What was originally scheduled as a 45-day closure for the full deck replacement of the Basin Road bridge over US Route 13, near New Castle, finally lifted more than 120 days later.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), made the long-awaited announcement on Monday, March 26, 2018.
The advisory was subsequently verified firsthand by C.R. McLeod, DelDOT's Director of Community Relations, who confirmed that southbound traffic was once again using the crossover, following morning striping operations.
The northbound lanes were scheduled for a full reopening by later that same afternoon.
DELDOT STATEMENT ON REOPENING OF ROUTE 141 BASIN ROAD BRIDGE:We are very happy to announce that the Route 141 Basin Road Bridge over Route 13 has reopened to traffic this afternoon. This project has been a major inconvenience for area residents and businesses. Specifically, DelDOT offers its apologies to Airbase Carpet Mart and Arner’s Restaurant for the disruption this closure has caused to their businesses. This project has been frustrating for all stakeholders, and while the bridge has reopened, it is important to note that additional work will continue into the spring and temporary lane closures will be necessary at times in order to complete the remaining work.
During the bridge rehabilitation, the contractor, Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc., discovered asbestos conduit pipe in the sidewalk structure of the bridge, which first had to be remedied by a separate firm. With the extended project timeline, crews were then forced to resume their work during the depth of the winter months.
Now completed, the bridge boasts a brand new concrete surface, achieved through a series of prefabricated deck panels, an enclosed pedestrian walkway on the north side of the bridge, and a slightly raised underpass to eliminate oversized vehicle strikes.