Delaware roadwork goes from day to night

Delawareans have spoken and their voices have been heard.

In response to numerous concerns from drivers, business owners and state lawmakers about traffic delays tied to daytime construction along Route 54 hindering access to local homes and businesses during the busy summer tourism season, the Delaware Department of Transportation is making some changes.

Instead of working during daylight hours, effective Tuesday, July 19th, through Labor Day, construction on the Route 54 Improvement Project will occur between 10pm and 7am Monday nights through Friday mornings. Also contractors will not perform any roadwork on Saturday, Sunday or holidays.

“While there will be some additional costs and project schedule changes associated with the temporary switch from day work to night work, DelDOT believes these effects will be minimal compared to the benefits of alleviating excessive traffic congestion for area residents and businesses during the remainder of the busy summer tourism season,” said DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt.

Residents should expect some work-related noise during the overnight hours, however, DelDOT says every attempt will be made to keep the noise at a minimum.

The $8 million project is expected to be completed next summer.

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