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Title:
Ramp from I-295 Northbound to US Route 13 Southbound to Close
    Detours Posted; Ramp Closure Could Last Six Months
Contact Info:
James Salmon
(302) 571-6409
Date of Issue:
10/02/09
Supplementary Files:
application/pdf Supplementary file (application/pdf, 91 Kb)
Press Release:
(New Castle, DE) Beginning Monday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m., the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) contractors will close the ramp from I-295 Northbound to US 13 Southbound. The plan is to reopen the ramp in 6 months; however, the construction contract contains an incentive for the contractor to reopen the ramp within 80 calendar days. Detours will be posted with traffic being routed down and around the I-295/DE 9 interchange.

This construction activity is part of the $26.8 million Phase III construction project on I-295 northbound and associated ramps that began in June 2008. This project is a collaborative effort between DRBA and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) designed to improve roadway safety and operational capacity, while rehabilitating aging roadways, ramps, and bridges. New traffic patterns are being created and bridges no longer needed are being removed.

An important element of this project is addressing an existing safety concern regarding traffic cutting across I-295 northbound lanes between I-95/I-495 and US13 which will be eliminated under this project. In addition, approximately 1.6 miles of I-295 northbound will be rehabilitated/reconstructed bringing the roadway up to today’s federal guidelines.

The DRBA has designed the projects for as few delays as possible. However, during morning and evening rush hours, some delays should be expected. 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. Commuters and travelers are urged to be careful and stay alert in and around construction zones, obey all posted speed limit signs, and plan to take a few extra minutes during the commute.

For more information on this construction project, please visit the Authority’s website at http://www.drba.net/road_work_info.pdf