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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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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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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are extending their special patrols looking out for truckers trying to dodge tolls on Interstate 95 at the Maryland line.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says some truckers illegally divert their vehicles onto Newark-area roads that aren't designed for heavy trucks in an effort to avoid the toll.

For the last three months, Newark and Delaware State Police have conducted special patrols and issued citations to truckers improperly driving on roads marked for local deliveries only.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

 

 

            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.