141 Basin Road Bridge Construction End Date Moved To 2018

New Castle – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced today that construction on the SR 141/Basin Road bridge will continue into January 2018.

The closure of the bridge went into effect on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The more than $15.5 million rehabilitation project of the 62-year-old structure has been necessary as the bridge had required repeated deck patching efforts as a result of deck punch-throughs over the last several years, each of which resulted in road closures while the holes were patched. Raising the vertical clearance is also necessary to significantly reduce truck hits on the bridge structure.

Since construction began in October, the project has encountered a number of issues that have interrupted the original project schedule. During the initial demolition work, asbestos conduit pipe was discovered inside both the north and southbound sidewalks that had not been identified in the project plans for appropriate removal and disposal. As a result, the contractor needed to pause demolition so all of the pipe, about 1200 feet total, could be safely removed before continuing demolition. Additionally, technical issues with the project schematics have impacted the work schedule.

“Work on the bridge continues to uncover unforeseen issues that our design consultant, McCormick Taylor, and contractor, Mumford and Miller, are addressing. These issues must be resolved before the decking can be placed and the roadway reopened,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

DelDOT will continue to provide updates as the project moves forward.

Source: DelDOT

November Statement

New Castle – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced yesterday that construction on the SR 141 Basin Road bridge will not be completed as planned before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Since construction began in October, the project has encountered a number of issues that will extend the closure of the bridge. During the initial demolition work, asbestos conduit pipe was discovered by the contractor inside both the north and southbound sidewalks that had not been identified in the project plans for appropriate removal and disposal. As a result, the contractor needed to pause demolition so all of the pipe, about 1200 feet total, could be safely removed before continuing demolition. Additionally, technical issues with the project schematics have also impacted the work schedule.

DelDOT is working with its contractor, Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc., and its design consultant, McCormick Taylor, Inc. to address these issues and keep progressing on the project.

“While every project can present unexpected issues, we know this is an important roadway and not meeting our completion goal is extremely frustrating to DelDOT and more importantly to the community. At this time, we hope to reopen the roadway to traffic by year’s end and are working hard with all parties involved to meet that goal,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

The closure of the bridge went into effect on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The more than $15.5 million rehabilitation project of the 62-year-old structure has been necessary as the bridge had required repeated deck patching efforts over the last several years, each of which resulted in road closures while the holes were patched. Raising the vertical clearance is also necessary to significantly reduce truck hits on the bridge structure.

Source: DelDOT

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