Businesses brace for losses ahead of US 113 southbound closure
MILLSBORO, Del. – Soon, US 113 southbound in Millsboro will close off to traffic.
Sadly, the road closure will likely take its toll on businesses in the area.
Julie Knowles, the General Manager of Pizza King in Millsboro said, “It’s going to slow it down a little bit with everybody having to detour, so I think that they’ll bypass us.”
Officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation say the road will be shut down for a period of two weeks.
Lane closures will begin on October 14th, and the road will close down completely on November 3rd, depending on weather.
George Pierce, an Area Engineer for the DelDOT said, “Once November 3rd comes up we are going to look at the weather. If conditions look terrible for the next week or two, we could potentially push the project out.”
DelDOT officials say the road is being closed for bridge work.
Jonathan Karam, the Project Engineer for DelDOT said, “So this is to keep the bridge safe.”
Crews will be replacing parts of the bridge to ensure it won’t cave in or crack.
Karam said, “It will just be the southbound portions. One portion from 1912 and one from 1946 that will be removed and then that will be the replaced portion and we also will be doing some drainage improvements.”
DelDOT had two options when it came to this project. They could either have partial lane closures for a period of eight months so drivers could still use US 113, or shut down US 113 southbound altogether and get the project done in 14 days.
Businesses tell us they are glad DelDOT chose the latter.
Knowles said, “The 14 days, you can get it over with.”
Detours will be available to drivers during the closure. Most are encouraged to take Radish Road to Handy Road, but truck drivers are encouraged to take a different route.
Pierce said, “They have to turn right on 24 at the Wawa and follow that out to 9 Foot Road back to Dagsboro.”
Officers will also be stationed at the intersection of Handy Road and Radish Road during rush hour to keep traffic moving.
On the bright side, after this project, the bridge likely won’t need any major work done on it for years to come.
Karam said, “We should be able to get 50 to 75 years maybe more.”
We’re told crews will be working 7 days a week 24 hours a day to get this done.