We all knew it was coming. It was inevitable. And it will last about two years.
The second part of the reconstruction of the Route 141 bridges south of Newport is set to begin next week.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spokesman C. R. McLeod says crews have been relocating utilities from the bridge structures to underground for most of the summer, but now that work is done.
“We can start moving forward with the first part of the project which is the ramps and we’re expecting that to really go until late October with these first two ramp closures.”
The ramps being shut down first are from southbound Route 141 to southbound I-95 coming out of Newport, and southbound I-95 to southbound Route 141 towards Newport.
Work will eventually encompass northbound Route 141 over southbound I-95 towards Newport and includes a total of six ramps.
McLeod says the reconstruction will mirror what was done over the past two years overtop of northbound I-95.
“We did just finish the northbound side earlier this year which has really seen a great improvement in terms of traffic flow.”
Each of the bridges over I-95 southbound will be demolished and rebuilt which will also require intermittent closures of the interstate which McLeod says will be done at night and on weekends when possible.
In addition to the work at the I-95 interchange, McLeod says the Route 141 and Commons Boulevard intersection will see work to improve traffic flow there.
McLeod is aware that the project will cause disruptions, detours and delays but it’s necessary to ensure the long time viability of the roadways.
“A lot of pre-planning and timing work goes into it to make sure that we’re inconveniencing folks as little as possible. We know that’s really the biggest thing that people are concerned about: ‘How do I get to work? How do I get my kids to school? How do I get to where I need to go?’
“That is something we take very seriously. We try to limit the impacts but infrastructure projects are not easy and we do our best but there are going to be disruptions.”