TRAFFIC ALERT - DelDOT Advises Motorists to be Prepared for Microsurfacing in New Castle County
Wilmington -- The Delaware Department of Transportation announces that construction work will soon begin to microsurface various roadways in New Castle County. Work can occur Monday through Saturday, primarily, anytime between the hours of 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., beginning the week of September 30 and ending late October, pending weather.
The following roads will be impacted:
Beaver Valley Road
Thompson Bridge Road
Lower Snuff Mill Road
Polish Row Road
Meeting House Road
Upper Snuff Mill Road
Old Public Road
Burnt Mill Road
Chambers Rock Road
Microsurfacing is a thin, tough layer of asphalt emulsion containing aggregate (rocks), water and mineral fillers. It is used to seal cracks and prevent moisture from penetrating the road base. This microsurface treatment is usually a two-day process. Once this material is applied to the road each day, there will be approximately a one-hour delay before it can be traveled or walked on. Please be alert for construction signage providing travel instructions, such as NO PASSING signs, especially when the contractor or flaggers are not present.
Each year, DelDOT must decide which roads will be resurfaced during the upcoming year. With a limited amount of funding, roadways in need of treatment are prioritized. The appropriate treatment must be selected in order to addr
ess the maximum amount of roads, thereby, stretching the available funding.
To help assess the needs of the roads, DelDOT rates the pavement conditions every year throughout the state. These conditions are analyzed to determine the best type of treatment to extend the life of the roadway. Treatments are chosen based on a variety of factors, including the current pavement condition, the ride quality, and the volume of traffic a road carries.
The contractor, NY Bit, will be placing notices on the doors of the locally affected residences and businesses. Flaggers will direct traffic with intermittent lane restrictions. Access for local residents and emergency response vehicles will be provided at all times.