DELAWARE - Across the state, Delaware is preparing for the possible on-coming storm. The Delaware Department of Transportation have crews out, to start preparing for the impact that Hurricane Sandy could bring.
DelDOT is making sure that not only their crews, but also their equipment is ready to go. Officials are reminding people that staying off the roads during the storm, will keep you safe, and allow them to do their jobs. Those who live in flood prone areas should take precautions.
DelDOT Secretary, Shailen Bhatt, said "at DelDOT, we always plan for the worst, and hope for the best."
DelDOT storm preparation activities
- Maintenance crews are clearing storm drains of brush
and debris along major roads that are prone to flooding.
- Construction crews have begun removing un-needed
equipment that could become a problem during the storm. This
includes traffic cones and barrels. They are doing this to eliminate any
possible hazards resulting from high winds.
- In Sussex County near the beaches, crews and
contractors are removing a number of overhead signs (a list of those
locations is below).
are also securing temporary traffic signs at construction locations, so
these will resist being blown over by wind.
is requesting that political campaigns do what they can to remove
political signs along state roadways prior to the arrival of the storm;
especially large signs that may become airborne.
- If wind
speeds reach a sustained 40 mph, DeDOT will begin pulling its forces off
state roads. If winds reach a sustained 50 mph, DelDOT will begin
closing major bridges throughout the state.
Construction projects this weekend
- Work on the Route 1/I-95 interchange will proceed as
planned this evening, but will be suspended tomorrow morning.
- Repaving work on some lanes on I-95 will proceed
tonight as planned.
- The planned closing of I-95 at the Route 202 will not
take place this weekend as previously announced. The work will be
rescheduled for a future weekend.
- Other than in special circumstances, such as the
previously described work on I-95 and RT 1, DelDOT contractors typically
don't work during the weekends.
DART and Paratransit
First State operates in all three counties in Delaware, and is preparing
for a possible storm event for next week. A special management
personnel matrix has been developed to insure adequate staff
customers are urged to stay tuned to weather reports and be prepared for
service interruptions should weather conditions deteriorate.
- If a
State of Emergency is declared, fixed route and paratransit service will
be suspended. However, if such a declaration occurs mid-day,
DART will continue to operate as long as safe road conditions and
resources permit. In the event of any service interruption, DART
will issue Rider Alerts to riders who subscribe to the service, and to the
Operations employees are considered essential personnel and DART maintains
a list of operators who can be readily available for extra duty.
should stay tuned to Rider Alerts, DART's website and local media for
bridge staff is gearing up for inspection operations throughout the state.
Both DelDOT and DNREC are lowering water levels at various dams to reduce
the threat of flood waters.
Indian River Inlet
Bridge and Route 1 at the beach
and dune erosion remains an ongoing concern for Route 1 throughout the
inlet area. However, the new approach roads to the Indian River
Inlet Bridge are approximately 100 feet further west than the approaches
to the old bridge.
- Due to
probable flooding and / or high winds, it is likely that Route 1 from
Dewey to Bethany Beach, including the Indian River Inlet River Bridge,
will be closed at some point during the storm.
state toll roads are operating as usual and there are no plans to waive
tolls at this time.
Closures after the
the storm is over, some roads and bridges may remain closed due to concern
for their safety. The public is instructed not to remove DelDOT
barricades on any roads and bridges, even if flood water subsides.
These closures are necessary because they must be inspected and
possibly repaired prior to reopening.
of overhead signs being removed in Sussex County
precautionary measure, DelDOT crews and contractors are removing 12 large,
span-wire overhead signs in Sussex
work is scheduled to start Saturday morning and continue throughout the
day until all of the identified large
signs have been removed.
span wires and flashing lights will remain in place.
- In most
cases, only the right shoulders will require lane closures that will last
30 minutes or less per sign.
we understand that there are multiple overhead span wire signs, these were deemed the most
critical as they are located along the state's coast line and are the
largest in nature:
- Milford: Route 1 & Argos Corner –southbound and
- Milton: Route 1 & SR 5 (Milton –southbound and
- Route 1 & Nassau Park Road (north of Five Points)
–southbound and northbound lanes
- Route 1 & Shady Road (Rehoboth) – southbound and
- Route 1 & Rehoboth Ave. – Fire Signs southbound and northbound lanes
- Route 1 & South Rehoboth Avenue - Overhead
Guide Signs-southbound only
- Route 1 & South Rehoboth Avenue– Overhead Guide Signs—southbound only