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.


DelDOT Announces Opening of New Christina River Bridge and Approach Roads at Wilmington Riverfront

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that the new Christina River Bridge and approach roads at the Wilmington Riverfront has opened to pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle traffic as of 2:00pm today. The new access roads and bridge improve multimodal traffic flow around the Wilmington Riverfront and provides direct access to Route 13 and the southeastern side of Wilmington.

The nearly $50 million project, which broke ground in June 2017, includes a 470-foot multi-modal bridge over the Christina River that includes two 12-foot travel lanes and a separated 14-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian path, and more than 1.5 miles of new and improved roads, sidewalks, and parking. The new access road for the Russel W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge will begin construction later this summer.

An opening event will be announced in July.


Dover Man Convicted in Rape and Assault Case

Wilmington shooting leads to prison time

A 35-year-old Dover man has been convicted for sexually assaulting and beating his girlfriend. A Superior Court jury found Isaac Pierce guilty of Rape First Degree, Kidnapping First Degree, Strangulation, Assault Third Degree, and Terroristic Threatening. In September 2018, while arguing with the victim, Pierce beat, strangled, and raped the woman while holding her against her will. Pierce faces a minimum of 17 years in prison when sentenced by a judge in February 2020. Deputy Attorneys General Kathleen Dickerson and Kevin Smith prosecuted the case with assistance from social worker Lorraine Freese and special investigator Lavincent Harris. Detective Jeffrey Gott of the Dover Police Department led the investigation.

A 2018 shooting that left two men seriously injured has led to a 10-year prison sentence for the man who shot them. Deputy Attorneys General William Leonard and Jillian Schroeder secured the sentenced for Jameel Anderson, 38, of Wilmington. In November 2018, Wilmington Police on patrol in the city heard what they believed were gunshots. A ShotSpotter notification led them to the area of 23rd and Jessup Streets where they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. Other officers on their way to the scene were stopped by another man at the intersection of Vandever Avenue and North Pine Street who told officers he had just been shot. Anderson pleaded guilty in October to 2 counts of Assault Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. A Superior Court judge sentenced Anderson to 10 years in prison, followed by 2 years of probation. Paralegal Caitlin Lynam and social worker Kristen Fluharty-Emory assisted with the prosecution. Detective Steve Bender from the Wilmington Police Department was the chief investigating officer.


Inaugural DSSC Cares Family Fun Day Oct. 26 in Wilmington

NEW CASTLE (Sept. 10, 2019) – The Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) will host its inaugural DSSC Cares Family Fun Day at Herman Holloway Park/Compton Park in Wilmington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. In the case of rain, the event will be held at the Bancroft Elementary School, 700 N. Lombard St., Wilmington.

“I am excited about the Division of State Service Centers hosting the inaugural DSSC Cares Family Fun Day in Wilmington,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker. “By engaging with residents, we can promote and help build resiliency in individuals and communities, so more people and families can thrive.”

DSSC Cares Family Fun Day is a community-oriented and family-focused event during which social service, health care and other related organizations and businesses will join with members of the community to promote access to health and human services, and educate, engage and empower individuals, families and communities. Staff from local and state agencies and nonprofits will be on hand to provide interactive activities and information about services that build individual and community resiliency for Delaware residents.

The event will also feature free food and entertainment for all ages, including a live performance by Mike Hines and The Look, bounce houses, face painters/balloon twisters, a juggler and games. The day will also serve as a way to observe “Make a Difference Day,” a national observance that emphasizes community service and volunteerism.

Attendees will be able to participate in a community service project designed to provide DSSC Cares bags, which will be distributed to those in the local community experiencing homelessness.

“We are so excited to bring a great array of entertainment, food and vendors at no cost to the local community,” said Renée P. Beaman, Director of the Division of State Service Centers. “Our Division is fully committed to promoting resources and providing an event that unites the community in a day of family fun and festivities.”

For additional information, contact Faith Mwaura at 302-255-9691. Information is also available via the DSSC website. 

With 15 statewide locations, the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) serves as a one-stop-shop housing an array of public/private health and social service partners. The goal of DSSC is to promote access to Delaware’s health and human service system. The Division is part of the Department of Health and Social Services, which strives to improve the quality of life for Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

For more information about the Division of State Service Centers, please visit us at the DSSC website or contact us via email at DHSS_DSSC@delaware.gov or via telephone at (302) 255-9675.

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The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.


New Castle woman arrested by DNREC Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit for illegal dumping

The logo for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental ControlWILMINGTON – Following an investigation into complaints of illegal dumping in the area, Natural Resources Police Officers with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a New Castle woman May 31 for illegal dumping of AA batteries at the intersection of Concord Pike and Powder Mill Road in Wilmington.

Kristen V. Hayward, 37, was charged with three counts of littering. Hayward was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 in New Castle, and ordered to pay restitution to the Delaware Department of Transportation for cleanup.

Residents are encouraged to report illegal trash dumping to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 48, No. 145