Department of Transportation is cleaning up the sidewalks along 238 miles of its roads.

And clearing out the snow this month along 70 miles its roadways cost the state $260-thousand.

Jim Westoff with DelDOT told the Wilmington News Journal that if the sidewalks were not cleaned off people would be put in danger by being forced to walk on the roadways.

The cleanup does not include the sidewalks in cities and towns which are excluded from the program.

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11:18 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Prime Hook Road Reopens, Flood Debris Cleared


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say Prime Hook Road in Sussex County has reopened after crews cleared flood debris.

But DelDOT says crews will be stationed at Prime Hook Road on Thursday to monitor rising water levels during high tide at 1 p.m.

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9:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Work Halted on Junction and Breakway Trail at Development Near Lewes

Junction and Breakwater Trail

Work on the extension of the Junction and Breakwater Trail near Lewes has been halted because of an objection by local homeowners.

Residents in the Breakwater development have launched a legal challenge to the extension’s right-of-way.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they claim that the Delaware Department of Transportation has not proven it has a proper easement over the land in the development to build the trail spur.

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12:02 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Route 113 Bypass Could See Another Delay


After two days of grueling public testimony plans for the Route 113 around and south of Millsboro could be delayed again if residents and lawmakers can’t agree on a route.

Geogg Sundstrom, spokesman for the Delaware Department of Transportation told the Wilmington News Journal that if there is no the political will put the project out there Governor Jack Markell has made it clear it won’t be built.

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8:39 am
Tue September 17, 2013

DE Route 15 Bridge Reopening Delayed


The bridge repairs that has caused the full closure of Delaware Route 15 in Wyoming for two months is almost done.

But the Delaware Department of Transportation says a subcontractor is having trouble getting materials for the guardrails.

The bridge was supposed to be completed last week but officials hope the materials should be there by tomorrow.

The bridge was closed because part of the span had been deemed to have reached the end of its design life.

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9:26 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Plans for Route 113 Bypass In Delaware Unveiled

Credit Don Rush

The Delaware Department of Transportation has unveiled its plans for Route 113 that would bypass the towns of Millsboro, Dagsboro and Frankford.

The Delaware Department of Transportation’s proposal calls for a nearly 17-mile project that would include 6 interchanges nine overpasses and five water crossings.

But WBOC reports that there is some concern that the new project could hurt some of the local businesses.

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8:43 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Condemnation of Middletown Home by DelDOT Overturned


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court says Delaware transportation officials violated property acquisition laws in condemning a Middletown couple's land for the Route 301 highway project.

The court dismissed the condemnation action Monday, saying DelDOT relied on a flawed appraisal in paying $133,000 for 1.5 acres of a larger 10-acre plot owned by Jack and Mary Ann Lawson.

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11:02 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Delmarvans Headout for Memorial Day Weekend

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AAA Mid-Atlantic says it expects 718-thousand Marylanders will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day Weekend with 91 percent driving to their holiday destination.

Association spokesperson Ragina Averella says her organization’s survey found that that 64 percent of state residents say they will be visiting family and friends while 33 percent indicated they would be going to the beach.

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8:54 am
Tue July 31, 2012

DelDOT Scuttles Black Pearl in Fenwick Island

The Black Pearl has been sidelined by the Delaware Department of Transportation.

It’s a free drunk bus that has been shuttling inebriated bar patrons.

In January Bill Fox began the service for the Fenwick Island-area bar guests after seeing many drunken drivers getting behind the wheel.

So what’s the problem?

DelDOT says that because he accepts tips the bus falls under the same regulations as a limousine driver even if he is not technically charging any fees to the passengers.

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8:45 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Detours and Street Closures In Dover for Weekend's Firefly Music Festival

Delaware Transportation officials are gearing up for this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival.

DelDOT says it will close Leipsic and Persimmon Tree roads near the Dover International Speedway to through traffic with detours posted along the way.

The closure times will be 1 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All roads will be reopened at the conclusion of the day’s events.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that motorists should use caution while crossing the bridge over Del. 1 because a temporary traffic plan will be in place throughout the weekend.

8:53 am
Thu June 21, 2012

DelDOT Wants $471 Million For Toll Road

The Delaware Department of Transportation wants lawmakers to approve $471 million for a toll road to replace US 301 in southern New Castle.

The first 14 mile segment would connect the four-lane US 301 at the state line southwest of Middletown to Delaware Route 1 at the Roth Bridge.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt told the Bond Bill Committee yesterday there were a number of factors in the decision to move ahead with the project.

She pointed to lower bond interest rates and lower construction costs.

2:21 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Delaware Lagging Behind in "Bike-Friendliness"; Officials Want Public Input

Delaware State Parks


Delaware is the 18th most bike-friendly state; Governor Markell wants top 10.

Delaware residents will have the opportunity to speak for or against proposed bike and pedestrian paths at Thursday night's public workshop in Lewes.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware Department of Transportation are sponsoring the event, which will outline Governor Jack Markell's First State Trails and Pathways Initiative.

Projects to be highlighted

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8:24 am
Tue February 28, 2012

DelDOT Secretary Makes Budget Pitch to Legislative Committee



            The Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt has made his case before the General Assembly’s bond bill committee for more than $180 million.

            The budget includes money for projects ranging from the Westover connector in the north to Atlantic Road in the south.

            In addition, there are a number of safety projects statewide.

            Meanwhile, Bhatt told the panel…that the state was working with paratransit partners…to provide similar services…to see if there can be any consolidation.