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).

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

August 11th, 2014

Sunday August 10, 2014 through Friday August 15, 2014

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 milling and paving of Route 26 between Central Avenue and West Avenue. Motorists
should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures along Route 26 between West Avenue and
Woodland Ave with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation as
well as traffic alternating through the signalized intersections 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 new drainage system between Woodland Avenue and West 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 alternating through the signalized intersections 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.

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

August 1st, 2014

Sunday, August 3 through Friday, August 8.

Begin 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 milling and paving of Central Avenue, north of Route 26. 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 from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Monday; and Monday evening through Friday morning from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Continue installation of new drainage system between Woodland Avenue and West Avenue.

Motorists should anticipate eastbound or westbound lane closures on Route 26 between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue 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 from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday; and Monday evening through Friday morning from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Continue work on the installation of the new drainage system between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue. Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging on Sunday from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday; and Monday evening through Friday morning from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Continue excavation of Storm Water Management Pond #332 located west of Route 17/Roxana Road and Storm Water Management Pond #333 located at Windmill Drive and Route 26.  No lane closures are anticipated for these construction activities.

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

July 24th, 2014

Sunday July 27, 2014 through Friday August 1, 2014

Begin milling and paving of Central Avenue, south of Route 26.  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 between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m. 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 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.

Continue installation of new drainage system between Woodland Avenue and West 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 work on the installation of the new drainage system between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue.  Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging 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.

Sunday August 3, 2014 through Friday August 8, 2014

Begin milling and paving of Central Avenue, north of Route 26.  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 between 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m. 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 8:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.

Continue installation of new drainage system between Woodland Avenue and West 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 work on the installation of the new drainage system between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane.  Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Grants Avenue and Old School Lane with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging 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.

 

Route 26 Alternate Routes – During Lane Closure Times

July 24th, 2014

As a reminder, lane closure times have changed and construction activities involving a lane closure will begin on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. and conclude on Monday morning at 07:00 a.m.  Additionally, Monday night through Friday morning, construction activities involving a lane closure will begin  at 8:00 p.m. and conclude on at 07:00 a.m. the following morning.

During these times, travel 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

 

Revised – Anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on the anticipated construction schedule and associated lane closures for work on the Route 26 Widening Project during the next two weeks. 26 Widening Project during the next two weeks.

July 18th, 2014

Sunday July 20, 2014 through Thursday July 24, 2014

Begin driving sheet piles at the southwest corner of Route 26/Cedar Drive for construction of new modular retaining wall.  No lane closures are anticipated for this construction activity.

Continue work on the installation of the new drainage system between Railway Road and Windmill Drive.  Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation 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 new drainage system between Woodland Avenue and West 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 work on the installation of the new drainage system between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue.  Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging 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 excavation of Storm Water Management Pond #332 located west of Route 17 (Roxana Road) and Storm Water Management Pond #333 located at Windmill Drive and Route 26.  No lane closures are anticipated for these construction activities.

Sunday July 27, 2014 through Thursday July 31, 2014

Begin installation of well points along the south side of Route 26 for sanitary sewer line expansion, west of Irons Lane.  No lane closures are anticipated for these construction activities.

Continue driving sheet piles at the southwest corner of Route 26/Cedar Drive for construction of new modular retaining wall.  No lane closures are anticipated for this construction activity.

Continue work on the installation of the new drainage system between Railway Road and Windmill Drive.  Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation 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 new drainage system between Woodland Avenue and West 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 work on the installation of the new drainage system between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue.  Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging 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 excavation of Storm Water Management Pond #332 located west of Route 17 (Roxana Road) and Storm Water Management Pond #333 located at Windmill Drive and Route 26.  No lane closures are anticipated for these construction activities.

 

Revised – Route 26 Project Update

July 18th, 2014

After careful review of the Transportation Management Plan that was developed as part of the SR 26 Mainline Project to assist in identifying the impacts of the construction of the SR 26 Mainline Project to the community and the traveling public, the Construction Management Team has decided to implement the following change to the lane closure restriction schedule. This change to the allowable lane closure schedule was made in an effort to minimize impacts to the community and the traveling public.

Since the implementation of night time lane closures on May 21, 2014, Construction Inspection staff have been closely monitoring traffic delays, specifically traffic queues and wait times during flagging operations immediately after setting up the lane closures.  On numerous occasions throughout the first half of the “on-peak” season, traffic queues with clearance times in excess of one hour have been observed.  In addition to the observations made by the Construction Inspection staff, the SR 26 Mainline  Construction Management Team has received concerns from both area businesses and residents.

Beginning Monday, July 21, 2014, the start of night time lane closures will be pushed back one full hour.  Construction crews will be permitted to close lanes of SR 26  each night from 8:00 PM to 07:00 AM, Monday through Friday morning.

 

Emergency Work To Close One Lane On Route 26

July 11th, 2014

One lane of Route 26 will be closed early Saturday morning for emergency roadwork.  Motorists should anticipate the westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.

 This emergency roadwork condition is the result of the heavy rains that the area has received during the past three nights.  Please plan to utilize an alternate route around this area if you need to travel on Route 26 between 12 a.m.  and 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 12.

 

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

July 3rd, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014, through Friday, July 11, 2014

 Begin work on the installation of the new drainage system between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road. Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

 Continue reconstruction of the Old Mill Road/Route 26 intersection. Motorists should anticipate   lane closures at Old Mill Road and 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 reconstruction of the Central Avenue/Route 26 intersection and water main relocation work 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 between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m. 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.

Continue work on the installation of the new drainage system between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue. Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging operation between 07:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Continue excavation of Storm Water Management Pond #332 located east of Route 17 (Roxana Road) during the day. No lane closures are anticipated for this work.

Continue excavation of Storm Water Management Pond #333 located at Windmill Drive and Route 26. No lane closures are anticipated for this week.

Monday July 14, 2014 through Friday July 18, 2014

Continue the installation of the new drainage system between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road. Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road with traffic alternating through the work zone utilizing a flagging operation between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m.

Continue work on the installation of the new drainage system between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue. Motorists should anticipate the eastbound or westbound lane of Route 26 to be closed between Cedar Drive and Grants Avenue with traffic alternating utilizing a flagging operation between 07:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Continue reconstruction of the Old Mill Road/Route 26 intersection. Motorists should anticipate   lane closures at Old Mill Road and 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 reconstruction of the Central Avenue/Route 26 intersection and the installation of the new drainage system 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 between 7:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m. 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.

Continue excavation of Storm Water Management Pond #332 located east of Route 17 (Roxana Road) during the day. No lane closures are anticipated for this work.

Continue excavation of Storm Water Management Pond #333 located east of Route 17 (Roxana Road) during the day. No lane closures are anticipated for this work.