Delaware Route 1

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Repair of the I-95 bridge near Christiana moved much faster than expected with 24 hour construction crews working into November.

During the six weeks of lane closures over Delaware Route 1 they laid some 30-thousand pounds of precast concrete slabs brought in from Pennsylvania.

This stands in contrast to the traditional pouring of concrete site.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that work is expected to be completed this week ending the lane closures that have given motorist such a headache.

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Delaware’s U.S. Route 301 toll road is about to get an infusion of federal cash.

The Department of Transportation signed off on a loan from the Federal Highway Administration that would allow for private credit markets to provide funding for state infrastructure.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that its part of $470 million for construction of an expressway that would run through the Middletown area.

The paper reports that the loan comes on the heels of an announcement that DelDOT has come up with private investors to finance $212.5 million worth of bonds.

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The summer is gone and now it’s time to begin work on the Delaware Route 1 overpass in Kent County.

Officials held meeting with the public this week to discuss the impact of the $40 million project located between Magnolia and Frederica.

WBOC reports that the work which begins in October will more than likely produce backups Friday through Sunday.

The hope of transportation officials is that it will eliminate two traffic signals that include one at Bowers Beach Road.

The Delaware Department of Transportation will be spending at levels not seen since the Great Recession began.

There will be $3.4 billion shelled out from the capital transportation plan that runs from 2017 through 2022.

It will spend nearly $600-million on paving and road rehabilitation.

Other projects range from $261-million to widen Delaware Route 1 near the Roth Bridge to $41 million on ramps at the I-95 and SR 141 interchange.

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Delaware transportation officials say they would like to speed up several major road projects despite this year’s tight budget.

These include $5.6 million for an auxiliary lane along Delaware Route 1 easing the merging of traffic from northbound US Route 40 to Delaware Route 273.

The new Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan laid out their plans for state legislators yesterday afternoon.

Due to a lack of funds amounting to $600-million Cohan said that the department had to cut back on needed projects.

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The northbound Delaware Route 1 and I-95 flyover near Christiana has been reopened avoiding morning rush hour congestion.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the northbound lanes and the I-95 flyover were closed for around seven hours yesterday after equipment being hauled by a tractor-trailer hit the underside of the interstate’s overpasses.

The truck was carrying a large modular power substation.

The falling debris hit a Wolkwagen.

There will now be a round-about along Delaware Route 7 on Main Street just north of Delaware Route 273 in Christiana.

This would still give full access to the Village while addressing safety concerns at the intersection.

Originally, The Delaware Department of Transportation had planned on creating a dead-end on East Main Street.

But, the Wilmington News Journal reports that local resident argued that this would hurt the delivery of emergency services and trap people in the community when there was a flood.

After nearly two years of construction the traffic should begin to flow smoothly over a new two-lane flyover ramp from Delaware Route 1 to northbound I-95 in northern Delaware.

That allows motorists heading toward Wilmington and Philadelphia to stay on the left along the ramp while those going to I-295 and New Jersey merge right.

The new ramp allows motorists to avoid shifting five lanes of interstate traffic or end up in New Jersey.

The ramp was opened around 11:30 a.m. that is designed to eliminate a choke point on the I-95 corridor in the northeast.

Delaware is bracing for some strong win, rain and snow as a messy nor’easter heads this way.

Delaware police say they expect that there will be hazardous road conditions and are advising motorists to drive carefully.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that forecasts for the northern part of the state call for 2 to 5 inches of snow by Saturday with an inch in the middle of Delaware.

Sussex County is only expected to see some rain.

Kent and Sussex counties are also under a coastal flood watch.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - Life is slowly returning to normal after Superstorm Sandy clobbered the Mid-Atlantic region and moved on.

Across the region, the effects of the storm were felt most;u along coastal stretches of Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Delaware - as well as in the snow-covered mountains of western Maryland. But it was clear Wednesday that the state of Maryland had escaped the brunt of damage.