In light of the I-495 bridge closure, the City of Wilmington is encouraging motorists to follow various detours to minimize traffic-related headaches.
The Delaware Department of Transportation made the call on Monday after a bridge inspection revealed satisfactory conditions. Several ramps between Exit 2 and Exit 3 are now closed, including the 12th Street ramp onto I-495 South, the Terminal Avenue ramp onto I-495 North, the US-13 Northbound ramp to I-495 North and the I-295 Southbound ramp to I-495 Northbound.
Emergency repairs are already underway, but motorists will still be able to get around. Here are the city’s suggestions for detoured drivers.
I-495 Southbound at 12th Street:West on 12th Street to Spruce Street south; South on Spruce Street to Christiana Avenue south; South on Christiana Avenue to Terminal Avenue west; West on Terminal Avenue to I-495 south ramp.
I-495 Northbound at Terminal Avenue:I-495 North to Exit 2 Terminal Avenue; Terminal Avenue West to Route 9 south (New Castle Avenue); South on Route 9 to I-295 south; South I-295 to I-95 north; North I-95 heading north (Pennsylvania)
Trucker Route Information to Terminal Avenue from I-95 South:I-95 South to I-295 North (New Castle / DE Memorial Bridge); I-295 North to Route 9 (Wilmington); North Route 9 to Terminal Avenue
Drivers are also encouraged to download Northbound and Southbound detour maps to help with their commute.