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Removal of the Damaged Piers Underneath I-495 Bridge in Del. is Underway

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WILMINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Department of Transportation says construction crews have begun dismantling the damaged piers below the Interstate 495 Bridge.

DelDOT says the four piers that will be removed are no longer supporting the weight of the bridge because the structure now rests on a new and stronger subsurface foundation topped by temporary steel towers and header beams.

The I-495 fully bridge re-opened to drivers at the end of August, about a week ahead of schedule after crews were able to successfully realign the bridge that spans across the Christina River.

DelDOT says dismantling the piers involves sawing the piers into sections of concrete and lowering them to the ground.  The process is time consuming and is expected to take several weeks to complete.  Once removed the concrete will be crushed and recycled.

DelDOT says new piers will eventually be erected in place of the old ones, and the weight of the bridge will be transferred to the new support system.

DelDOT says the entire project remains on schedule for completion late this year.

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