Virtual Workshop:

Foulk Road over South Branch Naamans Creek (BR 1-032)

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Welcome to the Delaware Department of Transportation's virtual workshop. The goals of the virtual workshop format are to make it easier for more people to view the project information, and to reduce the costs involved in traditional public workshops. This was a workshop regarding the replacement of Bridge 1-032 on Foulk Road over South Branch Naamans Creek, west of Ardentown in New Castle County.

[Location Map] Bridge 1-032 was identified by DelDOT's bridge management section as being in need of replacement. The bridge is located on Foulk Road over South Branch Naamans Creek, west of Ardentown in New Castle County.

[End Elevation] Bridge 1-032 is a reinforced concrete beam bridge on concrete abutments. It has concrete wingwalls, headwalls, and sidewalks as well. There is a metal railing guarding the outside edges of the bridge. The stream channel meanders but is fairly well stabilized with some minor degrading of the channel slopes.

[Cracks with Rust Stains] and [Deterioration of Concrete Beams] The superstructure of this bridge consists of adjacent prestressed concrete voided slabs and has been in place for approximately 50 years. Although most of the beams have held up well, there are some beams that have experienced corrosion of the concrete and reinforcement, as well as major section loss. This continuing loss of concrete and the resulting holes will eventually lead to the inability of the bridge to carry the traffic load of Foulk Road.

[Bridge Plan, Section, and Elevation] As seen on the bridge plan, section and elevation sheet, DelDOT proposes to replace the existing deck and beams with prestressed concrete slabs and a cast-in-place deck. There will also be some minor reconstruction of the existing abutments; however, the span length of the bridge will remain the same. Some elements of the bridge are cast-in-place, which will add some additional time to the construction to allow time for concrete curing. The parapets will have a stone pattern facing on the roadway sides to mimic the appearance of other bridges in the north Wilmington area. Minor approach roadway work will be performed but the existing roadway and sidewalk geometry will not change. Additionally, riprap will be placed into the streambed and along the side slopes to protect the proposed bridge and prevent scour or erosion of the stream channel. This work should take approximately 60 to 75 days to complete and is scheduled to occur during the summer to early fall of 2015.

[Phase 1 Plan] and [Phase 2 Plan] During construction, the road will have to be reduced to one lane in each direction in order to perform the proposed work. Traffic will first be reduced to one lane in each direction on northbound Foulk road to allow for construction on the west half of the bridge. Once phase 1 work is complete, traffic will be shifted onto the southbound side of Foulk road, and phase 2 of construction will begin until the project is complete. Additionally, a temporary pedestrian bridge will be provided to allow pedestrian access to both ends of marrows road. It will be located over the stream and to the east of the work area for the proposed bridge. The temporary pedestrian bridge will be a minimum of 5 feet in width with stabilized approach walkways and both the temporary bridge and approach walkways will be handicap accessible.

[Construction Plan] Although DelDOT strives to perform as much of the work as possible within the department's existing right-of-way, sometimes the nature of the work requires a larger area than what is provided. That is the case for this project. As can be seen on the plan sheet, right-of-way and easements will be needed from adjacent property owners in order to complete the work. Right-of-way will be required for the placement and maintenance of the rip-rap in and around the stream. The rip-rap will be buried and covered with streambed material in the stream, or topsoil, grass seed, and mulch on the stream banks. Temporary construction easements will be needed beyond the right-of-way for the placement of sandbags and to divert the stream flow so the in-stream work can be completed. These areas will be restored to their natural condition upon completion of the work. A real estate representative has already been in contact with the affected owners to explain the department's real estate process.

If you would like to make comments, you may submit them online by clicking on the link, "send us your comments". Or you may call toll free to 800-652-5600, or call locally in the Dover area, 760-2080. Comments may also be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, Delaware, 19903. Comments are due within 30 days of the posting of this virtual workshop on the internet.

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