Virtual Workshop

Bridge 3-588 on SR 26 Nine Foot Road Over Wharton's Branch

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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 the public to view the project information and to reduce the costs involved in traditional public workshops. This is a workshop regarding rehabilitation of Bridge 3-588 on SR 26 Nine Foot Road Over Wharton's Branch.

[Bridge Photos] Bridge 3-588 has been identified by DelDOT’s bridge management system as being in need of repair. The bridge is located in a rural area on Nine Foot Road over Wharton’s Branch.

This project consists of two corrugated aluminum pipes. The pipes have active corrosion with measurable section loss. The corrosion has resulted in 100% section loss at several locations throughout the pipes. Although the pipes are safe to carry normal traffic at this time, the condition of the existing pipes warrants a full replacement of the structure.

[Construction Plan] [Zoom in around project limits] DelDOT is proposing to replace the existing corrugated aluminum pipes with a precast three-sided rigid frame or prestressed concrete adjacent box beams on stub abutments. Additional work will include placing riprap in the stream for scour protection, reconstructing approaches, and placing guardrail as necessary. Work will be performed under a full road closure with detour for traffic.

[Bridge Plan, Section, and Elevation] In keeping with the Department’s mission that includes providing “a safe, efficient, and environmentally sensitive transportation network…” DelDOT is proposing the replacement of Bridge 3-588. The new bridge is designed using guardrail on the downstream and the upstream side of the bridge.

[Detail Plan] Because of the nature of the work and DelDOT’s commitment to safety of the public, a portion of the roadway will be closed for the duration of the project. As can be seen on the Detour Plan, motorists heading north on Millsboro Hwy shall continue north and take U.S.113. Motorists heading north on U.S. 113 shall continue north on SR113 and take Millsboro Highway.

[Construction Plan] Although we strive to perform as much of our work within our existing right-of-way as possible, sometimes the nature of the work requires a larger area than what is provided, as is the case for this project. Minor easements will be required from the adjacent property owners to complete this work. Permanent easements will be required for the placement of the riprap in and around the stream. The riprap will be buried and covered with streambed material (in the stream) or topsoil, grass seed, and mulch (stream banks). Temporary construction easements will be needed beyond the permanent easements for the placement of sandbags so that the in-stream work can be completed and for the tie-in grading. These areas will be restored to their natural condition upon completion of the work. A real estate representative will contact the affected property owners to review the Department’s Real Estate process.

If you would like to make comments, you may submit comments by clicking on the link, "Virtual Workshop Survey/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. Thank you for participating in the Delaware Department of Transportation's virtual workshop.