NOTE: This story has been updated to add a project on Philadelphia Pike.
An I-95 off-ramp will soon be closed for about a month for bridge sandblasting and painting.
The Delaware Department of Transportation is now scheduling the closure of the Naamans Road off-ramp at Exit 11 from 6 a.m. Aug. 3 through 6 p.m. Aug. 28, pending weather delays.
The project had been previously scheduled to start July 20 and July 27. The latest version of the schedule cuts the timetable down from five weeks to four.
Travelers heading north will be directed to use Exit 10, heading east on Harvey Road and then north to Philadelphia Pike before reaching Naamans or, for points west, taking a short cut along Darley Road.
A nearby section of Philadelphia Pike will be closed roughly the same time for bridge demolition and sewer installation. The work is scheduled to run 7 a.m. Aug. 3 through 3 p.m. Sept. 3.
The second closure covers Philadelphia Pike between Alcott Avenue, which leads into the Knollwood neighborhood, and Naamans Road. The work is part of the project to move the Claymont railroad station a few blocks north to the site of a a former steel mill.
Travelers on Philadelphia Pike will be directed to use Darley and Naamans roads to bypass the closed section.
The closure is inconvenient now, but will pay off, says AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“DelDOT has been making improvements to infrastructure up and down the state, and while such temporary closures can be annoying for drivers in the short term, the long term benefits include a better, safer and more efficient transportation experience for everyone,” said AAA’s Ken Grant.
The bridge work is one of multiple DelDot projects for the I-95 corridor:
- In June, DelDOT received a $56.8 million federal grant that advances the schedule for work on Exit 1, with Del. 896. The three-year project is focused on reducing congestion and improving safety.
- Starting this winter at Exit 2, DelDOT plans to relocate the I-95 southbound ramp onto Del. 273 westbound and provide a signalized intersection.
- Construction work is expected to run through fall on Exit 9 to add turn lanes at the intersection of Marsh and Carr roads and improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
- A contractor this spring began removing the Jackson/Second street on-ramp, at Exit 6 in Wilmington. A new on-ramp is expected before the end of 2020.
- Replacement of the Chapman Road bridge over I-95, north of the travel plaza, is expected to run through next summer.
- Reconstruction of Del. 141 over I-95, at Exit 5A/5B, is expected to run through 2022.
Work on bridges between I-495 and north of the Brandywine River Bridge is being broken into multiple contacts, which DelDOT says will “minimize the long-term lane closures on I-95 to two years.”