Press Release -- May 06, 2002
SR1 Construction News

SR-1 Traffic Switch Moves Forward

Townsend -- The Department of Transportation announces that major traffic switch on Route 13 in the area between Appoquinimink River Bridge and Pine Tree Corner Road will begin tonight, Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. and continue until Wednesday, May 8, as scheduled.

Motorists should be reminded that Route 13 southbound traffic will be routed to Route 299 and then onto Route 1 southbound in Odessa. Local residents and business patrons will be permitted into Odessa during the traffic switch, as area businesses will remain open during the construction for the public's use.

During Monday night's operation traffic on SR-1 southbound through the work zone will be restricted to one lane. On Tuesday, May 7, two lanes will be open for travel on SR-1 southbound while crews continue to make the traffic switch. Route 13 southbound traffic will continue to use Route 299 to SR-1 southbound during this time.

On Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m., crews will continue to apply hot mix asphalt to Harris Road and SR-1 southbound. This will once again require a one-lane traffic restriction on SR-1 southbound in between Noxontown and Pine Tree Corner Roads. Work should be completed by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, and Harris Road will be open to all traffic at that time.

On Wednesday, May 8, intermittent lane closures will be in effect as crews place permanent striping on SR-1 from Old State Road to south of Noxontown Road intersection during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Northbound traffic will not be affected by this operation.

Delays are anticipated at the Harris Road intersection at Pine Tree Corner Road, and on Route 13 southbound from that point south for the entire three-day period. All motorists should use alternate routes, such as SR-1 southbound, Route 9 and Route 71, in order to assist the Department with maintaining traffic flow.

Updates throughout the three-day traffic switch period can be found on our website at and by listening to WTMC-1380 A.M.