Press Release -- May 05, 2011
Indian River Inlet Bridge Roadway Approach Work Phase II Traffic Pattern Switch Will Occur Before Memorial Day Weekend

Dover -- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that this week George & Lynch, Inc., the contractor on the Indian River Inlet Bridge Roadway Approach and Demolition Contract, is making preparations to change the traffic pattern at the bridge as the contract moves into Phase II.

A change in traffic pattern is expected to occur before Memorial Day weekend. In fact, during the week of May 9-13, the contractor will begin establishing detours and placing signage in anticipation of the traffic switch, which will occur on or about Wednesday, May 18.

During the next few weeks, the public can expect to see paving operations in the area, as well as intermittent shoulder and lane closures leading up to the traffic switch.

The traffic configuration noted for Phase II will limit vehicles to one lane in each direction over the existing bridge utilizing the SR 1 northbound lanes only. Southbound cyclists will continue to utilize the existing southbound lanes over the bridge while being separated from vehicular traffic. Access for northbound cyclists will remain unchanged along the northbound SR-1 shoulder area. This traffic pattern will remain until the new bridge is opened to traffic in December 2011.

Motorists are reminded that the current speed limit of 35 mph throughout the roadway approach and bridge work zones will remain in effect and is being enforced to protect the safety of workers and the traveling public.

For additional information on this project or the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge Project go to www.irib.deldot.gov.