Press Release -- October 21, 2005
TRAFFIC ALERT - Upcoming Lane Restrictions At Indian River Inlet Bridge

Indian River Inlet -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) alerts motorists and cyclists that effective Monday, October 24, 2005, State Route 1 will experience a new traffic pattern on both the northbound and southbound approaches to the existing Indian River Inlet Bridge. Traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane in each direction through May 2006, for a multi-phase project in preparation for the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge.

In addition, bicycle lanes on the bridge will now be closed throughout this phase of this project and will remain closed until the start of the 2006 tourist season.

The access road on the southeast side of the Indian River Inlet Bridge will also close October 24, 2005 and will reopen May 6, 2006. All residents leaving South Shore Marina to go north of the Inlet will have to travel south on State Route 1 to the 3 R's turnaround and make a U-turn to go northbound.

All residents coming from the south to enter South Shore Marina will have to travel north over the bridge to Savage Road turnaround, make a U-turn, and then travel back over the bridge to the access road on the south west side of the bridge.

Barrier placement will be placed establishing the new traffic pattern along with detour signs and variable message signs to alert travelers.

During May 2006 the normal two northbound and two southbound lanes are scheduled to be reopened to both vehicular and bicycle traffic and will remain open for the duration of the construction of the new bridge.

Contingency plans have been developed in case of an emergency situation.