Route 1/I-95 interchange project in Delaware moves forward

The Delaware Department of Transportation is moving forward with construction plans to improve traffic and give motorists better access to Route 1 and Interstate 95.

At this time, project leaders are planning to close Exit 4B on I-95 north to Route 7 northbound on July 16th.  However, prior to the closure, transportation officials will reach out to the general public to talk about the Route1/I-95 interchange project. Their goal is to inform area motorists about future work and upcoming ramp and lane closures. 

In fact, on July 10th an informational meeting will be held on the closure of Exit 4B at the Delaware Technical College in Newark from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. That’s where people will learn about a detour route for the project which includes the use of Exit 3B (Route 273) to Route 4 eastbound and return to Route 7 northbound.  Detour signs will be posted to remind motorists.

According to DelDOT, this phase of the project will add elevated connecting ramps from Route 1 northbound and southbound and I-95 southbound designed to create smoother merging patterns for drivers. The “fly-over” ramps are expected to ease major congestion on Route 1 and I-95.

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This work is all part of a multi-project Interstate Improvement Program where numerous construction projects have already taken place. To date, they include the reconstruction of the I-95 Toll Plaza in Newark, I-95 5th Lane Widening Project, Churchmans Road/Route 7 intersection, and Churchmans Bridge over I-95.  

Construction began in the Fall of 2011 and should be completed by the end of 2013.  

If you are planning on heading out to Christiana Mall, you can see a detailed map of how to exit the mall during the construction, here.

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