August 19, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

August 19th, 2013

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 week, during evening hours, the contractor will finish paving and grading/seeding of the medians.

 DelDOT wishes to thank everyone for their patience during this project.

August 16, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

August 16th, 2013

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.

August 15, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

August 15th, 2013

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 trench compactor.

Also on Wednesday, August 14, the remaining concrete sidewalk was installed, as well as the curb opening on the westbound lanes on each side of the track.    Hotmix asphalt patching was placed between the existing roadway and newly installed curb.     Work remaining consists of placing the ADA compliant rail crossing section and the island on eastbound lane east side (this was removed to facilitate U-turns for the travelling public).

Last night (Wednesday, August 14), the contractor graded the roadway adjacent to the tracks and placed asphalt on the eastbound and westbound lanes west of the tracks.

Today, Thursday, August 15, Norfolk Southern will set grades on the rail replacement and compact under tracks.  The contractor will install the pipe extension at the drainage outlet and will grade and place hotmix on the east and west bound lanes east of the track.

Construction is progressing very well.


August 14, 2013 – US Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

August 14th, 2013

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 effort was made by all, and because of this the railroad itself was prepared for the day’s work.  The railroad company removed all the tracks across Route 40, excavated all the saturated material, placed stone, compacted and then paved under the tracks.  Next, they placed and rolled ballast stone and started to set track panels all by 5pm on Tuesday, August 13.

Due to the storm, the tracks on the Shellpot Line were washed out in one area.  Therefore, railroad traffic in Delaware was shut down most of the day on Tuesday, August 13.   The railroad company was definitely under pressure to get this track open.  Trains (including ones using the Route 40 tracks) resumed operation in the evening hours of August 13.

As for site conditions, material that had been placed in the road box in the railroad’s right-of-way will need to dry out, but that should not delay any major work activities.  

After the storm passed, it was beautiful day, which gave the contractor the opportunity to move forward with the following work:

  • placed the remaining concrete sidewalk
  • finished the median crossover
  • completed curb work for the most part, with only the tie-in areas at the track remaining to be done (which cannot be completed until the railroad work is totally finished)

The rain did put the contractor slightly behind schedule, but the railroad company has been outstanding and their work has saved time in the overall contract.  If work progresses well today (August 14), the contractor should be back on schedule by the end of the day.     Work today, August 14, includes setting the casing pipe under the rail and completely tying in the new drainage system.

August 13, 2013 – US 40 Railroad Crossing Update

August 13th, 2013
Crews prepared the curb area for concrete

Crews prepared the curb area for concrete

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 the 30” casing pipe connecting the drainage system together and then began cleaning up their work site

Other work included:  continuing prep work for curb, gutter and sidewalk installation on the westbound lanes, west of the tracks, and placing base asphalt patching between the newly installed curb line and the roadway on the east side of the tracks.

Norfolk Southern has begun rail replacement work.  Work is progressing well.


August 12, 2013 – US 40 Railroad Crossing Update

August 12th, 2013
US Route 40 Railroad Crossing work occurs simultaneously with train traffic

US Route 40 Railroad Crossing work occurs simultaneously with train traffic

On Saturday (night), August 10, 2013, Mumford & Miller continued working, between train traffic, to complete the following:

-Almost all pipe and drainage inlets have been installed

-Completed 159 feet of piping

-Excavation of roadway box on east side of US 40.

-Utilized two excavators, backhoe, dozer, frontend loader, two dump trucks and a trench compactor to complete the work

On Sunday (day), August 11, 2013, Mumford and Miller continued to excavate the roadway box, placing material in the roadway box, and did some overall site cleanup.

Work is progressing on schedule.

August 8, 2013 – Route 40 Railroad Crossing Update

August 8th, 2013
Route 40 Railroad Crossing

Route 40 Railroad Crossing

Despite the somewhat rainy weather this week (August 5-9, 2013), work on the Route 40 Railroad Crossing Replacement Project did begin. The contractor, Mumford and Miller, who will be doing the drainage and paving work, began testing/locating of utilities, clearing the area, placing riprap at drainage outlets and were able to complete the first 16 feet of drainage pipe on August 5 and 6.

On August 7, contractor installed 172 feet of 24” concrete drainage pipe, and the first of eight drainage inlets.

All this week’s work is being done off of the roadway during nighttime hours, and therefore traffic on Route 40 is not impacted this week. Additional detour signs were also posted this week.

Beginning Friday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m., the full closure of the Route 40 railroad crossing will go into effect. It will remain closed around the clock for two weeks, unless work is completed sooner. It is scheduled to reopen August 26 at 5 a.m. This will allow the contractor and Norfolk Southern to work to replace the tracks and continue drainage and paving work.

Look for daily updates on this closure beginning Monday, August 12, 2013.

US Route 301 Archaeology Update

July 24th, 2013

Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111)

Cross-section of a well excavated in the late 1980s

Cross-section of a well excavated in the late 1980s
at the Thomas Williams Site near Glasgow.


Versar continues to collect information on previously excavated wells from all over the state of Delaware. Last month we reviewed more than 100 archaeology reports prepared for DelDOT over the last 30 years.  That review found that at least 50 wells have been identified across the state as a result of archaeological research conducted in advance of highway improvements. Wells have been found on historical home sites, farmsteads, dairy farms, stores, and blacksmith shops dating from the mid-1600’s through mid-1900s.  Materials used in the construction of these wells included wood timbers, barrels, stone, and brick.  The wells consist of both square and round shafts, with round being the most common form. This month we will visit the Archives of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs in Dover.  There Versar researchers will review reports from non-DelDOT sponsored archaeological investigations.  We plan to examine reports conducted by other state agencies, federal agencies and the military, universities, or by volunteer community groups such as the Archaeological Society of Delaware.

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Spring 2013 Project update

July 11th, 2013

The northbound I-95 to northbound Route-7 ramp was opened in May 2013.

Structural steel beams for the bridges was delivered throughout the spring and is all in place. Construction continues on the rest of the bridges, decks, overpasses, roadway paving, and retaining walls.

 The project is about 80 % completed.

 The northbound Route-1 to northbound I-95 flyover ramps and the southbound I-95 to southbound Route-1 flyover ramps will be opened during the Fall.

SR26 Advanced Overhead Utility Relocations

July 3rd, 2013

DelDOT’s self-imposed July 1 deadline for lane closures along SR26 has come and gone, and as planned utility companies have completed their scheduled work on time. This means that as of July 1, 2013 lane closures will no longer be required for overhead utility relocation work along Route 26. Overhead utility relocation work will continue through the summer, but without the need for lane closures. Delmarva Power and Verizon will continue to work on underground services, street light installation, moving facilities from old poles to new poles, and old pole removal. Thanks to the hard work of Delmarva Power, Verizon, Mediacom, and their sub-contractors, nearly half of the project’s utility relocation effort has been completed! DelDOT would like to congratulate Delmarva Power, Verizon, Mediacom and their sub-contractors on reaching this important milestone in the SR26 project. DelDOT would also like to thank the traveling public along Route 26 for their patience and understanding during this difficult operation.