Route 29 Project – Informational Update

September 29th, 2014

A lane closure will be taking place tonight for the privately owned Tidewater Utilities, Inc. water expansion project. This work is not part of the Route 26 Mainline Construction Project.

This evening motorists can expect the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Old School Lane and Cedar Drive between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for utility construction.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this work you should contact Mr. Mike Serman with Tidewater Utilities, Inc. at (302) 218-1437 or by email at mserman@tuiwater.com.

Anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on and within the Route 26 Widening Project during the next week.

September 26th, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 through Friday October 3, 2014

Continue milling and paving of Route 26 between Central Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
Motorists should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Central
Avenue and Woodland Avenue with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging
operation as well as traffic alternating through the signalized intersection utilizing a flagging
operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 09:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Begin milling and paving of the Route 26/Woodland Avenue intersection. Continue the placement
of curb and gutter along Route 26 between Woodland Avenue and Central Avenue. Motorists
should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Central Avenue and
Woodland Avenue with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as
well as northbound and southbound closures on Woodland Avenue with traffic alternating
through the intersection utilizing a flagging operation by law enforcement and construction
personnel between 09:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Begin installation of new drainage pipe at Route 26 and Clubhouse Road. Motorists should
anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Windmill Drive and Dukes
Drive as well as northbound or southbound lane closures on Clubhouse Road at Route 26 with
traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a flagging operation by construction
personnel between 09:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Continue installation of the new sanitary sewer line along SR 26 between Irons Lane and Route 17
(Roxana Road). No lane closures are anticipated for this construction activity.

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Please note that our lane closure times have changed with the start of the non-peak season on October 1, 2014.  In an effort to continue to progress the project towards our completion date in the Summer of 2016, the Project Management Team has reviewed historical traffic volumes provided in the Route 26 Mainline Project Transportation Management Plan for the last week of September.  This review of available traffic volume data indicates that there would be no significant impacts to traffic over and above the impacts that would occur after October 1, 2014 if day time lane closures were permitted on Monday, September 29th and Tuesday, September 30th.  We have concluded that it will be in the best interest of the project, road users and the community to begin daytime lane closures on Monday, September 29, 2014, two days earlier than the start of daytime lane closure outlined in the contract documents.

The longest wait times to travel through the work zone occur between 09:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. after the initial closure of the travel lane to move equipment and personnel into the work zone.  Longer wait times along the Route 26 corridor may also occur from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Travel times to and from your destination may be quicker if you use one of the Route 26 Alternate Routes that were constructed prior to the start of the Route 26 Mainline Construction Project.  The recently reconstructed roadways include:

  • Burbage Road, from Route 17 to Windmill Drive
  • Windmill Drive to Route 26 to Central Avenue
  • Central Avenue, from Windmill Drive to Beaver Dam Road
  • Beaver Dam Road, from Central Avenue to Muddy Neck Road

For more information on the Alternate Route Project, visit our website at http://deldot.gov/information/projects/sr26

 

Anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on and within the Route 26 Widening Project during the next week.

September 18th, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Continue the installation of the privately owned Tidewater Utilities, Inc. water line between
Grants Avenue and Old School Lane. Motorists should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane
closures on Route 26 between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane with traffic alternating through
the work zone utilizing a flagging operation between 9:30 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Continue grading for curb along Route 26 at Cedar Drive. Motorists should anticipate westbound
lane closures on Route 26 between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue with traffic alternating through
the work zone utilizing a flagging operation by construction personnel between 9:30 p.m. and
06:00 a.m.

Monday, September 22, 2014 through Friday September 26, 2014

Begin milling and paving on Cedar Drive south of Route 26. Motorists should anticipate lane
closures on Cedar Drive at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a
flagging operation by construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Continue grading for curb and gutter between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue. Motorists should
anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Cedar Drive and Grants
Avenue with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation between
7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on and within the Route 26 Widening Project during the next week

September 12th, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Continue the installation of the privately owned Tidewater Utilities, Inc. water line between
Grants Avenue and Old School Lane. Motorists should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane
closures on Route 26 between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane with traffic alternating through
the work zone utilizing a flagging operation between 10:300 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Begin grading for curb and gutter at Route 26 and Docs Place. Motorists should anticipate
westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Old Mill Road and Cedar Drive with traffic
alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation by construction personnel
between 10:300 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Monday, September 15, 2014 through Friday September 19, 2014

Continue milling and paving between Old Mill Road and Cedar Drive. Motorists should
anticipate westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Old Mill Road and Cedar Drive with
traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as well as traffic
alternating through the intersection utilizing a flagging operation by law enforcement and
construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on and within the SR 26 Widening Project during the this week.

September 8th, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014 through Friday September 12, 2014

Continue milling and paving of Route 26 between Cedar Drive and Old Mill Road. Motorists
should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Cedar Drive and Old
Mill Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation and with
traffic alternating through the intersection of Route 26 and Old Mill Road utilizing a flagging
operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Begin milling and paving on Cedar Drive south of Route 26. Motorists should anticipate lane
closures on Cedar Drive at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a
flagging operation by construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Continue grading for curb and gutter between Old Mill Road and Cedar Drive. Motorists should
anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Old Mill Road and Cedar
Drive with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as well as lane
closures Old Mill Road at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a
flagging operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and
06:00 a.m.

Continue grading for curb and gutter between Woodland Avenue and Central Avenue. Motorists
should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between West Avenue and
Woodland Ave with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as
well as lane closures on Central Avenue at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection
utilizing a flagging operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 7:00 p.m.
and 06:00 a.m.
Monday, September 8, 2014 through Friday September 12, 2014
Continue the installation of the privately owned Tidewater Utilities, Inc. water line between
Grants Avenue and Old School Lane. Motorists should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane
closures on Route 26 between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane with traffic alternating through
the work zone utilizing a flagging operation between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on the SR 26 Widening Project during the next week.

August 29th, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 through Friday September 5, 2014

Begin milling and paving of Route 26 between Cedar Drive and Old Mill Road. Motorists should
anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Cedar Drive and Old Mill
Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation and with traffic
alternating through the intersection of Route 26 and Old Mill Road utilizing a flagging operation by
law enforcement and construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Begin milling and paving on Cedar Drive south of Route 26. Motorists should anticipate lane
closures on Cedar Drive at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a
flagging operation by construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Continue grading for curb and gutter between Grants Avenue and Cedar Drive. Motorists should
anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Grants Avenue and Old Mill
Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as well as lane
closures Old Mill Road at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a
flagging operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 7:00 p.m. and
06:00 a.m.

Continue installation of sanitary sewer line along Route 26 between Irons Lane and Powell Farm
Road. No lane closures are anticipated for this construction activity.

Revised – Anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on the SR 26 Widening Project during the next week. Sunday

August 25th, 2014

Monday August 25, 2014 through Friday August 29, 2014
Continue milling and paving of Route 26 between Old Mill Road and Grants Avenue. Motorists
should anticipate lane closures on Route 26 between Grants Avenue and Old Mill Road with traffic
alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as well as lane closures Old Mill
Road at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a flagging operation by
law enforcement and construction personnel between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.
Begin milling and paving at Cedar Drive and Route 26. Motorists should anticipate lane closures
on Cedar Drive at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a flagging
operation by construction personnel between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.
Begin grading for curb and gutter between Grants Avenue and Cedar Drive. Motorists should
anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between Grants Avenue and Old Mill
Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as well as lane
closures Old Mill Road at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a
flagging operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 8:00 p.m. and
07:00 a.m.
Begin installation of new drainage pipe at Route 26 and Woodland Avenue. Motorists should
anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 at Woodland Avenue as well as
northbound or southbound lane closures on Woodland Avenue at Route 26 with traffic alternating
through the intersection utilizing a flagging operation.

Route 26 work schedule

August 25th, 2014

Due to scheduling conflicts and forecasts for thunderstorms, last weeks’ anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures did not follow what was advertised by the Construction Management Team.  We apologize the unforeseen changes and for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Travel times to and from your destination may be quicker if you use one of the Route 26 Alternate Routes that were constructed prior to the start of the SR 26 Mainline Construction Project.  The recently reconstructed roadways include:

Burbage Road, from SR 17 to Windmill Drive

  • Windmill Drive to SR 26 to Central Avenue
  • Central Avenue, from Windmill Drive to Beaver Dam Road
  • Beaver Dam Road, from Central Avenue to Muddy Neck Road

For more information on the Alternate Route Project, visit our website at http://deldot.gov/information/projects/sr26

Anticipated work schedule and associated lane closures for the SR 26 Mainline Construction Project

August 14th, 2014

Sunday August 17, 2014 through Friday August 22, 2014

Begin milling and paving at Cedar Drive and Route 26. Motorists should anticipate lane closures
on Cedar Drive and Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a flagging
operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.

Begin milling and paving at Old Mill Road and Route 26. Motorists should anticipate lane closures
on Old Mill Road and Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection utilizing a flagging
operation by law enforcement and construction personnel between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.

Begin grading for curb and gutter between Woodland Avenue and Central Avenue. Motorists
should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between West Avenue and
Woodland Ave with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as
well as lane closures on Central Avenue at Route 26 with traffic alternating through the intersection
utilizing a flagging operation by law enforcement and construction personnel on Sunday between
10:30 p.m. and 07:00 a.m. and Monday through Thursday between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.

Continue installation of sanitary sewer line along Route 26 between Irons Lane and Powell Farm
Road. No lane closures are anticipated for this construction activity.

Continue the installation of Tidewater Utilities, Inc. water line between Grants Avenue and Old
School Lane. Motorists should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26
between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane with traffic alternating through the work zone
utilizing a flagging operation between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.

US Route 301 Archaeology Update

August 14th, 2014

Osteological and Ancient DNA Analyses of Burials from the Elkins Site (7NC-G-174) Completed

Five burials (A, B, C, D and G) were excavated at the Elkins Site (7NC-G-174) in late September and early October of 2012 by Hunter Research, Inc. The osteological and ancient DNA analyses of the four adults and one infant have been completed by skeletal biologists and an anthropological geneticist at the University of Montana.

Of the four adults (Burials B, C, D and G), two were male and two were female. Ancient DNA analysis of the amelogenin gene indicates that the 2- to 5-month-old infant (Burial A) was male. These results are exciting as sex of this infant could not have been estimated from the skeletal remains. The table below presents an overview of the human skeletal remains from this site.

Elkins Burials

Results of the mitochondrial DNA analysis (which traces maternal genetic lineages) classifies all five individuals as having European maternal ancestry. Interestingly neither of the adult females were the mother of the young infant, but the elderly male from Burial D shares the same mitochondrial DNA mutations suggesting that they are maternally related.

All of the adults show evidence for rigorous physical activity, and the older individuals suffered from osteoarthritis to varying degrees. The elderly male in Burial D was particularly affected by degenerative changes to his skeleton with fusion of multiple vertebrae in his neck and lower back due to extensive bony growths. The anterior joint of his pelvis, the pubic symphysis, was also completely fused and evidence for degenerative joint disease was found across his body. He had also suffered from a broken nose, a broken rib and a broken foot bone during life!

Dental health among these individuals was not particularly good. All adults had lost teeth during life and many of the teeth that remained had small to large cavities. Both adult males had pipe stem facets/grooves in the teeth of both males from clenching a pipe stem in the mouth. Chipping of the chewing edge of the canines was observed on the female of Burial G, suggesting she held hard objects such as straight pins between her teeth.

 

Burial C teeth with closeup of pipe stem groove (right).

Burial C teeth with closeup of pipe stem groove (right).

Burial D with close up of pipe stem grooves (right).

Burial D with close up of pipe stem grooves (right).