MOTORIST ADVISORY – Update on Delaware Memorial Bridge Tower Painting Project: All Work Suspended during the Papal visit to the Region; All Delaware Memorial Bridge Lanes Open to Traffic
New Castle, DE –Beginning Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m., all work associated with Delaware Memorial Bridge Tower Painting Project will be suspended for the Papal visit to the region. All lanes of the Delaware Memorial Bridge – both northbound and southbound – will be open to traffic at this time. All lanes will remain open through Monday, September 28.
On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., work will resume on the Southbound (Delaware) span, resulting in the continuous closure of one lane until the Thanksgiving holiday period. Painting contractors will be working on-site from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily on the Delaware bound bridge.
On the Northbound (New Jersey) span, 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 two additional weeks.
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.