I-95 Northbound Lane and Ramp Closures in Final Preparation for Phase 1 Traffic Pattern

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces to motorists that the final preparations to shift traffic to the I-95 Rehabilitation Phase 1 traffic pattern will require various closures on I-95 Northbound through Wilmington from Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes such as SR 2, SR 141, I-495 or US 13 to reach their destination. For additional information for the I-95 Corridor Project, please visit www.restorethecorridor.com.

TIMES AND DATES:

Thursday February 25, 10 PM until 5 AM Friday, February 26
FULL CLOSURE, I-95 NB from the I-495 Split to US 202 Interchange
CLOSED, Martin Luther King Boulevard WB to I-95 NB & SB

Friday February 26, 5AM until 10 PM:
REDUCED LANE CAPACITY, I-95 NB from I-495 Split to US 202 Interchange
OPEN, Exit 6 I-95 NB off-ramp to MLK Boulevard
OPEN, Exit 7 I-95 NB off-ramp to Delaware Avenue
OPEN, 10th St./Adams St. on-ramp to I-95 NB
OPEN, Adams St./Delaware Ave. on-ramp to I-95NB

Friday February 26, 10 PM until 6:00 AM Saturday February 27
FULL CLOSURE, I-95 NB between I-495 Split and US 202 Interchange
CLOSED, Exit 6 I-95 NB off-ramp to MLK Boulevard
CLOSED, Exit 7 I-95 NB off-ramp to Delaware Avenue
CLOSED, 10th St./Adams St. I-95 NB on-ramp (see Detour to I-95N on-ramp at Delaware Ave/Adams St. below)
OPEN, Adams St./ Delaware Ave. on-ramp to I-95 NB

Saturday, February 27, 6:00 AM:
I-95 NB AND SB TRAFFIC IN ‘CONTRA-FLOW’ PHASE 1 TRAFFIC PATTERN (reduced lanes I-95 NB and SB)
OPEN – All I-95 Southbound On- and Off-Ramps
OPEN – “New” I-95 NB Exit to MLK Boulevard Eastbound
OPEN – I-95 NB On-Ramp from Delaware Ave./Adams St. (adjustments to the ramp alignment to be done at a later date)

Detour signage will be posted. Motorists traveling through Delaware will be directed to use I-495 NB, motorists going into Wilmington will be directed to use I-495 NB to Exit 1, US 13 N, and motorists heading to US 202 will be directed to use I-95 NB to Exit 5B, SR 141 NB.


Icy Road Conditions Expected Saturday Night

As the evening hours approach, and surface temperatures continue to drop and frozen precipitation remains, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is advising against unnecessary travel due to the likelihood of icy road conditions across the state.

DelDOT crews continue to salt primary roads, however, freezing rain is more difficult to treat than snow. Freezing rain dilutes the effectiveness of salt faster than snow and can cause the road surface to rapidly freeze. Examples of primary roads across the state are I-95, Route 1, Route 9, Route 13, Route 26, Route 113 and Route 404.

Untreated secondary and local roads will likely be icy and caution is advised for anyone who must travel. Black ice can form instantly and create hazardous driving conditions.

Please stay tuned to your local forecast and further updates from DelDOT regarding this storm.


DelDOT Winter Storm Update #1

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) continues to prepare for the arrival of a statewide snow event. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for New Castle County from 7:00 a.m. Sunday to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, and Winter Storm Watch for Kent County and Sussex County from 10:00 a.m. Sunday to 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

DelDOT has brined roads across the state and prepared equipment ahead of the approaching storm and will be bringing in staff beginning Sunday morning to continue preparations.

At this time, DART also plans to operate fixed route and paratransit bus services as scheduled on Sunday, January 31.

The DelDOT snow plow tracker will be active during the storm and is available via the DelDOT smartphone app and www.deldot.gov under the interactive maps icon.


New 2nd Street On-Ramp to I-95 Southbound Opens

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that the new 2nd Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound in Wilmington has opened during the overnight hours on Wednesday, December 30. This was the first project related to the upcoming I-95 corridor rehabilitation project and was opened on schedule by contractor R.E. Pierson.

This nearly $20 million project, which began on April 15, 2020, removed the previous I-95 southbound on-ramps and bridge structures for the 2nd Street and Jackson Street ramps and built a new ramp configuration for access to I-95 southbound.

Additional left turn lanes have also been added on Lancaster Avenue to Adams Street and 2nd Street to the new reconfigured on-ramp. This new ramp will provide access to I-95 southbound for traffic leaving the city throughout the duration of the I-95 rehabilitation project while other ramps are closed for construction.

Traffic impacts for the I-95 rehabilitation project are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 12, 2021, with construction on the multi-year project beginning in March. For more information on the project visit restorethecorridor.com


DelDOT Calls Attention to Employee Injuries, High Number of Overall Fatalities

For the second time in two weeks, a DelDOT employee was seriously injured on Harris Road near Townsend in New Castle County yesterday while mowing grass. The employee was flown to the hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained and remains hospitalized. The driver was charged with driving without a license, not having insurance, and inattentive driving.

“We are seeing far too many people driving unsafely and now have had three employees injured in just the past two weeks by motorists not taking basic actions like slowing down when approaching our workers on the road,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan. “Beyond the safety of our employees, the number of overall fatalities happening on our roads is unacceptable. There is no excuse for it, and we are all responsible for our actions behind the wheel and will be held accountable for the injuries and damage that are caused by not being safe and courteous drivers.”

“Emergency responders and roadside workers put themselves at risk every day to help people who are in need of emergency assistance or whose vehicles are broken down,” said Cathy Rossi, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “To ensure safety, the best thing drivers can do is slow down significantly and when possible move over when they see flashing lights, further protecting emergency responders and those they are helping on the side of the road. Whether this is a police officer, ambulance, fire truck or someone fixing a tire or working on a tow, slow down, move away and change lanes to create safe space around them. Their lives are on your shoulders.”

Despite seeing several months of traffic volumes down 50 percent or more statewide, there have been 91 automobile fatalities as of October 1, which is just three less than the same time period in 2019. There have also been 19 pedestrian fatalities year-to-date, with the most recent occurring on September 30, compared to 22 at this time last year. October is designated as Pedestrian Safety Month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.