Newark, Delaware bridge on Casho Mill Road gets new warning signs after 7 crashes this year

NEWARK, Delaware (WPVI) – Despite warning signs and flashing lights, people can’t stop crashing into a railroad bridge in Newark.

So DelDOT tries something new – rubber balls called “Clankers”.

“Looks like bouncing hop balls hanging from a post so everyone knows the actual height,” neighbor Ben Long said.

That’s how they work.

“Gumballs hanging over the roadway at the level of the bridge and this is a mechanism for vehicles to know they are over level and hit the bridge when they hit the Klanker,” Lt. Andrew Rubin of the Newark Police Department.

Police say the railroad bridge underpass on Casho Mill Road in Newark, Delaware, has been a problem for years. A height of 8 feet 7 inches is required for passing vehicles. According to the police, 14 accidents were reported in 2021 and seven so far this year.

Dilcher tells Action News that he’s seen multiple accidents involving U-Haul and Penske trucks. Other neighbors say they’ve gotten used to seeing trucks crashing into the bridge.

“Just last week I saw a trailer truck that couldn’t get through. Had to back up, but now traffic is backing up in both directions,” Long said.

The hope is that these collapses will be enough to divert larger trucks and keep traffic moving.

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