Substation Road to close for crossroad pipe replacement

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) this week alerted motorists that the removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe will close Substation Road between Burbage Road and Beaver Dam Road in the Ocean View area until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Weather could postpone the closure to Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

The detour route for the closure will use Substation Road onto Burbage Road to Windmill Drive onto Central Avenue to Beaver Dam Road and return to Substation Road for southbound traffic and the reverse for northbound traffic.

DelDOT officials explained that crossroad pipe replacements replace old deteriorated pipes that carry water from one side of the road to the other. Most of the time, they are corrugated metal pipes that have rusted through and have holes in them, they said.

Once they get holes in them, they said, the fill dirt that supports the road can be lost. That can create a sinkhole in the road and can actually cause the pipe to collapse if it is not replaced. Sometimes they carry streams and tax ditches, and sometimes roadway drainage ditches. DelDOT replaces them with reinforced concrete pipes or HDPE (or plastic) pipes.