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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: November 21st, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

As we noted in one of our earlier blog entries, the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111) was excavated by archaeologists from Richard Grubb and Associates in 2011.  As a result of their evaluation study, the Grubb researchers determined the site to be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.  One of the features […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Skeletal Analysis of Burials from the Elkins Site (7NC-G-174) The unmarked burials were excavated to avoid destruction from the US Route 301 highway project, and the discovery and analysis are being conducted in accordance with state law.   The human skeletal remains recovered from five burials associated with the Elkins Site are in the process of […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111)Versar’s recent research into wells is telling us that they represent a very old  and very conservative technology.  The earliest wells that have been documented archaeologically are from Cyprus.  These wells were dug about 10,000 years ago into hard, chalky sediment to reach deep, underground streams that flowed […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

August was a busy month for the Dovetail lab, with the Warwick collection being our top priority. The Warwick site is located at the very southern tip of the Route 301 corridor; it is actually in the State of Maryland rather than Delaware, requiring coordination with both states. The site dates from the Late Archaic […]


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August 22, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

Written on: August 22nd, 2013 in Railroad CrossingsRoute 40

Here is your final update on the Route 40 Railroad Crossing Replacement Project.  Final concrete work has been completed for median island.  Concrete work now complete. The remaining pavement in the median removed and final grading completed.  Restoration of median is now complete.  Final surface paving completed in the east bound direction and one lane […]


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August 19, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

Written on: August 19th, 2013 in Railroad CrossingsRoute 40

The Route 40 railroad crossing reopened as of Saturday, August 17th at approximately 8pm.  While the roadway and crossing have reopened to traffic, there will be limited lane closures in the area to complete the final paving. The lane closures will take place this week (August 19-23) from 7:30pm until 5am. Track work, drainage and sidewalks are complete.  This […]


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August 16, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

Written on: August 16th, 2013 in Railroad CrossingsRoute 40

Norfolk Southern is finalizing the railroad grades on the Route 40 Railroad Crossing Project.  Contractors are continuing paving work on the site, with paving tie-in work occurring today, tonight and through the weekend. Overall work is progressing very well.


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August 15, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

Written on: August 15th, 2013 in Railroad CrossingsRoute 40

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 during the day, the contractor completed the final drainage pipe run under the railroad tracks.  All drainage across Route 40 is now fully operational.  To complete the work they utilized two superintendents, two operators, two skilled laborers, and three unskilled laborers along with excavators, a backhoe, a frontend loader, and a […]


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August 14, 2013 – US Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

Written on: August 14th, 2013 in Railroad CrossingsRoute 40

On August 13, 2013, New Castle County received a heavy storm which flooded the Route 40 area.  The tracks were completely flooded across the entire roadway.  However, the newly installed drainage system worked very well, which allowed the contractor to get the water level down considerably.  They diverted it through the new system.  A concerted […]


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August 13, 2013 – US 40 Railroad Crossing Update

Written on: August 13th, 2013 in Railroad CrossingsRoute 40

On August 12, Mumford & Miller continued working between train traffic to: Completely excavate the roadway box on both east and west sides of US40 Completely install drainage inlet basins Completely install underdrain pipe Completely install concrete drainage pipe Completely backfill pipe trenches Complete placement of base stone in all roadway areas Worked to install […]


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