Wilmington – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces the first project related to the I-95 corridor rehabilitation project will begin on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
This project will remove the existing I-95 southbound on-ramps and existing bridge structures for the 2nd Street and Jackson Street ramps and build a new ramp configuration for access to I-95 southbound.
Additional left-turn lanes will also be added on Lancaster Avenue to Adams Street and 2nd Street to the newly reconfigured on-ramp.
The 2nd Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound will close on Saturday, May 2, 2020, and will remain closed for the duration of the project. The Jackson Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound will close in August 2020.
There will be nighttime intermittent lane closures from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday to Friday, and road closures during certain phases of this construction. Traffic alerts and variable message boards will be posted to alert motorists of scheduled road closures.
The contractor for the nearly $20 million project is R.E. Pierson Construction, Inc., and is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020.
The Delaware Department of Transportation has released its plans for the revamp of a six-mile section of Interstate 95 that passes through Wilmington.
The planned three year I-95 viaduct project will begin in 2021 and is expected to cause major traffic delays.
The viaduct bridges (BR 1-748, 748N, and 748S) and the Brandywine River Bridge (BR 1-759) are in fair condition with a lot of repair needs to extend the lives of the bridges. The ramp bridges were all constructed at the same time as the mainline bridges and also have repair needs that can more easily be addressed under the Maintenance of Traffic schemes provided during this project.
The mainline concrete pavement between the viaduct and Brandywine River Bridge is beyond its service life and in need of reconstruction. The signage and lighting along the corridor is substandard. The median barrier is severely deteriorated with several areas having been destroyed through vehicular impact, and the guardrail needs to be upgraded to current standards. The mainline bridges were identified as needing work through the Bridge Management System, and the remaining items are more easily achieved under the maintenance of traffic scheme provided under the needed repairs of the bridges. The highest priority bridges are ranked on the 2017 DelDOT Bridge Deficiency List (out of 1625 total bridges) as follows: Bridge 1 -748 is ranked 146th, Bridge 1 -748N is ranked 59th, Bridge 1 -748S is ranked 94th, and Bridge 1 -759 is ranked 99th. By rehabilitating these bridges, the Department will be improving its data associated with meeting the performance measures associated with bridge condition, specifically percentage of bridges in poor or fair condition and percentage of deck area in poor condition for bridges on the NHS.
Design and Planning
Construction Start Date: Spring 2021
Construction End Date: Spring 2024
Preliminary design is underway. Portions of the mainline contract have been broken out into smaller contracts that will be done in advance of or after the mainline contract. These additional contracts will help minimize the long-term lane closures on I-95 to two years. The contract for the construction of the new Second Street ramp and removal of the existing Jackson Street and Second Street ramps is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019. The contract for removal and replacement of overhead and cantilever sign structures is also anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019. The mainline contract is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021. The contract for the repairs of the existing substructures will begin after the mainline contract, which will likely be in late 2023. Public outreach is underway and will continue with workshops and community meetings.
For more information on the I-95 Wilmington rehabilitation project visit de.gov/i95rehab.