MOTORIST ADVISORY UPDATE – Three Lanes Closed on Southbound Span of Delaware Memorial Bridge for Several Days
(New Castle, DE) The Delaware River and Bay Authority’s (DRBA) contractor, Cornell and Company, Inc., will be performing urgent construction work on the Delaware-bound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Construction crews are focused on replacing three suspension ropes in close proximity to each other.
To safely accomplish the work, crews have closed three of the four lanes on the Delaware-bound span for the next several days. The traffic has been shifted to the right lane to reduce the load in the work area to maintain required structural factors of safety during this process. At times, physical work will not be visible from the travel lanes but the Authority assures its customers that the work is being completed as quickly as possible. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph throughout this repair process and will be strictly enforced. The right lane is open to traffic. Once this initial work is completed, it is expected that the single left lane will remain closed for the immediate future. The Authority will be assessing progress throughout the project to determine when additional lanes can be reopened.
Motorist safety is the DRBA’s highest priority. This unplanned project is urgent in nature and requires the specific traffic restrictions detailed above based on engineering recommendations.
Motorists heading south on the New Jersey Turnpike or I-295 should expect significant delays and may want to seek alternate routes to reach their destination. Motorists are urged to be careful and 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.