Delaware driving alerts as Sandy moves closer

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDot) has put out a road alert for motorists this weekend.  Key among them is the closing of the ramp to Route 202 will not take place.

 

Here are the things DelDot want you to know.

DelDOT storm preparation activities 

Maintenance crews are clearing storm drains of brush and debris along major roads that are prone to flooding.
Construction crews have begun removing un-needed equipment that could become a problem during the storm.  This includes traffic cones and barrels. They are doing this to eliminate any possible hazards resulting from high winds. 
In Sussex County near the beaches, crews and contractors are removing a number of overhead signs (a list of those locations is below).
Crews are also securing temporary traffic signs at construction locations, so these will resist being blown over by wind.
DelDOT is requesting that political campaigns do what they can to remove political signs along state roadways prior to the arrival of the storm; especially large signs that may become airborne.
If wind speeds reach a sustained 40 mph, DeDOT will begin pulling its forces off state roads.  If winds reach a sustained 50 mph, DelDOT will begin closing major bridges throughout the state. 

 

Construction projects this weekend 

Work on the Route 1/I-95 interchange will proceed as planned this evening, but will be suspended tomorrow morning.
Repaving work on some lanes on I-95 will proceed tonight as planned.
The planned closing of I-95 at the Route 202 will not take place this weekend as previously announced.  The work will be rescheduled for a future weekend.
Other than in special circumstances, such as the previously described work on I-95 and RT 1, DelDOT contractors typically don’t work during the weekends. 

 

DART and Paratransit

DART First State operates in all three counties in Delaware, and is preparing for a possible storm event for next week.  A special management personnel matrix has been developed to insure adequate staff coverage. 
Paratransit customers are urged to stay tuned to weather reports and be prepared for service interruptions should weather conditions deteriorate. 
If a State of Emergency is declared, fixed route and paratransit service will be suspended.   However, if such a declaration occurs mid-day, DART will continue to operate as long as safe road conditions and resources permit.  In the event of any service interruption, DART will issue Rider Alerts to riders who subscribe to the service, and to the media. 
DART Operations employees are considered essential personnel and DART maintains a list of operators who can be readily available for extra duty.
Customers should stay tuned to Rider Alerts, DART’s website and local media for further updates

  

Bridge Safety

 

DelDOT’s bridge staff is gearing up for inspection operations throughout the state. Both DelDOT and DNREC are lowering water levels at various dams to reduce the threat of flood waters.

 

Indian River Inlet Bridge and Route 1 at the beach

Beach and dune erosion remains an ongoing concern for Route 1 throughout the inlet area. However, the new approach roads to the Indian River Inlet Bridge are approximately 100 feet further west than the approaches to the old bridge.  
Due to probable flooding and / or high winds, it is likely that Route 1 from Dewey to Bethany Beach, including the Indian River Inlet River Bridge, will be closed at some point during the storm.

 

Tolls

All state toll roads are operating as usual and there are no plans to waive tolls at this time.

 

Closures after the storm

Once the storm is over, some roads and bridges may remain closed due to concern for their safety.  The public is instructed not to remove DelDOT barricades on any roads and bridges, even if flood water subsides.  These closures are necessary because they must be inspected and possibly repaired prior to reopening.

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