WDEL ALERT: I-495 bridge fully open

495 NB open again, bridge restored
By Michelle Provencher

Updated Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 7:03pm

With no fanfare, I-495 northbound re-opens to traffic Saturday, fully restoring normal traffic in both directions of the major interstate.

DelDOT says work constructing new underground support columns and realigning the 495 bridge has been completed ahead of schedule.

"Fully reopening this vital economic link in Delaware and along the northeast in less than three months is a testament to the hard work and dedication of so many individuals," said Governor Markell.

The I-495 Bridge, which spans the Christina River, was shut down in both directions on June 2nd after being ruled unsafe. The southbound lanes reopened July 31, well ahead of the Labor Day weekend deadline transportation officials had set.

DelDOT says the bridge typically served 90,000 vehicles per day.

The cost of the construction project, that's being paid for mostly with federal funds, is reportedly $45 million.

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