MOTORIST ADVISORY – Update on Delaware Memorial Bridge Tower Painting Project: Northbound Span to be Clear on Weekends; Delays Expected Southbound During Peak Travel Times
New Castle, DE –Thanks to the cooperation of its contractor, Blastech Enterprises, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, the Delaware River and Bay Authority’s (DRBA) is able to announce that the Northbound Span (New Jersey bound) on the Twin Spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge will be open completely on weekends to alleviate traffic issues. Work will continue on the northbound span on weekdays, and throughout the week on the Southbound Span (Delaware bound).
On the New Jersey bound, northbound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge: beginning Friday, August 21, all lanes will be open on weekends. One lane will be closed weekdays only from Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. continuously through Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. This closure is required to dismantle the scaffolding encompassing the New Jersey bound bridge towers and will last approximately four weeks.
On the Delaware bound, southbound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge: during the weekends of August 21-23 and August 28-30 – one lane will be closed for the entire period. Painting contractors will be working on-site from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily on the Delaware bound bridge. Based on historical data, motorists should expect the heaviest traffic during the following time periods:
Fridays: 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
All work associated with the Delaware Memorial Bridge Tower Painting Project will be suspended for the Labor Day holiday weekend (September 4-7) and for the Papal visit to the region (September 25-28). All lanes of the Delaware Memorial Bridge will be open to traffic during these time periods.
DRBA senior engineer and project manager, Gregory Pawlowski, emphasized that the Authority is not painting the bridge towers for aesthetic reasons. “The project is necessary to preserve the structural integrity of the steel,” Pawlowski said. The tower painting work on the Delaware bound bridge towers should be completed – weather permitting – in early December 2015.
The construction work is weather dependent and will be postponed should inclement conditions occur. Motorists should expect delays on both Spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and on the approaches to the Bridge, especially during the peak weekend travel times. The safety of the traveling public and on-site highway contractors is the agency’s highest priority. Motorists are urged to be careful and to stay alert in and around construction zones, and obey all posted speed limit signs. Motorists may follow the Bridge on Twitter @demembridge for the latest in traffic information.
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.