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Lanes will be shut on a stretch of Lancaster Pike near the Cannery for new pedestrian access improvements

A $3.6 million project to improve pedestrian access and sidewalk connections along Lancaster Pike from West Court Drive to DuPont Road will close lanes for months ahead.

The work will begin on Monday, May 18, 2020.  The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) said motorists can anticipate daytime lane and shoulder closure on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Route 48/Lancaster Pike.

The project also includes re-pavement of Lancaster Avenue from east of Route 141 to Union Street.  The construction is anticipated to be complete late-February 2021, pending weather.

 

DelDOT also announced it was working with the City of Wilmington on a water line relocation project beginning Friday, May 8, 2020 that will require travel lane changes on I-95 for the next several weeks. Three drinking water transmission mains servicing City residents and businesses will be relocated from underneath the 10th Street Bridge which spans the interstate to an underground trench that will be dug under I-95.

The moving of a water line under I-95 will cause lane shifts and closures for weeks

This work will impact both the northbound and southbound lanes. The project will happen in two phases and will affect both the northbound and southbound lanes. To minimize traffic disruption, some of the work will be conducted 24-hours a day and seven days a week.

 

Phase One is scheduled for Friday, May 8 through Monday, May 18:

  • During this phase, both directions of traffic will experience lane shifts to allow for the digging of an underground trench in the center of the roadway and the placement of water mains.
  • From Friday, May 15 to Monday, May 18, both directions of I-95 will be reduced to a single travel lane.

 

Phase Two is scheduled for Monday, May 18 through the end of June

  • During this phase, lane shifts will occur for two lanes of through traffic in each direction as the trench is dug on the outside areas of the roadway on each side of the interstate.
  • The Adams Street I-95 northbound on-ramp and the North Jackson Street I-95 southbound on-ramp will also have short-term closures during this phase of work beginning June 1, and detours will be posted.

Motorists not destined for the Wilmington area are strongly advised to use I-495 as an alternate route during this work to avoid delays.

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