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Multiple Bridges in Western Sussex Close

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- If you've driven in western Sussex County, you've probably noticed bright orange construction and detour signs.

That's because four major bridges have closed in the Blades, Seaford, Bethel, and Laurel area--making driving in the area extremely difficult.

This includes the Front Street Bridge that connects Seaford and Blades--a bridge in Laurel on Central Avenue--Woodland Ferry and the Bethel Bridge over Broad Creek that is set to close next Monday.

People like Robert Fountain who lives nearby says these closures have impacted his bus stop near the Laurel Bridge.

"My bus stop is right here, but I have to get dropped off at Carvel Gardens which is down the hill you know, like a few blocks away but I have to walk up that hill every time," he said.

This is not only an inconvenience for locals, but for emergency responders as well, who say these bridges connect them to nearby areas and will delay their response times.

Ron Marvel with the Seaford  Fire Department says detours could take them back onto US 13 into more traffic.

"We would like the public to know the move over law, pay attention, crack your window a little bit in this area so that you can hear our sirens and see our lights," he said.

Jeff Hill with the Laurel Fire Department agrees, and says this may be a problem when they call in other stations for fires.

"If it's a structural fire, we get Sharptown, Delmar, Gumboro, Millsboro, those companies that don't run our territory all the time."

Companies that may be unfamiliar with detours, and may have to take more time to find their way around. 

The Laurel Bridge has been closed for nearly a year, locals say and is set to reopen soon. The Bethel Bridge is set to close down next Monday, weather-permitting. 



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