“Superstorm” Sandy has shifted plans to shut down traffic north of Wilmington in the next several days after extreme weather conditions from the storm halted construction work last weekend.
The closure will affect drivers on Interstate 95 at the interchange with Rt. 202 starting November 9th around 8 p.m. and should reopen before Monday’s rush hour traffic begins. Flashing signs are already up along the roadway warning commuters who take that route to plan ahead. The shut down of I-95 will take place in both directions and will close the ramps between I-95 and Rt. 202 during the same time.
Delaware transportation officials say drivers should follow the posted detours to get where they want to go, but the closure of a major artery for travel in the region will likely cause major delays for motorists. DelDOT is strongly recommending for drivers trying to head through the state on I-95 to use I-495 around the city of Wilmington as an alternate.
The 202 interchange project will include widening the ramp from 95 NB to 202 NB from one lane to two lanes. The southbound lanes of I-95 will also be lowered to allow greater clearance under the 202 overpass to eliminate a clearance problem from taller trucks.
The work, which got underway late last year, is expected to be finished by December 2014.