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DelDOT planning for huge I-95 reconstruction project

Wilmington is bracing for the upcoming I-95 reconstruction project that’s expected to cause headaches for area drivers.

The major rehabilitation project along the I-95 corridor through Wilmington is expected to last three years.

And DelDOT’s community relations director  C.R. McLeod says it begins early in 2021.

“Motorists will begin to feel those traffic impacts beginning in mid-February, with major construction beginning in March," said McLeod.  "So we’ve been working hard to spread the word about what’s going to be happening during this multi-year project.”

McLeod notes the 5-mile part of I-95 that will be worked on is 60-years-old and will cost just over $200-million to repair.

“There are more than 19 bridges that are going to be rehabilitated during this project; so that alone is a major aspect of this," said McLeod. "And then we’re also going to be resurfacing the entire viaduct that runs through Wilmington. And what that involves is removing the top two inches of concrete from the rodway and basically putting down a new road deck.”

McLeod says DelDOT understands people have concerns about access in and out of Wilmington and through the city while the work is being done.

He points out that access to Wilmington will remain available via I-495 and there will always be one dedicated lane open on I-95 in each direction throughout the project, which involves removing the top two inches of concrete from the highway and laying down an whole new layer of concrete.

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