Delaware reopens part of I-495 bridge a month early

By Land Line staff | 8/1/2014

Half of a busy interstate bridge in Wilmington, Del., is back open a month ahead of schedule. The Delaware Department of Transportation reopened the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge on Thursday, July 31. The bridge was closed for nearly two months after inspectors found some of the support columns had tilted out of alignment.

DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt says crews are working to reopen the northbound lanes in mid-September.

The bridge typically carries 90,000 vehicles per day over the Christina River and provides truck access to the Port of Wilmington.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the congressional delegation from Delaware helped expedite the $35 million emergency repair. Crews bored new support columns and used jacks to realign the bridge.

Officials say tons of soil piled against the old support columns by a contractor contributed to the bridge being knocked out of alignment.

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