I-295 Southbound Construction Activity to Enter Second Stage
Nighttime Closure of One I-295SB Lane; Traffic Pattern Shifts to Left
(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced that second stage of the I-295 Southbound Reconstruction Project west of the Delaware Memorial Bridge toll plaza to the I-95/I-495 split is scheduled to begin Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Preparation activities for the traffic switch will begin which will involve closing lanes and associated traffic ramps on I-295 SB through the construction zone (vicinity of I-295 SB/US 13 interchange). Traffic on I-295 SB will be shifted to the newly constructed left two lanes to allow for construction activity to begin on the right lanes and associated ramps of the Interstate. With the successful completion of the first stage, the project is now approximately 45% complete.
Below is the schedule of ramp and lane closures associated with the switchover process. Times listed are approximate. Lanes and ramps will only be opened when it is safe to do so.
• Beginning on July 10 at 6:00 p.m., the left lane of I-295SB will be closed to traffic. The right lane will remain open. In addition, the ramp from I-295SB to U.S. Route 13 will also be closed at this time. At approximately 6:00 a.m., southbound traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed highway portion. Two lanes will be open for traffic. The ramp from I-295SB to U.S. Route 13 will also reopen. Motorists seeking to access U.S. Route 13 from I-295SB will be directed onto I-495 NB and exiting at Rt. 13 during this 12 hour period.
• On Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 a.m. the exit for I-495 and the ramp from U.S. Route 13 southbound to I-295SB will be closed to traffic. The exit for I-495 is expected to reopen at 2:00 p.m. The ramp from U.S. Route 13 southbound to I-295SB will remain closed until approximately 5:30 p.m. For motorists seeking to get on I-295SB from U.S. Route 13SB, the posted detour is I-295NB to U.S. Route 9NB to I-295SB. For I-495, motorists will be directed onto the U.S. Route 13NB to the I-495 on ramp.
The above list of closures during traffic switch does not include rolling road blocks for installation of overhead signs, temporary short term closures as needed, and rolling closures for painting operations. Weather permitting, the switchover process to a new traffic pattern should be completed by 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12.
The DRBA has designed the projects for as few delays as possible. However, some delays should be expected. The safety of the traveling public and on-site highway contractors is the agency’s highest priority. The posted speed limit of 40 mph in the construction zone will be strictly enforced. Commuters and travelers are urged to be careful and stay alert in and around construction zones, obey all posted speed limit signs, and plan to take a few extra minutes during the commute.
Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc. of Middletown, Delaware is executing the construction work at a cost of $33.7 million. When highway work is concluded on this final phase in December 2018, the Authority will have invested more than $90 million to improve the region’s infrastructure during the course of the I-295 Delaware Memorial Bridge Approach Road Rehabilitation program.
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.
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