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Repaired Kent Co. Bridge Still Closed, Despite Being so Close to Completion

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WYOMING, Del. (WBOC) - Drivers in Kent County have been dealing with the full closure of part of DE 15 in Wyoming for two months. Some are annoyed as the project stalled a bit just before completion.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says part of the bridge had reached the end of its design life and needed replacement. That's what led to the closure.

Now, with work is so close to being done, the bridge and road remain closed.

Wayne Davis lives in south Dover and had used the bridge on DE 15 on a regular basis.

"We use it for church services," he said. "We attend a church right here - Wyoming United Methodist Church."

Davis says churchgoers aren't alone in dealing with the two-plus-month-long closure.

"School buses use it on a daily basis. People who go back and forth to work use it on a daily basis," Davis said. "It's one thing if you know it's going to be two months. But when it goes past two months, it's just a big inconvenience."

It's an item that requires little work that is holding things up. DelDOT says work on the bridge began in early July and should have been done in early September.

In mid-September  the bridge looks complete, except that there's nothing where guardrails should be.

Jason Hastings, a bridge design engineer with DelDOT, says a sub-contractor has had trouble getting necessary materials.

"They were supposed to have been completed last week. They got delayed. They should be out there on Wednesday."

That means a basically done bridge has just been sitting there waiting on a job that Hastings says would only take a day.     

"We hate to see issues like this - especially in this situation, where the work is done, with the exception of one minor piece of work. But it's critical. Obviously, we install guardrail for the safety of the traveling public."

Davis understands the safety concerns. He wants to use the bridge already.

"They've done a good job on the bridge, an excellent job. But someone should have known beforehand they were going to have a problem with the guardrails and had a Plan B," he said. "Just get it open, so it won't be such an inconvenience."

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