Wilmington’s Jackson Street on-ramp will close forever on Monday

I-95 Jackson Street on-ramp to be closed Monday.

Drivers will have to make U-turns at Martin Luther King and Justison Street to get to access to South I-95 after the Jackson Street on ramp is closed.

The I-95 southbound on-ramp from North Jackson Street in Wilmington will be permanently closed beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

The ramp will be demolished. Since the Second Street on-ramp was removed in May, motorists in the area who want to enter I-95 southbound need to use Martin Luther King Boulevard. 

A new Second Street on-ramp to I-95 is scheduled to open in December, weather permitting.

 

The work on this entrance is part of the I-95 Restore the Corridor Wilmington Project, which is expected to run until the summer of 2023. 

Wilmington’s website contains a real-time map on the closures, according to DelDOT.

You first have to agree to all the terms and conditions to see the map, which color-codes key areas. Brown is for new work. Road closures/work (the map doesn’t differentiate) are yellow for gas work, gray for road work, blue for water work, purple for sewer work and magenta for other work.

 

DelDOT is posting signage for detours to I-95 southbound, all of which involve driving 1,000 feet down Martin Luther King Boulevard and making a U-turn at Justison Street. That turn lane, which can handle a half-dozen vehicles on the green arrow, often backs up already. 

The detours:

  • Lancaster Avenue to Martin Luther King Boulevard and make a U-turn at Justison Street to access the I-95 southbound on-ramp.
  • North Jackson Street, left onto Martin Luther King Boulevard and make a U-turn at Justison Street to access the I-95 southbound on-ramp.
  • Second Street, left onto North Jackson Street, left onto Martin Luther King Boulevard and make a U-turn at Justison Street to access the I-95 southbound on-ramp.

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