WILMINGTON, Del.- Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has eased driving restrictions imposed in advance of Hurricane Sandy, although several streets and roads across the state remain closed by flooding.
Effective as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Markell lifted the Level 2 Driving Restriction and instituted a Level 1 Driving Warning throughout the state. Highway crews, troopers and other emergency officials began inspections of road conditions in early morning hours and will continue those efforts throughout the day. Because of heavy flooding and other damage, the previously-designated evacuation areas are still in effect and should not be entered at this time.
Although motorists are permitted to return to the roads, drivers are advised that many highways and streets remain closed as a result of storm-related damage. The high tide cycle that will move up the ocean coast and then the Delaware Bay and River between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday may cause additional flooding and closures.
"Without minimizing the very real damage and destruction caused by this storm, particularly in our coastal areas, it thankfully appears that Hurricane Sandy did not cause the widespread statewide damage that the forecasts predicted as recently as yesterday afternoon," Markell said. "For that reason, it is appropriate to scale back driving restrictions across our state, while keeping the evacuation order in place in our hard-hit coastal and other flood-prone areas."
Law enforcement and local officials will be preventing access to those areas until assessments can be made. City and county officials will decide when access to those areas will be allowed.
"Although travel will be possible through much of the state this morning, this is not a signal for people with homes and businesses in the seriously flooded areas to head back to check on damage. Access will be restricted in those areas while damage is assessed," Markell said.
According to the governor, the state is remaining under a Level 1 Driving Warning due to numerous road closures for flooding, signal outages, and remaining impacts from both the storm and Tuesday morning's high tides that may cause additional flooding in some areas.
All drivers are urged to exercise particular caution in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and to be mindful of the road closures set forth below. There are also at least 16 traffic signals that are out, so motorists should be careful.
DART Transit Service will begin a "Saturday" level of service at 10 a.m. DART Paratransit will resume at 10 a.m., however will only be making medical trips. Tolls on I-95 will resume at noon and on Route 1 at 3 p.m.
List of Road Closures And Water On Road from DelDOT:
DE54 between Van Buren Ave & DE 1 – water on road
Old Landing Road between DE 1 & Marsh Road – water on road
Iron Branch Road near Possum Park Road – water on road
Long Neck Road between Pot Nets Road & Massey Landing Road – water on road
DE 54 between DE 1 & Harpoon Hanna's – water on road
Oak Orchard Road at River Road – water on road
Chiefs Road between Road 297 & Road 312 - water on road
DE 24 between Bay Farm Road & Long Neck Road – water on road
State Forest Road between Bowden's Garage & Gravally Branch Road – water on road
Road 556 between Stein Highway & Road 556 – water on road
Line Road between Stein Highway & Line Road – water on road
Road 579 between Road 579 & Deer Forest Road – water on road
Atlantic Avenue between Central Ave & Canal St – water on road
Fawn Road between Road 5656 & Road 611 – water on road
RT1 is closed between Dewey Beach and RD360 (Fred Hudson RD – North of Beathany Beach) Due to High Water
Oyster Rocks RD is closed beginning at RT1 for the entire stretch of road with barricades allowing residents to leave, but not return.
Prime Hook RD is closed beginning at RT1 Due to High Water
Fowler Beach Road is closed until further notice due to erosion between the Slaughter Creek bridge and the bay.
Cedar Creek drawbridge is close until further notice.
Route 1 is closed between Route 54 and Route 26.
Long Neck Rd between Rd 22C to Masseys Landing – Closed
Savannah Rd. at Lewes Drawbridge – Closed
Reed St; Bellview; Collins St. at Dewey limits, the whole road. – Closed
Chandler Street at The town limits – Closed
Magnolia St. in Milton at The town limits – Closed
Front Street in Milton at The town limits – Closed
Rt 5 Union St. at The town limits – Closed
West Line Rd. between Hudson Rd to Lighthouse Rd – Closed
Rt 16 between Graves Farm Rd. to Beach – Closed
Main St. Frankford – Closed
Beaver Damn rd – Closed
Gum Rd – Closed
Snake Road between Mt Pleasant & Woodland Ferry Road – high water
Market Street between Delaware Drive & First St – roof in roadway
S301 between DE 24 & Phillips Branch Road – high water
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:39:06 GMT
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