MOTORIST ADVISORY – All Lanes of Delaware Memorial Bridge Open to Traffic both Northbound and Southbound; I-295 Southbound Reconstruction Project west of Bridge Toll Plaza Continues
New Castle, DE –Beginning Thursday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m., all construction work on the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans will be suspended for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 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 Tuesday, May 31 until 9:00 a.m.
The Delaware River and Bay Authority’s (DRBA) contractor, Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc. of Middletown, Delaware, continues to work on Stage 1 of the I-295 Southbound Reconstruction project at the Route 13 interchange to Interstate 95/495. The work is taking place approximately one mile west of the Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza. While two southbound mainline through-lanes are maintained at all times, high traffic volume and motor vehicle accidents in this area have historically caused traffic delays.
During the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 27-30 – traffic is expected to be heavy – particularly on Friday and Saturday. “When traffic counts exceed 60,000, traffic tends to become more congested and delays are more likely,” said Brent Van Lith, DRBA Project Engineer. “During the same period last year, traffic statistics for both Friday and Saturday on the Delaware Memorial Bridge exceeded 60,000 and this area experienced some delays without the presence of construction.”
While DRBA engineers have designed the project to minimize traffic delays to the extent possible, motorists may encounter them. Based on historical data, motorists should expect the heaviest traffic during the following time periods:
Friday, May 27: 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 28: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Safety of the traveling public, highway contractors on-site, and DRBA employees continues to be our highest priority. Motorists are urged to be careful and to stay alert in and around construction zones, and obey all posted speed limit signs. Travelers are also reminded that DRBA police units will maintain an active presence in the construction area and will strictly enforce motor vehicle laws. Fines for speeding and other moving violations are doubled in a construction zone. Motorists may follow the Bridge on Twitter @demembridge for the latest in traffic information.
A detailed map of the I-295 Southbound Reconstruction project can be found at www.drba.net/295.aspx
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.