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Route 9 Rail Crossing Repairs Postponed Due to Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Bridge

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - A DelDOT project that was expected to close part of Route 9 for almost a month has been postponed until further notice due to damage to a bridge miles away.

Rail crossing repairs were set to begin this Friday, September 30. The repairs would have closed Route 9 at Cool Springs Road, shutting down a major thoroughfare between Georgetown and Lewes. DelDOT Community Relations Officer Jim Westhoff says they made the decision to postpone the repairs after damage to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal bridge was discovered a few weeks ago. He said there appeared to be damage to the under supports, and possibly structural damage. No rail traffic will be allowed on that bridge until repairs are made. 

DelDOT Spokesman Geoff Sundstrom told WBOC that it may take three years for the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal bridge to be open to rail traffic again. He said the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal bridge pivots in the center and swings to allow foot traffic. It then connects to a pier on the east side of the canal for trains to pass through. Sundstrom said that the pier that connects to the pivoting bridge has been sinking on one side. He estimates it's dropped eight to nine inches, meaning the bridge cannot properly connect to the pier to allow safe rail passage. 

It's not clear at this point what caused this damage. 

Westhoff told WBOC that once the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Bridge damage is assessed, a plan for repairs can be made. After that, DelDOT can look re-examine the Route 9/Cool Springs Road repairs. 

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