Written on: August 29th, 2011 in Route 54
Night work operations for pipe installation continue until Labor Day.
For more information, please visit the project website at www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr54_mainline/index.shtml.
Written on: August 29th, 2011 in Indian River Inlet Bridge
The form traveler from the north side of the bridge was successfully lowered onto a barge and sent to Virginia for disassembly on Monday August 15. All deck sections on the north side are now complete. Work continues on the first of 3 remaining segments on the south side of the inlet. The closure pour that will connect the two sides of the bridge is expected to occur in late October. The scheduled availability to traffic remains at the end of 2011. The roadway approaches to the new bridge are also progressing well. We recently started the process to place “foamed concrete” which is a light weight fill material, behind the abutment on the south side of the inlet. Some paving of the approach roads has also occurred.
For more information, please visit the project website at irib.deldot.gov.
Written on: July 15th, 2011 in Route 54
See updates to the work schedule for Route 54 Improvement Project by visiting http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr54_mainline/index.shtml.
Written on: July 15th, 2011 in Elkton Road
Amstel Avenue between Elkton Road and College Avenue in Newark is closed. The contractor has started construction of a box culvert, and is scheduled to re-open Amstel Avenue in August prior to the start of the fall semester for University of Delaware. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in December 2012.
The northbound highway speed EZ Pass lanes were opened on June 22 and the southbound lanes were opened overnight on June 25/26. Governor Markell and Senator Carper took a tour of the facility on July 1. We are happy to say we had no significant traffic backups on the July 4th weekend. There is minor punch list work to complete that should not significantly impact traffic. A ribbon cutting event is currently scheduled for July 25.
The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced that Cherry Hill Construction Company from Jessup, Maryland has officially been awarded the contract to reconstruct and reconfigure the Route 1 & I-95 Interchange. The project is expected to be completed in a little over 2-years, which is a full year earlier than anticipated. Cherry Hill Construction submitted a bid of $85.7 million. Work is expected to begin in early September 2011. To mitigate traffic impacts, the contract was procured using an A + B bidding format. The contractor bids his proposed construction costs (the “A” Portion) and his proposed contract duration in calendar days (the “B” Portion) when he submits the bid. The number of calendar days is then multiplied by a user cost (determined from a user delay calculation that takes into account traffic, potential detours, delay impacts etc). The Department determines the best value by combining the construction costs and the dollar value of the time. The contractor is only paid the “A” portion for the work performed and is held to the “B” portion for a completion time. This major project will add high speed connecting ramps from both northbound Route 1 to northbound I-95 and from southbound I-95 to southbound Route 1. This work is the last phase of a multi-year, multi-project Interstate Improvement Program that has included work at the Churchman’s Road and Route 7 Intersection, the replacement of the Churchman’s Bridge over I-95; the fifth-lane widening project, and the reconstruction of the I-95 Newark Toll Plaza.
Christiana Mall Bridge
H-piles for the center pier footing will be installed this week. The bridge deck rehabilitation work along I-95 over SR 1 for Bridge 716 will continue the week of July 11 using nighttime lane closures in the SB I-95 direction. SB SR 1 will be closed at the I-95 interchange for bridge painting containment installation and structural repairs on the SB SR 1 piers. The project is currently on schedule. Work is scheduled to be complete on this project at the end of the year.
Permanent striping operations continue on the “exit” ends of the toll northbound and southbound plazas. Initial striping of the lengthy north approach to the southbound plaza (one half mile south of the rest area to SR 896) was scheduled for the week of June 13. Acceptance testing for the new tolling systems was scheduled to be complete on Tuesday, June 14. Installation of the remaining overhead signage, final striping, topsoiling, work on the overhead gantry, and punch list items will continue through the end of June. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2011.
Written on: June 16th, 2011 in Indian River Inlet Bridge
North main span stay segment 14 of 19 has been completed; south main span stay segment 13 of 19 to be completed this week. Several concrete pours are scheduled this week including: north edge girder pour on form traveler, two deck pours on form traveler (one north and one south), south ballast area deck pour, north abutment deck pour, north ballast cell three (3) of six (6), and north approach span barrier concrete pours. Work continues to progress as scheduled with the anticipated availability to traffic occurring by late 2011.
Indian River Inlet Bridge Approach Roads Phase II and Bridge Demolition
Traffic is currently in one lane in each direction in its final configuration for this phase of work. The contractor is currently preparing to start excavation work on the new roadway approaches. The project is expected to be complete in mid-2013.
Written on: June 16th, 2011 in Route 54
Beginning Friday June 17, there will be a change in the Route 54 work schedule since the project will be continuing through the summer. The Route 54 project is to widen the roadway between Route 20 and the Mallard Lakes development – it will include improved left turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks. Allowing work to continue will bring the project to a close by June of 2012. However residents, visitors, and business owners are concerned about delays and, starting this week, the contractor will only be allowed to use lane closures from 6 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday. Work can continue on Fridays, however it would be on the shoulders and not impeding beach-bound Friday traffic. When the summer traffic volume decreases, then the contractor will again work Monday through Friday.
Written on: June 16th, 2011 in Elkton Road
Amstel Avenue between Elkton Road and College Avenue in Newark will be closed starting on Monday, June 20, and end on Friday, July 15, pending weather. The contractor will construct a box culvert, install water and sewer mains, construct ADA curbs with sidewalks, and pave the roadway. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in December 2012.