MOTORIST ADVISORY – I-295S Concrete Pouring Process to Impact Traffic west of Delaware Memorial Bridge Toll Plaza
New Castle, DE –On Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, the Delaware River and Bay Authority’s (DRBA) contractor, Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc. of Middletown, Delaware, will be pouring concrete for the new overpass deck on I-295 Southbound at the Route 13 interchange to Interstate 95/495.
The concrete pouring process, which will begin in the morning and continue until late afternoon, will not impact traffic flow initially. However, when the concrete pouring and finishing work is completed at approximately 4:00P, DRBA police will begin a rolling traffic slowdown through the construction area to strictly enforce a speed limit of 40 mph, which will limit vibrations on the overpass and ensure that the concrete cures properly. Both thru lanes will be open during this time period.
At approximately 7:00 p.m., the left lane will be closed to traffic. The lane closure and rolling traffic slowdown will continue until 6:00 a.m. the following morning, at which point both lanes will reopen for morning rush hour. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should allow for extra time to get to their destinations, particularly during the afternoon and evening time periods.
Weather permitting, concrete deck pouring sessions are also tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 18; Wednesday, April 19; Tuesday, April 25; and Wednesday, April 26. Additional concrete deck pouring sessions may be required in May. The Authority will issue additional notice for future deck pouring dates as they are scheduled to allow our customers enough time to plan accordingly.
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.