Route 1 Bridge Work Begins Sunday, September 22, 2019


DelDOT announces that several projects in the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Corridor will be resuming or beginning construction as peak travel season concludes. The majority of the work will be taking place on SR 1 and includes:

SR 1 Bridges over Lewes-Rehoboth Canal

  • Beginning the evening of Sunday, September 22, 2019, the northbound bridge lanes will close and contraflow will be in place for traffic on the southbound bridge with two southbound lanes and one northbound lane available.
  • After the northbound bridge is completed, the traffic pattern will shift and the southbound bridge will be closed and contraflow pattern will be in place for traffic on northbound bridge with two northbound lanes and one southbound lane available.
  • All lanes of traffic will be open during daytime hours by May 2020.
  • More information on this project is available here.

SR 1 Forgotten Mile/Dewey Beach Paving and Sidewalk Improvements

  • This project, which began in spring 2019, will resume on Monday, September 23, 2019 and continue until April 2020 and require intermittent lane and sidewalk closures.
  • Work area begins at Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and ends at Tower Road.

SR 1 Cross Pipe Replacement Project South of Dewey Beach

  • Cross pipe replacement projects under SR 1 at Bedford Street and Hazlett Street will require closure of SR 1 just south of Dewey Beach.
  • One direction of SR 1 will close to allow existing pipe to be dug up from under road.
  • Contraflow pattern will be in place with one travel lane available to traffic in each direction.
  • This project is expected to begin in November 2019, and last for several weeks. More information will be shared as project details are finalized.

Rehoboth Drawbridge Rehabilitation

  • Nightly lane closures through September 19, 2019.
  • Operational testing of new drawbridge electrical system and grid deck repairs will take place in spring 2020 after end of lane restrictions on SR 1 Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Bridge project.

Signs and message boards will be posted throughout the area alerting motorists to the lane closures and shifts as a result of this work.

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