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Some Del. Roads Remain Closed After Sandy

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DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Department of Transportation on Friday provided an update on road conditions across the state and also released its most recent list of road closures across because of Hurricane Sandy.

According to DelDOT, most of Delaware's transportation system is in working order: traffic signals are operational; DART transit service and ParaTransit are on normal operating schedules; DMV and tolling operations have resumed.

DelDOT crews are continuing to inspect and work on approximately a dozen roads statewide that were closed due to high water, fallen trees or utility lines. DelDOT said it has also nearly completed all of our bridge inspections.

Route 1 at the Indian River Inlet

  • DelDOT projects that we it will reopen Route 1 Sunday morning.
  • RT 1 at the Indian River Inlet – especially on the northern side, this area sustained major flooding during the storm.
  • Since Tuesday after the storm, crews comprised of personnel from DelDOT, DNREC, Sussex County Conservation District and the National Guard have removed almost all of this material using 25 pieces of heavy equipment.
  • The roads on the northern side of the inlet were covered by approximately 675,000-cubic-feet of sand moved since work began Tuesday. It weighs about 40,000 tons; 1.4 million 50-ponund bags of sand. 
  • Most of the remaining work on the road requires a slower pace. This includes creating and cleaning storm ditches and drains, and clearing sand and debris from guard rails.
  • DelDOT officials met with state and federal lawmakers to discuss plans for fortifying the barrier sand dunes along RT 1 to protect the road from future erosion.   
  • The full details are still being worked out, however, DelDOT said it will be installing approximately 1,000 feet of steel sheet piling along the ocean side of RT 1 , north of the bridge as part of our protective efforts. This work will be done under an existing contract as soon as the necessary material can be obtained.  The cost will be funded 80 percent by federal dollars.
  • Before during and after the storm, the Indian River Inlet Bridge itself was not at risk, according to DelDOT. The bridge was built to withstand storm energy far in excess of what was experienced this past week. 

Prime Hook Road

  • DelDOT crews began work on repairing the road Thursday at 9 a.m. and are hopeful the road will open sometime Saturday.
  • There is damage to a total of about 1,000-feet of road and shoulders, in various sections.  DelDOT still has concerns about tidal flooding, but the work is going well.

Below is the most recent list of road closures across the state:

New Castle County

  • FOX DEN RD BETWEEN PAPERMILL RD AND POLLY DRUMMOND HILL RD - OPEN
  • COX NECK RD OPEN - OPEN
  • RT 9 AT DOBBINSVILLE – OPEN
  • CHRISTIANA MAIN ST  - OPEN
  • CLARKS CORNER RD – OPEN
  • OLD AIRPORT RD AT NONESUCH CREEK – CLOSED
  • RT 9 NORTH FROM PORT PENN RD TO THORNTOWN RD – STILL CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER
  • RT 9 AT THE TWIN BRIDGES IN ODESSA – HIGH WATER SIGNS REMAIN FOR TIDAL FLOODING
  • OLD CORBIT RD – PASSABLE – BARRICADES HAVE BEEN REMOVED BUT HIGH WATER SIGNS REMAIN
  • OLD STATE RD – PASSABLE - BARRICADES HAVE BEEN REMOVED BUT HIGH WATER SIGNS REMAIN
  • DUTCH NECK RD IS STILL CLOSED DUE TO EROSION FROM STORM

Sussex County

  • RT 1 AT INDIAN RIVER INLET BRIDGE IS CLOSED UNTIL APPROXIMATELY NOON ON SUNDAY, NOV. 3– PENDING COMPLETION OF STORM CLEANUP AND INSPECTION
  • PRIME HOOK FROM CODS RD TO END OF ROAD – CLOSED – MAY REOPEN ON SATURDAY AT NOON TO LOCAL TRAFFIC
  • TUCKERS RD BETWEEN FAWN RD AND SAW MILL RD – CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE
  • RIVER RD BETWEEN RD 297 AND DE 24 – STILL CLOSED DUE TO  HIGH WATER
  • WEST LINE RD BETWEEN DE 54 AND HUDSON RD  - CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE
  • BLUEBERRY FARM RD SOUTH OF WOODPECKER RD – CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE
  • FRED HUDSON RD –OPEN
  • LIGHT HOUSE RD FROM RT36 TO THE END – OPEN
  • FOWLER BEACH RD – CLOSED INDEFINITELY
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