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A view from 141 South at the Exit for Route 52/Greenville. Lane closures run both directions due to construction in the median.

This website joyfully reported back in November 2018 that the epic multi-year road work that closed chunks of Rte. 141 through Greenville had largely been completed.  Then again in April we updated on construction that shut down use of ramps on and off of Kennett Pike.

We assumed then, incorrectly it turns out, that traffic hassles associated with this multimillion-dollar, multi-phase project were all in the rearview mirror of drivers of the heavily-used thoroughfare.  Not the case.

The big orange pylons and lane closures are back on 141, beginning on the south side of the Tyler McConnell bridge and running to the train trestle bridge over the four-lane highway near Barley Mill Road.

Work on the intersection of Montchanin Road and 141 has also reduced segments of Montchanin Road to one lane of traffic.

So when will the road finally be back to normal, full capacity operations?

DelDOT says the current lane closures associated with “median removal” are expected to be completed next week, by Thursday, July 25.  They “anticipate having all the road work completed by early September,” at which time the unsightly road construction materials and vehicles will be cleaned up and removed.   A spokesperson for the agency said much of the current work was part of the original contract, but that additional areas beyond the original scope of work were added to make the most of the contractor’s time on site.

 

A DelDOT spokesperson said the ongoing “Phase 5” work on 141 includes:   
–         Removal of the temporary crossovers and restoration of medians
–         Repaving the intersection of 141 and Lancaster Pike
–         Repaving the intersection of 141 and Montchanin Road

The spokesperson also said work to repair the stormwater pond just off Barley Mill Road will be undertaken, “once the remaining road work is completed.” This stormwater pond is located just off the southbound lanes of 141 after the railroad trestle near Barley Mill Road. DelDOT doesn’t anticipate any lane closures for that work, likely just the shoulder while the contractor is working there.

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