There’s been a hubbub of work around the I-95/Route 1 interchange construction site over the past few weeks, and soon, motorists may be more inconvenienced than ever.
Currently, the biggest headaches involved in the remaking of the interchange has been changes in patterns and periodic lane closures. At the end of January into the start of February, DelDOT will close the highway in order to install the steel beams that will become the base of the flyover exit ramps when the project is done.
Highway officials are warning drivers of a potential for major backups.
Weather permitting, the first lane closures will go into effect Monday, January 28 through Thursday, January 31. Then Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, the southbound side of I-95 will be closed at Exit 4A from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. each night. The left three northbound lanes will be closed at Exit 4A at the same time.
The following week, February 4-7, southbound lane restrictions on I-95 will be in effect from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Then on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, the northbound side of I-95 will be closed at Exit 4A from 10 p.m until 10 a.m.
The new interchange is designed to eliminate one of Delaware’s most notorious trouble spots for commuters. The current interchange forces drivers headings southbound on I-95 down a hairpin exit ramp before merging with traffic on southbound Route 1/7. The new interchange will send those drivers on an exit ramp that crosses over the top of the existing lanes of I-95 and should not cause the slow down that creates major rush hour backups.