The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.
Bridge inspection planned
DelDOT’s annual bridge inspection will require daytime lane closures on Route 1 approaching both sides of Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet.
Work will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 16 through May 9.
Inspectors from Transystems will rappel from cables to inspect the bridge.
Northbound sidewalk closures will occur intermittently from April 16 to 25. Personnel will inform pedestrians how to safely cross the work zone.
Southbound Route 1 will have right lane and shoulder closures beginning Monday, April 28. Motorists should use caution and look for bridge inspectors and traffic shifts.
No lane or shoulder closures will occur April 18 to April 20, Easter weekend.
Fenwick to see fiber optics work
Installation of a fiber optic cable in Fenwick Island will bring with it about 2 miles of intermittent lane and shoulder closures along Routes 1 and 54.
Work by Kriss Contracting will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, April 4 to May 26. There will be no Friday work on April 18 or at any time after May 18.
The project will “upgrade some of the fiber optics — basically, so we at the Traffic Management Center here in Smyrna can communicate with the traffic signals,” said Monroe Hite, traffic design engineer. About 2.65 miles (14,000 feet) of fiber line will replace existing conduit along the Route 1 median and north side of Route 54.
DelDOT cameras monitor traffic on Route 1 (at James Street, Dagsboro Street and Carolina Avenue) and Route 54 (at Route 1, Dukes Avenue and Lincoln Drive) and their views can be seen on DelDOT’s website.
Nine Foot Road closes
West of Dagsboro, a new bridge over Whartons Branch is coming to Nine Foot Road, between Revel Road and Blueberry Lane.
Work will run from 6 a.m. Monday, April 14, until 7 a.m. Friday, May 30.
Contractor George & Lynch will remove and replace the existing metal pipe arches with a precast concrete box culvert. Additional work will include minor reconstruction of the roadway approach, installation of guardrail as needed and placement of riprap in the stream to prevent erosion.
Message signs will advise motorists of the closure and detour. The posted detour leads from Route 113 northbound onto Route 24 westbound and back to Nine Foot Road. The local detour for light trucks, cars and farm equipment is via Raspberry Road onto Blueberry Lane.
All projects are weather-dependent. For additional information, visit www.DelDOT.gov.