Press Release -- June 17, 2005
Southbound Route 1 Lane Closure on Approach to the Indian River Inlet Bridge Extended

Indian River -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) advises motorists that advanced construction work for the Indian River Inlet Bridge has been extended until August 12, resulting in a full-time right lane closure southbound on Route 1.

The construction consists of driving temporary sheet piles to protect the existing roadway embankment during the installation of new foundations for the Indian River Inlet Bridge replacement. This work necessitated the closure of the southbound lane in mid-March.

"The decision to have the southbound lane remain closed was based on safety and operational factors," explains Natalie Barnhart, DelDOT's Assistant Director, South District Construction. "With the area being an active construction zone, it was determined that it would be in the best interest of all involved to have the lane remain closed for safety reasons."

The installation of temporary shoring for the roadway required the removal of the pedestrian/bicycle sidewalk in the southbound direction. All pedestrians using the southbound lanes of Route 1 should use the posted pedestrian detour. Signs will be posted at the approaches to the bridge informing pedestrians of the detour route through the park area. Cyclists can use the right-most, southbound travel lane that will be drummed off from vehicular traffic.

Signs will also be posted along all the major southbound routes advising motorists of the closure and motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in this area and allow extra time to reach their destination or to utilize alternate routes such as Route 113.

For more information, visit DelDOT's website at www.deldot.gov, or tune to WTMC-AM, 1380.