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


Winter Weather Awareness Week – December 7-11

Smyrna, DE – As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, we must be reminded of the hazards winter brings. Every year, winter weather conditions such as snow and freezing temperatures cause deaths, injuries, illnesses, and property damage in Delaware. Last year’s mild winter is not an indicator of what’s to come this year, so the time is now to brush up on some winter weather terminologies and start preparing.  Being prepared can help save lives, prevent injury, and save money.  To encourage everyone to prepare for the impacts of winter, December 7 through 11 is Winter Weather Awareness Week.  

 

For Winter Weather Awareness Week, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and PrepareDE are partnering with the National Weather Service-Mount Holly, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and the University of Delaware Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (CEMA).  During Winter Weather Awareness Week, participating agencies will provide information via social media, explaining the risks associated with various types of winter hazards (snow, ice, extreme cold, etc.) and provide tips on how to prepare for these extreme conditions.  They will also be sharing fun facts about past weather events in Delaware.   

 

During Winter Awareness Week, we encourage all Delawareans to become familiar with common risks during the winter months. Be prepared for snow and icy conditions that could impact travel on roadways, make sure you have emergency kits in your vehicle and at home, and ensure your home and vehicle are prepared for the extreme cold temperatures the state often experiences. Be prepared to bring your pets/animals inside in the event of a winter storm and freezing temperatures.  

 

While Delaware did not experience any significant snow or ice impacts this past winter season, DelDOT wants to remind motorists to slow down and adapt their driving to the road conditions, give our plows plenty of space on the roads, and take the time to remove snow and ice from their vehicles before traveling. The free DelDOT mobile app also provides access to more than 100 cameras statewide to view current road conditions before traveling.

 

“DelDOT has already begun preparations and will be ready to respond to any winter weather event. We encourage all motorists to take the time during Winter Awareness Week to assess the condition of their vehicles and be prepared for whatever this upcoming winter may bring,” offered Nicole Majeski, Acting Secretary of Transportation.

 

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and people moving indoors due to the colder temperatures, continue to practice COVID-19 precautions; wear a mask, avoid large in-door gatherings, self-quarantine and get tested if you have any symptoms or have come in contact with a someone who has COVID-19, and wash your hands often. 

 

To stay informed this winter, please utilize the following resources and give these agencies a “like” and “follow” on all social media platforms:  

 

National Weather Service-Mount Holly for weather conditions and will issues winter storm warnings: 

DelDOT to check road conditions before travel: 

DEMA 

PrepareDE for tips on how to be prepared this winter for and all hazards in Delaware: 

Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (CEMA) 

 

Follow Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Jeff Sands, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, 302-659-2211.