posted on May 19, 2015 15:30
TRAFFIC ALERT – Preparation Work Continues for Tower Painting Project at Delaware Memorial Bridge;
Nighttime Lane Closures Required on Northbound Span
New Castle, DE – Delaware River and Bay Authority’s (DRBA) contractor, Blastech Enterprises, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, will continue to erect overhead platforms at the Bridge Towers of the Northbound Span (New Jersey bound) this week. The work is associated with Contract DMB 13-05, Steelwork Painting Program for the Suspended Span Towers for both Spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, this preparation work will require the nighttime closures of multiple lanes on the Northbound Span for three consecutive evenings. In addition, the preparation work will continue on Monday, June 1, 2015 for four consecutive nights. No scheduled multiple lane closures will occur during the weekend peak travel days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The work is expected to begin at 9P each evening and continue until 5A the following morning. The following is the schedule associated with this work:
• 9:00 PM – Closure of two lanes
• 11:00 PM – Closure of third adjacent lane
• Between 11:00 PM and 2:00 AM – Periodic short full closures of the northbound span for intervals of 5 to 10 minutes to swing steel beams over travel lanes near the towers.
The construction work is weather dependent and will be postponed should inclement conditions occur. Motorists should expect some delays, especially during the periodic full closure of the northbound span. The safety of the traveling public and on-site highway contractors is the agency’s highest priority. The posted speed limit of 35 mph in the construction zone will be strictly enforced. Motorists are urged to be careful and stay alert in and around construction zones, and obey all posted speed limit signs.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.