Traffic delays expected from Delaware Memorial Bridge work next month

WILMINGTON, Delaware– Motorists are being warned to expect traffic delays as a major construction project to completely rebuild the Delaware Memorial Bridge’s driveway begins next month.

The News Journal reports that the project will remove the top two inches of the north (New Jersey-facing) side of the bridge deck and replace it with an “ultra-high performance concrete,” according to the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

The first phase of the project will close two lanes of the Delaware side of the bridge to traffic and close a third lane overnight. The remaining two lanes will be open to traffic, as well as a bypass lane that will direct traffic around the site. The bypass lane is for traffic bound for the New Jersey Turnpike only.

In the second phase of the project – probably from February 1 to May 25, 2023 – the two left lanes will be closed along the entire length of the bridge.

The third phase, scheduled for September 5 through November 21, 2023, will close the right two lanes of the New Jersey side of the bridge.

Drivers traveling south on the Delaware Bridge are unlikely to experience major traffic changes since nearly all construction is on the New Jersey side. But DRBA said motorists “should expect traffic congestion and delays en route to New Jersey.”

The project, which also includes the replacement of relief joints and expansion joints, is expected to cost $71 million.

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