Even without Isaias, I-95 travel this week means a lot construction, change

Interstate 95 as it passes Christiana Mall

Interstate 95 as it passes Christiana Mall

Multiple construction projects might slow, complicate or detour travel on Interstate 95 and nearby routes in New Castle County this week.

The projects probably with the greatest potential impact are overlapping work at Del. 141, with lane, highway and exit closures.

Projects are “pending weather,” which could be an issue this week as Hurricane Isaias heads north. 

 

The Delaware Department of Transportation has installed signs alerting travelers about the projects, and detour signs are at the ready. 

The work leads into the Restore the Corridor Wilmington Project, which is expected to run until the summer of 2023.

Here are the highlights, from north to south:

 

Claymont

The Naamans Road off-ramp at Exit 11 was scheduled to close Monday until 6 p.m. Aug. 28.

A section of Philadelphia Pike, between Naamans Road and Alcott Avenue, will close 7 a.m. Monday through 3 p.m. Sept. 3 for bridge demolition and sewer installation.

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.

 

Brandywine Hundred

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.

Wilmington

he I-95 southbound on-ramp from North Jackson Street in Wilmington will be permanently closed starting 7 a.m. Monday.

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.

 

Near Newport

Nighttime lane closures are scheduled 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for cantilever sign foundations. Closures cover southbound lanes on I-95 between I-295 and Del. 141, Exit 3B (Del. 41 northbound to I-95 southbound) and Exit 5A (I-95 southbound to Del. 141 southbound).

Nighttime closures of I-295 southbound, I-95 southbound and exits Exit 3B (Del. 141 northbound to I-95 southbound) and 5B (I-95 southbound to Del. 141 southbound) are planned for bridge work. Closures run 8 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. Nighttime closure of Exits 3B and 5B is also scheduled 8 p.m. Aug. 10 to 6 a.m. Aug. 11 for bridge beam section installation. Reconstruction of Del. 141 over I-95 is expected to run through 2022.

 

Later 

In June, DelDOT received a $56.8 million federal grant that advances the 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.

Work on bridges between I-495 and north of the Brandywine River Bridge is being broken into multiple contacts, to “minimize the long-term lane closures on I-95 to two years.”

 


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