Written on: May 23rd, 2011 in Indian River Inlet Bridge
Concrete pours using the form traveler continue with nine of 24 total sections having been completed. Other bridge building activities continue to progress as scheduled with the anticipated availability to traffic occurring by late 2011.
Currently, the Phase II traffic pattern is in effect. Route 1 northbound and southbound will be in dual single-lane traffic in the existing northbound lanes in the area of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. All median turn lanes in this area are closed. As a result, Turn Point Road and Inlet Road (also known as Marina Road) will no longer be accessible from northbound Route 1. Access to Turn Point Road and Inlet Road will be available via southbound Route 1 only. Access to northbound Route 1 from Inlet Road and Turn Point Road will be via U-turn at 3R’s Road. Access to the south Beach Day Area will continue uninterrupted from the northbound lanes. Detour signs are posted around the work zone to redirect traffic to their desired destinations. The posted speed limit is 35 MPH through the work zone.
Written on: May 23rd, 2011 in Elkton Road
Phase 3 is scheduled to begin on May 31st. This phase is the disincentive period where the contractor must reconstruct the northbound lanes of Elkton Road before the University of Delaware’s fall semester begins in August. The City of Newark has added sanitary sewer work to the project that may delay our contractor’s work. Work is scheduled to be complete in December, 2012.
Final surface paving for northbound cash lanes (north and south of the plaza) continued throughout the week of May 16, weather permitting. Installations of northbound overhead sign structure trusses between the Maryland state line and the toll plaza were rescheduled to begin Thursday night, 5/19/2011. A left lane closure of southbound I-95 is needed to complete the exterior work on the west side of the overhead gantry. Custom glass panels are being installed on the overhead walkway (northbound satellite plaza). Sunday work is anticipated through Memorial Day weekend, but should not involve lane closures. Building activities were accelerated to meet a target date of 5/19 for beginning of southbound EZ Pass lanes operational testing of the tolling system. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2011.
The contractor is continuing to aggressively pursue work on the project by working seven days a week. Tasks include excavation for the stormwater management ponds, drainage installation, placing fill material for Ramp G1, and sheet pile installation for the Christiana Mall pond should begin by the end of the week. The contractor has placed the concrete for one abutment wall and will complete the backwall this week. Form work for the wingwalls should begin this week. Within the next few weeks, rehabilitation work on the I-95 bridges over SR 1 will begin. Work is scheduled to be complete on this project at the end of the year.