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Title: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 11, 2009, 10:22:27 PM
I'll post Delaware road related articles here. Comments welcomed.

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090211/NEWS/902110334/-1/updates (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090211/NEWS/902110334/-1/updates)
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Tests begin for new Indian River bridge
Builder seeks to avoid errors of first design

By MOLLY MURRAY • The News Journal • February 11, 2009

Preliminary work on the $150 million Indian River bridge is starting with the basics -- a series of test pilings and load reviews to make sure the new bridge has a solid base.

And on Tuesday, Jay Erwin, project engineer with design-build contractor Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., said the first load test on the sample piling worked as expected.

State officials want to avoid any problems with this new bridge design.

In the fall of 2007, they were forced to abandon an earlier design because of compaction problems with two mounds of dirt that were built in preparation for construction of the bridge approaches. State engineers discovered that the massive dirt piles were shifting to the west by as much as a foot as they settled. They concluded it would take seven years for the mounds to compact enough for bridge construction to begin.

At the time, the setback was estimated to cost the state $20 million to $30 million. Much of the dirt had to be removed and trucked off site.

Erwin said the test piles are the first step in his company's construction schedule. Once they are installed and tested, permanent precast pilings -- 284 of them in all -- we be pounded into the ground to form the foundation for the bridge approaches.

Skanska designers plan a multi-step approach to building the bridge, working on each side of the bridge at the same time, he said.

Once the pilings are driven, the bridge supports -- including the pylons, piers and foundations -- will be laid. This work is expected to start this summer.

Erwin said having two separate crews work on each side of the bridge trims construction time.

"We think it leads to very healthy competition," he said.

Many of the structural components of the bridge are being built from pre-cast concrete that will come from Cape Charles, Va.-based Bayshore Concrete Products. The company is a subsidiary of Skanska.

Although many of the components will be precast, they are custom made to fit the Indian River Inlet Bridge, said Doug Robb, the project manager for the state Department of Transportation.

The bridge is expected to be completed in spring or summer of 2011. In addition to bridge construction, other work will also be done, including construction of roadways that will lead to the new bridge and reconstruction of Delaware Seashore State Park facilities that were closed to provide a staging area for bridge construction.

Once the new bridge is complete, state officials plan to demolish the old bridge.

Meanwhile, Robb said, state officials continue to do extensive testing and monitoring on the current bridge to make sure it is structurally sound.

"We believe this is one of the most monitored bridges in the country," he said. "The good news is we're seeing stabilization of erosion."

The old bridge has pilings that extend into Indian River Inlet. Rapid movement of water through the inlet has washed away sediment from the pilings and created a series of deep holes. State officials brought in stone to stabilize the pilings and to limit erosion. But they continue to run extensive tests, including special sensors that detect whether the bridge is tilting.

The new bridge won't have pilings that extend into Indian River Inlet. It will be 2,600 feet long, including a 900-foot clear span over the inlet, with 1,700 feet of bridge over land. The bridge will be supported by cable stays in a design similar to the William V. Roth Bridge over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 13, 2009, 12:21:48 AM
Speaking of Delaware...I noticed this evening that DelDOT is using "bubble shields" on I-495...


Interstate 495 went from vastly no reassurance shields, many of which had white cardinal direction banners, to an overhaul with consistent bubble shields in 2000. The signing of those shields were done in conjunction with the project to shut down Interstate 95 for repaving (when they closed a direction three months at a time). DelDOT wanted to emphasize Interstate 495 as the through route. This is also why the signs on the southbound I-95/495 split in Pennsylvania still display "Thru Traffic" and "Local Traffic" (PennDOT has not gotten the message!).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 16, 2009, 02:16:04 PM
Toll Road News article: Stimulus $s to bring open road tolling to Delaware's I-95 toll plaza (http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3999)

This article talks about the reconstruction of the Delaware Turnpike toll plaza to accommodate open road tolling (2x2) lanes down the middle. They've talked about reconfiguring this plaza for years, and the article indicates that work could begin in 2011 or 2012, so its still a couple more years away...

When I was last in Delaware, there were daily back-ups southbound on several days all the way to the Delaware Service Plaza (even toward late evening). To me, this is unacceptable, but I suppose the traveling public there has come to accept it as normal. Because of this, I did not use Interstate 95 once between Exit 109 in Maryland and Exit 3 in Delaware.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mefailenglish on February 17, 2009, 01:04:10 PM
I did not use Interstate 95 once between Exit 109 in Maryland and Exit 3 in Delaware.
I can't remember the last time I actually drove THROUGH the toll booths in Delaware, especially with a free alternate available with little or no time penalty.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 17, 2009, 01:26:58 PM
No one that I know of actually goes through the toll plaza, unless they did it to clinch that stretch of highway. I've done it about 4 times since 1990.

I've thought about posting a map for those who want to avoid the toll road.  :) There are a couple of routes to take, the main is using the state routes, but I have a couple of others I frequent when back in Newark when visiting family in Elkton.

Unfortunately my favorite, which utilizes Otts Otts Chapel Road and Welsh Tract Road (which takes you over Interstate 95 twice), is changing for the worse as the woods on Welsh Tract Road near its eastbound beginning have succumbed to brand new sprawl.  :-(
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: flaroads on February 17, 2009, 04:18:49 PM
Well, from first hand experience, I would much rather take that extra few minutes to bypass around. First, I would at least be moving at a faster rate of speed and second, yes, I would be saving $4. And given this current economic rut our country is in, every $4 counts!

And how did you achieve your "average" traffic time?

**I was incorrect in my dollar figure for the toll all this time! It's $4.00, not $5.00 as I previously indicated way back in February...**
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: flaroads on February 17, 2009, 05:49:37 PM
A combination of speed limit-distance computation and personal experience (of which I've had a bit lately, with all these DC-Vermont trips I've been taking).

One thing I don't understand about your comment.  If it takes longer to bypass around, how can that be "moving at a faster rate of speed"?


Nice deduction.

Well, if someone is moving constantly along a side road at 40 mph, then aren't they moving faster than someone who is constantly crawling along the freeway (or tollway in this case) at 10 mph??
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: exit322 on February 17, 2009, 10:28:21 PM
It feels better to go 40 than 10 even if the trip will be a hair longer because of it.  I'd do that every time just because it's not annoying.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 11, 2009, 12:57:52 PM
The article does not give the full list.

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090311/NEWS/90311011/-1/updates (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090311/NEWS/90311011/-1/updates)

State installing more red-light cameras

Associated Press - March 11, 2009

DOVER — State transportation officials say 10 more red-light cameras are set to be installed on state highways this year.

The state already has 20 cameras and state transportation officials say they handed out 40,000 red-light citations last year and made around $2 million off the cameras, but imagine several will be in New Castle County.

Transportation officials say red-light cameras make intersections safer, but some drivers say the cameras can be a safety hazard.

Crews started installing cameras this week at the Old Landing Road and Munchy Branch Road intersections on Del. 1 near Rehoboth Beach. Another camera is set to go up at the intersection of Scarborough Road and U.S. 13 in north Dover.

Transportation officials say they have the funding, but not the final approval from the state for the rest of the cameras.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mightyace on March 11, 2009, 01:24:52 PM
Big brother is watching you!   :-P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Chris on March 11, 2009, 03:05:50 PM
I've seen many near-accidents on the beltway of my city because people brake like crazy once the light pops on orange, afraid of getting ticketed by the red light camera.

They can make intersections safer though, on places where many people are running a red light.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 06, 2009, 10:13:13 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090406/NEWS/904060324/-1/updates (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090406/NEWS/904060324/-1/updates)

Historic byway gaining support
Route would traverse scenic Sussex County

April 6, 2009

A coalition of historic preservation advocates is gaining support for a proposed scenic and historic byway through western Sussex County -- basically a driving tour to attract people to the picturesque rural areas.
Advertisement

The 22-mile route would wind its way along country roads past an old Seaford mill, by farmhouses and mansions, crossing the Nanticoke River via the Woodland Ferry, and ending at the historic Old Christ Church outside of Laurel.

"What we'd eventually like to do is pull the corridors together and bring people from the East to the West, so they can enjoy the heritage of the western side of the county," said Dan Parsons, Sussex County's historic preservation planner.

The proposal, which has been the subject of discussions for several years, picked up some backing last week from Sussex County, which signed on as a sponsor and lent its weight to the coalition.

Officials eventually hope to gain federal funding, channeled through the Delaware Department of Transportation, for signs and information at interpretive sites, such as the Cannon-Maston House outside Seaford.

"We hope that this will bring people to the area and educate them on how the agrarian towns and sprawling farms across the route came to be, and how the passage of time has shaped and changed it," Parsons said.

The effort so far has involved historical societies and municipal officials from towns in the area, said David Ames of the University of Delaware, who has been working on the project.

"Now we need to pull it all together," Ames said.

With the county's backing, the byway application can now be sent to DelDOT for approval. Federal funding would initially go toward a corridor management plan, helping make note of and connect some of the landmarks and sites. The application is aimed for approval by next March.

"I think it's a great project," said County Councilman Mike Vincent, R-Seaford, who represents much of the area. "It's a good thing for the western part of the county."
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 01, 2009, 11:47:21 PM
Anyone seen what is posted on these sign bridges installed last year? I asked PennDotFan to photograph them, but I welcome anyone's.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/IMG_0919.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/IMG_0919.jpg)

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/IMG_0920.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/IMG_0920.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on July 22, 2009, 01:44:01 PM
Something about use I-495 if over 14'6", I think.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 22, 2009, 08:14:46 PM
Something about use I-495 if over 14'6", I think.

But they already plaster that on the bottom of every Interstate 95/U.S. 202 north sign beyond the I-295 split, so why have even more signage?  :crazy:
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: njroadhorse on July 22, 2009, 11:43:52 PM
Something about use I-495 if over 14'6", I think.

But they already plaster that on the bottom of every Interstate 95/U.S. 202 north sign beyond the I-295 split, so why have even more signage?  :crazy:
Because it's DelDOT and oversigning things is right up there with carbon copying signs on their priority list.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on July 23, 2009, 09:00:44 AM
Something about use I-495 if over 14'6", I think.

And it was briefly posted, but isn't now.  It may have been the font size being so small, like a few other newer signs that did get replaced.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 05, 2009, 07:18:44 AM
DelDOT's web site lists all of the current ARRA projects now: http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/recovery/index.shtml (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/recovery/index.shtml)

I've perused the list and its mostly bridge maintenance, repaving and signal improvements. The largest project I could find is money allocated to the rebuilding of the Interstate 95 Newark toll plaza (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/recovery/pages/tollplaza/index.shtml) to accommodate four high-speed EZPass lanes. That project has been touted for many years now and there is no indication of when it will start outside of the article mentioning 2010 or 2011.

Other projects include converting the left-hand turn lane on Delaware 2 at Albertson Boulevard to a fully protected turn and upgrading signals at a couple of other intersections.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 25, 2009, 10:35:26 PM
Indian River Inlet Bridge plans previewed (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090825/NEWS/90825032/-1/updates/Indian-River-Inlet-Bridge-plans-previewed)

The $150 million project is slated to be completed by spring 2011 after years of work. A previous attempt to build the bridge ended after sand piles used to build the approaches began to sink.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 15, 2009, 12:11:21 PM
Section of Del. 9 closed near Dover AFB (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090915/NEWS/90915025/-1/updates/Section-of-Del.-9-closed-near-Dover-AFB)

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A section of Del. 9 near Dover Air Force Base is closed for construction, the Delaware Department of Transportation says.
Advertisement

The closing will allow for connection of new interchange ramps at Del. 1 with Del. 9 and Kitts Hummock Road.

Del. 9 will be closed between Kitts Hummock Road and Bergold Lane.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Chris on September 15, 2009, 01:16:53 PM
So Delaware has both State Route 9 and U.S. Route 9? I thought they didn't have identical numbers within the Interstate/US Highway/State Route numbering systems?  :confused:
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 15, 2009, 01:23:39 PM
About time...that location has needed an interchange for a long while.

Though I wish DelDOT would include project maps in with their project webpages.  This one lacks a map, so it's hard to tell from the description if it will include eliminating the signal on southbound 1 that the dump trucks all use (about halfway between DE 9 and the Air Force Base interchange).  I hope it does...if so, this would officially extend the freeway section on DE 1 down at least through this interchange.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 15, 2009, 08:23:15 PM
So Delaware has both State Route 9 and U.S. Route 9? I thought they didn't have identical numbers within the Interstate/US Highway/State Route numbering systems?  :confused:
Not in Delaware.  Old US 202 is DE 202.  I can't tell you how awful that situation is.  They should have taken a page from US 322 in NJ and numbered it DE 204.  Or Business 202 would work.  At least US 9 doesn't come close to intersecting DE 9.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: agentsteel53 on September 15, 2009, 10:18:41 PM
US-9 is a relatively recent addition to Delaware.  It used to end at the ferry in south New Jersey until the 1970s.  DE-9 has been around forever.

that said... this is Delaware - any two roads are, by definition, close together!  :pan:
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Mr_Northside on September 16, 2009, 10:31:10 AM
[sarcasm]Hey... when you have a state as big as Delaware, they may need all the numbers they can get.[/sarcasm]

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 17, 2009, 12:52:36 PM
I have confirmation from the project manager that the interchange project will remove the traffic signal on southbound DE 1 at the quarry entrance (http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.112781,-75.465667&spn=0.006052,0.009624&z=17).  All northbound access will be eliminated there and the southbound side will be converted over to a right-in/right-out.

Northbound trucks going to the quarry will use the Dover AFB interchange to turn around, while trucks coming out of the quarry to go north will use the new interchange at DE 9 to U-turn.

As for the new interchange at DE 9, the manager said it should be open to traffic sometime in the next few weeks.  It's more or less a standard diamond interchange (albeit with curves in the ramps instead of straight ramps).  The overpass over DE 1 is right at the old location where Kitts Hummock Rd split off from DE 1 (http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.10667,-75.455432&spn=0.003026,0.004812&z=18).  Kitts Hummock Rd is being realigned to meet DE 9 just north of the interchange.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 29, 2009, 08:12:57 PM
DelDOT plans to add turn lanes, signals on Del. 26 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090929/NEWS/90929038/-1/updates/DelDOT-plans-to-add-turn-lanes--signals-on-Del.-26)

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State and county officials are hoping a $75 million project will improve traffic flow along one of the area's main beach evacuation routes.

Instead of widening Del. 26, Delaware Department of Transportation officials said they plan to add turn lanes and signals in the coming years to reduce congestion.

According to officials, the Del. 26 project, which could break ground as soon as 2012
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 30, 2009, 11:49:01 PM
New Del. 9 interchange opens at Del. 1 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090930/NEWS/90930066/-1/updates/New-Del.-9-interchange-opens-at-Del.-1)

The News Journal • September 30, 2009

A new interchange at the junction of Del. 9 and Del. 1 near Dover Air Force base has opened for traffic.

The new overpass and ramps eliminate stop signs that existed previously at the junction.

Some work remains on the Del. 9 junction with Kitts Hummock Road near the interchange. Kitts Hummock Road is closed between Del. 9 and Bergold Lane until that work is completed. Traffic is detoured via Bergold Lane and Del. 9.

That work was scheduled to be completed by this weekend.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 24, 2009, 03:26:06 PM
There was an article on today's Delaware Online about the University of Delaware looking to purchase the closed Chrysler plant in Newark. They are talking about expanding the campus to include the former manufacturing site.

Since the plant shut down, knowing DelDOT, they probably kept the two signals on Delaware 2-4-896 (Christina Parkway) in operation. Are they still on or in flashing mode?

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=new+castle,+de&sll=30.408635,-86.885033&sspn=0.028203,0.05476&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=New+Castle,+Delaware&ll=39.658809,-75.761641&spn=0.012175,0.02738&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.659014,-75.761703&panoid=ujP0tTpbgG4Ea9e7LXIVVA&cbp=12,234.91,,0,4.65 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=new+castle,+de&sll=30.408635,-86.885033&sspn=0.028203,0.05476&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=New+Castle,+Delaware&ll=39.658809,-75.761641&spn=0.012175,0.02738&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.659014,-75.761703&panoid=ujP0tTpbgG4Ea9e7LXIVVA&cbp=12,234.91,,0,4.65)

and

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=new+castle,+de&sll=30.408635,-86.885033&sspn=0.028203,0.05476&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=New+Castle,+Delaware&ll=39.659014,-75.761703&spn=0.012175,0.02738&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.658403,-75.756734&panoid=GxCt6sTOfi4GdC6Onr2XCw&cbp=12,308.25,,0,-0.29 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=new+castle,+de&sll=30.408635,-86.885033&sspn=0.028203,0.05476&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=New+Castle,+Delaware&ll=39.659014,-75.761703&spn=0.012175,0.02738&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=39.658403,-75.756734&panoid=GxCt6sTOfi4GdC6Onr2XCw&cbp=12,308.25,,0,-0.29)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: WillWeaverRVA on October 24, 2009, 03:39:09 PM
I can say that they were still on back in April, but that was 6 months ago. Don't know about now.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on October 26, 2009, 01:30:07 PM
Last time I went by they were on flashing.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on October 28, 2009, 03:23:04 PM
They were flashing back in the middle of June.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Lyle on December 24, 2009, 03:43:33 PM
DelDOT requests bids for highway speed electronic toll lanes and rebuild of Newark I-95 plaza.

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4505 (http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4505)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 30, 2009, 11:31:05 AM
Delaware highways: Motorists' bane is businesses' boon
Closing of service plaza for renovation helps gas stations, restaurants off I-95 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091230/NEWS02/912300361/1006/NEWS/Motorists--bane-is-businesses--boon)

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HMSHost, which has operated the plaza since it opened in 1964, won the bid to build a $32 million facility and run it for the next 35 years. The Maryland-based company operates more than 80 highway rest stops in North America.

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"We want to be open for the July Fourth holiday," Wilkins said.

When the plaza closed in September, I-95 travelers were left without a rest stop for 95 miles, between the Chesapeake House rest stop in Maryland and the John Fenwick Service Area in New Jersey.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: J N Winkler on December 30, 2009, 10:00:31 PM
I may as well point out, since Peter Samuel has not, that the I-95 Newark toll plaza job is also Delaware DOT's pilot project for electronic plans.  A full copy of the plans set (all 538-odd sheets of it) can be downloaded through DelDOT's bid calendar page:

http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicBusinessBidCal

Better get a move on if you want a copy, though--I don't know if they plan to archive the plans after letting.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 02, 2010, 10:16:10 AM
Indian River bridge project still on target (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091228/NEWS/912280309/1006/Indian-River-bridge-project-still-on-target)

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...all pile drivings have been completed, and work has begun on the approach foundations for the new $230 million bridge spanning the inlet, DelDOT said in a project update.

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The new bridge design calls for a 2,600-foot-long bridge with a 900-foot span across the inlet. It will be supported by cables in a design similar to the Roth Bridge over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

The inlet was 25 feet deep in 1965, but over time has deepened to 100 feet or more in some places.

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It is expected to be completed in spring 2011.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on January 03, 2010, 08:50:32 PM
"We want to be open for the July Fourth holiday," Wilkins said.

When the plaza closed in September, I-95 travelers were left without a rest stop for 95 miles, between the Chesapeake House rest stop in Maryland and the John Fenwick Service Area in New Jersey.

Plenty of work going on here. The good news is as of today those trapezoid signs are still up. 95 miles? Apparently they haven't been to Virginia post rest area closing. Besides the state line welcome centers, travelers going north on I-95 or I-85 (to I-95) don't have much in the way of rest areas anymore (as I found out today too).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: njroadhorse on January 04, 2010, 03:16:38 PM
95 miles? Apparently they haven't been to Virginia post rest area closing. Besides the state line welcome centers, travelers going north on I-95 or I-85 (to I-95) don't have much in the way of rest areas anymore (as I found out today too).
Same deal on I-81, with a few still scattered around along the route.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 21, 2010, 10:29:27 AM
Road priorities for northern Del. offered (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100120/NEWS/100120009/-1/updates/Road-priorities-for-northern-Del.-offered)

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Northern Delaware’s transportation planning agency has released its recommendations for improving the region’s roads from 2011 through 2014.

The Wilmington Area Planning Council’s draft Transportation Improvement Program includes about $1.9 billion worth of projects in New Castle County and Cecil County, Md. The plan focuses on preserving existing infrastructure and addressing safety concerns, rather than new projects, because of funding shortfalls in the region, the agency said.

Key projects include adding two high-speed E-ZPass lanes to the I-95 toll plaza near Newark, improvements to the interchange at Del.1 and I-95, the U.S. 301 expressway near Middletown and rail track expansion in New Castle County.

Some projects, including the E-ZPass lanes on I-95, will be funded by the federal stimulus program.

The draft plan is available for public review at www.wilmapco.org/tip or at the WILMAPCO office, 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark. A public workshop is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Feb. 22 at WILMAPCO.

They also have a Google Maps overlay of some of the projects at http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=http://www.wilmapco.org/KML_Files/FY2011_TIP_Projects_Draft.kml&sll=39.594049,-75.756226&sspn=0.377788,0.617294&ie=UTF8&ll=39.564412,-75.756226&spn=0.755898,1.234589&t=h&z=10
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: D-Dey65 on February 14, 2010, 08:26:39 AM
The last time I was in Delaware, DelDOT was rebuilding the Delaware House. Are we to assume they're going to get rid of those "Duncan Hines logo" shields too?

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware050/i-095_nb_exit_003a_06.jpg)

Or are they "Peek Freans logos?" I always thought those were funny names.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Duke87 on February 14, 2010, 11:42:05 PM
What I'm curious to know is if that service area will still be home to the world's slowest gas pumps.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on February 15, 2010, 06:50:56 AM
Nope...those are in suburban Maryland...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 15, 2010, 01:50:30 PM
Del. 299 upgrades in works (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100215/NEWS/2150333/1006/Del.-299-upgrades-in-works)

Planning continues for stretch through Middletown near potential hospital site
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on February 15, 2010, 02:52:10 PM
Part of me is wondering why they're even bothering, given the permanent bottleneck that would be created when you hit Middletown proper.

'Course, Delaware isn't exactly known for smart planning...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: agentsteel53 on February 15, 2010, 07:47:23 PM
Nope...those are in suburban Maryland...

I can second that.  A usual gas pump is about one second per tenth of a gallon, plus or minus 20% but generally you can count One Mississippi, Two Mississippi and watch the tenths come in.

Crownsville has one where Three Mississippis gets you one tenth, and that's if you count to three via the scenic route, taking in Four Mississippi along the way.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Ian on February 15, 2010, 08:54:26 PM
Del. 299 upgrades in works (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100215/NEWS/2150333/1006/Del.-299-upgrades-in-works)

Planning continues for stretch through Middletown near potential hospital site

There goes those old Eagle signals :-(

The last time I was in Delaware, DelDOT was rebuilding the Delaware House. Are we to assume they're going to get rid of those "Duncan Hines logo" shields too?

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware050/i-095_nb_exit_003a_06.jpg)

Or are they "Peek Freans logos?" I always thought those were funny names.

I really wish they would keep those. They do look really neat, shape wise. They also look more like a Denny's logo.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: hbelkins on February 15, 2010, 11:46:05 PM
Pretty good chance they'll keep them.

From this fall...

(http://www.millenniumhwy.net/2009_Northeast_Day_5/Images/250.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Ian on February 16, 2010, 07:27:47 PM
Pretty good chance they'll keep them.

From this fall...

(http://www.millenniumhwy.net/2009_Northeast_Day_5/Images/250.jpg)


I wouldn't be too sure. DelDOT has been replacing all of their freeway signage (which were relatively new). Who knows, may be they will make another freeway sign in that shape.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: D-Dey65 on February 17, 2010, 02:29:34 PM
I really wish they would keep those. They do look really neat, shape wise. They also look more like a Denny's logo.
Ah yes, Denny's. Makes a lot more sense than "Peek Freans" or "Duncan Hines."

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 02, 2010, 05:29:57 PM
Finally  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

New Indian River Inlet Bridge taking shape (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100302/NEWS/100302036/1006/New+Indian+River+Inlet+Bridge+taking+shape)

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DelDOT's latest update on the project: "As of this week, all four footers of the bridge are complete. Eventually they will be put underground and not visible, however like the foundation of any structure they are key in giving the bridge its strength and long-term stability."

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The new bridge design calls for a 2,600-foot-long bridge with a 900-foot span across the inlet. It will be supported by cables in a design similar to the Roth Bridge SR 1 Turnpike Bridge over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

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The current construction is the state's second try at a new bridge over the inlet. Problems with the first bridge approaches came to light in 2007, when fill dirt at the site began to shift and slip, creating a multimillion-dollar setback.

The contract was abandoned and re-advertised and the bridge re-designed. It is expected to be completed in spring 2011.

Drivers can visit the project Web site, www.irib.deldot.gov, to get traffic updates, view cameras or get more information on the construction
Title: Death of Delaware 82
Post by: Alex on March 04, 2010, 12:55:31 AM
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/misc_virtual_workshops/State_Route_82_Public_Notice.pdf

As part of the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway, DelDOT is proposing the removal of Delaware 82 as a state route "as a means to conserve and enhance the Valley's cultural, scenic, historic, and natural resources."

So you'll have DE 100 ending as a non SR in PA and DE 82 ending as a non SR in DE.  :pan:

Why not come up with brown scenic DE-82 shields to continue the connectivity with Pennsylvania 82?
Title: Death of Delaware 82
Post by: Alex on March 04, 2010, 02:50:45 PM
Leave your comments at http://deldot.gov/information/projects/misc_virtual_workshops/rt82/index.shtml

My comments:

Why not instead of removing the State Route 82 designation, incorporating a new "Scenic State Route" designation instead. The state of Idaho does this along U.S. and State Routes that double as scenic routes. Rather than using the standard black and white signs, the state places brown and white versions of the same shields. This conveys to drivers that they are on a scenic byway.

The connectivity to Pennsylvania's SR 82 will be lost with the removal of SR 82 signage in the state of Delaware. The path that one would take utilizing local road names is not certain enough for one to follow without the aid of a GPS or similar device. These roads certainly should not be driven with such distractions, as the roads are fairly narrow and many turns are involved. Maintaining state route signage eliminates this prospect.
Title: Where did DelDOT get their info on PA 82?
Post by: Alex on March 04, 2010, 03:42:31 PM
From the workshop website transcript:

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14.Corridor Management Plan
ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF A SCENIC BYWAY DESIGNATION IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT IDENTIFIES STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO PRESERVE THE UNIQUE AND IRREPLACEABLE ATTRIBUTES OF THE BYWAY. 
THE RED CLAY VALLEY SCENIC BYWAY ALLIANCE, COMPRISED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM NON-PROFIT AGENCIES, PRESERVATION GROUPS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, STAKEHOLDERS, RESIDENTS OF THE AREA AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, COMPLETED SUCH A CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT PLAN IN 2008.
ONE OF THE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS OF THAT PLAN WAS TO EXPLORE THE DELISTING OF STATE ROUTE 82 AS A STATE ROUTE, IN ORDER TO HELP PROTECT ITS INTRINSIC QUALITIES.
REMOVING THE STATE ROUTE DESIGNATION IS A STRATEGY THAT HAS BEEN USED IN OTHER COMMUNITIES IN AN EFFORT TO PRESERVE RESOURCES FOUND ALONG THEIR ROADWAY.
FOR EXAMPLE, IN 1998, APPROXIMATELY FIVE-AND-A-HALF MILES OF STATE ROUTE 82 LOCATED IN UNIONVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA WAS DELISTED BY THAT STATE IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC, VILLAGE CHARACTER OF THAT COMMUNITY.

Which portion of PA-82 was turned back? Unionville is in East Marlborough Township, which is just north of Kennett Square and the Oxford Bypass of U.S. 1.

Looking at GSV, I see signage for PA 82 consistently through the split of PA 842 west from PA 82 north. However shields for PA 82 north are only posted on PA 842 east, and not on Doe Run Road at that intersection. Signs for PA 82 appear on PA 841 north as well, with a southbound shield posted after that intersection. No reference for PA 82 north is posted on PA 82 north at PA 841 though.

If 5.5 miles were decertified in 1998, why has it taken so long to take down associated signage?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Ian on March 04, 2010, 04:04:04 PM
When exactly will DE 82 be taken down? I will try my best at getting down there and getting shots of any DE 82 shields.
Title: Death of Delaware 82
Post by: Alex on March 04, 2010, 04:08:10 PM
When exactly will DE 82 be taken down? I will try my best at getting down there and getting shots of any DE 82 shields.

The workshop presentation indicated by late spring if the removal is approved.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on March 04, 2010, 04:18:51 PM
Pennsylvania 82 did suffer a rather long truncation in 2008 after the plans to revive bridges destroy in Hurricane Agnes (1972) were finally canned from the north. I think at that point they should just truncate 82 back to US 1 if DE 82 is canned
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Ian on March 06, 2010, 06:56:14 PM
I think at that point they should just truncate 82 back to US 1 if DE 82 is canned

I agree on that.

Today, I was able to get shots of DE 82. Here they are...
http://picasaweb.google.com/Iansignal/DelawareStateRoute82#
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on March 06, 2010, 08:47:20 PM
Heh, maybe DelDOT will supply us with more NJ 82 shields for Morris Avenue, if NJ thought of extending it into the city of Elizabeth further
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Ian on March 06, 2010, 11:10:47 PM
Heh, maybe DelDOT will supply us with more NJ 82 shields for Morris Avenue, if NJ thought of extending it into the city of Elizabeth further

They could. Though, most of the DE 82 shields have the DelDOT stickers on the back, so they would have to peel all of them off or something like that to do so.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on March 07, 2010, 12:25:25 AM
Heh, maybe DelDOT will supply us with more NJ 82 shields for Morris Avenue, if NJ thought of extending it into the city of Elizabeth further
This is tending toward Fictional Highways, but not in a million years.  82 NEVER went straight.  24-S turned right on what is now 439 (which I'm sure you know).  NJDOT is not about to take over another highway just for a number - quite the opposite, it's enjoyed dropping highways in city limits (see 124).
Title: Construction of high-speed EZ Pass lanes for I-95 (Delaware)
Post by: Alex on March 16, 2010, 10:45:55 AM
Construction of I-95 high-speed E-ZPass lanes to begin next month (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100315/NEWS/100315025/-1/updates/Construction-of-I-95-high-speed-E-ZPass-lanes-to-begin-next-monthConstruction of I-95 high-speed E-ZPass lanes to begin next month)

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Construction of new high-speed E-ZPass lanes at the I-95 Newark toll plaza will begin in mid-April, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced.

The $32 million project will extend from the Del. 896 interchange to the Otts Chapel Road bridge area. It is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A-Del Construction Co. of Newark was awarded the contract for the work, which will include conversion of the main plaza structure as well as the southbound satellite plaza, DelDOT said.

As many as 125,000 vehicles pass through the toll plaza at peak times during holidays and weekends, causing major backups. DelDOT said construction of the new E-ZPass lanes will allow motorists to maintain highway speed through the area. Similar lanes have been in use at two toll plazas on Del. 1 for several years.

The project is expected to be completed in about 16 months.

Details on the project can be found at http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/recovery/pages/tollplaza/index.shtml">www.deldot.gov.
Title: 10 more red-light cameras coming to Del.
Post by: Alex on March 24, 2010, 04:15:16 PM
10 more red-light cameras coming to Del.]10 more red-light cameras coming to Del. (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?action=post;msg=57390;topic=372.50;sesc=d8956ff56b5012998d04cf2aef4408d5)

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Ten more red-light cameras are coming to intersections across Delaware.

The cameras will be installed in all three counties by early summer, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced today, bringing the total number across the state to 30.There will be seven new locations in New Castle County, one in Kent County and two in Sussex County.

The cameras make video recordings of vehicles going through a red light and the registered owner is sent a violation notice requiring payment of a $112.50 fine. The citation is considered a civil offense and does not affect a motorist’s insurance rates or add points to their driving record.

The new locations:
New Castle County

Old Baltimore Pike at Salem Church Road/Salem Woods Drive

Kirkwood Highway at Harmony Road

Kirkwood Highway at Red Mill Road/Polly Drummond Hill Road

Churchmans Road at Del. 1 northbound ramps

Naamans Road at Shipley Road/Brandywine Parkway

Del. 273 at Harmony Road/Gerald Drive

Del. 273 at Del. 7
Kent County

U.S. 13 at Scarborough Road
Sussex County

Del. 1 at Munchy Branch Road/Miller Road

Del. 1 at Old Landing Road

The two Sussex locations will be installed first.

In the first 30 days of operation, motorists will be issued a warning with no fine. “Red light camera enforcement” signs also will be placed at each location.

"We know this program is saving lives and reducing the number of angle crashes, which are more likely to result in serious injury or death," said Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks.

DelDOT reports that the 20 cameras already installed generate $5.2 million annually, with 41,000
violations issued. DelDOT expects an additional $2.5 million from the new locations.
are fully operational.

Video footage can be viewed and fines paid at http://www.deldot.gov/information/red_light/.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Truvelo on March 24, 2010, 05:44:46 PM
If citations don't result in any punishment to your license then surely if you don't mind paying $112.50 each time you can just blow through red lights all the time?

As for the lights themselves - will the ones with cameras have short yellows :ded:
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Ian on March 24, 2010, 06:54:38 PM
DelDOT has really gotten into the red light camera act. Most new and major intersections accross the state now are equipped with them.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: hbelkins on March 24, 2010, 09:27:41 PM
DelDOT has really gotten into the red light camera act. Most new and major intersections accross the state now are equipped with them.

Remind me to find a way to obscure my license plate before my trip into Delaware next month.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on March 24, 2010, 11:19:23 PM
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Remind me to find a way to obscure my license plate before my trip into Delaware next month.

Remind me to tell you that doing so is both illegal and of poor character...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: agentsteel53 on March 24, 2010, 11:36:38 PM
Remind me to tell you that doing so is both illegal and of poor character...


illegal, sure.  but I'd much rather have his character, than that of the legislature who voted in favor of the cameras.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: hbelkins on March 24, 2010, 11:54:16 PM
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Remind me to find a way to obscure my license plate before my trip into Delaware next month.

Remind me to tell you that doing so is both illegal and of poor character...


Well, I just don't trust short yellows and getting caught in that nether world of "do I speed up and hope I beat it" or "do I slam on the brakes and risk getting rear-ended?" in areas with signal cams.

There are probably ways to legally make a license plate hard to read by those traffic cams.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: agentsteel53 on March 24, 2010, 11:57:40 PM
seems to me they made the yellow portion of the cycle extra short just for revenue purposes...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on March 25, 2010, 06:43:36 AM
Some places got a bad reputation for that, but not eveywhere.  For the record, the red light cameras I'm familiar with in this area do not have short yellows.  All have the minimum 3 seconds.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on March 25, 2010, 11:19:26 PM
Some places got a bad reputation for that, but not eveywhere.  For the record, the red light cameras I'm familiar with in this area do not have short yellows.  All have the minimum 3 seconds.
Rule of thumb is 1 second per 10 mph.  Are all your signals on 25-30 mph roads?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on March 26, 2010, 06:26:09 AM
Pretty much.  There are a few cameras on roads that are 35 MPH, but IIRC, the Green Book still recommends a 3 second yellow phase for 35 MPH roads.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 26, 2010, 11:54:02 AM
Red-light cameras help keep an eye on safety
 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100425/NEWS/4250328/1006/Red-light-cameras-keep-an-eye-on-safety)

10 new devices have green light

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...The intersection (DE 2/Harmony Road) is one of 10 statewide that will get new red-light cameras in the next few months, bringing the statewide total to 57 and, officials say, making some of the state’s most dangerous intersections a little safer

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Of the roughly $5 million the cameras generated in fines last year, about $2.4 million went to the companies that operate them.

Delaware leases the cameras from American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Arizona for about $4,000 each a month, which includes maintenance, support and operation. The company covers the $1,500 to $2,000 cost of installation, while DelDOT pays to prepare the site.

This article almost reads as an advertisement for American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Arizona...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mightyace on April 26, 2010, 10:10:23 PM
^^^

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Fines are $112.50 in Delaware. The fine increases $10 for every month it is late, up to three months.

In other states, it's a criminal offense and carries a heftier fine. Cameras in those states must capture an image of the driver's face so they can be linked to the crime.

Most states require the fine money to be spent on public safety efforts or medical trauma centers.

I by no means have heard about how these cameras are set up everywhere, but I have yet to hear of one where being captured by the camera is a criminal offense.
Title: Del. 1 access at north end of Frederica closing for months
Post by: Alex on May 03, 2010, 11:02:13 AM
Del. 1 access at north end of Frederica closing for months (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100503/TRAFFIC/100503009/-1/updates/Del.-1-access-at-north-end-of-Frederica-closing-for-months)

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Access from Del. 1 to Frederica Road at the north end of Frederica will be closed starting today to allow for construction of a new overpass.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says traffic will be detoured to the Del. 1/Frederica Road intersection south of Frederica.

The north intersection will remain closed until late this year or early 2011, DelDOT says.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on May 03, 2010, 04:10:46 PM
For those who may be interested, here's the proposed layout (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/north_frederica/pdfs/preferred_alternative.pdf).


BTW, Alex, in this project (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1_30_gsi/index.shtml), DelDOT themselves still refer to that stretch of Wilkins Rd as DE 30.  Could it be that DE 30 wasn't extended along the new frontage road after all?  Or could it be a case where they consider BOTH roads to be part of DE 30?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on May 03, 2010, 11:26:03 PM

BTW, Alex, in this project (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1_30_gsi/index.shtml), DelDOT themselves still refer to that stretch of Wilkins Rd as DE 30.  Could it be that DE 30 wasn't extended along the new frontage road after all?  Or could it be a case where they consider BOTH roads to be part of DE 30?

That strikes me as it being the interchange by which DE 1 traffic would access DE 30, moreso than Wilkins itself necessarily being DE 30.  I'm sure it's a State Road linking 30 and 1 anyway, so may as well sign it from 1 to 30 seamlessly.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on May 04, 2010, 12:03:25 PM
Prior to the "frontage road" being built, which according to Alex extended DE 30 up to BUSINESS 1, Wilkins Rd was DE 30.  It should also be noted that DelDOT's shapefiles still show Wilkins Rd as DE 30.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mightyace on May 05, 2010, 12:11:07 AM
For those who may be interested, here's the proposed layout (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/north_frederica/pdfs/preferred_alternative.pdf).

Does anyone know why it is only a "half-trumpet."  It looks like there's room to build a full one.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on May 05, 2010, 02:22:31 PM
I'd hazard a bet they're utilizing the existing roadway for the "southbound ramps" in order to cut costs.
Title: Delaware roads: Faster way to pay $4 in the works
Post by: Alex on May 15, 2010, 06:38:19 PM
Delaware roads: Faster way to pay $4 in the works (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100515/NEWS02/5150342/1006/NEWS)
Title: Delaware 82 lives on!
Post by: Alex on May 23, 2010, 01:47:46 AM
State Route Designation to Remain on SR 82 (http://deldot.net/public.ejs?command=PublicNewsDisplay&id=3675&month=4&year=2010)

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Dover -- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently completed a Virtual Public Workshop intended to receive public comment on a proposal to declassify State Route 82, removing the state route designation from the roadways that are part of the corridor. As a result of the response generated by the online presentation, DelDOT has announced that no change will be made.

The Virtual Workshop was posted on the DelDOT website on March 4, 2010 and remained available for public viewing and comment for a period of 30 days, until April 4th. Viewers were given an opportunity to respond to the delisting proposal, also online. During the presentation and survey period, DelDOT received 120 responses. Seventy-five percent (75%) of respondents indicated that they opposed the removal of the state route designation from SR82. The main concern expressed by opponents of the proposal was the value of the state route designation when giving directions to visitors who would make their way through the roadways that constitute SR82.

State Route 82 is a five-and-a-half mile corridor in the Red Clay Valley, and is part of a network of roads that were designated by DelDOT as a Scenic Byway in 2004. SR82 includes Campbell Road, New London Road, and Creek Road. The Scenic Byway designation requires the development of a corridor management plan to help preserve the attributes of the byway. The information on the reason for the delisting, including the assurance that it would have no impact on DelDOT's maintenance responsibilities or 911 response, was presented in the online Virtual Workshop. Opponents of the proposal also noted disagreement with the contention that truck and other vehicular traffic would be reduced, and the opinion that the state route designation was part of the historical qualities of the byway.

Concern was also expressed that the new Auburn Heights Preserve on Creek Road in Yorklyn is dependent upon the state route designation in increasing awareness of the location.

Just thought to check up on the status of this and I am pleased with the results.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 07, 2010, 10:27:15 AM
U.S. 9 widening project divides nearby residents (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100607/NEWS/100607010/-1/updates/U.S.-9-widening-project-divides-nearby-residents)

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A plan to reconfigure several intersections along U.S. 9 has had mixed reception from nearby residents.

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesperson Jason Lang said the changes, through the Highway Safety Improvement Program, are meant to prevent traffic accidents at the intersections of U.S. 9 and Gravel Hill, Hudson, Sweetbriar and Dairy Farm roads.

"There have been enough (accidents) to trigger this project in order to improve safety," he said, though he could not provide exact numbers.

Each intersection is being widened to create separate lanes for through traffic, as well as left and right turns, Lang said.

According to plans, he said Log Cabin Hill Road may be closed or realigned at the Dairy Farm Road intersection, because the road currently funnels traffic almost directly into the intersection.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 15, 2010, 02:11:50 PM
DelDOT plans Del. 26 detour projects for July (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100615/NEWS/100615011/-1/updates/DelDOT-plans-Del.-26-detour-projects-for-July)

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MILLVILLE — A plan to improve alternative routes for use during the long-gestating Del. 26 improvement project is slated to begin next month, officials said.

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman Jason Lang said the improvements, which would focus on a series of roads south of the major artery in Millville and Ocean View, will provide a detour when construction on the main project begins.

"The State Route 26 Detour Routes project will cost just under $10 million to build," he said. "And the State Route 26 Mainline project is estimated to cost $30 million."

In 2004, DelDOT released a plan for widening Del. 26, the corridor that connects the beach resorts to U.S. 113, but the project has been repeatedly delayed.

Lang said funding issues have kept the project from moving forward.

Construction on the main project is currently scheduled for fall 2012, pending funding availability, he said.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on June 16, 2010, 01:19:53 PM
All the funky shaped rest area signs on I-95 are gone. Looks like they are making some progress on the reconstruction though. The I-95 south ramp from DE-896 south is closed for the express EZ-pass construction. Ironically the detour is the toll shunpike along DE-2 and DE-4 into Maryland.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 19, 2010, 08:12:00 AM
Delaware Welcome Center a destination in itself (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100619/NEWS02/6190344/1006/NEWS)

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"We've come a very long way from Hot Shoppes," Gov. Jack Markell said Friday before cutting the ribbon at the 42,657-square-foot Delaware Welcome Center building. The site will open to the public Thursday.

Construction of the center began in fall 2009. The Delaware Department of Transportation owns the site, but no state funding was expended on the project. Delaware makes money from rents and gets a cut of the sales, but more details were unavailable Friday.

Future maintenance will be done by HMSHost, a firm that built and will maintain the center for the next 35 years. HMSHost operated the previous 29,000-square-foot plaza, which was built in 1964.

Everything about the $35 million site -- the only impression many get of Delaware on the state's 24-mile stretch of I-95 -- is bigger and newer.

The previous incarnation saw about 3 million visitors per year. The new center is expected to have 4.5 million visitors. There are 603 parking spaces for cars and 38 for buses.

The site will have 250 employees between restaurants, shops and a 21-pump Sunoco station.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on June 21, 2010, 10:29:28 PM
Something I forgot to mention over the weekend, but on my way home from the SEPA meet, I noticed two new roundabouts along DE 15, one at DE 286, the other at Churchtown Rd a little further south (which becomes MD 310 at the border).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 22, 2010, 12:55:46 PM
U.S. 113 corridor to get safety overhaul (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100621/NEWS02/6210320/1006/NEWS)

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State transportation officials are unveiling a $4 million plan to improve safety at seven intersections along the U.S. 113 corridor in Sussex County.

The plan, which includes work at five crossovers along the dual highway between Millsboro and Dagsboro, has been in the works for several years, and is unrelated to the $839 million long-term bypass plan for the corridor.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said the intersections were identified as having high accident rates. They are in the state's Highway Safety Improvement Program.

"All the sites already demonstrate the need for improvements," said Mike Williams of DelDOT.

Design work should be finished by fall 2011, with construction to begin in spring 2012, Williams said.

The intersections had 217 crashes among them from January 2002 to May 2006, according to DelDOT data.

The proposed work, and crash totals for that period, include:

•Millsboro: Closing the median crossover to prohibit turns from Sheep Pen or Park Pond roads; 19 crashes.

•Millsboro: Blocking left turns from Radish Road and Second Street, creating channels for turns from lanes on U.S. 113; 26 crashes.

•Millsboro: Blocking left turns from Delaware Avenue in both directions, creating channels for turns from U.S. 113; 26 crashes.

•Millsboro -- Del. 20/Hardscrabble Road: Extending acceleration lane along southbound U.S. 113 from eastbound Del. 20; 56 crashes.

•Dagsboro: Blocking left turns from Molly Field Road and Cricket Street, creating channels for turns from U.S. 113 lanes; eight crashes.

•Dagsboro: Creating an additional southbound left turn lane on U.S. 113 onto Dagsboro Road/Del. 20, and closing a median opening north of the intersection; 55 crashes.

•Ellendale: Blocking some turns onto or off Staytonville Road, while allowing some turns off or onto Fleatown Road; 27 crashes.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 04, 2010, 11:58:04 AM
Delaware roads: Paving the way for expansion? (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100804/NEWS02/8040342/1006/NEWS)
Kennett Pike intersection work worries neighbors

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DelDOT's plans, which are not final, call for designated left-turn lanes in each direction of Kennett Pike, also known as Del. 52.

That would give the state highway separate lanes for turning onto Kirk Road to the east and Campbell Road to the west. DelDOT also plans to add right-turn lanes, bicycle lanes, a street light, a curb along the southbound right-turn lane and new traffic signal masthead arm poles that hang over the intersection.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on August 16, 2010, 08:59:59 AM
All the funky shaped rest area signs on I-95 are gone. Looks like they are making some progress on the reconstruction though. The I-95 south ramp from DE-896 south is closed for the express EZ-pass construction. Ironically the detour is the toll shunpike along DE-2 and DE-4 into Maryland.

Not anymore.  The posted detour now (from both directions of DE 896) is to take I-95 north to Exit 3B (DE 273 west) and loop back to I-95 south there.  You'd think they would at least have people turn around at the Welcome Center.
Title: Project to untangle Delaware's busiest interchange
Post by: Alex on August 21, 2010, 10:29:31 PM
Project to untangle Delaware's busiest interchange (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100821/NEWS02/8210337/1006/NEWS/Project-to-untangle-busiest-interchange)
Expect three years of vexation, though, at I-95 and Del. 1

By JEFF MONTGOMERY • The News Journal • August 21, 2010

It's among the most-notorious "Ts" on Delaware's traffic map, a source of endless aggravation for the hundreds of thousands of motorists who slog daily along I-95 and Del. 1 near Christiana Mall.

Now officials say that life around the busiest interchange at the busiest stretch of I-95 in Delaware will take a turn for the better, starting as early as next spring.

But only after a multiyear, $191 million detour through Work Area Purgatory.

"There are all kinds of conflicts that are going to be alleviated with these plans," said Mike Williams, DelDOT spokesman. "It's not going to be a short-term construction project. It will probably be two or three seasons, and it's going to have to be done under traffic. It might be a little dicey -- a little setback to get a large gain."

Proof of DelDOT's progress toward the start of work on new high-speed ramps between the two big highways came this week, with a request for last-minute changes to federal wetland impact statements. Advertisements for construction bids are scheduled to be released in September and October, with all work under way before the end of 2011.

Final approvals will clear the way for work on two new dedicated "flyover" lanes that will carry traffic from northbound Del. 1 to northbound I-95. Another two dedicated and isolated lanes will open for southbound I-95 traffic moving to southbound Del. 1.

Other lanes will untangle local traffic to and from the Christiana and Christiana Mall area, and eliminate a maddening series of jogs, weaves and Jersey barriers that keep horns blaring and lights flashing throughout rush hours.

"It's one of those daily irritants that I think at this point a lot of people take in stride, but I'm sure they're anxious to see something done," said Glenn Pusey Jr., a Bear-Glasgow community representative on a citizen panel that advises WILMAPCO, a regional transportation planning group.

Pusey, a retired DelDOT highway engineer and manager, said the interchange was once considered "adequate," but traffic and suburban growth erased that claim long ago.

Current-year WILMAPCO traffic estimates show that 233,725 cars and trucks move along I-95 north of Del. 1 daily, while 106,090 travel Del. 1 south of the interstate each day.

Counts for I-95 are 16 percent higher than the number predicted for this year in a WILMAPCO forecast issued in 2004. Current Del. 1 traffic levels are 14 percent higher than was predicted just six years ago.

By comparison, federal records this year list just 41 highway segments nationwide with more than 250,000 vehicles per day on average, with Interstate 270 in the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia area listed as having just over 250,000.

"In terms of its regional importance, that 'T' connects the top of the state with the bottom of the state," said Dan Blevins, a WILMAPCO planner. "It has become the easiest way to access I-95 if you're coming from southern parts of the peninsula. Not just Delaware, but the Delmarva Peninsula."

Pressure will grow with development of the new U.S. 301 connector, a project that will funnel traffic from the Middletown area, parts of Eastern Shore Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Del. 1 Roth Bridge south of Christiana.

"Demand has outstripped the current alignment" already, Blevins said.

"You'll see a lot of phasing" of construction, Blevins added. "There have been discussions with the Christiana Mall about limiting or curtailing lane closures from Thanksgiving to Christmas."

DelDOT already has completed construction of a fifth through-lane on I-95 to handle the extra traffic to and from Del. 1.

Along the northbound side of the interstate, Del. 1 traffic will merge from both sides.

Contractors also are building new high-speed toll collection lanes on I-95 at Newark.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on August 22, 2010, 07:27:06 AM
'Course, if the northern half of Delaware wasn't "sprawl city", the mess wouldn't be as bad.  Still a mess with all the mall ramps, but not as bad.
Title: Delaware roads: Troubles pile up for inlet bridge
Post by: Alex on August 29, 2010, 10:06:23 PM
Delaware roads: Troubles pile up for inlet bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100829/NEWS02/8290369/1006/NEWS/Troubles-pile-up-for-inlet-bridge)
Title: DelDOT moves forward with Del. 54 widening project
Post by: Alex on September 08, 2010, 12:01:17 PM
DelDOT moves forward with Del. 54 widening project (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100907/NEWS/100907036/-1/updates/DelDOT-moves-forward-with-Del.-54-widening-project)

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The state Department of Transportation is about to move forward with a Del. 54 improvement project, which will address safety and traffic issues caused by development along the east-west thoroughfare in southeastern Sussex County.

The project, which has been in the works since an initial survey was conducted in 2003, will increase the width of the road by 40 feet, making room for left turn lanes, a bicycle lane and sidewalks.

Road construction will be conducted in a two-mile span between Selbyville and Fenwick Island, from the west end of the highway at Bayside on Del. 20 to the Mallard Lake Development at Keenwick Road.

DelDOT spokesperson Michael Williams said a bid of about $10 million has been accepted for the project, although an award letter has not yet been issued.

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The intersection of Del. 20 and Del. 54 will see a significant improvement through the project, he said.

"With the increased development in that area in the last couple years and the heavy traffic in summer, a dedicated turn lane is the perfect option," he said.
Title: Wilmington (DE) adds seven traffic cameras
Post by: Alex on September 20, 2010, 12:31:06 PM
Wilmington adds seven traffic cameras (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100920/NEWS/9200328/-1/updates/Wilmington-adds-seven-traffic-cameras)

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WILMINGTON -- Seven new red-light cameras will be added to the 27 already in place in the city -- and all will soon be converted to digital technology.

The new cameras will be activated Oct. 4, Police Chief Michael Szczerba said.

The new locations are eastbound on Pennsylvania Avenue at Lincoln Street, eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue at Franklin Street, eastbound Lancaster Avenue at Cleveland Avenue, southbound South Heald Street at D Street, westbound Fourth Street at Adams Street, westbound Fourth Street at Washington Street and westbound Lancaster Avenue at Cleveland Avenue.

The digital conversion will provide better-quality images of vehicles traveling through intersections and will better allow city officials to determine if violations actually took place. For example, the new images will make it easier to determine if a vehicle came to a complete stop at a red light before making a right turn, Szczerba said.

Vehicle owners will still get photos sent to them, but they soon will be able to view a 10- second video of the alleged infraction online, city Communications Director John Rago said.

The digital conversion of the 27 current red-light cameras will be done by December.

Mayor James M. Baker said the program has reduced red-light violations at intersections by about 50 percent since the program began in 2001, making them safer.

But critics have called the program a money grab. The $110 tickets generate about $2.2 million a year. About 37 percent of that goes to ACS Government Solutions, the Baltimore company that manages the red-light program for the city.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 25, 2010, 11:14:44 AM
More of why the country's roads will never get any better, too much opposition... This article slants heavily toward the NIMBY's, so beware.

State's road plan under fire (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100921/NEWS/9210335/1006/State-s-road-plan-under-fire)

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The land between Millsboro and Frankford is home to many Sussex County poultry farms and cornfields, a quiet, rural area that has co-existed peacefully with U.S. 113 since the highway was built almost a century ago.

But now, as a state road project threatens to split their countryside, residents and farmers are joining forces to fight the $839 million bypass the state says is needed to keep roads from clogging in the decades ahead.

Hundreds of county residents have told state transportation officials they don’t want its U.S. 113 bypass plan, mounting a level of opposition reminiscent of the effort that halted a similar, related project near Milford in 2008.

From her neighbor’s backyard, Nancy Davis looks out at Betts Pond, just outside Millsboro, where the calm water is often used by fishermen and kayakers.

Under DelDOT’s plan, a highway bridge would span part of the pond to route cars around downtown Millsboro, destroying the tranquility she and her neighbors love.

“It’s quiet around here,” Davis said. “We want to keep it that way.”

More than 700 people are on record opposing the Delaware Department of Transportation's preferred route, compared with fewer than 50 people who support state's plan. Millsboro Town Council and the town's mayor have voted to support the plan.

The opposition was documented in petitions, comment forms, letters and e-mails submitted to DelDOT.

DelDOT initially attempted to keep the identities of the writers secret, citing privacy concerns, and released them only after The News Journal appealed to the Attorney General's Office under the Freedom of Information Act. The office agreed that the identities of the commenters were crucial to understanding the agency's decision on the project.

The not-in-my-backyard battle pits DelDOT's portrait of a highway clogged with beach-bound traffic against people who say the plan would run too close to residential neighborhoods, divide or ruin farmland and cost too much money.

"Highway engineers get kind of taken away with their maps and lines and grandiose projects, and sometimes it takes the citizens and Legislature to get them back to the ground level," said Frankford-area orchard owner Jim Bennett, a leading opponent.

The debate has attracted residents not just from the Millsboro-to-Selbyville corridor. A petition drive run by three Millsboro-area residents snagged more than 500 signatures this summer. Davis and her neighbor, David Potter, were among the leaders.

"I didn't talk to anybody in favor of the bypass," Davis said.

The fight has energized farmers whose land would be taken, with the politically powerful county Farm Bureau weighing in against the project.

"They're going to cut off this pristine farmland just so somebody could get to the beach five minutes faster," said third-generation farmer Paul Parsons, who will have three of his family's four Dagsboro-area farm parcels affected -- the bypass slicing them in half or running along the edge. "It's just ridiculous."

Others have expressed concern about the environmental impact as the bypass bridges Indian River, Pepper Creek and Vines Creek.

"They are pristine watersheds, with a major highway," Bennett said.

Linda Mancuso, who lives on Betts Pond Road outside Millsboro, said she understands the need for a bypass but doesn't quite get why it's so close to her home.

"Basically, they're in our backyard," Mancuso said. "It just seems like our central area right there is taking a large brunt of this bypass."

DelDOT officials say they're just proceeding with a traffic-oriented imperative. If something isn't done, they say, in two more decades, U.S. 113 will be almost too clogged to move.

"The people living and doing business in the area in 2030 are going to thank us for having that foresight," said spokesman Mike Williams. "This isn't about today -- it's about 20, 30 years from now."

He said residents' complaints that the plan is simply focused on beach-bound tourists are wrong -- it's meant to address both long-distance and local drivers.

Many of the opponents are demanding the 12.7-mile bypass from north of Millsboro to south of Frankford be dropped in favor of widening and improving the existing highway corridor. That "on-alignment" option is being proposed for other phases of the project in Georgetown and Ellendale.

The state has set aside $1 million for early land purchases and development for the Millsboro-south portion. DelDOT said projects such as this are usually funded up to 80 percent by the federal government, putting Delaware's share at about $167 million.

Today, the dual highway is a main corridor for residents who commute to Georgetown and Dover from the south. Truck traffic still hauls poultry from processing plants, but the chickens have been joined during the summer by a huge flow of beach traffic.

Tourists can head directly south to Ocean City, Md., or use Del. 24, 26 or 54 to get to Delaware's southern resorts, bypassing often-clogged Del. 1 at Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.

DelDOT's preferred plan also turns part of U.S. 113 into a limited-access highway from south of Frankford -- where the bypass would connect -- to the state line at Selbyville. On that portion of the highway, the "on-alignment" element, residents and business owners will be able to access U.S. 113, but will have to use an overpass to head in the opposite direction.

Bennett has a keen perspective on the situation -- he served as a member of the original working group of area residents, business owners and civic leaders who gave input on options.

He and others say instead of building a bypass, DelDOT should widen and improve the existing U.S. 113 footprint, perhaps adding lanes gradually as time and money allows.

Bennett said the state's plan -- to build the bypass first and then improve the southern section of the highway, from south of Frankford to the state line, would create a huge mess when the bypass dumps travelers back onto an unimproved highway.

"This is going to have to be built in its entirety," Bennett said. "You can't just build half of it and end up with people nowhere."

By 2030, traffic along the north-south corridor between Millsboro and the state line at Selbyville could increase by up to 53 percent -- almost 20,000 more cars a day. By 2025 on Del. 24, an east-west route that connects with U.S. 113 in Millsboro, driving will be so slow, it will be more like walking, residents fear.

That's the reason area residents such as Karen Twilley support the project.

Twilley lives on the west side of the highway outside Millsboro, and said it takes too much time to get from one side of town to the other -- up to a half-hour to travel three miles at some times. If she needs to go to a doctor's appointment in Rehoboth, for example, "to get through that mess is torture," she said.

"The traffic is insane," Twilley said. "Something needs to happen."
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 25, 2010, 08:14:22 PM
Bennett has a point.  They should start at the north end and work their way south, unless there's a documented need for separate interchange improvements further south that would have independent utility.  Meanwhile, upgrading DE 1 to a freeway between Dover and Milford would be a good start.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on September 27, 2010, 10:54:29 AM
I really have to wonder if widening US 113 to a freeway with service roads would really cost less than a bypass.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: deathtopumpkins on September 27, 2010, 03:11:48 PM
I highly doubt it. If development comes right up to the road, which it does on several portions of 113, then just the necessary land for building the frontage roads would require taking land from every single business along the road, not to mention land required for interchanges.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 27, 2010, 03:33:54 PM
However, as a general rule, US 113 has a wide median that could be utilized for at least part of the freeway portion, and most of the buildings adjacent to 113 are set back far enough to where the vast bulk of your land-taking would be landscaping and some parking spots, but not the buildings themselves.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: deathtopumpkins on September 28, 2010, 10:25:26 AM
Well even taking landscaping and parking lots would still be expensive... And if I recall correctly, the wide median is only through certain towns.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on October 12, 2010, 08:19:45 AM
Noticed 2 more roundabouts in southern New Castle County on Friday:  at DE 15/St. Annes Church Rd, and at St. Annes Church Rd/Wiggins Mill Rd.  Both junctions involved realignment of all roads involved, and all have a 4th, currently unused leg to serve future development.  If you look at Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.427243,-75.733545&spn=0.011702,0.02738&z=16), you can see the ROW plats for both junctions.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on October 12, 2010, 10:11:39 AM
Noticed 2 more roundabouts in southern New Castle County on Friday:  at DE 15/St. Annes Church Rd, and at St. Annes Church Rd/Wiggins Mill Rd.  Both junctions involved realignment of all roads involved, and all have a 4th, currently unused leg to serve future development.  If you look at Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.427243,-75.733545&spn=0.011702,0.02738&z=16), you can see the ROW plats for both junctions.

Both those unused legs are going to serve the same development - Westown Phase 1 (free-standing houses, townhouses, and apartments) will be going in to the north.  I laid out the new property lines for that not too long ago.  I guess Google Maps hasn't caught up with us here at New Castle County.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 16, 2010, 11:06:39 AM
U.S. 301 improvements in Middletown on target (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101015/NEWS/101015048/-1/updates/U.S.-301-improvements-in-Middletown-on-target)

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The $11 million project should be done by the end of the year, but motorists can still expect delays in the meantime

By ROBIN BROWN • The News Journal • October 15, 2010

An $11 million project to improve U.S. 301 in the Middletown area is on schedule to be finished by the end of the year, state road officials said today.

But motorists can expect some daytime delays Monday and Tuesday as the next phase of the project begins.

The massive project -- blamed for creating a variety of traffic issues including minor crashes involving inattentive drivers -- began in July 2008, with A-Del Construction as its primary contractor.

Jim Westhoff, a DelDOT community relations officer, said the upcoming delays will be caused by the removal and replacement of concrete barriers to establish a new traffic pattern.

Traffic will be shifted to the outside lanes of each direction between Del. 299 and Ash Boulevard, Westhoff said.

“This lane shift is necessary to allow contractors to complete new medians and turn lanes,” he said.

The new traffic pattern is expected to last about six weeks, Westhoff said, to be followed by the final placement of asphalt on U.S. 301 north of Del. 299.

But, he said, “because the work is weather sensitive, this phase of the project could be prolonged by poor conditions.”
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: njroadhorse on October 17, 2010, 09:13:37 AM
^ Does that tie into the proposed 301 turnpike proposal, or is this in a different location?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on October 17, 2010, 09:58:33 PM
Separate from the turnpike proposal.  This was improvements along the existing route.
Title: Major delays expected at I-95 toll plaza during holiday
Post by: Alex on November 19, 2010, 12:10:25 PM
One of my old traditions on the day before Thanksgiving was to drive a way home from work that day that took me over Interstate 95 near the toll plaza (Otts Chapel Road or Welsh Tract Road) so I could see how bad it truly was.

Major delays expected at I-95 toll plaza during holiday (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101118/NEWS/101118021/-1/updates/Major-delays-expected-at-I-95-toll-plaza-during-holiday)

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Construction at the I-95 toll plaza near Newark is expected to cause extreme delays next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Delaware Department of Transportation said.

Travel delays are expected to start as early as Tuesday morning and continue until the evening of Nov. 29. At peak times, delays are expected to stretch for miles.

DelDOT released a chart (http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?template=zoom&Site=BL&Date=20101118&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=101118021&Ref=V1) showing expected peak travel times on I-95 during the holiday weekend.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes or to travel during hours with lower traffic volumes.
Title: Delaware roads: I-95 toll is region's biggest backup
Post by: Alex on November 24, 2010, 12:05:46 PM
Delaware roads: I-95 toll is region's biggest backup (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101124/NEWS02/11240355/1006/NEWS)

Unfinished expansion could lead to 20-mile holiday jams

By JEFF MONTGOMERY • The News Journal • November 24, 2010

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Plenty of people come through the door these days at Leon's Garden Center on Elkton Road, not far from the busy I-95 toll plaza near the Delaware-Maryland line.

Too often, owner Leon Silicki said Tuesday, they're looking for a way to beat toll plaza charges and epic interstate traffic snarls near Newark that DelDOT warns could reach meltdown levels this Thanksgiving.

"Traffic is incredible. Our big thing is we probably have 50 people coming in a day, asking 'How do I get back to I-95,' because they don't want to go through the toll or pay the toll," Silicki said. "It's almost to the point where it becomes annoying for local people."

By Sunday, Delaware's stretch of I-95 will likely be annoying for a lot more than locals as an unfinished, $32 million toll plaza expansion turns into the biggest holiday traffic turkey of any predicted by highway, bridge and airport agencies across the mid-Atlantic.

Usually reserved DelDOT officials have admitted publicly that lane and toll-booth closings are likely to cause backups in coming days that will last through Monday. Problems "are expected to be greater than in recent years, and could stretch for miles and take hours to clear."

Jim Lardear, public and government affairs director for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said Tuesday that backups could stretch 20 miles, dwarfing last year's seven-mile crawl.

"It's important that people plan ahead and look for alternatives," Lardear said.

Warnings about the Delaware bottleneck already have gone out to highway agencies from North Carolina to Boston, and roadside message boards have been placed in Pennsylvania and Maryland miles before the Delaware line.

"We seriously considered offering alternate route directions, but it became an overwhelming task, because we have thousands of different destination points from start to end," said Michael Williams of DelDOT.

Newark's toll plaza handled an average 73,000 vehicles daily last year, peaking at 130,000 on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Forecasts for travelers elsewhere were relatively serene, by comparison.


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The Maryland Transportation Authority holiday advisory focused heavily on Delaware's choke point. MTA officials also cautioned that the U.S. 40 Hatem Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River at Perryville was unlikely to offer solace for those abandoning I-95, because of lane closings and construction on that span.


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An estimated 700,000 vehicles are expected to travel I-95 in Maryland, and 460,000 are predicted for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge crossing east of Annapolis.

Jenny Robinson of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the Keystone State, like Delaware and Maryland, halts construction projects during the Thanksgiving holiday whenever possible to keep traffic flowing even in heavy hours.

"Thanksgiving is the busiest travel season of the year. There's going to be a lot of volume on the highways regardless of whether or not there's construction," Robinson said. "People certainly should be aware of that and plan on extra time."

Pennsylvania and surrounding states will step up police patrols and enforcement of seat-belt laws and other regulations, Robinson added.

Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Master Cpl. Joseph DiStefano said all lanes and booths will be open on the twin spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge this holiday, with traffic for Wednesday through Sunday expected to hit 320,000 vehicles, up from 316,000 last year.

Traffic is expected to be heaviest from 3 to 8 p.m. today, DiStefano cautioned.

States all along the Atlantic Coast now maintain websites that offer real-time maps with highways color-coded by current congestion levels. DelDOT's map page is at www.del dot.gov/traffic/map.ejs. PennDOT operates a travel advisory at www.511pa.com. Maryland's version is at www.traffic.md.gov.

In addition, the multi-state I-95 Corridor Coalition maintains an elaborate trip-planning and congestion-monitoring site at www.i95travelinfo.net.

The coalition service allows travelers to get estimates of current travel times and locate bottlenecks at any point along I-95 and nearby interstates between Florida and Maine. By Tuesday afternoon, the Newark-area portion of the coalition's map was locked in a state of perpetual red and purple, codes for heavy and stop-and-go traffic.

Title: Free Del. tolls smooth drive
Post by: Alex on November 25, 2010, 04:55:35 PM
Free Del. tolls smooth drive and fliers elect not to 'opt-out' (http://mobile.baltimoresun.com/wap/news/text.jsp?sid=297&nid=29859721&title=Top%2520Stories&nstart=0&cid=17076&scid=1956&from=&redir=&ith=0&storytitle=Free%2520Del.%2520tolls%2520smooth%2520drive%2520and%2520fliers%2520elect%2520not%2520to%2520%27opt-out%27)

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Thanksgiving holiday travelers caught some breaks Wednesday as Delaware moved to uncork a potentially historic bottleneck by waiving tolls on its turnpike, and a much-publicized protest at the nation's airports appeared to have fizzled.

The decision to suspend collection of northbound Delaware Turnpike tolls between 3:15 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday came after traffic backed up nearly six miles onto Maryland's John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. Though the toll plaza at Newark is a well-known bottleneck where hourlong delays are not unusual, it was the first time in at least 15 years the state has waived collections.

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The delays were far more severe Wednesday for auto travelers heading through Delaware — at least until the tolls were waived. Shortly before 3 p.m., the Maryland Transportation Authority estimated the delay at the toll plaza at 30 minutes.

In the days leading up to the holiday, transportation officials in the two states had issued public warnings that construction at the toll plaza could result in a traffic jam of historic proportions — perhaps stretching a far back as the Susquehanna River — because of a construction project that has closed three of the nine northbound toll lanes.

The public warnings may have had their intended effect. Teri Moss, a spokeswoman for the Maryland toll authority, said the vehicle count at the Kennedy Highway toll plaza leading to Delaware was 3,000 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday — compared with 4,200 the same time a year ago. She said that could indicate many travelers changed their routes or travel times.

Moss said that after Delaware waived the tolls, the backups into Maryland eased considerably. By late afternoon, a traffic camera on I-95 at Elkton, which had earlier captured a slow-moving backup, showed that traffic was heavy but flowing freely.

Michael Williams, a spokesman for the Delaware transportation department, said travelers shouldn't necessarily expect that the state will be as generous with southbound travelers this weekend.

The traffic conditions affecting the northbound lanes Wednesday were "certainly exceptional," he said.

"We've never had lane closures that couldn't be opened before a major holiday," he said, adding that it was the first time in the 15 years he's been with the agency that tolls were waived.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 09, 2010, 11:54:21 AM
Delaware government: DelDOT urged to reroute US 113 project (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101209/NEWS02/12090357/1006/NEWS)
No local support, lawmakers say

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REHOBOTH BEACH -- Political opposition grew on Wednesday to a proposed 16-mile bypass of U.S. 113 in Sussex County, threatening the future of the project.

Three state lawmakers met privately with Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks in Rehoboth Beach in an effort to stop the current plan.

"There's no support for the southern end of the route," said Sen. George Bunting Jr., D-Bethany Beach, referring to residents of Dagsboro, Frankford and Selbyville. "I don't know how there can be a much stronger signal than that."

There's not much support for the northern route, either. Several legislators, including those who attended the meeting, have expressed outrage that the state has been paying a group of developers led by Robert Tunnell Jr. $50,000 a month since 2008 to reserve land for the project near where Del. 24 intersects U.S. 113.

The state is also paying a developer at the Dagsboro end of the route $10,000 a month not to build.

The News Journal reported on Sunday that the deals are costing taxpayers $721,000 a year, ostensibly to prevent the developers from launching new housing complexes during the worst housing market in Sussex County's history.

"My personal opinion is it [the project] costs too much money," said Sen. Robert Venables Sr., D-Laurel, who co-chaired the bond bill committee but did not attend the meeting Wednesday. The proposed eastern bypass does not make sense, he said, because of the need for three bridges, including a span twice as long as the new bridge over the Indian River Inlet. That project has been plagued with problems.

About six years ago, a study group began investigating the feasibility of a U.S. 113 relief route to direct traffic around Millsboro, where the highway has the highest fatality rate of any state highway. Many accidents have occurred at the numerous intersections along the roadway. Traffic on the overburdened road is primarily regulated with stop signs and yield signs.

Traffic in the rural area has increased steadily as vacationers from more populous areas have jammed roads leading to the state's beach towns.

REHOBOTH BEACH -- Political opposition grew on Wednesday to a proposed 16-mile bypass of U.S. 113 in Sussex County, threatening the future of the project.

Three state lawmakers met privately with Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks in Rehoboth Beach in an effort to stop the current plan.

"There's no support for the southern end of the route," said Sen. George Bunting Jr., D-Bethany Beach, referring to residents of Dagsboro, Frankford and Selbyville. "I don't know how there can be a much stronger signal than that."

There's not much support for the northern route, either. Several legislators, including those who attended the meeting, have expressed outrage that the state has been paying a group of developers led by Robert Tunnell Jr. $50,000 a month since 2008 to reserve land for the project near where Del. 24 intersects U.S. 113.

The state is also paying a developer at the Dagsboro end of the route $10,000 a month not to build.

The News Journal reported on Sunday that the deals are costing taxpayers $721,000 a year, ostensibly to prevent the developers from launching new housing complexes during the worst housing market in Sussex County's history.

"My personal opinion is it [the project] costs too much money," said Sen. Robert Venables Sr., D-Laurel, who co-chaired the bond bill committee but did not attend the meeting Wednesday. The proposed eastern bypass does not make sense, he said, because of the need for three bridges, including a span twice as long as the new bridge over the Indian River Inlet. That project has been plagued with problems.

About six years ago, a study group began investigating the feasibility of a U.S. 113 relief route to direct traffic around Millsboro, where the highway has the highest fatality rate of any state highway. Many accidents have occurred at the numerous intersections along the roadway. Traffic on the overburdened road is primarily regulated with stop signs and yield signs.

Traffic in the rural area has increased steadily as vacationers from more populous areas have jammed roads leading to the state's beach towns.

DelDOT decided in April that the route proposed for a bypass would take traffic to the east of Millsboro, Dagsboro and Frankford. The crescent-shaped highway, known variously as the blue route and Millsboro-South Area, is estimated to affect 1,298 acres. The project needs to be approved by the Federal Highway Administration. Wicks has said the earliest that approval could come would be 2012. It is expected to cost between $687 million and $839 million.

Sen. Harris McDowell, R-Wilmington North, said the residents of Sussex County presented strong arguments when they came before the bond bill committee last spring to oppose the bypass project.

"I thought they made a very good case," he said.

As the meeting with Bunting broke up on Wednesday, Rep. John Atkins, D-Millsboro, and Rep. Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View, said they asked Wicks to focus first on the Millsboro problem by moving the route north through land already owned by the state, eliminating the need for access to the Tunnell project.

Atkins said he suggested that the route go farther north before rejoining U.S. 113 on state-owned land near Sussex Central High School and the Stockley Center.

"John's idea is the best solution I've heard so far," Bunting said of Atkins' proposal. "I think we brought some things to light."

Wicks said the legislators outlined their objections to the alignment and DelDOT will continue "to work on their concerns and issues." She was accompanied by the recently-named deputy transportation secretary, Cleon Cauley Sr., who is a land-use lawyer.

Gov. Jack Markell and Wicks on Monday announced they would investigate the deals in response to outrage from citizens and legislators.

Markell appointed his chief of staff, Tom McGonigle, to conduct a "thorough review" of the two agreements.

The review will examine the process for making agreements in advance of highway construction. The agency has no formal policy defining or governing such agreements, according to Frederick Schranck, deputy attorney general assigned to DelDOT.

Bunting said Wednesday he is glad Markell has called for the investigation.

The process for acquiring land in advance of highway construction "should be more open," Bunting said.

The legislators were "the last in line" to be told, he said. "The public should know about it."

Angry citizens are contacting local lawmakers to request the project not be funded. Venables said he plans to meet with a group of concerned residents this week.

"I just doubt DelDOT's ability to build three new bridges, including a new span across the Indian River," said Carrie Bennett of Frankford.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 18, 2010, 10:51:46 AM
Going expected to be slow again for holiday travelers (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20101218/NEWS/12180326/1006/Going-expected-to-be-slow-again-for-holiday-travelers)

State warns drivers of toll-plaza backups

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Another holiday, another traffic nightmare.

That's the warning Delaware travel authorities are sending to Christmas drivers, who could find themselves stuck in the same kinds of backups that made Thanksgiving a headache for hundreds of thousands of people.

The I-95 toll plaza near Newark is still undergoing reconstruction, so there are fewer travel lanes to handle the crush of holiday traffic, which AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts will be greater than last year.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said this week the delays "could stretch for miles and take hours to clear," the same wording the agency used in its pre-Thanksgiving message.

Combined with some of the region's highest per-mile toll rates, the congestion in Delaware angers people like Greg Cohen, president of the American Highway Users Alliance, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., that pushes for safe and uncongested highways.

"It's still frustrating for people from out of state to pay these tolls year after year and then sit in traffic year after year," Cohen said.

At Thanksgiving, the crush of traffic led to 10-mile backups. On the Wednesday before the holiday, DelDOT waived the tolls for about 21,000 northbound drivers stalled by an overturned tractor-trailer, costing the state about $86,000 in lost income.

DelDOT should consider waiving its tolls again if traffic piles up for Christmas travelers, Cohen said.

"If you're charging people a toll, you should provide a guaranteed level of service," Cohen said. "If you can't do that, you should waive the toll. It's a lot of money, but it would be a nice Christmas present for a lot of people."

DelDOT isn't inclined to do that again, an official told the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Friday.

"It was an emergency situation," said Brian Motyl, administrator of DelDOT's Transportation Trust Fund, which pays for road projects statewide. But "we have to be careful when we do that because it is a revenue source."

The Thanksgiving jam could have been worse, DelDOT Secretary Carolann Wicks said in a statement this week.

Drivers heeded the agency's dire warnings and apparently found alternative routes, she said. Traffic through the toll plaza was down nearly 10 percent, or almost 69,000 vehicles, from last year.

Cohen was unmoved.

"In the spirit of the season, I don't want to be mean about it, but that's small comfort for people who want to take the most direct route to their destination," Cohen said.

DelDOT said the toll plaza reconstruction project will help alleviate the kind of congestion it has been causing lately.

Once finished, the plaza will have two high-speed E-ZPass lanes and seven cash lanes in each direction. Also, the plaza will get wider northbound approach lanes, new signs and pavement markings, better lighting and an overhead passage for toll collectors.

The $32 million project is funded by the federal stimulus program, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Perhaps when all the pain of the reconstruction is over, we'll all be cheering Delaware," Cohen said.

AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts more than 25,000 Delawareans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Christmas season, an increase of 3.4 percent from last year, said spokesman Jim Lardear.

"You can figure most of those people will be on I-95," he said.

Nationwide, 92.3 million Americans are expected to travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, an increase of 3.1 percent from last year, AAA reported.

Nearly all of those travelers -- 94 percent in Delaware, 93 percent nationwide -- are expected to go by car.

AAA has predicted increases in holiday travel all year, which is an indicator of an improving economy, Lardear said.

Drivers may be frustrated by a recent spike in gas prices -- the average is now $3.11 a gallon in Delaware, up from $2.55 last year -- but they're keeping their travel plans intact, he said.

Delaware has a bad reputation among many out-of-state travelers because of its congestion and high toll, Cohen said. Delaware's charge of $4 each way for passenger vehicles is one of the highest per-mile tolls on I-95, which stretches 1,830 miles between Maine and Florida.

There are no tolls on I-95 south of Baltimore all the way to Miami. When the federal government banned tolls on interstate highways in 1956, Delaware and other northeastern states were exempted because they already had tolls on the roads, Cohen said.

"But still, it isn't very nice to take advantage of people," he said.

DelDOT collected $117.2 million in I-95 tolls last year. They money makes up about 28 percent of the state's Transportation Trust Fund, which pays for road projects statewide.

"Most of the locals know to avoid that interchange," Lardear said. But out-of-state travelers "don't know the way around it, so they get stuck in it."

Alternate routes like U.S. 40, U.S. 1 and U.S. 301 aren't designed to handle the 73,000 vehicles that pass through the toll plaza daily, let alone the 130,000 vehicles typical for a peak travel day, Lardear said.

Cohen said he knows the local roads that will take him around the toll plaza and past a doughnut shop or a diner with good milkshakes.

"It's not good for my waistline, but I'd rather stop there because I'd rather not pay the toll," he said.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on December 18, 2010, 12:22:44 PM
Cohen's an idiot, as is the article writer to a lesser extent.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: J N Winkler on December 19, 2010, 07:26:45 AM
Delaware seems to be going through a change in contract nomenclature.  The project code for the just-advertised (large) I-95/SR 1 improvement is given on the DelDOT website and on the plans title sheet as T200809003, but all the drawing chopblocks and the project limits sheet still say 28-090-03.  There is a smaller bridge job, maybe part of the overall construction program, under code T201009004.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on December 19, 2010, 11:18:52 AM

DelDOT said the toll plaza reconstruction project will help alleviate the kind of congestion it has been causing lately.

Once finished, the plaza will have two high-speed E-ZPass lanes and seven cash lanes in each direction. Also, the plaza will get wider northbound approach lanes, new signs and pavement markings, better lighting and an overhead passage for toll collectors.

I don't think that will be helpful enough.  The best solution here, if not implementing 100% open road tolling, is at least to go to one-way tolling.  (Southbound to complement the NB toll at the Susquehanna.)  That gives you several more booths in the tolled direction and no more backups in the open direction.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: njroadhorse on December 19, 2010, 08:04:30 PM

DelDOT said the toll plaza reconstruction project will help alleviate the kind of congestion it has been causing lately.

Once finished, the plaza will have two high-speed E-ZPass lanes and seven cash lanes in each direction. Also, the plaza will get wider northbound approach lanes, new signs and pavement markings, better lighting and an overhead passage for toll collectors.

I don't think that will be helpful enough.  The best solution here, if not implementing 100% open road tolling, is at least to go to one-way tolling.  (Southbound to complement the NB toll at the Susquehanna.)  That gives you several more booths in the tolled direction and no more backups in the open direction.
If they do that, then I feel it would only be necessary to do that for the Delaware Memorial Bridge, but in the free direction at the border.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mightyace on December 20, 2010, 12:32:00 PM
As many of you know, I'm not a big fan of All Electronic Tolling.

However, the Newark toll barrier makes the strongest case I've seen so far for an AET setup.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 08, 2011, 11:03:38 AM
Delaware roads: Trouble again delays Indian River Inlet bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110108/NEWS02/101080358/1006/NEWS)

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The $150 million Indian River Inlet bridge has been delayed for the second time in recent months and is now not scheduled to open until December.

The latest trouble for the 2,600-foot span centers on massive, hanging frames that will be used in molding each of the over-water segments of the structure...

...Contractor Skanska USA has hoisted one of the frames to a point close to its starting position near the bridge's north tower. A second will be positioned on the south side in several weeks, said Geoff Sundstrom, DelDOT deputy public-relations director.

Months were lost, however, after workers discovered that a key pair of 200-ton metal frames needed extensive reinforcement and modification before they can be used to mold the 24-foot, 400-ton sections of reinforced concrete that will support the roadway.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 19, 2011, 11:03:44 AM
Delaware government: DelDOT chief Carolann Wicks steps down (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110219/NEWS02/102190357/DelDOT-chief-Carolann-Wicks-steps-down?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 22, 2011, 04:38:31 PM
Construction of new Christiana Mall bridge starts next week (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110222/NEWS/102220343/Construction-new-Christiana-Mall-bridge-starts-next-week?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|s)

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Construction is set to begin next week on a new bridge over Del. 1 into Christiana Mall.

Mumford & Miller, a Middletown-based contractor, has been awarded the $12.2 million contract to build the bridge, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced Monday.

The project is scheduled to start Monday and be completed within 259 days, DelDOT said.

The work will require nighttime road closures for now, said DelDOT spokesman Bob King. As the project nears completion, daytime closures will be needed for short periods, he said.

"If you're talking about nighttime travel, there will be a lane or two closed," he said. "During the day, there won't be many closures."

The project involves construction of the new bridge about a tenth of a mile south of the existing bridge. The new bridge will tie in to the mall's "ring road."

The bridge project is part of the much larger redesign of the interchange at I-95 and Del. 1, which has become increasingly congested during rush hour and holidays.

High-speed ramps will be built to connect Del. 1 northbound with I-95 northbound and to connect I-95 southbound with Del. 1 southbound.

The bridge over Del. 1 must move south to make space for the elevation and slope of the connection ramps, King said.

Construction of those ramps is expected to begin later this year, DelDOT said. Bids for the contract are scheduled to be opened next month.

The ramps are the final piece of DelDOT's I-95 Improvement Program, which has cost about $135 million so far. That project, which began in the late 1990s, involved:

-Building an interchange at the Churchmans Road and Del. 7 intersection.

-Rebuilding the Churchmans Road bridge over I-95.

-Rehabilitating the ramps at I-95 and Del. 896.

-Adding a fifth lane along I-95 both northbound and southbound near Christiana Mall and Del. 141.

-Building high-speed E-ZPass lanes at the I-95 toll plaza in Newark, which is expected to be finished this summer.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 26, 2011, 12:22:21 PM
Delaware government: Sussex lawmakers agree to downsized highway expansion (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110226/NEWS02/102260343/Sussex-lawmakers-agree-downsized-highway-expansion?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Local)

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Prodded by Gov. Jack Markell's threat to kill the U.S. 113 project south of Milford, Sussex lawmakers have tentatively agreed to support a scaled-back highway expansion plan that would partially bypass Millsboro but keep improvements to the north and south on the existing alignment.

The consensus approach -- not put to a vote -- could include a two- or four-lane route that would connect U.S. 113 near Sussex Central High School and the Stockley Center to Del. 24 near Mountaire's poultry processing plant, east of Millsboro.

Legislators who attended a meeting on the project at DelDOT's Georgetown offices Wednesday said the connector would divert some east-west traffic and poultry trucks around Millsboro, reducing pressure for a far more costly and expansive highway relocation in that area.

DelDOT has spent about $14 million exploring an elaborate series of options along a 40-mile corridor between Milford and the Maryland line. After legislators began opposing those alternatives in the Millsboro area, Markell late last month threatened to pull the plug, saying lawmakers were wavering in their support of the project.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 26, 2011, 12:27:37 PM
Delaware roads: Elkton Road (Delaware 2 Business/896) will welcome more bicycles, fewer autos (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110225/NEWS02/102250335/-1/7daysarchives/Elkton-Road-will-welcome-more-bicycles-fewer-autos)
Project expected done in Sept. '12

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EWARK -- After five months of construction along Elkton Road, the state transportation department this week announced the work on roughly two miles between Gravenor Lane and Delaware Avenue is expected to be completed by September of 2012.

To make room for bike lanes, the road will be trimmed to one lane of traffic in each direction with a left-turn lane on each side, DelDOT officials said at an informational session.

Mary Whistler, who lives in the Devon neighborhood, said although bike lanes will make the area safer for cyclists, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction will likely worsen traffic on Elkton Road and adjacent streets.

"I don't think, in this day and age, you take two lanes and turn them into one -- not when people are gonna start driving on parallel streets to stay away from it," Whistler said.

"Elkton Road is bad enough to begin with -- why make it smaller?" she asked.

DelDOT engineers took into account traffic flow and growth, saying one lane of traffic and a turn lane in each direction would be enough.

"That was something we looked at very hard and detailed in the planning process," said Mark Tudor, a DelDOT engineer.

Construction is set to be done in four phases, which may run concurrently. The project is still in phase one, which is expected to run through fall 2011, DelDOT officials said.

In the initial phase of development, crews are mainly working in the eastbound lanes and adjacent streets.

Having to relocate utilities such as gas, water lines, storm and sanitary sewer lines, and inclement weather are factors DelDOT officials said could delay the project's completion -- although crews have not yet run into any significant setbacks.

"There haven't been too many days lost to weather, thank goodness," Gary Laing, a DelDOT spokesman, said Monday.

With this particular project, DelDOT officials said, they have worked to tailor their approach to accommodate various segments of the community while getting the job done quickly.

"We're really dealing with a range of constituents," Laing said, adding UD students, Newark residents and business owners -- generally -- have different sets of concerns about the project.

However, easy access to businesses along Elkton Road is an overarching issue, and one Laing said the agency deals with in nearly every project along arterial routes.

For area businesses, the construction has meant more customers grumbling about navigating orange traffic barriers and cracked pavement.

However, for the most part, they're supportive of the project.

"Overall, what they're doing, I think, is good for the community. A little bit of inconvenience is OK," said Abe Santos, owner of Re Ink Advantage on Elkton Road.

Santos gets a panoramic view of the road work from his shop windows. Around the corner from Santos at the Apna Bazaar, owner Rohit Patel said traffic and detours now will pay dividends as the community around the road continues to develop later.

"They're making improvements so, I mean, I don't have any complaints," Patel said. "It's going to improve the community area, down the road -- long term -- it's going to benefit us."
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Michael in Philly on February 28, 2011, 09:47:24 AM
Hmmm... Is this north or south of Del. 4?  My favorite route to avoid that absurd toll at the Delaware/Maryland line is (southbound) either Del. 273 west or Del. 896 north to Del. 4; Del. 4 west to Del. 2; Del. 2/Md. 279 back to 95.

(Northbound, I avoid the Susquehanna toll as well by using US 1, unless I'm in a hurry.)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on February 28, 2011, 10:57:15 AM
Hmmm... Is this north or south of Del. 4?  My favorite route to avoid that absurd toll at the Delaware/Maryland line is (southbound) either Del. 273 west or Del. 896 north to Del. 4; Del. 4 west to Del. 2; Del. 2/Md. 279 back to 95.

(Northbound, I avoid the Susquehanna toll as well by using US 1, unless I'm in a hurry.)

It's north - this is all "in town" in Newark.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on February 28, 2011, 09:19:50 PM
Hmmm... Is this north or south of Del. 4?  My favorite route to avoid that absurd toll at the Delaware/Maryland line is (southbound) either Del. 273 west or Del. 896 north to Del. 4; Del. 4 west to Del. 2; Del. 2/Md. 279 back to 95.

(Northbound, I avoid the Susquehanna toll as well by using US 1, unless I'm in a hurry.)
Consider Chestnut Hill Rd. - not sure if it's faster, but I like the drive on a 2-lane better than the other major routes.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 01, 2011, 01:45:24 PM
Del. 1 project gets started (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110228/NEWS/102280323/-1/7daysarchives/Del-1-project-gets-started)
Bridge will tie into mall road

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Temporary lane closures on Del. 1 begin this evening as the Delaware Department of Transportation starts a nearly nine-month project to construct a new bridge into the Christiana Mall.

DelDOT said last week lane closures would be mostly at night as the 259-day project gets under way.

Some daytime lane closures may be necessary for short periods, according to DelDOT.

The new bridge will be south of the current Del. 1 overpass and tie into the mall's "ring road."

DelDOT awarded the $12.2 million construction contract to Mumford & Miller, a Middletown-based contractor.

To date, DelDOT has spent $135 million since the late 1990s on improvements to the busy I-95 and Del. 1 interchange.

Other projects include building an interchange at Churchmans Road and Del. 7 and adding a fifth lane northbound and southbound on I-95.

Later this year, more backups are expected at the interchange as DelDOT begins a multiyear project to build high-speed "flyover" ramps to connect southbound I-95 with southbound Del. 1 and northbound Del. 1 with northbound I-95.

DelDOT officials said last August the ramp project could take several years and cost $191 million.

DelDOT has said the ramps will relieve the rush hour and weekend backups at the current interchange that are the source of aggravation for suburban commuters and mall shoppers.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 02, 2011, 01:48:57 PM
Delaware roads: Deficit may force hike in tolls (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110302/NEWS02/103020354/Deficit-may-force-hike-tolls?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p)

Proposals to fix shortfall would barely make a dent

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TOP REVENUE-GENERATING OPTIONS

Raise Del. 1 weekday toll to $2, weekend toll to $3: $36.4 million

Raise all I-95 tolls by $1: $24.5 million

Charge toll for new Indian River Inlet bridge: $7.6 million

Raise Del. 1 commercial vehicle toll by $1: $4.5 million

Increase gas tax by 1 cent: $4.5 million


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Estimated state road and transit budget shortfalls have swollen to nearly $1 billion for the next five years and $3.7 billion through 2023, according to an updated tally released late Tuesday by a panel seeking options for closing the gap.

In the first draft of a plan to deal with the growing money shortage, Transportation Trust Fund Task Force members listed possibilities that included hikes in tolls on Del. 1 and I-95, new fees for some types of driver's license renewals and motor vehicle transactions, higher penalties for insurance violations and a boost in billboard fees.

Those actions, however, would barely make a dent in the deficits, which ultimately will have to be settled by lawmakers and Gov. Jack Markell. The 10 largest revenue proposals, including some given little chance of approval, would generate only about $210 million annually.

"This is getting to look to me like it's unobtainable," said Sen. Robert L. Venables, D-Laurel, who co-chairs the Legislature's capital budget committee. He added later: "I don't think the General Assembly realizes what we're working on and how bad these figures are."

Other, more drastic steps that made the list of recommendations included new tolls on Del. 1 ramps that are currently free south of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal and along the Del. 1 main line south of Milford, as well as higher fuel taxes and fees for transit services used by the disabled and elderly.

Lawmakers formed the trust fund panel last year in response to warnings that DelDOT would run out of money as early as 2012 for projects financed only with state revenues. A report is due to the General Assembly and Markell by March 31.

"We're now down to the core programs, primarily," said outgoing DelDOT Secretary Carolann Wicks. "All we really have are federally funded projects like the U.S. 202 interchange, Route 54 -- they're all federally funded. We've already lost all of the state-only projects."

Markell's office released a cautious written statement late Tuesday after receiving a briefing on the draft list.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 05, 2011, 12:05:03 PM
Transportation Trust Fund Task Force 2011 proposed fee increases (http://php.delawareonline.com/state/deldot/2011_fee_increase_proposal.php)

Thanks to Bob Chessick for sending me the link. Listed are a bunch of proposals, some in the near term, others down the road, of fee/toll increases in Delaware.

Among those listed, $1 toll increases for Interstate 95 and SR 1
A $2 monthly maintenance fee for Delaware-based EZPass accounts
Tolling Delaware 1 south of Milford
Tolling the new Indian River Inlet Bridge
Tolling the free ramps from the SR 1 Bridge at South St. Georges (though I doubt they could get the law changed as to why those are free).
Speed cameras on the SR 1 Turnpike
Tolls on U.S. 13, U.S. 113, Delaware 404 in Sussex County

Many of things will never fly, such as adding tolls to an arterial highway. But others, like the toll increases and EZPass account maintenance fees probably will.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on March 05, 2011, 12:15:24 PM
They could arguably put tolls on DE 1 *IN* Milford...it's close enough to freeway grade and while there are alternative routes, they're a bit time-consuming.

Same with the Indian River Inlet Bridge.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: deathtopumpkins on March 06, 2011, 10:15:24 PM
Speed cameras, eh? Those would certainly cement my decision to take I-95 rather than go up the Eastern Shore in the future.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on March 07, 2011, 08:35:40 AM
Tolling the free ramps from the SR 1 Bridge at South St. Georges (though I doubt they could get the law changed as to why those are free).

It would be easier to put in a tollbooth on DE 1 somewhere north of the Canal.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mightyace on March 16, 2011, 03:41:12 AM
Many of things will never fly, such as adding tolls to an arterial highway. But others, like the toll increases and EZPass account maintenance fees probably will.

If you go electronic only, it's possible.  But, even there only practical if there aren't too many access points for shunpiking.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on March 16, 2011, 07:50:15 AM
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Speed cameras, eh? Those would certainly cement my decision to take I-95 rather than go up the Eastern Shore in the future.

Since you're on the Peninsula, I could see that.  If you were Southside, even with speed cameras on the Delmarva, it'd still be faster/shorter to take 13/113/etc etc.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 16, 2011, 11:19:48 AM
Northbound Del. 1 to close tonight near Christiana Mall (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110316/NEWS/110316013/-1/7daysarchives/Northbound-Del-1-close-tonight-near-Christiana-Mall)

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Northbound Del. 1 near Christiana Mall will be closed for eight hours tonight to allow for overhead sign removal, DelDOT reports.

The work is part of an interchange project to improve the connection with I-95.

The northbound lanes will be closed from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Thursday.

Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Del. 273 at exit 162, west to I-95 and north to the Del. 1 exit (4A).

The southbound lanes were closed for the work on Tuesday night.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 10, 2011, 11:57:24 AM
Delaware roads: Midstate highway faces more obstacles (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110410/NEWS02/104100369/Midstate-highway-faces-more-obstacles?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

Lower projections for traffic, tolls raise questions as DelDOT seeks federal help
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 27, 2011, 05:55:04 PM
Bridge authority plans $1 toll hike on Delaware Memorial (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110427/NEWS02/104270350/-1/7daysarchives/Bridge-authority-plans-1-toll-hike-Delaware-Memorial)

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Tolls on the Delaware Memorial Bridge would rise by a $1 for passenger cars and trucks with a similar per-axle increase for commercial vehicles under a proposal to avert a budget crisis at the bridge authority.

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The rate hike would help pay for a variety of projects, Salmon said, including $29 million in improvements to I-295, $28 million for painting and structural work on the bridge, $10 million for upgrades at toll collection stations, $9 million for inspection of bridge cables and suspension ropes and $4.3 million to replace the electronic signage system that lets motorists know when lanes on the bridge are closed.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on April 27, 2011, 07:32:09 PM
Bridge authority plans $1 toll hike on Delaware Memorial (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110427/NEWS02/104270350/-1/7daysarchives/Bridge-authority-plans-1-toll-hike-Delaware-Memorial)

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Tolls on the Delaware Memorial Bridge would rise by a $1 for passenger cars and trucks with a similar per-axle increase for commercial vehicles under a proposal to avert a budget crisis at the bridge authority.

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The rate hike would help pay for a variety of projects, Salmon said, including $29 million in improvements to I-295, $28 million for painting and structural work on the bridge, $10 million for upgrades at toll collection stations, $9 million for inspection of bridge cables and suspension ropes and $4.3 million to replace the electronic signage system that lets motorists know when lanes on the bridge are closed.
Hopefully incentive to get more traffic off this bridge on summer weekends and onto US 322.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 01, 2011, 10:51:21 AM
Delaware roads: A bridge so far (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110501/NEWS02/105010345/-1/7daysarchives/Public-gets-close-look-new-Indian-River-Inlet-Bridge)

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DelDOT expects the cable-supported north and south sections of the bridge deck to meet in the middle by October, with the roadway expected to be opened to traffic in December, about eight months past the original plan.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 08, 2011, 10:00:08 PM
Delaware government: DelDOT will pay developers until bypass plan is settled (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110508/NEWS02/105080362/DelDOT-will-pay-developers-until-bypass-plan-settled?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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Markell also gave the Sussex County legislators an ultimatum, telling them to reach a consensus by the end of the legislative session on U.S. 113 improvements or risk having the money spent elsewhere in the state. All planning on the U.S. 113 project, on which $14 million already has been spent, was stopped.

Now, the 12 Sussex lawmakers agree unanimously that they won't support the current bypass plan, according to Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach. The House majority leader said Thursday he had drafted a letter outlining a new proposal for Markell. The delegation said it wants all improvements to U.S. 113 from Milford to Selbyville to be made on the highway's current alignment, with a short bypass diverting traffic east of the town of Millsboro, Schwartzkopf said.

The lawmakers support routing the bypass at Millsboro through as much state land as possible, such as the Stockley Center north of Millsboro, Schwartzkopf said.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 09, 2011, 10:43:42 AM
Christina bridge [Wilmington] plans to be unveiled (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110509/NEWS/105090333/-1/7daysarchives/Christina-bridge-plans-unveiled)

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Possible locations for Riverfront span to be discussed
A Wilmington Riverfront transportation coalition will take plans for a new bridge over the Christina River to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. next Monday at the Center on the Riverfront.

The session, at 815 Justison St., will include possible locations for the new span, which will expand links to several routes, including I-95, I-495, U.S. 13 and local roads.

The Delaware Department of Transportation's long-range plans call for a bridge that would connect the Riverfront area just south of The Shipyard (formerly the Shipyard Shops) with U.S. 13 south of the South Walnut Street and South Market Street split.

Current estimates peg the cost at about $45 million, including $33.4 million for construction and $8.6 million for right-of-way purchases, possibly beginning as early as next year. Construction is unlikely to begin before 2014, however, with the Federal Highway Administration picking up 80 percent of the cost of land and construction.

Wilmington Initiatives, a group that includes the city of Wilmington, the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization and state transportation agencies, will sponsor the session.

Information will be available on several other projects, ranging from sidewalk and lighting improvements to streetscape and beautification efforts. Most are intended to promote a balance of transportation services, including mass transit, pedestrian, bicycle, rail and motor vehicle.

Although DelDOT has warned that the state's Transportation Trust Fund is short of cash, the Markell administration's proposed Bond Bill for the fiscal year that begins July 1 sets aside $8.6 million to begin land purchases.
Title: Tolls to go up on Delaware Memorial Bridge
Post by: Alex on May 17, 2011, 04:41:45 PM
Tolls to go up on Delaware Memorial Bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110517/NEWS/110517026/Tolls-go-up-Delaware-Memorial-Bridge?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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The Delaware River and Bay Authority has approved a $1 increase to the toll at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, a spokesman said.

The toll is currently $3. The new $4 rate goes into effect July 1, said DRBA spokesman Jim Salmon.

The $4 toll will apply to passenger vehicles; a $1 per axle increase was also approved for commercial vehicles.
Title: Re: Tolls to go up on Delaware Memorial Bridge
Post by: Alex on May 18, 2011, 09:01:34 AM
Follow up article on the toll increase:

Delaware Memorial Bridge tolls to rise (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110518/NEWS02/105180319/-1/7daysarchives/Delaware-Memorial-Bridge-tolls-rise)

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The increases are expected to raise an additional $22 million in revenue annually -- money that will be used for capital improvements at the bridge and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

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The money raised will be used for a variety of projects -- not just at the bridge. Among them are I-295 highway upgrades that are expected to cost $29 million and dock work and improvements to passenger loading systems at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry that are expected to cost $15 million.

Tolls to go up on Delaware Memorial Bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110517/NEWS/110517026/Tolls-go-up-Delaware-Memorial-Bridge?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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The Delaware River and Bay Authority has approved a $1 increase to the toll at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, a spokesman said.

The toll is currently $3. The new $4 rate goes into effect July 1, said DRBA spokesman Jim Salmon.

The $4 toll will apply to passenger vehicles; a $1 per axle increase was also approved for commercial vehicles.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 06, 2011, 11:34:58 AM
NJ E-ZPass taking over operations for Del. Memorial Bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110606/NEWS/110606025/-1/7daysarchives/NJ-E-ZPass-taking-over-operations-Del-Memorial-Bridge-)

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NEW CASTLE — New Jersey's E-ZPass service center is taking over management of accounts issued by the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

The authority operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which connects New Jersey and Delaware near Wilmington.

It has 43,000 E-ZPass accounts.

The DRBA says it will save $750,000 per year by having the New Jersey operation handle its accounts.

Customers will also save. Their monthly membership fee will be $1 instead of the current $1.50 and they won't have to pay to buy transponders any more. They'll also benefit from additional discount plans.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 07, 2011, 02:01:51 PM
Comparisons between the two Delaware Memorial Bridge spans.

Massive spans might look alike but each has its own history (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110607/NEWS12/106070332/-1/7daysarchives/Massive-spans-might-look-alike-each-has-its-own-history)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 10, 2011, 06:13:00 PM
Bridge work to close I-495, I-95 lanes next week (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110610/NEWS/110610037/Bridge-work-close-495-95-lanes-next-week?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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Southbound I-495 in Claymont will be reduced to one lane for months starting next week as crews peform maintenance on a bridge over the highway, officials announced today.

Both southbound lanes will be closed between the Naamans Road and Philadelphia Pike exits from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday to allow for placement of a barrier wall to protect workers. Detours will be posted.

One lane of the highway will then reopen.

Contractors will be working behind the barrier wall during the daytime, according to a statement from the Delaware Department of Transportation.

The project also includes rehabilitation of the Naamans Road bridge over I-95.

The northbound and southbound right lanes of I-95 will be closed from 9 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. June 17 to allow for placement of barrier walls beneath the Naamans bridge. Then the right shoulders will remain closed around-the-clock until the work is completed in mid-September 2012.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 19, 2011, 11:10:29 AM
Delaware roads: Access between Del. 1 and Del. 12 to improve soon (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110619/NEWS02/106190331/-1/7daysarchives/Access-between-Del-1-Del-12-improve-soon)

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Motorists on Del. 1 will get better access to Del. 12 at Frederica this week, but a new overpass under construction won't be opening until early July.

Starting Monday, southbound motorists on Del. 1 will be allowed to exit onto Del. 12 (Frederica Road) at the north end of the town. And drivers on Del. 12 will be able to enter the southbound lanes of Del. 1 at the north end of the town, said Michael Williams of the state transportation department.

But access to and from northbound Del. 1 will continue to be from Frederica Road at the south end of the town until the overpass is opened.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Ian on June 21, 2011, 08:35:49 PM
Went along I-95 southbound through Delaware today and photographed some new signs going up between the service plaza and the Newark tolls. The Newark toll plaza is nearing completion and I must say, it doesn't look half bad...
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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 21, 2011, 09:07:16 PM
Went along I-95 southbound through Delaware today and photographed some new signs going up between the service plaza and the Newark tolls. The Newark toll plaza is nearing completion and I must say, it doesn't look half bad...
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Whoah  :wow: "Last Exit Before Toll" placards! Amazing, how long has Interstate 95 gone without these?  :banghead:  Even more amazing are those signs (even the Clearview) with the inane "MUST EXIT" garbage that were still in place. Good riddance to those   :nod:

I see US 301 is now relegated to auxiliary signage status. Must be in anticipation of the US 301 toll proposal that will reroute the highway away from the Glasgow end point.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on June 22, 2011, 01:37:54 PM
Considering that US 301 ends at US 40 anyway, the "TO" signs are actually correct even without the toll proposal reroute.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Michael in Philly on June 22, 2011, 04:25:24 PM
I think the sign for "896 to 301" has read thus since at least 2008....
Title: Delaware 1/12 interchange opens 06-28-11
Post by: Alex on June 24, 2011, 11:11:20 AM
New Del. 1 overpass to open on Tuesday (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110624/NEWS/110624018/New-Del-1-overpass-open-Tuesday?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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A new overpass on Del. 1 at Frederica will be open to traffic on Tuesday, officials announced today.

The overpass, to open by the end of the day, will allow traffic entering and exiting the northbound lanes to cross over the highway to connect with Del. 12 at the north end of town.

Ramps for southbound access were opened earlier this week, following more than a year of construction. The project eliminated a stop-sign controlled median crossing that was the scene of numerous accidents, some fatal.

The Delaware Department of Transportation has other overpasses planned for Del. 1, with some awaiting funding:

• Del. 30 (Wilkins Road/Cedar Neck Road). Construction will begin in spring 2012.

• At south end of Frederica, junction with Frederica, Tub Mill Pond and Milford Neck roads. Construction might begin in fall 2013.

• At Little Heaven, junction with Bowers Beach and Clapham roads. Construction could begin late summer or early fall of 2014.

• At Milford, junction with Northeast Front Street and New Wharf Road. Construction might begin in fall 2015.

• Thompsonville Road south of Frederica. Construction could begin late summer or early fall 2015.

• Barratts Chapel Road north of Frederica. Construction and right-of-way plans are currently not funded. No design work is being planned.

An overpass at Del. 9 at the south end of Dover was completed in November 2009.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mtantillo on June 26, 2011, 01:40:49 AM
Went along I-95 southbound through Delaware today and photographed some new signs going up between the service plaza and the Newark tolls. The Newark toll plaza is nearing completion and I must say, it doesn't look half bad...

Thanks for posting the pics!  Its nice to see what the toll plaza actually looks like, seeing as I haven't actually driven through it in many years. 
Title: No relief in sight for road-weary motorists (DE)
Post by: Alex on June 26, 2011, 12:56:35 PM
No relief in sight for road-weary motorists (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110626/NEWS02/106260347/No-relief-sight-road-weary-motorists?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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1. Del. 1 at I-95: Christiana Mall bridge relocation, $12.2 million, through November 2012.

2. I-95 Newark toll plaza: $30 million, could open all lanes by July Fourth weekend.

3. Elkton Road: Casho Mill to Delaware Avenue, $10.5 million, through September 2012.

4. Kirkwood Highway: Del. 7 to Del. 100 at east end of Elsmere, $2.1 million, repair/repaving through mid-November.

5. Del. 141 Newport Bridge: 1-95 at Newport, $14.8 million, through summer 2014.

6. Del. 1: Barkers Landing (St. Jones River south of Dover Air Force Base) to Frederica, repairs/repaving.

7. Indian River Inlet Bridge: $150 million, lane restrictions. Opens in December.

8. Del. 54: West of Fenwick Island, $10 million, widening and improvements through May 2012.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mtantillo on June 26, 2011, 11:25:44 PM
Looks like we have some progress at the Newark Toll plaza.  Here's what I saw when I was through that area just now. 

I didn't pass through the toll plaza (haven't in years), and I was taking my usual diversion route: MD 279/DE 2, Otts Chapel Road, Welsh Tract Road, DE 896. So I crossed over 95 twice on both Otts Chapel and Welsh Tract. There were signs on I-95 saying "new traffic pattern (today's date)"

Southbound was not done yet. Looked like the left lane was going through the high-speed E-ZPass (but not at high speed yet), the center two were going to the booths (the left of 2 lanes signed for E-ZPass Only), and the right lane is still exit-only at DE 896/Exit 1. Traffic was rather heavy in the one cash approach lane, and looked like it was moving at medium speed through the high-speed lane. 

Northbound, it appeared as if 2 lanes were going through the high-speed E-ZPass area....the center lane diverged.

I can already see what the next problem is going to be...the 3-lane section of I-95 in MD between the DE tolls and MD 24/Exit 77. With the floodgates open and all that DE traffic suddenly able to get into MD quickly, I-95 will get bogged down in MD during busy times. It was a bear tonight. Northbound will likely jam up at the I-95/I-495/I-295/NJ Turnpike split worse than it does now.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on June 27, 2011, 07:53:19 PM
Looks like we have some progress at the Newark Toll plaza.  Here's what I saw when I was through that area just now. 

I didn't pass through the toll plaza (haven't in years), and I was taking my usual diversion route: MD 279/DE 2, Otts Chapel Road, Welsh Tract Road, DE 896. So I crossed over 95 twice on both Otts Chapel and Welsh Tract. There were signs on I-95 saying "new traffic pattern (today's date)"

Is that faster than Chestnut Hill Rd.? Or about the same?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on June 27, 2011, 11:15:56 PM
Looks like we have some progress at the Newark Toll plaza.  Here's what I saw when I was through that area just now. 

I didn't pass through the toll plaza (haven't in years), and I was taking my usual diversion route: MD 279/DE 2, Otts Chapel Road, Welsh Tract Road, DE 896. So I crossed over 95 twice on both Otts Chapel and Welsh Tract. There were signs on I-95 saying "new traffic pattern (today's date)"

Southbound was not done yet. Looked like the left lane was going through the high-speed E-ZPass (but not at high speed yet), the center two were going to the booths (the left of 2 lanes signed for E-ZPass Only), and the right lane is still exit-only at DE 896/Exit 1. Traffic was rather heavy in the one cash approach lane, and looked like it was moving at medium speed through the high-speed lane. 

From what I saw on traffic cameras over the past few days, it looks like the lanes are open in both directions.  The southbound pattern has been restored to 4 lanes past DE 896.  The E-ZPass lanes are being closed off-peak to finish construction.
Title: I-95 high-speed E-ZPass lanes open at Newark toll plaza (DE)
Post by: Alex on June 28, 2011, 11:11:50 AM
I-95 high-speed E-ZPass lanes open at Newark toll plaza (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110628/NEWS/106280343/-1/7daysarchives/I-95-high-speed-E-ZPass-lanes-open-Newark-toll-plaza)

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Some good news for the road-weary this holiday weekend -- the I-95 toll plaza in Newark, which has been a major chokepoint, will be easing its grip on traffic.

As of Monday, the highway-speed E-ZPass lanes -- where electronic transponders are read without vehicles having to slow down or drive through a traditional tollbooth -- are completed and open for business, said Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Williams, with two lanes on the northbound side and two lanes on the southbound side.

The expectation is that the lanes will ease congestion at the tolls, which had gotten worse over the past year as construction shut down conventional toll lanes to make way for the new E-ZPass lanes.

"It is not going to magically make backups or delays go away," said Williams, adding that during unusually high-volume times like holiday weekends, that would be next to impossible. But he said the new lanes are a major change and drivers should notice a much more "comfortable" ride through the plaza.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Fleetwood Mac Attack on June 29, 2011, 12:42:46 PM
Looks like we have some progress at the Newark Toll plaza.  Here's what I saw when I was through that area just now. 

I didn't pass through the toll plaza (haven't in years), and I was taking my usual diversion route: MD 279/DE 2, Otts Chapel Road, Welsh Tract Road, DE 896. So I crossed over 95 twice on both Otts Chapel and Welsh Tract. There were signs on I-95 saying "new traffic pattern (today's date)"

Is that faster than Chestnut Hill Rd.? Or about the same?

Was just going to ask the same thing. Also, is it just me, or are more and more people catching on to skirting the MD/DE state line toll? Last time I skirted it I made the mistake of going all the way up to DE-4 and sat in a 10-15 minute queue (of course, I could sit in that same queue on I-95 and pay $4, too!). That WAS Memorial Day weekend though, if I recall...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on June 29, 2011, 07:18:23 PM
Looks like we have some progress at the Newark Toll plaza.  Here's what I saw when I was through that area just now. 

I didn't pass through the toll plaza (haven't in years), and I was taking my usual diversion route: MD 279/DE 2, Otts Chapel Road, Welsh Tract Road, DE 896. So I crossed over 95 twice on both Otts Chapel and Welsh Tract. There were signs on I-95 saying "new traffic pattern (today's date)"

Is that faster than Chestnut Hill Rd.? Or about the same?

Was just going to ask the same thing. Also, is it just me, or are more and more people catching on to skirting the MD/DE state line toll? Last time I skirted it I made the mistake of going all the way up to DE-4 and sat in a 10-15 minute queue (of course, I could sit in that same queue on I-95 and pay $4, too!). That WAS Memorial Day weekend though, if I recall...

Hard economic times. I bypass it to payback the speeding ticket I got in Delaware, makes me feel good. I always spot out of state plates doing the shunpike, most people do the DE-4 route, not too many are aware of Otis Chapel/Chestnut Hill Rd. or Welsh Tract Rd.
Title: Delaware SR-1, Exit 86 Opened
Post by: ChezeHed81 on July 05, 2011, 02:10:15 PM
This past weekend, I was able to get down to Frederica, and check out SR-1's newest interchange, which opened June 28, 2011.

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Southbound

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Southbound; the highway curves to the left here, so the overpass itself was easier to capture from the northbound direction (see next image).

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Northbound; with a partial view of the overpass, which features two-way traffic separated by a double yellow line.  Where the northbound on ramp transitions from two-way traffic, Do Not Enter / Wrong Way assemblies are present on the northbound off ramp from SR-1.  Minimal control, but likely adequate for the level of traffic this interchange will serve.

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The intersection where the north- and southbound SR-1 on/off ramps meet, from the bottom of the northbound off ramp.  The down stroke of the overpass to this intersection seems rather steep; should be interesting to see how the design holds up when the pavement becomes icy.  The ramps seem to be additionally intended to function well as a u-turn opportunity, which is good since several median crossings will be closed in the area.  Southbound has a similar assembly.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mtantillo on July 07, 2011, 01:31:51 AM
Looks like we have some progress at the Newark Toll plaza.  Here's what I saw when I was through that area just now. 

I didn't pass through the toll plaza (haven't in years), and I was taking my usual diversion route: MD 279/DE 2, Otts Chapel Road, Welsh Tract Road, DE 896. So I crossed over 95 twice on both Otts Chapel and Welsh Tract. There were signs on I-95 saying "new traffic pattern (today's date)"

Is that faster than Chestnut Hill Rd.? Or about the same?

I'd say about the same in the NB direction, and slightly faster in the SB direction (since you can't make the left from 896 to Chestnut Hill and have to go through that NJ style jughandle loop).  I like Welsh Tract just because I can laugh at the people stuck in traffic when I cross over 95 twice.  I guess I won't be doing that anymore, but I can still laugh at them for throwing away $4!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mtantillo on July 07, 2011, 01:37:36 AM
Looks like we have some progress at the Newark Toll plaza.  Here's what I saw when I was through that area just now. 

I didn't pass through the toll plaza (haven't in years), and I was taking my usual diversion route: MD 279/DE 2, Otts Chapel Road, Welsh Tract Road, DE 896. So I crossed over 95 twice on both Otts Chapel and Welsh Tract. There were signs on I-95 saying "new traffic pattern (today's date)"

Is that faster than Chestnut Hill Rd.? Or about the same?

Was just going to ask the same thing. Also, is it just me, or are more and more people catching on to skirting the MD/DE state line toll? Last time I skirted it I made the mistake of going all the way up to DE-4 and sat in a 10-15 minute queue (of course, I could sit in that same queue on I-95 and pay $4, too!). That WAS Memorial Day weekend though, if I recall...

Yeah, over Labor Day weekend, I was stuck in a long delay making the left from DE 4 onto DE 2.  So I rarely go that way in the southbound direction anymore, preferring Welsh Tract instead (Chestnut Hill is an alternative too, but involves a jughandle loop to make the turn off of 896).  Northbound, I find that all 3 routes work just fine, because the major turns are all to the right!

I'm considering being nice to DelDOT and maybe being willing to pay the toll in the SB direction since they were nice enough to provide high speed lanes.  I think $2 each way is a semi-reasonable price to pay for the Delaware Turnpike, so I can pay that $4 per round trip by paying the $4 toll in one direction and bypassing in the other.  If I'm only going to bypass in one direction, I'd choose northbound, since there are fewer left turns involved. 
Title: Re: Delaware SR-1, Exit 86 Opened
Post by: Alex on July 08, 2011, 05:05:39 PM
This past weekend, I was able to get down to Frederica, and check out SR-1's newest interchange, which opened June 28, 2011.
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Thanks for sharing these photos!  :clap:

Looks like they did a decent job with the new exit. The use of an exit number is a nice surprise.
Title: Contract cuts cost, time of I-95 project (DE)
Post by: Alex on July 09, 2011, 11:01:17 AM
Contract cuts cost, time of I-95 project (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110707/NEWS02/107070340/-1/7daysarchives/Contract-cuts-cost-time-95-project)

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A Maryland-based company won a $111.9 million contract Wednesday to rebuild the always busy and often snarled I-95/Del. 1 interchange, undercutting DelDOT's estimate by nearly $34 million and shaving 14 months off the state's construction schedule.

Jessup-based Cherry Hill Construction Inc.'s bid was about 23.2 percent lower than the nearly $145.7 million that DelDOT expected to pay for the sprawling, multi-ramp and multi-overpass design.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 26, 2011, 10:22:31 AM
Revamped I-95 toll plaza gets official rededication (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110726/NEWS02/107260335/-1/7daysarchives/Revamped-95-toll-plaza-gets-official-rededication)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: 1995hoo on July 26, 2011, 11:15:34 AM
Revamped I-95 toll plaza gets official rededication (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110726/NEWS02/107260335/-1/7daysarchives/Revamped-95-toll-plaza-gets-official-rededication)

The pictures PennDOTFan posted give a sense for where the express carriageway begins on the southbound side. Anyone know where it begins going north?

(BTW, I've always liked the "Must Exit" verbiage Delaware uses. I don't know why I prefer it to "Exit Only," I just do.)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: akotchi on July 26, 2011, 08:29:18 PM
Contract cuts cost, time of I-95 project (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110707/NEWS02/107070340/-1/7daysarchives/Contract-cuts-cost-time-95-project)

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A Maryland-based company won a $111.9 million contract Wednesday to rebuild the always busy and often snarled I-95/Del. 1 interchange, undercutting DelDOT's estimate by nearly $34 million and shaving 14 months off the state's construction schedule.

Jessup-based Cherry Hill Construction Inc.'s bid was about 23.2 percent lower than the nearly $145.7 million that DelDOT expected to pay for the sprawling, multi-ramp and multi-overpass design.

Interesting that project bids are still coming in so far lower than the Engineer's estimates.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mtantillo on July 31, 2011, 02:35:51 AM
Revamped I-95 toll plaza gets official rededication (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110726/NEWS02/107260335/-1/7daysarchives/Revamped-95-toll-plaza-gets-official-rededication)

The pictures PennDOTFan posted give a sense for where the express carriageway begins on the southbound side. Anyone know where it begins going north?


Just north of the Otts Chapel overpass. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 02, 2011, 10:52:17 AM
Sprawl in Delaware knows no bounds. This approval is in anticipation of building a 4th shopping center at the intersection of US 40 & Delaware 7, replacing the last area of empty space.

DelDOT: Overpass not needed for Governor's Square (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110802/NEWS02/108020334/-1/7daysarchives/DelDOT-Overpass-not-needed-Governor-s-Square)

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The Delaware Department of Transportation said Monday that the proposed Governor's Square III Shopping Center can be built without having to build a multimillion-dollar overpass of Del. 7 over U.S. 40.

The move clears the way for New Castle County Council to vote on a rezoning request by developer DelleDonne & Associates that would allow the shopping center to be built. The property is now zoned for office space.

DelDOT's conclusion, made as the agency announced it has completed its review of DelleDonne's traffic-impact study, marks a reversal of the agency's comments in March, when it refused DelleDonne's request to waive the study.

At that time, DelDOT officials said huge improvements of the Del. 7 and U.S. 40 intersection might be needed to maintain required traffic-service levels. Monday, DelDOT said new data show that congestion at the intersection has actually dropped from 2009 to 2010.

I have never considered adding a traffic light to be an "improvement"...

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The improvements include widening Del. 7 to four lanes from Newtown Road to a point north of Rivers End Drive; extending the southbound left-turn lanes at 7 and 40 to 725 feet; improving intersections and adding traffic lights along Del. 7; and sharing in the costs of any of the improvements performed by DelDOT.

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The threshold for an intersection to be at "failed" status is for a vehicle to be delayed for 55 seconds at peak-evening driving times, Bhatt said. "The delay for a vehicle to get through routes 7 and 40 is now 53.6 seconds.

"The agency finds acceptable service levels can be maintained if the developer makes certain improvements in the corridor," DelDOT said in a statement.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 15, 2011, 12:21:59 PM
North side of new Indian River Inlet Bridge completed (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110815/NEWS/110815019/-1/7daysarchives/North-side-new-Indian-River-Inlet-Bridge-completed)

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The new Indian River Inlet Bridge moved a step closer to completion today.

Following final concrete formation for the north side of the bridge, workers removed the steel structure used for its construction, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced.

Removal of the 300-ton structure -- called a form traveler -- also means boaters will now have more clearance for traveling beneath the new bridge.

DelDOT said the channel was closed in cooperation with the Coast Guard between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. today while the form traveler was lowered onto a barge. Designed specifically for this project, the form traveler will be taken to Virginia and recycled.

A similar structure remains on the south side of the bridge, where four sections remain to be built.

The final concrete pour is expected in late October or early November, with completion of the $150 million bridge planned in December.

The cable-supported span will carry Del. 1 across the inlet, replacing an older, lower bridge that has been plagued by underwater erosion.

Traffic on Del. 1 remains restricted to one lane in each direction during construction.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mtantillo on August 15, 2011, 09:44:58 PM
I have never considered adding a traffic light to be an "improvement"...

Most people don't, unless you happen to live on the side street. 
Title: US 202 / I-95 interchange work set to begin (DE)
Post by: Alex on September 27, 2011, 12:20:40 PM
This project eliminates Exit 8A of Interstate 95 southbound to make way for a new wider ramp from U.S. 202 south onto I-95 south.

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware050/i-095_sb_exit_008a_04.jpg)

Middletown company wins bid for I-95-U.S. 202 project (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110927/NEWS/110927018/-1/7daysarchives/Middletown-company-wins-bid-95-U-S-202-project)

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The Department of Transportation has announced Middletown-based Mumford & Miller Concrete Inc. has received the winning bid for the I-95 and U.S. 202 reconstruction project.

The construction, slated to begin in November and be completed by fall 2014, will have a price tag of $27,607,113.22, the lowest of five bids received.
DelDOT says the project will include the removal of the I-95 southbound ramp to the U.S. 202 loop ramp and relocating the ramp to become a directional ramp that would tie into U.S. 202 with a new traffic signal.

The project will address a vertical clearance by lowering I-95 southbound under U.S. 202, bridge rehabilitations, widening the ramp from I-95 to U.S. 202 northbound from one to two lanes and extending the two-lane ramp from U.S. 202 to I-95 southbound further down I-95.
Title: Re: US 202 / I-95 interchange work set to begin (DE)
Post by: Truvelo on September 27, 2011, 01:24:08 PM
US 202 around there has undergone a lot of changes over the last few years. In 2006 I took some pictures of what looked like a new road layout only to find the Augustine Cut Off exit has since been removed. Will the I-95/US 202 ramp be the last work to take place?

(http://www.speedcam.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/us202.jpg)
Title: Re: US 202 / I-95 interchange work set to begin (DE)
Post by: Alex on September 27, 2011, 02:40:42 PM
US 202 around there has undergone a lot of changes over the last few years. In 2006 I took some pictures of what looked like a new road layout only to find the Augustine Cut Off exit has since been removed. Will the I-95/US 202 ramp be the last work to take place?


(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/image/blue_ball_map.gif) (http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/image/blue_ball_map_large.gif)

The interchange modification is the last piece of the long string of projects dating back to the 1990s at Blue Ball. That Augustine Cutoff turn lane was a popular back way into Wilmington. Now drivers have to use the partial interchange with Foulk Road onto West Park Road to make the connection.

(http://www.aaroads.com/queue/cache/forum-images/img_1237_1317148665_w1000_h750.jpg)

How it looked in December 2008.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Michael in Philly on September 27, 2011, 03:47:46 PM
This project eliminates Exit 8A of Interstate 95 southbound to make way for a new wider ramp from U.S. 202 south onto I-95 south.

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware050/i-095_sb_exit_008a_04.jpg)

Middletown company wins bid for I-95-U.S. 202 project (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110927/NEWS/110927018/-1/7daysarchives/Middletown-company-wins-bid-95-U-S-202-project)

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The Department of Transportation has announced Middletown-based Mumford & Miller Concrete Inc. has received the winning bid for the I-95 and U.S. 202 reconstruction project.

The construction, slated to begin in November and be completed by fall 2014, will have a price tag of $27,607,113.22, the lowest of five bids received.
DelDOT says the project will include the removal of the I-95 southbound ramp to the U.S. 202 loop ramp and relocating the ramp to become a directional ramp that would tie into U.S. 202 with a new traffic signal.

The project will address a vertical clearance by lowering I-95 southbound under U.S. 202, bridge rehabilitations, widening the ramp from I-95 to U.S. 202 northbound from one to two lanes and extending the two-lane ramp from U.S. 202 to I-95 southbound further down I-95.

That means that erroneous sign will finally be gone!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 07, 2011, 12:00:28 AM
Christiana Mall ramp to I-95 NB to close next week (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111006/NEWS/111006060/-1/7daysarchives/Christiana-Mall-ramp-95-NB-close-next-week)

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The ramp from the Christiana Mall to northbound I-95 will close permanently Tuesday as part of an ongoing road project in the area, state officials announced today.

Instead, traffic will be directed to the ramp for northbound Del. 1 near JCPenny’s, and then be able to exit onto northbound I-95.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on October 25, 2011, 10:05:23 PM
I was reading in wykopedia that the Delaware Service Area on I-95 is called Delaware House, just like Maryland has a Maryland House on the same highway.  Years ago this  area was called Hot Shoppers and not its present name. When did Delaware change the name?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Michael in Philly on October 25, 2011, 11:07:23 PM
I don't know the history of that service area, but Hot Shoppes was the name of a big restaurant/cafeteria chain in the Washington area back in the 50s and 60s.  Maybe it wasn't that the service area was called Hot Shoppes, but that Hot Shoppes had the food franchise there?  Just a guess....
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on October 26, 2011, 08:15:19 PM
Hmmm! Might be!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 29, 2011, 06:57:28 PM
A follow up article to the news posted about a month ago for the I-95/US 202/DE 202 interchange (Exit 8 ) reconstruction project.

Upgrade coming to I-95, 202 site (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111029/NEWS/110290323/-1/7daysarchives/Upgrade-coming-95-202-site)

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Delaware's sometimes notorious I-95 interchange at U.S. 202 will get a three-year, $27.6 million makeover starting next month, under a DelDOT plan that could include weekend-long closings of some ramps and even lanes along the interstate.

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"The main reason for the work is to address backups that occur on northound 95 approaching U.S. 202," said project manager Mark Tudor. "The project will provide a two-lane ramp all the way, almost, to the north side of the Brandywine River Bridge.

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Widening and improvements also are planned along the ramp between southbound 202 and the interstate, Tudor said, to ease friction and weaving as drivers merge into a single lane before moving onto I-95.

To make room for that work, the ramp from southbound I-95 to southbound Concord Pike will be relocated to the north side of the interchange, with a new traffic signal installed along northbound Concord Pike to allow vehicles to cross onto southbound lanes leading into Wilmington.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on November 12, 2011, 09:44:34 AM
Highway repairs will take a holiday (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111112/NEWS/111120326/-1/7daysarchives/Highway-repairs-will-take-holiday)

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NEW CASTLE COUNTY

» Summit Bridge, U.S. 301/Del. 896: Lane closings in both directions through May 1.

» Delaware Memorial Bridge: Weekday closings of two to three southbound lanes through Dec. 16, excluding holidays.

» I-495: Southbound lane restriction between Exit 6 (Naamans Road) and Exit 5 (Philadelphia Pike), and at various times between Edgemoor Road and Christina River bridge.

» Del. 1 at Christiana Mall: Nighttime lane closings, excluding Sundays, through Nov. 22.

» Del. 141 viaduct around Del. 4: Various ramp and lane restrictions.


KENT COUNTY

» U.S. 13 between St. Jones River and Court Street, Court Street between U.S. 13 and Bay Road: Lane closings for repaving.

» U.S. 13 southbound between North State Street and Kings Highway: Nighttime lane closings for water-main installation.


SUSSEX COUNTY

» Del. 1 Indian River Inlet bridge: Speed restrictions, access detours.

» Front Street, Seaford: Nanticoke River bridge closed through Dec. 16.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 01, 2011, 11:51:51 AM
Summit Bridge to close this weekend for repairs (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111201/TRAFFIC/112010340/Summit-Bridge-close-weekend-repairs?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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As part of a $10 million project, workers are stabilizing and stiffening steel gusset plates, sandblasting the 600-foot span and painting it bright blue, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and operates the bridge. Work began in April and should end in December 2012.

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Only two of Summit's four lanes have been open since the spring to reduce the amount of weight on the bridge at any one time, said Sarah M. Rivette, a spokeswoman for the corps in Philadelphia.

All four lanes should reopen Monday after contractors strengthen the span by replacing a 700-pound gusset plate below the deck at the bridge's northeast end. The slab of steel connects adjacent bridge beams and girders to trusses.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on December 22, 2011, 01:03:04 PM
I don't know the history of that service area, but Hot Shoppes was the name of a big restaurant/cafeteria chain in the Washington area back in the 50s and 60s.  Maybe it wasn't that the service area was called Hot Shoppes, but that Hot Shoppes had the food franchise there?  Just a guess....

Hot Shoppes was a chain of cafeterias and drive-ups (something like present-day Sonic) owned by Marriott (who also once owned Sodexho, f/k/a HostMarriott, which was in the turnpike service plaza business).

Back in the 1960's, there was the Hot Shoppers Jr. concept, which was a fast food place, which eventually morphed into Roy Rogers (there's still a Roy Rogers at the Maryland House service plaza).

Getting back to the Hot Shoppes chain, they were once ubiquitous in the Washington, D.C. region, but the last one was closed in 1999 (they were generally well-run (I think they were all owned directly by Marriott, not franchised), clean, the food was hot and the prices at the Hot Shoppes were right).  Marriott has just announced (http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/21988.html) that they will be bringing the Hot Shoppes brand back to life, with a new one scheduled to open as part of a Marriott hotel in downtown Washington (smart, shrewd move by Marriott, as I think the new Hot Shoppes location will get mobbed).

Images of Hot Shoppes from the 1940's from the George Mason University  here (http://specialcollections.wordpress.com/tag/hot-shoppes/).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on December 22, 2011, 03:00:04 PM
US 202 around there has undergone a lot of changes over the last few years. In 2006 I took some pictures of what looked like a new road layout only to find the Augustine Cut Off exit has since been removed. Will the I-95/US 202 ramp be the last work to take place?

(http://www.speedcam.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/us202.jpg)

I remember seeing these signs along US Route 202 West (South ?) between Talleyville and Wilmington in July of 2009:

(http://i.imgur.com/khe53.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/BJjpd.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on January 02, 2012, 08:46:56 PM
Finally  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

New Indian River Inlet Bridge taking shape (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100302/NEWS/100302036/1006/New+Indian+River+Inlet+Bridge+taking+shape)

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DelDOT's latest update on the project: "As of this week, all four footers of the bridge are complete. Eventually they will be put underground and not visible, however like the foundation of any structure they are key in giving the bridge its strength and long-term stability."

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The new bridge design calls for a 2,600-foot-long bridge with a 900-foot span across the inlet. It will be supported by cables in a design similar to the Roth Bridge SR 1 Turnpike Bridge over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

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The current construction is the state's second try at a new bridge over the inlet. Problems with the first bridge approaches came to light in 2007, when fill dirt at the site began to shift and slip, creating a multimillion-dollar setback.

The contract was abandoned and re-advertised and the bridge re-designed. It is expected to be completed in spring 2011.

Drivers can visit the project Web site, www.irib.deldot.gov, to get traffic updates, view cameras or get more information on the construction


Was by this location during the holidays just passed, headed south on Del. 1 from Rehoboth to Ocean City, Maryland. 

Traffic is "detoured" (in one lane each way) onto the old structure, but it looks like the new cable-stayed span is close to being complete and ready for traffic (it was after sunset, so I could not get a really good look).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 11, 2012, 07:28:54 AM
Jan. 20 opening set for Indian River Inlet Bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120111/NEWS/201110342/-1/7daysarchives/Jan-20-opening-set-Indian-River-Inlet-Bridge)

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After years and millions of dollars, the new Indian River Inlet Bridge will open to traffic Jan. 20, state officials say.

Following a brief ribbon- cutting ceremony for invited officials, the transition will begin with the rerouting of southbound Del. 1 traffic from the existing bridge, followed by the rerouting of northbound traffic, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation.

The 2,600-foot-long structure will first carry one lane of traffic in each direction on the southbound side of the bridge. This pattern is expected to continue into the spring, while the contractor George & Lynch completes the roadway approaches on the northbound side of the bridge.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 20, 2012, 09:51:54 AM
New Indian River Inlet Bridge opening today (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120120/NEWS/120120007/-1/7daysarchives/New-Indian-River-Inlet-Bridge-opening-today)

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Officials say the new traffic pattern will consist of one lane in each direction through the spring, when all four lanes are expected to open.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 21, 2012, 04:48:51 PM
First lane of new Indian River Inlet bridge opens (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120121/NEWS/201210320/-1/7daysarchives/First-lane-new-Indian-River-Inlet-bridge-opens)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 02, 2012, 10:37:49 AM
3-year project tackles I-95/US 202 bottleneck (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120202/NEWS/202020337/-1/7daysarchives/3-year-project-tackles-95-US-202-bottleneck-)

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Through April 2013, phase one of the $27.6-million project...

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To help improve traffic flow, crews will widen the ramp from one lane to two, nearly to the north side of the Brandywine River bridge. They will also construct a 12-foot shoulder to the right and a six-foot shoulder to the left

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Also during phase one, the ramp from southbound U.S. 202 to I-95 north will be extended to allow for better merging.

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In the project's second year, contractors will lower the roadbed of I-95 southbound by three feet where it passes under U.S. 202. This should address a clearance problem -- the risk of large vehicles hitting girders supporting the overpass.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 05, 2012, 09:18:54 PM
Widening on Del. 7 to take 20 months (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120405/NEWS/204050343/Widening-Del-7-take-20-months)

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Work has begun in Bear on a project to widen a stretch of Del. 7 that's grown thick with apartment buildings and town home developments in recent years.

Crews will spend the next 20 months adding a lane in each direction to a mile-long section of the highway, known as Bear-Christiana Road, between Del. 273 and Newtown Road.

Sidewalks, bus stops and bike lanes also are planned, as well as a new traffic signal at the intersection with School Bell Road, according to the state Department of Transportation. Construction is expected to conclude in the winter of 2013.

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After the work, the section of Bear-Christiana Road will match the corridor's four lanes between Newtown Road and U.S. 40 in the area of Governor's Square, said spokesman Bob King of DelDOT. Both widening projects were approved in 2000 as part of a 20-year plan for improvements along U.S. 40. When DelDOT hosted public workshops about the Newtown to Del. 273 widening in 2003 and 2004, officials anticipated that construction would have concluded by 2005.

Delays followed, in part because of funding shortages but also because traffic along the corridor didn't grow as much as projected -- a trend reflected statewide, according to transportation planners. The Wilmington Area Planning Council has found that few sections or intersections on the U.S. 40 corridor are considered "failing" at this time. Transit usage has grown considerably -- by 11 percent -- along the corridor, said agency planner Dan Blevins.

Plans for more developments in the area have been filed with New Castle County, so things could soon change. Traffic growth along the corridor was greatest in the area of the road widening.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: D-Dey65 on May 05, 2012, 03:46:13 PM
I just found this postcard from US 13 at I-95 during the 1960's. Check out the old BGS:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/retrolandusa/5794864559/in/photostream
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: allniter89 on May 05, 2012, 08:08:08 PM
I just found this postcard from US 13 at I-95 during the 1960's. Check out the old BGS:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/retrolandusa/5794864559/in/photostream
Very nice find! Check out the Esso sign and is that a gas price sign, looks like 26cpg.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: bsmart on May 13, 2012, 07:23:04 PM
That would have been about right 26.9 would probably have been the price
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: D-Dey65 on May 22, 2012, 11:08:18 PM
Very nice find! Check out the Esso sign and is that a gas price sign, looks like 26cpg.
I was thinking more about the "Toll" bannered I-95 sign, but the Esso sign is noteworthy too.

Is there still an Exxon station there? I forgot. I just remember stopping at Wawa off of I-495 on my way to Philly before going to Long Island.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 25, 2012, 08:32:41 PM
Indian River bridge lights up (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120525/NEWS15/305250068/New-Indian-River-Inlet-Bridge-lights-up)

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With all of the lanes now open on the Indian River Inlet Bridge, engineers turned on the lights Thursday night for the first time.

The blue LED lights illuminating the stay cables will be on each night. There are 76 low-wattage (55 watt) bulbs and 16 LED fixtures illuminating the outside faces of the pylons, according to the Delaware Department of Transporation, making for a total of 92 lights.

DelDOT says a blue lens was added to soften the lighting, reduce glare and minimize any impacts to migratory birds that can become disoriented in the more traditional bright white lights.

This is one of the first cable stay bridges to use LED lighting technology and will offer substantial energy cost savings for the bridge lighting, DelDOT says.

The last of the four lanes on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge opened this week to traffic, ending a multiyear project that involved numerous lane closures and shifting traffic patterns. The pedestrian walkway is scheduled to open by Friday.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 05, 2012, 12:16:58 PM
Pain now, gain later near mall (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120705/NEWS1501/307050032/Pain-now-gain-later-near-mall)
Construction at I-95, Del. 1 interchange is designed to alleviate congestion

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The next phase of construction at Delaware’s most congested interchange soon will close the loop ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to northbound Del. 7 and temporarily alter exit patterns from the Christiana Mall.

Both changes make room for construction of elevated flyover ramps connecting Del. 1 and I-95 that ultimately will allow for smoother merging and less congestion along the corridor, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation.

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Also starting July 16, officials will close the Christiana Mall exit near JCPenney until November to allow for construction on the ramp and its tie-in to Del. 7 – also part of the larger interchange project.

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Around July 23, crews will reopen the exit to northbound I-95 from Mall Ring Road (near Nordstrom and the Park & Ride lot) after a year’s closure, officials said.

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Construction on the interchange is expected to wrap up by the end of next year, DelDOT said.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Lyle on July 05, 2012, 08:27:30 PM
So they're finally building the I-95 to DE-1 flyover! It's about time!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: allniter89 on July 05, 2012, 09:07:53 PM
Indian River bridge lights up (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120525/NEWS15/305250068/New-Indian-River-Inlet-Bridge-lights-up)

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With all of the lanes now open on the Indian River Inlet Bridge, engineers turned on the lights Thursday night for the first time.

The blue LED lights illuminating the stay cables will be on each night. There are 76 low-wattage (55 watt) bulbs and 16 LED fixtures illuminating the outside faces of the pylons, according to the Delaware Department of Transporation, making for a total of 92 lights.

DelDOT says a blue lens was added to soften the lighting, reduce glare and minimize any impacts to migratory birds that can become disoriented in the more traditional bright white lights.

This is one of the first cable stay bridges to use LED lighting technology and will offer substantial energy cost savings for the bridge lighting, DelDOT says.

The last of the four lanes on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge opened this week to traffic, ending a multiyear project that involved numerous lane closures and shifting traffic patterns. The pedestrian walkway is scheduled to open by Friday.
Not real good pics, but here it is.
http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicCameraDisplay&county=3
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 06, 2012, 02:42:57 AM
So they're finally building the I-95 to DE-1 flyover! It's about time!

Definitely some progress being made, but work will continue until the end of next year.

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/472276_10150963483127948_1113176612_o.jpg)

Took this photo a few weeks ago looking south from the Interstate 95 overpass at DE 1 & 7.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 18, 2012, 12:03:20 PM
Work set for Concord Pike exit on northbound I-95 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120718/NEWS15/120718008/Work-set-Concord-Pike-exit-northbound-95)

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Wilmington officials announced that an exit on I-95 northbound will be closed from midnight Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday.

Crews will remove overhead signs at Exit 8 (U.S. 202, Concord Pike). There will be signage alerting drivers to the closure and detours.

Drivers headed north should take the Marsh Road exit, turn left and then left onto I-95 southbound to Exit 8B (U.S. 202, Concord Pike/West Chester) or 8A (Concord Avenue).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on August 02, 2012, 10:11:11 PM
I don't know if this has been mentioned here, but the SR 1 freeway now extends south over the Barkers Landing Bridge: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=39.1061&lon=-75.4544&zoom=13&layers=M
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on August 04, 2012, 04:54:05 PM
Either Delaware uses Maryland's sign shop or likes to copy their signage.  Delaware has finally posted signs for its cell phone law, and they are identical to Maryland's (except for a very ugly font).  The sign I saw was on the I-495 South ramp just past the Naamans Road exit.

There are other similar signs.  Some exit signs on I-95 are shaped like Maryland's (with similar fonts) and they also use that lane ends warning sign (with the sloped downward arrows). 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on August 04, 2012, 05:10:27 PM
Delaware copies Maryland on a lot of things, such as "Welcome to" at subdivisions. (I've seen it in Maryland, though I first saw it in Delaware, so to be fair I don't really know which came first.)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: allniter89 on August 04, 2012, 07:09:59 PM
I don't know if this has been mentioned here, but the SR 1 freeway now extends south over the Barkers Landing Bridge: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=39.1061&lon=-75.4544&zoom=13&layers=M
Here's a 24/7 traffic camera at Barkers Landing, click on the yellow circle to the right to view. The next cam at DE 1 and Bowers Beach Rd shows my old homestead when the cam pans (the big white house).
www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicCameraDisplay&county=2

From what I can see the freeway is built to just north of Little Heaven. Before DE 1 was built this was US 113, a 2 lane hwy. It was a very dangerous intersection because to turn left off Trap Shooters Rd onto US 113 north (which 99% of traffic did) the structure of the old drawbridge obscurred your view. They didnt have the access roads like now, Trap Shooter Rd intersected directly (and deadended at) US 113. I lost a friend and an aquantiice here in two separate crashs and many many others died here also. :-(







Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 05, 2012, 01:29:02 PM
I was surprised to see the "folded-diamond" along Delaware 1 at Trap Shooters Road. There are small guide signs directing traffic to Magnolia there and street blades with Trap Shooters Road posted as well.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-001_nb_at_trap_shooters_rd.jpg)

Delaware 1 north at Trap Shooters Road. Photo taken June 18, 2012.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-001_sb_at_trap_shooters_rd.jpg)

Delaware 1 south at Trap Shooters Road. Photo taken June 18, 2012.

Going back almost ten years now, plans for an interchange at Little Heaven (former US 113 Alternate) are still ongoing. Construction may start in 2014 now. http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/little_heaven/index.shtml

I don't know if this has been mentioned here, but the SR 1 freeway now extends south over the Barkers Landing Bridge: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=39.1061&lon=-75.4544&zoom=13&layers=M
Here's a 24/7 traffic camera at Barkers Landing, click on the yellow circle to the right to view. The next cam at DE 1 and Bowers Beach Rd shows my old homestead when the cam pans (the big white house).
www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicCameraDisplay&county=2

From what I can see the freeway is built to just north of Little Heaven. Before DE 1 was built this was US 113, a 2 lane hwy. It was a very dangerous intersection because to turn left off Trap Shooters Rd onto US 113 north (which 99% of traffic did) the structure of the old drawbridge obscurred your view. They didnt have the access roads like now, Trap Shooter Rd intersected directly (and deadended at) US 113. I lost a friend and an aquantiice here in two separate crashs and many many others died here also. :-(
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Fleetwood Mac Attack on September 03, 2012, 12:53:01 PM
Does anybody have any idea why Google Maps doesn't display any traffic info at all for DE-1 south of Dover (where the expressway portion ends)? I realize that it's not a freeway but I think everyone can agree it's still a major roadway facility, and certainly carries more traffic in the summer than US-13 or US-113 in southern Delaware. So why then, on Labor Day, is there no traffic information??

https://maps.google.com/?ll=38.863236,-74.929504&spn=0.559243,1.130219&t=h&z=10&layer=t
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 04, 2012, 04:53:32 AM
Does anybody have any idea why Google Maps doesn't display any traffic info at all for DE-1 south of Dover (where the expressway portion ends)? I realize that it's not a freeway but I think everyone can agree it's still a major roadway facility, and certainly carries more traffic in the summer than US-13 or US-113 in southern Delaware. So why then, on Labor Day, is there no traffic information??

https://maps.google.com/?ll=38.863236,-74.929504&spn=0.559243,1.130219&t=h&z=10&layer=t
Depends on DelDOT or whatever other agency collects traffic information. The NYC area is well represented by INRIX on freeways, and NJ (as an example) collects their own information through 5-1-1 and interagency coordination to cover state highways and other major roads (even down to the town level). If a major roadway isn't covered, it's because Delaware doesn't have a system set up for that road, not because of Google Maps.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Fleetwood Mac Attack on September 04, 2012, 04:37:56 PM
Depends on DelDOT or whatever other agency collects traffic information. The NYC area is well represented by INRIX on freeways, and NJ (as an example) collects their own information through 5-1-1 and interagency coordination to cover state highways and other major roads (even down to the town level). If a major roadway isn't covered, it's because Delaware doesn't have a system set up for that road, not because of Google Maps.

This is confusing to me - "if a major roadway isn't covered"? I was under the impression that traffic data for Google maps/maps on an iPhone is generated using phones as probes. I currently live in Fairfax, Virginia; when I check traffic on my phone, I can see traffic on nearly any minor arterial in Virginia or in DC. When I was in Delaware yesterday, I could see traffic for roads in neighborhoods in northern DE. Why then would there be no data along DE-1 south of Dover, with thousands of cars jammed up?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 04, 2012, 06:38:12 PM
Depends on DelDOT or whatever other agency collects traffic information. The NYC area is well represented by INRIX on freeways, and NJ (as an example) collects their own information through 5-1-1 and interagency coordination to cover state highways and other major roads (even down to the town level). If a major roadway isn't covered, it's because Delaware doesn't have a system set up for that road, not because of Google Maps.

This is confusing to me - "if a major roadway isn't covered"? I was under the impression that traffic data for Google maps/maps on an iPhone is generated using phones as probes. I currently live in Fairfax, Virginia; when I check traffic on my phone, I can see traffic on nearly any minor arterial in Virginia or in DC. When I was in Delaware yesterday, I could see traffic for roads in neighborhoods in northern DE. Why then would there be no data along DE-1 south of Dover, with thousands of cars jammed up?

Because what is measuring the phones as probes? Hint: it's not the phone companies.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Mdcastle on September 08, 2012, 04:56:02 PM
I'm driving from Pocomoke City to Dorsett VA, and I wanted to make it to Delaware since I've never been there. I notice on my map the "First Mason Dixon Stone" is a couple of miles of US 50. Is that stone still the legal corner of Delaware so I can say I've been to the state if I circle the stone?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on September 08, 2012, 10:57:40 PM
I'm driving from Pocomoke City to Dorsett VA, and I wanted to make it to Delaware since I've never been there. I notice on my map the "First Mason Dixon Stone" is a couple of miles of US 50. Is that stone still the legal corner of Delaware so I can say I've been to the state if I circle the stone?

I think there is a stone at the southwestern corner of Delaware, but it is not the "crown stone", which is in Marydel, a considerable distance north of the corner of Delaware.

From U.S. 50 turn north onto Md. 313 toward Mardela Springs.  Make a quick right onto Md. 54 (Md. 54 east).  if you then continue on Md. 54, it will cross the southern side of Delaware just east of that stone (in other words, the road crosses into Delaware at a slight east/northeast heading). Stated differently, that stone will be on your left on Md. 54 before you reach the Md./Del. state line.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 13, 2012, 04:54:03 PM
I-95 ramp to US 202 [Delaware 202] will close (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120913/NEWS1501/309130033/I-95-ramp-US-202-will-close?nclick_check=1)

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Workers will soon close the exit ramp from southbound I-95 to southbound U.S. 202 [should reference Delaware 202]/Concord Pike for eight months to make way for the ongoing realignment of ramps at the interchange, officials say.

Starting the week of Sept. 24, motorists will be directed to follow a 2-mile detour north of Wilmington...

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The overall interchange project is expected to wrap up in spring 2015, said Vernon Lawton, an area engineer for DelDOT.

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Initially, the existing ramp was to remain open while crews built the new one in phases. Crews now hope to complete the replacement ramp by April or May 2013, weather permitting, Torrijos said.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 27, 2012, 09:25:32 AM
State prepares for widening of Del. 26 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120927/NEWS1501/309270035/State-prepares-widening-Del-26?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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State transportation officials are gearing up for a long-delayed, $65 million project to widen a stretch of Del. 26 between Clarksville and Bethany Beach, with construction expected to begin next fall.

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Night construction could reduce the project duration by 18 months as work could continue through the peak tourist season. Construction could then conclude within 2½ years, rather than four, officials estimate.

During peak season (May 16 to Sept. 30), no work will be permitted Fridays through Mondays or on holidays. From Tuesdays through Thursdays, daytime lane restrictions won’t be allowed unless the contractor can maintain two lanes of traffic, Frey said.

In the off-peak season, lane restrictions are possible seven days a week. Winter is also when crews will tackle bridge reconstruction that will close two points of Del. 26 for up to eight weeks and require detours, officials said.

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Planned improvements on Del. 26 include expanding the roadway from a width of roughly 40 feet to 64 feet. That will mean two, 11-foot-wide travel lanes; a 12-foot-wide continuous center turning lane; and 5-foot-wide paved shoulders in each direction. That work would extend from the intersection of Del. 26 at Omar and Powell Farm roads to Bethany Beach, to the point where Garfield Parkway expands to three lanes beyond the Assawoman Canal Bridge.

In addition to improving bicycle lanes along the corridor, plans call for installing 3.5 miles of sidewalks, six miles of curbing and delineating 230 entrances for businesses and residences, many of which have open, undefined entryways.

Work began in 2010 to widen and improve five miles of adjacent roads to serve as alternate routes during construction on Del. 26. To expedite that $11 million project after utility-related delays, the contractor began working on more than one section of roadway concurrently. Construction is expected to wrap up by next summer.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 29, 2012, 09:51:51 AM
I-95 interchange project to cause Del. 1 closures (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120929/NEWS/309290033/I-95-interchange-project-cause-Del-1-closures?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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Drivers should brace themselves for more detours at the I-95/Del. 1 interchange near Christiana Mall – this time, full closures of Del. 1 starting next weekend and continuing into early November.

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Depending on the day, crews will close the highway after 9 p.m. (later on weekends) and work through early morning. The roadway should reopen by 6 a.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m Saturdays and 8 a.m. Sundays. DelDOT’s contractor must maintain the current number of traffic lanes during peak travel hours.

The overnight closures are necessary to make room for the placement of large steel girders – part of the elevated fly-over ramps being built as part of the ongoing interchange project at I-95 and Del. 1.

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One new flyover ramp will ultimately carry traffic from northbound Interstate 95 to northbound Del. 7. The other flyover ramp will carry traffic from southbound I-95 to the new mall bridge, Torrijos said.

The multiyear project aims to create smoother merging and less congestion at one of Delaware’s busiest interchanges. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of next year.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jemacedo9 on September 29, 2012, 10:33:40 AM
State prepares for widening of Del. 26 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120927/NEWS1501/309270035/State-prepares-widening-Del-26?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home)

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State transportation officials are gearing up for a long-delayed, $65 million project to widen a stretch of Del. 26 between Clarksville and Bethany Beach, with construction expected to begin next fall.


I spent a week this summer inland of Bethany Beach, and DE 26 was a long solid line of cars, but moving at 25MPH for a good 5 mile stretch at any point on a regular weekday, morning til evening.  The weekend - standstill.  This is going to be a big help.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 12, 2012, 09:20:52 AM
Traffic cork set for I-95 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20121012/NEWS1501/310110086/Traffic-cork-set-95)

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Interstate 95 will shut down for bridge construction at the U.S. 202 interchange the weekend before Halloween...

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Crews will close the highway from 8 p.m. Oct. 26 through 5 a.m. Oct. 29 to place large steel girders over the interstate – part of the new Exit 8 bridge to northbound U.S. 202, said Javier Torrijos, construction group engineer for DelDOT's north district.

Also inaccessible that weekend will be ramps from southbound U.S. 202 to northbound I-95 and from northbound 202 to southbound I-95. Those are in addition to the ramp from southbound I-95 to southbound 202, which is closed through April or May.

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The new ramp bridge will have a minimum 18½-foot clearance over the interstate, eliminating a substandard clearance that currently causes problems for oversized trucks, said Vernon Lawton, an area engineer for DelDOT.

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The I-95/U.S. 202 project is part of a $27.6 million makeover to improve safety and traffic flow through the heavily congested area. In a recent three-year period, the interchange had the highest crash rate among the six interchanges along I-95 in Delaware, according to a recent analysis by the Wilmington Area Planning Council.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on October 12, 2012, 11:24:03 PM
Traffic cork set for I-95 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20121012/NEWS1501/310110086/Traffic-cork-set-95)

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Interstate 95 will shut down for bridge construction at the U.S. 202 interchange the weekend before Halloween...

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Crews will close the highway from 8 p.m. Oct. 26 through 5 a.m. Oct. 29 to place large steel girders over the interstate – part of the new Exit 8 bridge to northbound U.S. 202, said Javier Torrijos, construction group engineer for DelDOT's north district.

Advance VMS on I-95 only mention closing on Oct. 26, with no mention of a reopening date/time. I got the impression that it was going to be long-term based on that - very misleading.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 25, 2012, 01:37:57 PM
Fix planned for Churchmans Road ramp scramble (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20121025/NEWS1501/310250052/Fix-planned-Churchmans-Road-ramp-scramble)

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The Delaware Department of Transportation this week presented plans for a $1.75-million fix to improve safety and reduce congestion along a half-mile stretch of Churchmans Road, between Christiana Hospital and the Del. 1 interchange. Construction is expected to begin next fall.

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DelDOT engineers hope that adding a third right-turn lane will help. When crews complete the separate interchange project at I-95/Del. 1, coordination of signals on the corridor should also improve traffic flow, said Jenna Frye, the project engineer.

The workshop PDF shows the planned configuration at http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/churchmansRdCHtoSR1/workshops/102212_Workshop.pdf

Still no word on if they will ever add the missing connection from DE 1/7 southbound onto I-95 southbound that will allow motorists to no longer encounter the signal at DE 58...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on October 28, 2012, 12:52:25 PM
AP via WTOP Radio: Dune breach closes major Del. evacuation route (http://www.wtop.com/41/3096749/Dune-breach-closes-major-Del-evacuation-route)

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A major highway for people hoping to evacuate southern Delaware coastal communities is closed after ocean water breached sand dunes along the road.

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Sussex County officials say Delaware Route 1 is closed in both directions north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge because of water on the road. The dune breach occurred around dawn Sunday morning. Officials say the highway will remain closed indefinitely as Hurricane Sandy closes in on Delaware.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on November 27, 2012, 06:55:25 PM
Work to begin Monday on new Del. 1 interchange at Milford (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20121127/NEWS15/311270023/Work-begin-Monday-new-Del-1-interchange-Milford)

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Construction will begin Monday on a new Del. 1 interchange at Milford’s southern border, state officials announced today.

The work, expected to last about 14 months, will eliminate an accident-prone intersection that includes Wilkins Road, Del. 30 and Cedar Neck Road.

Delaware Department of Transportation officials said the contractor chosen for the work, George & Lynch, Inc. of Dover, submitted a bid of $9,222,466, the lowest of six received.

The initial work will require no lane closures but restrictions will be announced later, DelDOT said.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on November 27, 2012, 08:47:36 PM
Work to begin Monday on new Del. 1 interchange at Milford (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20121127/NEWS15/311270023/Work-begin-Monday-new-Del-1-interchange-Milford)

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Construction will begin Monday on a new Del. 1 interchange at Milford’s southern border, state officials announced today.

The work, expected to last about 14 months, will eliminate an accident-prone intersection that includes Wilkins Road, Del. 30 and Cedar Neck Road.

Delaware Department of Transportation officials said the contractor chosen for the work, George & Lynch, Inc. of Dover, submitted a bid of $9,222,466, the lowest of six received.

The initial work will require no lane closures but restrictions will be announced later, DelDOT said.

This is good news.  People drive the arterial portion of Delaware 1 between Rehoboth (the U.S. 9/Del. 404 intersection) and DAFB as if it were a 70 MPH freeway. 

What ever happened to the much-talked about "you have been warned" Delaware speed limit  enforcement?  Outside the corporate limits of certain municipalities (Georgetown, Harrington, Felton, Bridgeville and Seaford come to mind), there's not much speed limit in Delaware these days.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on December 20, 2012, 06:42:22 PM
I was wondering being that some intersections are being replaced with interchanges along DE 1, if the section of DE 1 from at least Milford to DAFB will be upgraded to complete freeway?

They took a lot of time and effort to make the DE 1 Turnpike part of DE 1 and to sign the original US 113 north of Milford as DE 1 so it can be one continuous road from the Greater Wilimington Area to the Beach region.   I would assume that DelDOT would also want the rest of DE 1 to Rehoboth  as free and clear of obsticles as well.  Plus, even though the idea of a Delmarva interstate will never happen in the next 50 years, I would figure that DE 1 from Dover to Milford is going to be that possible future interstate, so it might seem feasable to kill two birds at one time even if its sporadic in completing it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on December 20, 2012, 07:06:55 PM
Doubtful.  There's a lot of private access to DE 1 between Milford and Little Heaven, with some buildings fairly close to the highway.  Not impossible, but it'd be very expensive for DelDOT to buy all that out in order to upgrade DE 1 to a full freeway.

As for the planned new interchange at DE 30, no work had begun as of this past Monday, though it's still early in the project.  The "interim improvements" at Cedar Neck Rd and Johnson Rd have very much been implemented though...Cedar Neck Rd is now a right-in/right-out on both sides (no median crossing period), while at Johnson Rd, left turns onto NB 1 have been closed (left turns *FROM* NB 1 are still allowed).  There's a median opening just to the south at Sharps Rd, so this one isn't quite as bad.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 02, 2013, 02:02:39 PM
Part of Newark's Elkton Road now called South Main Street (http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=48085)

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Part of Newark's Elkton Road now has a new name--South Main Street.

Newark City Council decided back in June to re-name the portion of Elkton Road between West Main Street and West Park Place effective New Year's Day, saying Elkton Road has been part of downtown Newark since Council expanded downtown's boundaries in 2007.

Council members believe the name change will foster growth by associating Elkton Road with Newark's downtown section.

Affected businesses and residents were told of the change in September, and DELDOT has completed changing road signs along the re-named road.

A ceremony recognizing the name change is set for Friday morning in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings at 100 South Main Street.



Was told about the renaming of Elkton Road to South Main Street by one of my best friends and a lifelong Newark native. He said that the renaming was more motivated to dissociate Newark with Elkton. After an airport run to PHL on Christmas Day, we rode through the new "South Main Street".

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-896_nb_app_de-002b_273.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-896_nb_app_de-002b_273.jpg)

New signage in place on College Avenue (DE-896) ahead of West Main Street (DE 2 Business/273 westbound). Funny how Highway Gothic was used instead of the state-standard of Clearview...

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_273_wb_896_nb_app_split.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_273_wb_896_nb_app_split.jpg)

Approaching the split of DE 2 Business/273 and 896 at the end of Newark business district. South Main Street begins to the left over what was Elkton Road.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_wb_begin_south_main_street.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_wb_begin_south_main_street.jpg)

The redesigned Elkton Road / now South Main Street begins as Delaware 273 east turns onto Delaware Avenue. The two-lane boulevard replaced a four-lane arterial along this stretch.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_wb_end_south_main_st.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_wb_end_south_main_st.jpg)

The end sign for South Main Street resides at Park Place. New mast-arms at signalized intersections along South Main Street have yet to receive street-name placards. Otherwise this stretch of South Main Street/Elkton Road varies between a four-lane divided boulevard or five-lane arterial with a center turn lane.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: agentsteel53 on January 02, 2013, 02:11:11 PM
did this sign get zapped, then?

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware001/de-002b_273_wb_at_de-896_nb_02.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 02, 2013, 04:21:03 PM
did this sign get zapped, then?


Yes, all of those were Clearview'ized by June 2012.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 03, 2013, 09:49:43 AM
Part of Newark's Elkton Road now called South Main Street (http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=48085)



Was told about the renaming of Elkton Road to South Main Street by one of my best friends and a lifelong Newark native. He said that the renaming was more motivated to dissociate Newark with Elkton. After an airport run to PHL on Christmas Day, we rode through the new "South Main Street".

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_273_wb_896_nb_app_split.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-002b_273_wb_896_nb_app_split.jpg)

Approaching the split of DE 2 Business/273 and 896 at the end of Newark business district. South Main Street begins to the left over what was Elkton Road.

While we are in this area, it's interesting to note the 'Railroad Crossing' signs.  They are for a crossing that see a lot of train vs. vehicle crashes.  The crossing is gated and there's no reason why vehicles should be entering the path of the train, but they seem to do so much more frequently here than at other crossings.  The nearby Wonderland Records store even keeps a camera watching the intersection, and they have posted video of some very interesting accidents.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 08, 2013, 12:48:15 PM
Updates on two major interchange projects in Delaware over the holidays:

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-001_007_nb_exit_165b.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-001_007_nb_exit_165b.jpg)

Northbound Delaware 1 and 7 shifted from the summer onto a new alignment. To go along with this, a new sign bridge style (for DE at least) was posted at the off-ramp to Interstate 95 north. Still lots of work to be done on the flyovers.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-001_007_sb_exit_165b.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-001_007_sb_exit_165b.jpg)

Heading southbound through the I-95/DE 1 interchange project, traffic from DE 7 remains on the original alignment and approaches the new flyover that will shuttle I-95 south to DE 1 south traffic.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/i-095_us-202_construction.jpg) (http://ww.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/i-095_us-202_construction.jpg)

Blasting is a regular thing at the I-95/US 202 interchange. You can see the change to the hillside in the background. The loop ramp that was Exit 8A on I-95 southbound (to DE 202 south) is gone now, and the footprint for the realigned Exit 8 is readily visible from above. A portion of the new two-lane directional ramp from I-95 north to US 202 north is in place, but the old ramp is in the way...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: akotchi on January 08, 2013, 01:53:18 PM
Why the space next to the I-95 North in the first photo?  Seems like the I-295 and I-495 shields could have gone in that space.  The shields also look small compared to the text on those panels.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on January 10, 2013, 10:38:10 PM

Northbound Delaware 1 and 7 shifted from the summer onto a new alignment. To go along with this, a new sign bridge style (for DE at least) was posted at the off-ramp to Interstate 95 north. Still lots of work to be done on the flyovers.

According to DelDOT, they will be placing the beams over I-95 in February.  There will be multiple 12-hour closures of I-95.

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4605
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 11, 2013, 09:29:02 AM
DelDOT must be in some sort of contest for ugliest BGS's. 

Why the extra space between 'Exit' and the exit #?
Why is 95 North/95 South off-centered on both signs?
Why is 'Wilmington' slightly off-centered, compared to 'Philadelphia'?
Why is there a small supplement sign on the post of this gantry for 295/495, right at the exit, rather than on the overhead sign as they were historically placed?

About the only thing I like is the size of the font used for the control cities.


According to DelDOT, they will be placing the beams over I-95 in February.  There will be multiple 12-hour closures of I-95.

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4605

This is something else I don't understand.  Most highways are able to accomplish this with momentary (15 +/- minute) stoppages to install a beam, which is done overnight.  DelDOT closed I-95 near US 202 all night on several occasions to install the beams, and are doing the same here.

By comparison, the NJ Turnpike is building new overpasses on a 25 mile stretch of highway, and never once needed to close the turnpike to accomplish this.  In most cases, they used police cars to pace traffic approaching the overpass construction, with the goal of moving at a slow speed but not needing to come to a complete stop.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: 1995hoo on January 11, 2013, 03:01:35 PM
Why the space next to the I-95 North in the first photo?  Seems like the I-295 and I-495 shields could have gone in that space.  The shields also look small compared to the text on those panels.

That gantry is ugly as well.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on January 27, 2013, 11:24:44 AM
You know seeing the metric exit numbers on DE 1 makes me think about the old NJ joke that most people make about its small size.  The "What exit number?" question many ask of a New Jersian to ridicule them of being small in size.

I know this was done for an experiment that failed, but if someone pulls that particular joke on a Delawarian, they could easily foil the jokester with that three digit number.

Also, I shocked someone once when they asked me "What exit number?" years ago.  Of course, I lived in Clark, so that is off Exit 135 of the Parkway (GSP).  One person did not believe me and said to me "That exit numbers do not go that high."  Oh , yes they do and up to 171 as we all know.  I will bet he looked it up afterward.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on January 27, 2013, 01:55:50 PM
One person did not believe me and said to me "That exit numbers do not go that high."  Oh , yes they do and up to 171 as we all know.
172. Thanks for playing. Good night.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: BrianP on January 28, 2013, 10:07:47 AM
One person did not believe me and said to me "That exit numbers do not go that high."  Oh , yes they do and up to 171 as we all know.
172. Thanks for playing. Good night.
Hey what about exit 354? :P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 28, 2013, 11:49:05 AM
One person did not believe me and said to me "That exit numbers do not go that high."  Oh , yes they do and up to 171 as we all know.
172. Thanks for playing. Good night.
Hey what about exit 354? :P
Does not belong, and the DRPA's explanation to me (that they were just contining the exit numbering sequence) didn't make sense either!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on January 28, 2013, 05:47:16 PM
One person did not believe me and said to me "That exit numbers do not go that high."  Oh , yes they do and up to 171 as we all know.
172. Thanks for playing. Good night.
Hey what about exit 354? :P
I counter that with, what about Exit J?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: exit10 on January 31, 2013, 12:58:40 AM
So Main Street in Newark now has a three-way intersection with itself? This seems ... ill-advised. I hope my alma mater can explain this to incoming students ...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PurdueBill on February 05, 2013, 07:37:26 PM
did this sign get zapped, then?

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware001/de-002b_273_wb_at_de-896_nb_02.jpg)

I lived right near those signs once (could see them out a window for a year even) and will miss them--especially the one with the little circular shields with interior outlines.  Sigh.

 
Updates on two major interchange projects in Delaware over the holidays:

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-001_007_nb_exit_165b.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-001_007_nb_exit_165b.jpg)

Delaware used to have really good-looking BGSs imo......what has happened to them?!?!?!  Why is TO 295/495 not on the main panel?  Why do the 95 shields (and directions) seem so small?  Why does there seem to be extra space between the shields and the control cities?  Why so much space between EXIT and 165?  Yuck!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 13, 2013, 10:29:28 AM
The proposal upgrades the diamond interchange at DE 1 & 273 to a six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with loops on the west side. It also severs Delaware 7 northward into Christiana. If this comes to pass, DelDOT should truncate DE 7 to DE 273 and extend DE 1 to the Pennsylvania state line over DE 7 north of Interstate 95. Poor Christiana, its been cut off couple of times already by commercial sprawl and this would leave it with just an east-west through route.

Del. 1 proposal worries residents of Christiana (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130313/NEWS1501/303140010/Del-1-proposal-worries-residents-Christiana?nclick_check=1)

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A project at the interchange of Del. 1 and Del. 273 would permanently close East Main Street north of the Christiana Park & Ride lot, state officials say.

The closure would make way for a new loop ramp to and from southbound Del. 1 at Del. 273. The DART bus hub and commuter parking lot would be moved to the Christiana Mall, project manager Darren O’Neill said.

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Although construction is years away, DelDOT plans a public workshop next month to discuss the full project – to add a lane to Del. 1 in each direction from the Del. 273 interchange to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, including the Roth Bridge.
Title: Signage at SR-1 and I-95 Continues to Disappoint
Post by: ChezeHed81 on March 21, 2013, 11:38:49 AM
This week, I-95 NB Exit 4B reopened at SR-1.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8095/8576475249_3a0b6cc050_c.jpg)
Perhaps, in the sign shop, the elements seemed big enough, but out here, the shields are small (perhaps 24") and while the legend appears to be 16" 5WR, compared to the signs installed during recent I-95 projects in Delaware, even the 16" legend appears undersized.  They are made up of larger flat panels (i.e. Florida- or Virginia-style) instead of the typical extruded sectional construction.  Perhaps somebody knows if these signs were laid out this way because of the existing gantry restrictions.  Given only one gore point on I-95, it seems unnecessary to retain the A/B suffixes.

With so many reasons to dislike these signs, there are two positive aspects:  (1) Gone is the "beaches" pictograph.  I always thought it belonged on an auxiliary guide sign anyway. (2) Dover is a more appropriate control point here than at SR-273 (Exit 3).

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8240/8577574772_2fab307e28.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8576475413_5ab55f9bed.jpg)
Everything about these feels too small.  One can only hope that these are temporary. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8243/8576475561_0420f191a8.jpg)
To the left is the new Exit 4B ramp which replaced a cloverleaf loop.  These signs are made of the same construction as on SR-1 northbound.  It's odd that on the ramp, the features are larger than on mainline I-95 considering this is a major interchange.  Another oddity is the hump just ahead which then drops just as quickly on the other side as it veers right to merge onto SR-1 SB.
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**Follow-up Edit:  The ribbed backs for the first three signs are visible from I-95 southbound, so the original signs are still under there.  Why replace when you can refinish for less?  Still hoping these are temporary. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 22, 2013, 07:04:05 AM
Does anyone know what became of "Metroform," which used to be a "control city" for either Del. 1 or Del. 4 on I-95?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 22, 2013, 11:05:02 AM
Does anyone know what became of "Metroform," which used to be a "control city" for either Del. 1 or Del. 4 on I-95?

It was the named coined for the development planned at DE 4 and 7 that never really went anywhere. The name was unpopular and so they took in public feedback and Churchman's Crossing was the most popular. Even still, there is nothing that really exists that is Churchman's Crossing. Stanton is still there and standard development along DE 58 has taken place in the form of shopping centers rather than the master planned concept that Metroform entailed.



Regarding the new signs pictured in the previous post, those have to be temporary in nature, because the sign bridges are still the originals (or at least the ones from the mid-80s) and DelDOT always uses that Maryland-style overhead with the corrugated panels with the sharp corners. Still though I was shocked to see that Exit 4 now departs in unison from I-95 north!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 22, 2013, 12:38:41 PM
Does anyone know what became of "Metroform," which used to be a "control city" for either Del. 1 or Del. 4 on I-95?

It was the named coined for the development planned at DE 4 and 7 that never really went anywhere. The name was unpopular and so they took in public feedback and Churchman's Crossing was the most popular. Even still, there is nothing that really exists that is Churchman's Crossing. Stanton is still there and standard development along DE 58 has taken place in the form of shopping centers rather than the master planned concept that Metroform entailed.



Regarding the new signs pictured in the previous post, those have to be temporary in nature, because the sign bridges are still the originals (or at least the ones from the mid-80s) and DelDOT always uses that Maryland-style overhead with the corrugated panels with the sharp corners. Still though I was shocked to see that Exit 4 now departs in unison from I-95 north!

I'll try to post the photo I took last night soon, but the shields are quite small!  The 95 North to 1/7 North ramp though is a nice, smooth ramp, even as you drive right next to the wall for the ramps from 95 South to 1 South.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on March 25, 2013, 12:03:40 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130325/NEWS15/130325004/DelDOT-plans-workshops-Del-1-widening

The state Department of Trans­portation will hold two public work­shops next month about planned wid­ening of Del. 1 in New Castle County.

The first is 5-8 p.m. April 8 in the Leasure Elementary School cafeteria, 1015 Church St. in Bear. The second is 6-9 p.m. April 18 at the Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School multipurpose room, 3942 Wrangle Hill Road in Bear.

Officials are working on plans to widen the highway between Del. 273 and the Roth Bridge over the Chesa­peake & Delaware Canal to relieve congestion, improve safety in high-crash areas and ensure emergency and evacu­ation access along the corridor.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on March 26, 2013, 08:57:34 AM
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improve safety in high-crash areas

More effective (and less costly) than widening the road for this would be installing a median barrier.  I'm also doubtful that it needs the extra lanes, especially south of US 13.  Even during rush hour, it's not that bad.  And widening is only going to further complicate the problem where everyone "shunpikes" off DE 1 at the south end of the bridge.

What they could do is continue the second lane on SB 1 where it merges with 13, extending it as an auxiliary lane to the off-ramp at 72.  I think that's the best way to alleviate what congestion exists outside of Christiana.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 26, 2013, 09:36:05 AM
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improve safety in high-crash areas

More effective (and less costly) than widening the road for this would be installing a median barrier.  I'm also doubtful that it needs the extra lanes, especially south of US 13.  Even during rush hour, it's not that bad.  And widening is only going to further complicate the problem where everyone "shunpikes" off DE 1 at the south end of the bridge.

What they could do is continue the second lane on SB 1 where it merges with 13, extending it as an auxiliary lane to the off-ramp at 72.  I think that's the best way to alleviate what congestion exists outside of Christiana.

The area between 95 and 1/13 is extremely busy, especially at rush hour, and definitely warrants widening.  Additionally, the construction of the flyover ramps from 95 to 1 will allow a lot more traffic to access Rt. 1 at one time, so future congestion is a definite issue.

The 3 lanes on 1/13 and over the Roth bridge probably is sufficent for a while, and if I were to guess, would be a second phase to the construction project.  The bridge simply needs re-striping, although making it 4 lanes will wipe out the shoulders.

A top priority should be to reconfigure the merge from Rt. 1 to 1/13 to provide for 2 lanes onto 1/13, then taper it down as motorist have a chance to merge over.  Actually, when they first built the highway, this was the lane pattern and for whatever reason, they reduced the ramp from 2 lanes to 1 mid-ramp.  Another possibility is to maintain the 2 lanes from 1 to 1/13, and the left lane from Rt. 13 will be the lane that ends.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on March 31, 2013, 10:12:18 PM
This should be no surprise to anyone familiar enough with Delaware: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130331/NEWS02/303310068/Influence-access-taint-land-use-decisions

I can't comment much more because I work for New Castle County (formerly in Land Use - we in GIS got moved to Information Systems a few years ago).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 05, 2013, 09:58:20 AM
Going back to the small route shields at the new 95/1 interchange...

It appears new signs, with new, larger shields, have been installed on 95 North at the Exit for DE 1/7, and on the ramp itself.  The shields are now larger. Not the largest I've seen, but larger than the shields that were there.  It's possible as well that the shields were just replaced, rather than the entire sign being replaced.

However...further back on 95, the signs for Exit 4, 1 mile ahead still have the small shields on them for DE 1 & 7.  So maybe they haven't gotten around to replacing them yet.  I'll have to keep an eye on that over the next few weeks to see if they are replaced as well.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on April 05, 2013, 08:44:19 PM
There are still small shields here and there, along with some small numerals (and with fractions that's really annoying).

What bugs me more are the gantries along I-95 north between DE 1/7 and DE 141 that show the right-most lane as "exit-only" for I-295.  It's not, you have to use that lane to get to Exit 5B for DE 141 north.  (That and all the offramps that have no signage for what's where, or which way the numbered highway goes, or both.)

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 08, 2013, 09:08:31 AM
What bugs me more are the gantries along I-95 north between DE 1/7 and DE 141 that show the right-most lane as "exit-only" for I-295.  It's not, you have to use that lane to get to Exit 5B for DE 141 north.

That's fine.  There's enough signs for the 141 Exit that I don't think people get confused.  The 'Exit Only' language is needed for the split though. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on April 09, 2013, 09:13:47 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130409/NEWS/304090039/Del-1-proposal-fails-to-ease-concerns

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DelDOT explains options for $180 million project to overhaul Del. 1

Written by Jeff Montgomery The News Journal
Apr. 08
   
A state Department of Transportation workshop on options for a $180 million expansion of a major north-south highway drew dozens of residents to Bear on Monday evening, many concerned about noise or the sacrifice of local access to meet through traffic needs.  The project, unlikely to begin before late 2015, would add one lane in each direction along nearly 10 miles of Del. 1, eventually creating three lanes each way between Del. 273 and Tybouts Corner and four lanes between Tybouts and the south side of the Roth Bridge.

Major overhauls of the Del. 273, Tybouts Corner and Del. 72 interchanges are planned, with less extensive work at U.S. 40. The Del. 273 options include a more complex and wider cloverleaf of ramps and overpasses, possibly moving some on- and off-traffic to intersections at Newtowne Road and Del. 7 or nearby School Bell Road .  One feature of the proposed design would ease cross-traffic friction by dead-ending Del. 7 just north of Del. 273, along a stretch of road that doubles as East Main Street in the historic and repeatedly flooded crossroads village of Christiana.  “I think that’s pretty rude, to shut us out,” said Charles Ford, who has lived along a private road on the south side of Christiana, near the proposed new closing point, for a decade. “It’s going to cause a lot of extra time, extra gas and useless mileage on our vehicles.”

Congestion, safety and long-term needs are driving all of the plans, officials said during the workshop at Leasure Elementary School.  Northbound Del. 1 already fails to meet current traffic flow standards between U.S. 40 and Del. 273, and both directions fail immediately south of Tybouts Corner.  “A big part of it right now is, you have a congestion problem, we have multiple accident areas that are consistent, they’re not just a fluke,” said Darren M. O’Neill, a project development group engineer with DelDOT.  “There’s a projection of growth in this area. If we don’t do something, the level of service at almost every location is going to fail, which will only lead to more congestion and traffic,” he said.  Officials expect traffic along the corridor to nearly double in some areas by 2040, reaching 125,000 cars daily north of Tybouts, and 140,000 daily to the south. Current studies are aimed at selecting long-term solutions that meet environmental and federal highway aid requirements.

Much of the early public response to the plan has focused on proposals to rework the Del. 273 interchange south of Christiana Mall, where backups and accidents are common at the Del. 1 on- and off-ramps and the adjacent signal where Del. 273 and 7 meet.  The entire area often clogs dangerously, officials said, as through traffic tangles with driver efforts to dog-leg between Del. 1 and heavily developed areas of Del. 7 to the south along a too-short stretch of Del. 273.  To some Christiana residents, however, the cul-de-sac plan represents the latest chapter in a sort of “death of a thousand cutoffs” for the long-ago bypassed community.

“When it rains, it floods, and cutting off where they’re proposing to cut off, the people that live there are stuck,” said Saddie Waters, who lives nearby and who has attended Christiana United Methodist Church most of her life.  Major highway and commercial developments already have created a dead-end east of the town, forcing traffic through the Del. 1 mall interchange. In the north, commercial development prompted DelDOT to close West Main Street’s direct connection with Del. 273, shunting drivers instead onto a road that doubles as a shopping center access.  East-west traffic in Christiana concentrates along a shoulderless, narrow, two-lane section of Old Baltimore Pike already known for epic traffic jams during holidays and summer weekends.

DelDOT plans another workshop from 6-9 p.m. April 18 at Wilbur Elementary School near the Del. 72 interchange. Separate sessions on possible noise consequences are planned during the summer.

I wonder those who complain about the village of Christiana being cut off would like to go back to the days when not only did DE 7 use East Main Street and North Old Baltimore Pike (which it still does, but there was no Delaware 1 in this area until the mid-1990s) and DE 273 followed Main Street through the village (until the mid-1980s).

The details of the planned interchange upgrades are at the bottom of the "listening tours" here:
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/273_ListeningTour.pdf
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/SR72_Area_Listening_Tour.pdf (One option for the DE 1/DE 72 interchange would involve a diverging diamond.)

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on April 11, 2013, 11:57:26 AM
On a different note, I noticed on my way north last week that construction of the DE 1/DE 30 interchange near Milford has begun.  Grading for the future southbound DE 1 ramps is well underway.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 29, 2013, 09:38:31 AM
Dave Watts on Facebook found a gem on the Delaware State Archives site about the Delaware Turnpike.  Among other things, there is some discussion of the (long discontinued) ramp tolls on the Turnpike:

DELAWARE TURNPIKE SCRAPBOOK

Delaware Turnpike – John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (http://archives.delaware.gov/exhibits/document/scrapbooks/turnpike.shtml)

EDIT:  Corrected typo.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 29, 2013, 12:23:07 PM
Dave Watts on Facebook found a gem on the Delaware State Acrhives site about the Delaware Turnpike.  Among other things, there is some discussion of the (long discontinued) ramp tolls on the Turnpike:

DELAWARE TURNPIKE SCRAPBOOK

Delaware Turnpike – John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (http://archives.delaware.gov/exhibits/document/scrapbooks/turnpike.shtml)

Very interesting.  I haven't had time to review all the articles, but 2 that caught my eye were the articles about the honor system envelopes and the hotel off what is the ramp for 141 North.

The honor system envelopes were supposed to allow those that didn't have the change to pay the ramp toll the ability to mail the money.  They lasted all of 26 days in the early 70's, with the grand majority never used to mail back the quarter.  The Garden State Parkway had a similiar system which was in use for several decades, elimanated only a few years ago (although I'm sure more envelopes were tossed rather than used to pay the toll).

The hotel that was envisioned in the early 1970's for the interchange just off I-95 North near the 95/295 split at Exit 5, Rt. 141, was never built until the late 90's.  And then, with an opening scheduled for 2000, it was never opened until about 2011 due to disagreements with the county.  It looks like it was supposed to compliment the nearby New Castle Airport, which never developed into a medium/large scale passenger airport. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: BamaZeus on April 29, 2013, 12:55:42 PM
Wow.  First article I read has to do with people arguing over patronage jobs. "The city was supposed to get that job...We won't take this lying down"

It just seems strange for people from the same party to be arguing publicly over political patronage, something seemingly more appropriate to the 19th century. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Brandon on April 29, 2013, 01:42:28 PM
Wow.  First article I read has to do with people arguing over patronage jobs. "The city was supposed to get that job...We won't take this lying down"

It just seems strange for people from the same party to be arguing publicly over political patronage, something seemingly more appropriate to the 19th century. 

I take it you've never read a Chicago newspaper.  That sort of patronage crappola is still a way a life around these parts.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: BamaZeus on May 01, 2013, 11:14:04 AM
I know the concept of patronage still exists and all, it's just the idea of it being in the open news that got to me.  I just envisioned that sort of political dealing to be more behind closed doors than debated in the local newspaper. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 10, 2013, 09:22:30 AM
Sign work to close southbound Del. 1 at I-95 tonight (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130510/NEWS15/305100056/Sign-work-close-southbound-Del-1-95-tonight)

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Southbound Del. 1 will be closed late tonight near Christiana Mall to allow for installation of an overhead sign structure, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports.

The road will be closed at the I-95 overpass from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday.

Southbound traffic will be detoured east on I-95, east on Del. 273 and back to Del. 1.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 10, 2013, 10:11:02 AM
Sign work to close southbound Del. 1 at I-95 tonight (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130510/NEWS15/305100056/Sign-work-close-southbound-Del-1-95-tonight)

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Southbound Del. 1 will be closed late tonight near Christiana Mall to allow for installation of an overhead sign structure, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports.

The road will be closed at the I-95 overpass from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday.

Southbound traffic will be detoured east on I-95, east on Del. 273 and back to Del. 1.

Really?  Closing a roadway for 8 hours to add a sign structure?  Something that normally take a 15+/- minute closure to complete? 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on May 10, 2013, 08:16:16 PM
Sign work to close southbound Del. 1 at I-95 tonight (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130510/NEWS15/305100056/Sign-work-close-southbound-Del-1-95-tonight)

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Southbound Del. 1 will be closed late tonight near Christiana Mall to allow for installation of an overhead sign structure, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports.

The road will be closed at the I-95 overpass from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday.

Southbound traffic will be detoured east on I-95, east on Del. 273 and back to Del. 1.

Really?  Closing a roadway for 8 hours to add a sign structure?  Something that normally take a 15+/- minute closure to complete? 

I dunno.  Are they removing an old structure first?  A structure that spans an entire roadway (or both roadways), takes more than 15 minutes to install.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 11, 2013, 07:56:21 AM
Sign work to close southbound Del. 1 at I-95 tonight (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130510/NEWS15/305100056/Sign-work-close-southbound-Del-1-95-tonight)

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Southbound Del. 1 will be closed late tonight near Christiana Mall to allow for installation of an overhead sign structure, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports.

The road will be closed at the I-95 overpass from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday.

Southbound traffic will be detoured east on I-95, east on Del. 273 and back to Del. 1.

Really?  Closing a roadway for 8 hours to add a sign structure?  Something that normally take a 15+/- minute closure to complete? 

I dunno.  Are they removing an old structure first?  A structure that spans an entire roadway (or both roadways), takes more than 15 minutes to install.

Just saying from experience - it's very rare for entire roadways to be shut down just to put up a sign.  It would be a weekly occurrence on the NJ Turnpike for example with all the overhead signs and bridge beams they are installing.  Instead, if you see the construction schedules, you'll see traffic slowdowns for small periods of time while a sign/beam is installed, not several hours of closures.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on May 13, 2013, 07:23:08 PM
All I can think is that they're going to use this closure to do a lot of other work that's much more easily done without traffic around.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on May 30, 2013, 12:17:35 AM
I'm not sure what to make of this:

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/NewarkRouteChanges/index.shtml

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It is our experience that most people do not realize that Route 2 comes into Newark from the east off of Capitol Trail, goes down Route 72 to Route 4, and then to the west to Elkton Road, and then to the state line. Nor do most people realize that Main Street and Elkton Road (up to Route 4) are designated as Business Route 2.

Given that very few people or businesses refer to any form of Route 2 in Newark, we propose to end Route 2 at Route 273. We would completely eliminate Business Route 2. Almost all of the roads where we propose to eliminate the Route 2 or Business Route 2 designation are also "braided" with another Delaware route designations which would remain unchanged (such as Route 273, Route 72, and Route 896). The exception is Elkton Road between the Maryland state line and Christina Parkway, which we propose to designate as Delaware Route 279. This then matches the other side of the state line which is designated as Maryland Route 279.

The goal of this effort is to simplify the route designations in Newark, reduce sign clutter, and reduce sign maintenance costs.

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/NewarkRouteChanges/pdfs/NewarkProposedRoutes.pdf

Why not just get rid of Business 2 after 25 years (I remember the signs going up in 1988) and route DE 2 through Newark again?  Or send DE 4 down Elkton Road and eliminate the need for a DE 279?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on May 30, 2013, 02:11:52 AM
It's good when numbers match at the state line. But why keep 4 on 896?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 30, 2013, 10:01:00 AM
I'm not sure what to make of this:

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/NewarkRouteChanges/index.shtml

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It is our experience that most people do not realize that Route 2 comes into Newark from the east off of Capitol Trail, goes down Route 72 to Route 4, and then to the west to Elkton Road, and then to the state line. Nor do most people realize that Main Street and Elkton Road (up to Route 4) are designated as Business Route 2.

Given that very few people or businesses refer to any form of Route 2 in Newark, we propose to end Route 2 at Route 273. We would completely eliminate Business Route 2. Almost all of the roads where we propose to eliminate the Route 2 or Business Route 2 designation are also "braided" with another Delaware route designations which would remain unchanged (such as Route 273, Route 72, and Route 896). The exception is Elkton Road between the Maryland state line and Christina Parkway, which we propose to designate as Delaware Route 279. This then matches the other side of the state line which is designated as Maryland Route 279.

The goal of this effort is to simplify the route designations in Newark, reduce sign clutter, and reduce sign maintenance costs.

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/NewarkRouteChanges/pdfs/NewarkProposedRoutes.pdf

Why not just get rid of Business 2 after 25 years (I remember the signs going up in 1988) and route DE 2 through Newark again?  Or send DE 4 down Elkton Road and eliminate the need for a DE 279?

More of this "unbraiding" route nonsense. I agree with elsemere241, why not just extend DE-4 to the state line, rather than have a new DE-279 arbitrarily change to DE 4 while DE 896 turns? Plus I thought part of the rational to rename a portion of Elkton Road to South Main Street was to disassociate Newark with Elkton? Importing MD-279 just reaffirms that connection. Plus DE 4 originally went to the state line along Chestnut Hill Road:

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware999/chestnut_hill_rd_eb_at_de_line.jpg)

There is still the three-way overlap with DE-71, DE 896 and US 301 to the south as well that could fall under their "unbraiding" policy. Truncate DE 896 to DE 273, keep South Main Street unnumbered (I am sure Newark would be totally on board with that) and number the portions of DE-896 south from DE 4 something else.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on May 30, 2013, 11:29:57 AM
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I agree with elsemere241, why not just extend DE-4 to the state line, rather than have a new DE-279 arbitrarily change to DE 4 while DE 896 turns?

See NE2's comment.  Truncate 4 to where it meets 896.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on May 30, 2013, 12:02:44 PM
If they're going to create a DE 279 it should go all the way downtown.  The problem with truncating DE 4 is that Christina Parkway was built as DE 4 - DE 896 was added around 1985, DE 2 in 1988.  And there's the theoretical possibility of Christina Pkwy being extended farther west.  (When pigs fly.)

Nobody really followed the post-1988 routing of DE 2 (or paid much attention to it) - it doesn't go through town, but a good part of it is two-lane and it crosses Amtrak twice.  I'd say it would be easier to get rid of "Business 2" and move DE 2 back where it was, and maybe run DE 896 up South College Avenue again.  That would certainly make things less cluttered in Newark.  Besides, people will go the way they go regardless of how things are posted.

As for DE 896 around Middletown, I'll post something on that later.  I will say, having seen the plans for US 301 (I've processed a lot of DelDOT takings for it with my job at New Castle County) it might make sense for DE 15 to follow the US 301 Spur, rather than zigzag the way it does now.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on June 11, 2013, 04:31:41 PM
The proposal page now has a place for public comments.  Here's what I just posted:

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I would rather DE 2 be restored to its pre-1988 alignment.  The current route takes it over Amtrak twice, can be hard to follow, and multiplexes with DE 4 or DE 72 its entire length, sometimes using two-lane roads.  If DelDOT is that concerned about multiplexed highways (and difficult turns) it should move DE 896 back from Elkton Road to South College Avenue.  As it is, DE 896 north has to go around the block along West Delaware Avenue, South College Avenue, and West Main Street.  It might be better to curtail DE 896 at downtown Newark and come up with a new number for South College/Summit Bridge anyway.

If you must curtail DE 2, then Elkton Road below Christina Parkway should be DE 4, rather than bring in a new number.  It might be a good idea for that stretch to be DE 2 and DE 4 anyway - something I thought would happen when Christina Parkway was built in 1983.

If you must bring in a DE 279, it should go all the way into downtown, whether or not DE 896 is moved or curtailed.  There is no point in creating a new number for just a couple of miles that ends where a new route (in this case DE 4) begins.

If DelDOT is that concerned with route numbers from Maryland carrying over, might I suggest creating DE 285 (Chesapeake City Road, connecting to DE 71); DE 310 (which could replace the current DE 896 along Pole Bridge Road); and/or replacing DE 299 west of Middletown with DE 282.  There are several other instances of highways having different numbers in each state and there's no reason to proactively change any of them.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 11, 2013, 05:08:47 PM
The proposal page now has a place for public comments.  Here's what I just posted:

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I would rather DE 2 be restored to its pre-1988 alignment.  The current route takes it over Amtrak twice, can be hard to follow, and multiplexes with DE 4 or DE 72 its entire length, sometimes using two-lane roads.  If DelDOT is that concerned about multiplexed highways (and difficult turns) it should move DE 896 back from Elkton Road to South College Avenue.  As it is, DE 896 north has to go around the block along West Delaware Avenue, South College Avenue, and West Main Street.  It might be better to curtail DE 896 at downtown Newark and come up with a new number for South College/Summit Bridge anyway.

If you must curtail DE 2, then Elkton Road below Christina Parkway should be DE 4, rather than bring in a new number.  It might be a good idea for that stretch to be DE 2 and DE 4 anyway - something I thought would happen when Christina Parkway was built in 1983.

If you must bring in a DE 279, it should go all the way into downtown, whether or not DE 896 is moved or curtailed.  There is no point in creating a new number for just a couple of miles that ends where a new route (in this case DE 4) begins.

If DelDOT is that concerned with route numbers from Maryland carrying over, might I suggest creating DE 285 (Chesapeake City Road, connecting to DE 71); DE 310 (which could replace the current DE 896 along Pole Bridge Road); and/or replacing DE 299 west of Middletown with DE 282.  There are several other instances of highways having different numbers in each state and there's no reason to proactively change any of them.

I agree with everything you wrote.

One other thought on the proposals they have, if they are going to truncate DE 2 to East Main Street, why not renumber DE 72 from Possum Park Road northward to something else as well, and have DE 72 start at Library Avenue and DE 273. This would eliminate the somewhat odd concept of having DE 2/72 overlap westward with DE 2 ending and DE 72 continuing.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on June 11, 2013, 05:25:56 PM
I agree with everything you wrote.

One other thought on the proposals they have, if they are going to truncate DE 2 to East Main Street, why not renumber DE 72 from Possum Park Road northward to something else as well, and have DE 72 start at Library Avenue and DE 273. This would eliminate the somewhat odd concept of having DE 2/72 overlap westward with DE 2 ending and DE 72 continuing.

Or maybe that new route could stay on Paper Mill Road, etc. etc.  DelDOT certainly has opened a can of worms with this whole thing.  Personally, I can think of a few other changes they could make that would make more sense than this.  That could include, say, adding a 500-series of routes in northern New Castle County that could be "virtual section line roads" to make it easier to get around without a map in hand.  (Below the C&D Canal, including in Kent and Sussex, they could be "virtual township line roads", maybe.)

At least Bob Gilligan has retired from the General Assembly.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: hbelkins on June 21, 2013, 11:25:28 PM
"Braided?" Don't think I've ever heard that term before, but it's better than "multiplex."

I prefer "concurrent" or "co-signed" or even "share pavement" to "multiplex." Where did that term for two or more routes signed on the same road originate?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on June 22, 2013, 12:06:18 AM
I prefer "concurrent" or "co-signed" or even "share pavement" to "multiplex." Where did that term for two or more routes signed on the same road originate?
m.t.r. "Decommissioned" came from Route 66 fandom.

PS: Google Groups' new interface sucks ass for searching. In addition to having to keep hitting page down/end and wait for it to load, it seems to go back only to 1997.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 24, 2013, 10:33:33 AM
Opening of I-95 ramp at US 202 set for Tuesday (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130624/NEWS15/130624001/Opening-95-ramp-US-202-set-Tuesday)

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The Delaware Department of Transportation has rescheduled the opening of the new ramp from I-95 southbound to U.S. 202 southbound.

Officials have moved the ramp’s opening — part of a three-year project to improve the interchange — to Tuesday because of recent rains.

The event had been scheduled to occur today.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 01, 2013, 06:04:55 PM
Rush W sent me this Newark Post article on the Newark route renumbering:

A route to less clutter: DelDOT to consolidate Newark route numbers (http://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_081d2586-e14b-11e2-94de-001a4bcf887a.html)

Per the article, were the route changes made official?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on July 01, 2013, 09:32:22 PM
Rush W sent me this Newark Post article on the Newark route renumbering:

A route to less clutter: DelDOT to consolidate Newark route numbers (http://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_081d2586-e14b-11e2-94de-001a4bcf887a.html)

Per the article, were the route changes made official?

According to the DelDOT page I referenced a month ago, no.  They're still taking comments.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on July 08, 2013, 10:16:48 AM
Public forum tonight on plans for I-295, US 13 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130708/NEWS15/130708002/Public-forum-tonight-plans-295-US-13-)

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A public workshop today in New Castle will discuss upcoming construc­tion on southbound I-295 and U.S. 13 just south of the interstate’s overpass.

Plans include installing a tunnel under U.S. 13 to accommodate pedestri­ans and bicyclists, as part of a larger recreational trail envisioned between Wilmington and New Castle. Three lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times during construction, with the exception of two planned weekend detours for closings.

Southbound I-295 is also being reconstructed between Del. 9 and I-95, including the removal of five bridges and the replacement of the bridge spanning U.S. 13 and several safety improvements to the ramps in both directions.

Those interested may stop by the meeting between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Howard J. Weston Community Center, 1 Bassett Ave. in the Manor Park community near New Castle.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: BrianP on July 08, 2013, 11:29:46 AM
What five bridges are being removed?  I think I can identify four of them.  First would be the bridge on I-295 south that goes over the former ramp from US 13 south to I-295 north.  Another might be the ramp from US 13 north to I-295 south might be moved so that bridge over I-295 north can be removed.  Then there are 2 bridges on I-295 south that are west of US 13 that are not present on I-295 northbound.  But I'm stuck on the fifth bridge.

I'm most interested if they will add another lane to I-295 south across US 13.  The concrete pavement on I-295 south which is west of US 13 is in quite bad shape. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 08, 2013, 03:19:33 PM
What five bridges are being removed?  I think I can identify four of them.  First would be the bridge on I-295 south that goes over the former ramp from US 13 south to I-295 north.  Another might be the ramp from US 13 north to I-295 south might be moved so that bridge over I-295 north can be removed.  Then there are 2 bridges on I-295 south that are west of US 13 that are not present on I-295 northbound.  But I'm stuck on the fifth bridge.

I'm most interested if they will add another lane to I-295 south across US 13.  The concrete pavement on I-295 south which is west of US 13 is in quite bad shape. 

4 of the overpasses are on 295 South:

1) Over the former ramp from 13 South to 295 North
2) Over US 13 North/South
3) Over former Baylor Blvd.  Baylor was reconfigured to meet US 13 South near Delaware State Hospital.  The overpass for this road on 295 North was removed in a previous construction project.
4) Over former Minuit Drive.  While there's a housing development on one side of 295, there's nothing of interest on the other side of 295, and access appears to be tied
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: BrianP on July 08, 2013, 04:32:36 PM
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2) Over US 13 North/South
That one doesn't count as a removal. It's covered separately in the article:
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...including the removal of five bridges and the replacement of the bridge spanning U.S. 13...
Unless they are mistakenly counting that bridge twice (as a replacement and a removal).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on July 11, 2013, 08:07:57 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130711/NEWS1501/307110051/Interchange-work-near-Christiana-Mall-will-cost-more-meet-holiday-shopping-deadline

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: BrianP on July 11, 2013, 09:40:30 AM
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Eighty percent of the project is covered by federal funds.
WTF?  That's a toll road why does it get Fed funding? 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on July 11, 2013, 10:38:56 AM
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Eighty percent of the project is covered by federal funds.
WTF?  That's a toll road why does it get Fed funding?

The federal government did fund part (not all - part) of the construction costs of the ICC.

Wonder if Delaware has cut the definition of the "toll-maintained" part of the Delaware Turnpike to only include the section from the Maryland line to the Delaware Welcome Center service plaza?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on July 11, 2013, 09:51:20 PM
Why is DelDOT even touching that road to begin with? From the signing, its maintained by DRBA. (referring to I-295)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on July 12, 2013, 12:05:33 AM
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Eighty percent of the project is covered by federal funds.
WTF?  That's a toll road why does it get Fed funding? 
The northern part of DE 1 is free and on the NHS, which is why it's in the 80% category.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on July 13, 2013, 01:19:14 PM
Comments are closed on the Newark routing thing.  Maybe I'll hear back from DelDOT soon.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on July 13, 2013, 08:56:54 PM
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Eighty percent of the project is covered by federal funds.
WTF?  That's a toll road why does it get Fed funding? 
The northern part of DE 1 is free and on the NHS, which is why it's in the 80% category.

I read someplace (might have been on Scott Kozel's site (http://www.pennways.com/DE-1_KWVM_Hwy.html)) that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns all of the bridges over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, including that big cable-stayed span that carries Del. 1 over the canal - and that the Corps may not charge tolls on those bridges, which is why the northernmost toll barrier on the Relief Route (Del. 1) is just south of interchange immediately adjacent to the interchange on the south side of the bridge.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on July 13, 2013, 09:22:09 PM
I read someplace (might have been on Scott Kozel's site (http://www.pennways.com/DE-1_KWVM_Hwy.html)) that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns all of the bridges over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, including that big cable-stayed span that carries Del. 1 over the canal - and that the Corps may not charge tolls on those bridges, which is why the northernmost toll barrier on the Relief Route (Del. 1) is just south of interchange immediately adjacent to the interchange on the south side of the bridge.

The project was funded 50% federal/50% state. The toll free portion was built with federal funding while the southern half was funded by the State of Delaware with bonds that are being repaid by tolls. The reason why the C&D bridge is free is that originally the St. Georges/US-13 bridge was going to be removed and DelDOT had to maintain a free crossing over the canal.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jp the roadgeek on July 15, 2013, 12:30:21 AM
Rush W sent me this Newark Post article on the Newark route renumbering:

A route to less clutter: DelDOT to consolidate Newark route numbers (http://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_081d2586-e14b-11e2-94de-001a4bcf887a.html)

Per the article, were the route changes made official?

According to the DelDOT page I referenced a month ago, no.  They're still taking comments.

Looks neater, but why not just truncate DE 72 at DE 2, and extend DE 2 over DE 72 down to DE 1/US 13?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 15, 2013, 09:07:38 AM
I read someplace (might have been on Scott Kozel's site (http://www.pennways.com/DE-1_KWVM_Hwy.html)) that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns all of the bridges over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, including that big cable-stayed span that carries Del. 1 over the canal - and that the Corps may not charge tolls on those bridges, which is why the northernmost toll barrier on the Relief Route (Del. 1) is just south of interchange immediately adjacent to the interchange on the south side of the bridge.

The project was funded 50% federal/50% state. The toll free portion was built with federal funding while the southern half was funded by the State of Delaware with bonds that are being repaid by tolls. The reason why the C&D bridge is free is that originally the St. Georges/US-13 bridge was going to be removed and DelDOT had to maintain a free crossing over the canal.

Delaware Route 9 & US 301 are free bridges as well.

Originally, there wasn't an exit on the South side of the DE 1 bridge, so all traffic would have to pay a toll prior to being able to exit.  The exit just south of the bridge to US 13 was built due to appease the many, many people complaining they had to pay a toll. 

Delaware does sometimes bend over backwards, especially when they don't have to.  The 95/1 construction project is another example - yes, a faster timeline will help motorists get to and from the mall area, but it really doesn't help the state out in any way - it's not like the state will get tax revenue from the purchases made at the mall.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on July 15, 2013, 10:39:03 AM
Originally, there wasn't an exit on the South side of the DE 1 bridge, so all traffic would have to pay a toll prior to being able to exit.
"Originally" meaning during planning: http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/sr1_turnpike.htm
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The bridge was originally to be tolled, but to garner maintenance of the bridge by the Army Corps of Engineers required at least one toll free crossing at St. Georges. The pending closure and dismantling of the St. Georges Bridge nixed the proposal to include the new bridge as part of the tolled section of the SR 1 Turnpike, and thus the bridge remains a free entity. To maintain the toll free status DelDOT added an exit for U.S. 13 (by way of Lorewood Grove Road) at South St. Georges to the project.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on July 15, 2013, 11:48:25 AM
Rush W sent me this Newark Post article on the Newark route renumbering:

A route to less clutter: DelDOT to consolidate Newark route numbers (http://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/article_081d2586-e14b-11e2-94de-001a4bcf887a.html)

Per the article, were the route changes made official?
The latter part of the article makes reference to a rerouting the southern portion of US 202 off of I-95 and DE 141.  In that case, the solution there is rather obvious; place the portion of US 202 south of I-95 back to its previous alignment to Business US 13 (currently signed as DE 202).

Back to the Newark area changes for a moment.  The current plan looks good (the extension of 279 into Delaware is a complete no-brainer IMHO); but I would go one-step further and truncate DE 4 at DE 896 (at the Univ. of Delaware campus, as others have suggested).  IMHO, having the latter section piggy-back along 896 serves no purpose whatsoever. 

Doing such would also further simplify the description of the northern shun-pike route to avoid the extortion-rate $4 tolls along I-95 at the state line.  :)

I would also truncate that last piece of DE 2 at DE 72 rather than having it still multiplex w/72.

"Braided?" Don't think I've ever heard that term before, but it's better than "multiplex."

I prefer "concurrent" or "co-signed" or even "share pavement" to "multiplex." Where did that term for two or more routes signed on the same road originate?
The writer of the article may not necessarily be an engineer and/or roadgeek.  :sombrero:

I kind of like the term that I used earlier in this post... piggy-back.  :)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on August 07, 2013, 05:47:15 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130807/LIFE04/130807015/Delaware-Spaces-Three-states-backyard-near-Newark
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 08, 2013, 01:22:36 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130807/LIFE04/130807015/Delaware-Spaces-Three-states-backyard-near-Newark

Even better that the owner of the land where Pennsylvania, Delaware & Maryland meet is named Virginia. :-)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: brownpelican on August 11, 2013, 07:48:30 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130807/LIFE04/130807015/Delaware-Spaces-Three-states-backyard-near-Newark

Nice little story there.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on August 16, 2013, 09:31:56 PM
Sounds like the first flyover for the I-95 interchange at DE 1 will open right before Labor Day.

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4865

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As part of the on-going Route 1/I-95 Interchange Project, DelDOT's contractor, Cherry Hill Construction will be installing barrier walls, overhead signs, and paving. This construction will require lane and exit ramp closures beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 26 and ending at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27. The opening of the new fly-over ramp will eliminate the existing cattle chute on I-95 southbound to Route 1 southbound

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6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27
Re-open Route 1 southbound, removal of lane restrictions from I-95 southbound, and Opening of Fly-Over Ramp for I-95 southbound to Route 1 southbound.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on August 16, 2013, 11:19:10 PM
Sounds like the first flyover for the I-95 interchange at DE 1 will open right before Labor Day.

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4865
Just in time for the sum...mer... season...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ChezeHed81 on August 17, 2013, 08:04:26 AM
Delaware is getting its first set of overhead arrow-per-lane signs.  The two that I've found are off northbound exit 5A, and southbound exit 4B, next to the offramps.  Below is the sign assembly to be located at Exit 4B:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/9530374452_2942741eea_c.jpg)


The one by the hotel has limited sight-lines due to hotel landscaping, but contains SR-1, SR-7 and SR-58 shields with at least "Churchmans Cr" and "Mall Road", and probably "Dover" (to be confirmed).

I'm looking forward to the highway-speed flyover and not having to contend with exit ramp snipers who fly up in the through lane and slam on their brakes in the gore area.  DelDOT's latest 2-lane ramp projects have been quite successful at relieving traffic:  I-95 at 202 northbound and the extended right lane on Route 1 southbound at US-13.  Both of those locations are worlds better than their previous incarnations.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 17, 2013, 09:31:00 AM
I've seen the back of the one near the hotel at the 95/295 split.  Seems...not needed, at this point.  The existing signs are only a few years old (after 95 was widened to 5 lanes).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 17, 2013, 09:40:12 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130817/NEWS15/308170003/I-95-shut-Concord-Pike-until-Monday-morning?nclick_check=1

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In a major weekend traffic disruption, I-95 is shut down in both directions to allow for bridge demolition at the Concord Pike/U.S. 202 interchange north of Wilmington.

The road work is expected to divert an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 travelers a day to I-495, the recommended alternate route, before I-95 is reopened at 5 a.m. Monday.

Crews have closed the interstate at Concord Pike several times since last fall as part of the interchange reconstruction project.

Completely unnecessary for what they are doing.  Removing and installing bridge beams is not something that requires complete highway closures for an entire weekend.  As I said before, comparing this to the NJ Turnpike, the turnpike would've been shut down many night and weekend for the past few years if they maintained the same policies.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on August 17, 2013, 11:01:58 AM
Does Beaches really need a symbol?

(Also: right sign should be 7 NORTH 58.)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 17, 2013, 01:57:17 PM
Does Beaches really need a symbol?

No it does not, but DelDOT likes to place trailblazers for everything, which in this instance is dumb.


(Also: right sign should be 7 NORTH 58.)

I pointed out that error for DE 58 north to Steve when we stopped and photographed that two weeks ago. The panel has several other problems too such as EXIT ONLY in Clearview on the right and black outlines for the EXIT ONLY placards to the left...



I have always thought that Mall Road should be placed on an auxiliary sign. Usually when its placed with Christiana on guide signs for DE 7 (which is already in place on the southbound flyover), it conveys "Christiana Mall Road". However new signs on DE 1/7 south now read "Mall Road Christiana". This will likely change again if DE 7 between Christiana and DE 273 is removed as part of the proposed expansion of the interchange between DE 1 and 273.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 19, 2013, 08:48:38 AM
Most technically, the right sign should read "58", then "To Rt. 7 North"
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on August 20, 2013, 03:15:17 PM
TOLLROADSnews: Delaware integrating E-ZPass into DMV division of DelDOT (http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/6700)

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Delaware DOT is integrating toll collection more tightly into its motor vehicles division which handles the state's motor vehicle registry and issue of vehicle license plates. Division director Jennifer L Cohan told TOLLROADSnews in an interview Friday that with the growth of open road and all-electronic tolling she sees increasing "synergy."

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"We are going to be doing more tolling to upgrade our highways. It's going to be free flow toll collection, so the synergy with the motor registry will only grow."
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on August 20, 2013, 08:18:22 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130817/NEWS15/308170003/I-95-shut-Concord-Pike-until-Monday-morning?nclick_check=1

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In a major weekend traffic disruption, I-95 is shut down in both directions to allow for bridge demolition at the Concord Pike/U.S. 202 interchange north of Wilmington.

The road work is expected to divert an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 travelers a day to I-495, the recommended alternate route, before I-95 is reopened at 5 a.m. Monday.

Crews have closed the interstate at Concord Pike several times since last fall as part of the interchange reconstruction project.

Completely unnecessary for what they are doing.  Removing and installing bridge beams is not something that requires complete highway closures for an entire weekend.  As I said before, comparing this to the NJ Turnpike, the turnpike would've been shut down many night and weekend for the past few years if they maintained the same policies.
You've inadvertently stepped into my wheelhouse ;) No, you don't need to close the road, but in this case, they realized that I-495 can easily handle the diverted traffic. It's a LOT more efficient to get work done without having to worry about traffic coming by. Instead of 15-minute slowdowns, waiting for traffic to clear, and being limited to overnight hours, they can accomplish in a single weekend what might have taken a month.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on August 20, 2013, 09:13:18 PM
You've inadvertently stepped into my wheelhouse ;) No, you don't need to close the road, but in this case, they realized that I-495 can easily handle the diverted traffic. It's a LOT more efficient to get work done without having to worry about traffic coming by. Instead of 15-minute slowdowns, waiting for traffic to clear, and being limited to overnight hours, they can accomplish in a single weekend what might have taken a month.

I strongly agree. 

But there are not many parts of I-95 that have such a good alternate route as I-95 through Wilmington enjoys in the form of I-495.

Speaking of efficient, it's also important to note that being efficient also means saving money (either taxpayer money or money from toll-paying customers or money belonging to someone else).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 21, 2013, 10:22:47 AM
Delaware is getting its first set of overhead arrow-per-lane signs.  The two that I've found are off northbound exit 5A, and southbound exit 4B, next to the offramps.  Below is the sign assembly to be located at Exit 4B:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/9530374452_2942741eea_c.jpg)


Bob emailed me to report that this sign is now in place above Interstate 95.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ChezeHed81 on August 22, 2013, 08:06:52 AM
Both of the Arrow-Per-Lane signs are now installed over the southbound lanes.  Well, technically, only one is an APL, as the first, (the one near the "sandbox" (DelDOT maintenance facility in the median) has no arrows (as of August 21, 16:45).  Couldn't tell if they were covered, but that would be one huge greenout.  Rather, I suspect they are not installed as the one by exit 4B has the diverging portion of the option arrow obscured by what appears to be material like that of a black plastic bag which is held on by duct tape (Red Green would be so proud.)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on August 22, 2013, 09:09:13 AM
Now they need to do something like that going northbound, to point out that while I-295 northbound (unsigned Exit 5C) will eventually split off to the right, exits 5A-B for DE 141 (and unsigned US 202 south) will still come off the right lane.  I've seen at least one car be in the middle lane to stay on I-95, then jump across the I-295 split to get to the DE 141 north offramp.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 22, 2013, 10:14:51 AM
Speaking of those OAPL's, Bob sent me this article this morning:

Flyover ramp from SB I-95 to Del. 1 opens Tuesday (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130822/NEWS1501/308220057/Flyover-ramp-from-SB-95-Del-1-opens-Tuesday?nclick_check=1)

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By Tuesday morning’s rush, commuters will be relieved of a long-maligned choke point when the new flyover ramp from southbound I-95 to Del. 1 opens to traffic, officials say.

The new design is meant to eliminate dangerous weaving between lanes at Exit 4A and relieve chronic backups at peak hours.

Motorists exiting the southbound lanes of I-95 near Christiana will no longer have to compete with traffic entering the interstate, and vice versa.

“We’re closing the cattle chute,” Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt said Wednesday.

Bhatt was referring to the end of the existing ramp from southbound I-95 to Del. 1, where drivers haltingly merge into heavy mall-bound traffic and other vehicles traveling south on Del. 1/7.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 23, 2013, 10:11:01 AM
Got a good look at Delaware's arrow-per-lanes signs Thursday.  The one closest to Exit 4A/B is up.  For the split arrow (95/1), the exit arrow is covered up by what appears to be duct tape and black plastic.  Otherwise, what you see in the above picture is what you see overhead.

The sign closer to Exit 5 (Rt. 141) is an arrow-per lanes sign for 95 South as well...nothing is on the overhead assembly for 95 North.  The arrows are definitely not greened out...there's simply nothing there on the bottom part of the sign.

The 95 South to 1 South bridge is hardly complete...there's actually a fair amount of work left on them.  I'm a little surprised they are opening the overpass in its condition.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ChezeHed81 on August 27, 2013, 08:04:39 AM
Around 6:30 this morning, the new flyover ramp from I-95 SB to Route 1 SB opened.  With it being open for only about 20 minutes, and the traffic being light, it seemed like a good time to take "grand opening" pictures.  It will be more interesting this afternoon when it has to handle rush hour.  The following is a progression of photos up and over the new ramp:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5541/9604425253_aec56c7860_z.jpg)
Arrows still to come...

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3698/9604425043_ed9eb8557e_z.jpg)
Option arrow revealed

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9604424885_b4145120db_z.jpg)
I it looks like a "cover-up"...  APL arrows overlaid on existing pull-through

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/9604424677_b523b2f67e_z.jpg)
The "gore-y" details (temporary sign)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/9607660118_12b4e5142d_z.jpg)
Preparing to split

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5348/9607660204_7c40e1f404_z.jpg)
Exit to SR-7 and Christiana Mall.  Ahead, the right through lane ends.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/9604424465_718713c453_z.jpg)
The ramp is built for two lanes, but striped for one.  This appears to be the likeliest weak link in the system.  Either this is going to work well, or the delay will merely be displaced from I-95 to here.  I'd have preferred to extend the left lane from SR-7, coming in from the right of this photo to meet with the exit only lane for SR-273.  That would allow for this ramp to remain two lanes for its duration.  The existing bridge at the point where the lane from SR-7 comes in is already built for three lanes.

With some of the existing sign gantries remaining in place, it would seem that there is plenty of room to be freed up to place enough auxiliary guide signs for destinations like Stanton, Beaches, and Christiana Mall, which would probably allow for MUTCD-standard APLs.

Ramp construction seems to be well done - smooth, easily done at full-speed (traffic conditions permitting).  By the end of the week, there should be a fairly decent test with several rush hours and Friday beach traffic and Labor Day weekend extra volume.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 27, 2013, 09:13:48 AM
Very cool pics!  I was down in the area Thursday thru Sunday for some volunteer work, and as of Sunday the lines hadn't been painted on the new overpass, the temporary barrier wasn't on the new overpass, and the modified APL on the exiting pull-thru hadn't been modified.

A few notes:

When 95 was congested on Saturday, I got a good look at the first APL sign - the one missing the arrows.  A close look revealed that there are holes in the sheeting where the arrows should be located, so either the arrows had been installed and removed, or the arrows will be installed and those holes were there in preperation of that.  Why the arrows aren't there now is the real unanswered question though.

What an ugly Exit 4        B sign.  Look closely at the 4....that almost looks like a crooked 'A'!

I won't be surprised if there's congestion for a few days (even into next week) approaching the interchange, simply due to the new configuration.  After that though, traffic should be free-flowing.

The single lane in that last photo should be temporary, especially as the 'Right Lane Ends' signs are construction signs.  I would like to believe the lane to the right of the barriers will merge into the lanes after the barrier and then end.  Eventually, Rt. 1 is supposed to be widened from 2 to 3 lanes, and all 3 lanes thru this area will continue thru.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 27, 2013, 11:07:01 AM

The single lane in that last photo should be temporary, especially as the 'Right Lane Ends' signs are construction signs.  I would like to believe the lane to the right of the barriers will merge into the lanes after the barrier and then end.  Eventually, Rt. 1 is supposed to be widened from 2 to 3 lanes, and all 3 lanes thru this area will continue thru.

I would not be so sure about the ramp expansion to two lanes. DE 1 currently is relegated to a single lane ramp at its merge with US 13 as well. Plus from the News Journal article:

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Two lanes will taper to one by the time the ramp meets southbound Del. 1 just north of the interchange with Del. 273, officials said.

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He noted that drivers on the ramp won’t have to merge onto Del. 1 but will have the dedicated use of the left, southbound lane. That also should keep the bulk of the traffic entering Del. 1 out of the way of those in the right lane trying to exit the highway for Del. 273, Torrijos said.



Planned US 113 upgrade in works (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130827/NEWS15/308270057/Planned-US-113-upgrade-works)

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DelDOT opened a series of briefings and rekindled a long-smoldering debate Monday over plans to rebuild parts of U.S. 113 in Sussex County, convening meetings in Millsboro and Dagsboro to outline its preference for an up to $839 million proposal to relocate the highway between Millsboro and the Maryland line.

The agency released its choice in a draft environmental impact statement with little fanfare earlier this month. Generally, the plan calls for a bypass of Millsboro, Dagsboro and Frankford along a new alignment swinging well east of the existing highway. The existing road would be upgraded from the Maryland line to north of Selbyville before shifting onto a new path east of the present highway.

Actual construction could be decades away, officials acknowledged. Options for bypassing Millsboro in the draft environmental impact statement retained many key features of an approach outlined in 2007. Town manager Faye Lingo said Monday that local officials still support the design.

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Plans for the 16.9-mile stretch include six full interchanges, nine overpasses and five water crossings.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 27, 2013, 12:31:25 PM

The single lane in that last photo should be temporary, especially as the 'Right Lane Ends' signs are construction signs.  I would like to believe the lane to the right of the barriers will merge into the lanes after the barrier and then end.  Eventually, Rt. 1 is supposed to be widened from 2 to 3 lanes, and all 3 lanes thru this area will continue thru.

I would not be so sure about the ramp expansion to two lanes. DE 1 currently is relegated to a single lane ramp at its merge with US 13 as well. Plus from the News Journal article:

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Two lanes will taper to one by the time the ramp meets southbound Del. 1 just north of the interchange with Del. 273, officials said.

That's unfortunate.  It also doesn't explain why orange constuction signs are used for that lane closure, rather than permanent yellow diamond signs.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 02, 2013, 03:23:04 PM
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I would not be so sure about the ramp expansion to two lanes. DE 1 currently is relegated to a single lane ramp at its merge with US 13 as well.

DE 1's right lane was actually extended past the merge to utilize some extra pavement.  So technically DE 1 keeps more than one lane through that merge.

Fixed end quote tag - Alex
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 02, 2013, 05:03:30 PM
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I would not be so sure about the ramp expansion to two lanes. DE 1 currently is relegated to a single lane ramp at its merge with US 13 as well.

DE 1's right lane was actually extended past the merge to utilize some extra pavement.  So technically DE 1 keeps more than one lane through that merge.

Fixed end quote tag - Alex

We were referring to the movement from Interstate 95 south to Delaware 1 south, which is the predominate source of traffic for DE 1 headed south to Bear and Dover. The configuration heading south will change again once a decision is made on how to upgrade the interchange with DE 273.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 02, 2013, 05:56:46 PM
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I would not be so sure about the ramp expansion to two lanes. DE 1 currently is relegated to a single lane ramp at its merge with US 13 as well.

DE 1's right lane was actually extended past the merge to utilize some extra pavement.  So technically DE 1 keeps more than one lane through that merge.

Fixed end quote tag - Alex

We were referring to the movement from Interstate 95 south to Delaware 1 south, which is the predominate source of traffic for DE 1 headed south to Bear and Dover. The configuration heading south will change again once a decision is made on how to upgrade the interchange with DE 273.

Someone had mentioned the merging of Rtes. 1 and 13 as a comparison to the I-95 south to Rte. 1 south ramp.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 02, 2013, 06:21:33 PM
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I would not be so sure about the ramp expansion to two lanes. DE 1 currently is relegated to a single lane ramp at its merge with US 13 as well.

DE 1's right lane was actually extended past the merge to utilize some extra pavement.  So technically DE 1 keeps more than one lane through that merge.

Fixed end quote tag - Alex

We were referring to the movement from Interstate 95 south to Delaware 1 south, which is the predominate source of traffic for DE 1 headed south to Bear and Dover. The configuration heading south will change again once a decision is made on how to upgrade the interchange with DE 273.

Someone had mentioned the merging of Rtes. 1 and 13 as a comparison to the I-95 south to Rte. 1 south ramp.

That was me, and I see your point as the DE 1 mainline reduces to one lane at US 13 whereas this is just a ramp to DE 1 tapering to one lane.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 02, 2013, 08:58:18 PM
http://deldot.gov/information/projects/us113/millsboro/index.shtml#MillsboroDEIS (http://deldot.gov/information/projects/us113/millsboro/index.shtml#MillsboroDEIS)

There's some fantastic information here about this future US Rte. 113 freeway.  Personally, I hope this lays the groundwork for a Delmarva interstate, but that's probably far-fetched. Perhaps a relocated I-97?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on September 02, 2013, 09:32:23 PM
Personally, I hope this lays the groundwork for a Delmarva interstate, but that's probably far-fetched. Perhaps a relocated I-97?  :biggrin:
Well shit, I got it. Extend the recently-approved NC I-495 east to Norfolk, then up the Delmarva and connect it to existing DE I-495. The Capital Beltway can be I-69O.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 03, 2013, 02:56:26 AM
We won't see a Delmarva Interstate.  Opposition in Virginia's portion plus lack of interest/priority in Maryland.  Virginia studied the idea in 2006.  Cost and limited traffic growth were  also cited as factors.

A US 113 freeway would be nice, but IMO the big hangup on 113 is in Milford, not Millsboro.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 03, 2013, 07:08:12 AM
At the very least the current freeways and planned extensions could be a x95 interstate.  But Milford will probably be the big gap in this grand plan. Maybe DelDOT could just bypass it way far south of Milford so they don't get a say in it and the NIMBYs don't get all angry.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 03, 2013, 09:46:51 AM
As I recall, it was NIMBYs that killed the Milford bypass options as well...DelDOT had studied several southern bypass options for tying 113 south of Milford into DE 1.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 03, 2013, 05:48:06 PM
As I recall, it was NIMBYs that killed the Milford bypass options as well...DelDOT had studied several southern bypass options for tying 113 south of Milford into DE 1.

Eventually traffic will get so bad through that stretch they'll HAVE to do something about it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 04, 2013, 03:20:40 AM
Not necessarily.  Even if traffic becomes more congested, traffic will eventually reach an equilibrium.  With *NUMEROUS* examples both across the country and even within Delaware, even if "traffic gets bad", the powers-that-be may well just sit and not do anything about it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 04, 2013, 06:26:41 AM
An example of that being various stretches of Kirkwood Highway during rush hour.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 04, 2013, 09:50:04 AM
Not necessarily.  Even if traffic becomes more congested, traffic will eventually reach an equilibrium.  With *NUMEROUS* examples both across the country and even within Delaware, even if "traffic gets bad", the powers-that-be may well just sit and not do anything about it.


It's not that they won't do anything about it, but they may be limited on their options.  Depending on how much they listen to the local residents and businesses, they may make small improvements.  But if residents don't want a bypass for whatever reason, DelDOT may be hesitant to spend the money when there are other issues statewide where the money can be spent.

The Kirkwood Hwy (the Concord Pike is another example) has been tinkered with over the years, but with businesses and parking lots up against the road, it gets trickier trying to widen it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 07, 2013, 12:57:53 PM
I noticed DelDOT has gone ahead with truncating DE 2 to the intersection of Main Street in Newark.  Anyone have pics of the new DE 279 shields that should've been installed from this?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on September 09, 2013, 10:53:32 AM
After hearing this thread, I now understand why Delaware only has one interstate in one county and at less than 25 miles.  Obviously they hate freeways, and it was because of the heavy beach traffic on US 13 through New Castle and Northern Kent Counties that got the DE 1 Turnpike off the ground.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on September 10, 2013, 03:41:07 AM
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After hearing this thread, I now understand why Delaware only has one interstate in one county and at less than 25 miles.  Obviously they hate freeways, and it was because of the heavy beach traffic on US 13 through New Castle and Northern Kent Counties that got the DE 1 Turnpike off the ground.

It's moreso the fact that, when the Interstate system was designed and largely built, there was basically nothing in Delaware south of the C&D canal (excluding Dover proper and Dover AFB).  Yes, there was beach traffic, but not a whole lot and  Delaware had already largely 4-laned US 13, US 113, and DE 1 by the end of the 1950s so there wasn't a pressing need for a freeway route.  That has largely come within the past 20-30 years, well past the peak of the Interstate.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on September 13, 2013, 07:42:41 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130913/NEWS1501/309130052/Christiana-residents-say-Del-1-ramp-plan-flawed

This does look worse in some ways than the previous proposal.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 13, 2013, 08:59:41 AM
I like the residents & politicians that complain about how these plans will destroy the 'historic' town...which is mostly made up of relatively newer homes.  If anything, wouldn't cutting access improve the historic area by limiting the amount of thru-traffic the town would see?

Here's a GM aerial shot of the area: http://goo.gl/maps/Bt6TS .  Zoom out to see the larger picture of what I'm talking about here.

Of the 4 ways to exit the town, 3 ultimately lead to DE 273 only.  Even if the intersection here is shut down, there are still 3 ways to exit the town: Via Old Baltimore Pike onto 273 (about 1/2 - 3/4 mile north of the intersection they want to close), towards a shopping center which leads onto 273, and then North on DE 7 towards an existing interchange with DE 1, which is near Christiana Mall.

So, I can see DelDOT's point of view - the intersection they want to close is mostly redundent.  It's the one furthest removed from the main part of town, and traffic can still access the 2 roadways. 

They can possibly eliminate one light at the interchange with DE 1 by creating a SPUI type intersection under Rt. 1, although it'll be a bit tight to wedge in as the interchange wasn't built for such a intersection.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 13, 2013, 06:40:31 PM
I personally think that DelDOT needs to find an alternative without cutting Main Street access.  Most other exits are congested, narrow, or empty out in bad places.  That, the presence of the fire department, and its flood emergency usage make it IMO un-removable.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on September 19, 2013, 02:47:27 PM
Meanwhile, downstate:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130919/NEWS15/309190068/Residents-express-concerns-US-113-DelDOT-forum
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 19, 2013, 10:14:10 PM
Widening, lights, turn lanes planned in Del. 72 project (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130919/NEWS1501/309190047/Widening-lights-turn-lanes-planned-Del-72-project)

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The state Department of Transportation this month detailed plans to widen a mile-long section of Del. 72 at U.S. 40 by adding a through lane in both directions from Del Laws Road to GBC Drive. The $21-million project would include additional east- and westbound left-turn lanes along U.S. 40 at Del. 72.

DelDOT first proposed the safety and congestion fixes in 1999 but postponed plans in 2005 due to budget constraints. More recently, the intersection made the state’s 2011 list of high-crash sites with 89 collisions over three years.

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Construction would begin in late 2016 at the earliest...

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Other safety improvements include eliminating left turns onto Broadleaf Drive from northbound Del. 72 and prohibiting left turns from southern end of Fox Run Circle onto northbound Del. 72.

Plans also include a new signal at Wrangle Hill and Del Laws roads.

DelDOT estimates construction would take two years. The agency is accepting comments on the plans through Oct. 10.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on September 21, 2013, 03:12:04 AM
I personally think that DelDOT needs to find an alternative without cutting Main Street access.  Most other exits are congested, narrow, or empty out in bad places.  That, the presence of the fire department, and its flood emergency usage make it IMO un-removable.

This at least explains DelDOT's reasoning:

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/September12ChristianaMeeting_v5.pdf
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 21, 2013, 10:46:28 AM
I think they should upgrade the stretch of Old Baltimore Pike in between DE 273 and Christiana in conjunction with cutting most movements from Main Street.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 21, 2013, 01:45:21 PM
And in the long run, I think an interchange between Rte 273 and Old Baltimore Pike would help, in conjunction with widening both roads.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2834/9858350596_9759d89d88_c.jpg)
I drew out DelDOTs current plans over at Rte 1 for reference.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 24, 2013, 09:25:45 PM
Some Wikipedia writer decided to write about the "I-99 Corridor" from Delaware to South Carolina using DE 1, US 13, and a few other routes.
According to the one source that the article mentioned (which was a report that Virginia did on the matter, which included responses from involved states), Delaware was the only one that seemed interested.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Interstate_Highways#Interstate_99_.28Delaware.E2.80.93South_Carolina.29
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 25, 2013, 09:06:22 AM
Del. 1 expansion may provide noise relief to some neighborhoods (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130925/NEWS/309250031/Del-1-expansion-may-provide-noise-relief-some-neighborhoods)

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Noise relief concessions could account for $10 million or more of the $180 million in costs to widen Del. 1 from Del. 273 to the Roth Bridge, highway officials said Tuesday night.

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The project would add one lane in each direction between Del. 273 and the south side of the & D Canal, with work starting with the northernmost – and oldest – two-lane section some time after 2015.

Plans call for a third lane each way between Del. 273 and Tybouts Corner, and a fourth lane each way between Tybouts and the south side of the Roth Bridge, along with reconstruction of four interchanges.

The Roth Bridge was designed to carry four lanes of traffic and will not require additional construction, only re-striping of the lanes, officials have said.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 25, 2013, 12:26:07 PM
Del. 1 expansion may provide noise relief to some neighborhoods (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130925/NEWS/309250031/Del-1-expansion-may-provide-noise-relief-some-neighborhoods)

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Noise relief concessions could account for $10 million or more of the $180 million in costs to widen Del. 1 from Del. 273 to the Roth Bridge, highway officials said Tuesday night.

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The project would add one lane in each direction between Del. 273 and the south side of the & D Canal, with work starting with the northernmost – and oldest – two-lane section some time after 2015.

Plans call for a third lane each way between Del. 273 and Tybouts Corner, and a fourth lane each way between Tybouts and the south side of the Roth Bridge, along with reconstruction of four interchanges.

The Roth Bridge was designed to carry four lanes of traffic and will not require additional construction, only re-striping of the lanes, officials have said.

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Highway officials have said the work is needed to ease traffic congestion, improve safety, provide for emergency needs and accommodate planned and anticipated development.

Except..."provide for emergency needs" would generally mean shoulders on the roadway.  By restriping the Roth bridge from 3 lanes to 4, they elimiinate the emergency access.  If they stripe the new left lane close to the left barrier, that'll at least an okay but less than standard right shoulder. If they restripe the bridge to provide equal left and right shoulder widths, it leaves no room for unimpeded vehicle access.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 25, 2013, 06:18:34 PM
So I drove home through the mall interchange today as they were hanging BGSs along the new northbound 1-95 ramp.  One had been hung and another was being assembled on the ground.  A crane was lifting an exit plate into place as I passed.
The sign that was up had a shield for I-95 north on top.  The rest of the sign was divided in half, the right had a sign declaring destinations for I-295, New York, and New Jersey.  The left had destinations listed as I-495, Wilmington, and Philly.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ChezeHed81 on September 29, 2013, 10:38:45 PM
Alex4897 was referring to this sign:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/10011462335_78deaaf2dd_c.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/10011487435_5a0a3e989c_c.jpg)
Route 1 will have a new left exit, number 165 C, to I-95 northbound.  It will reduce the weaving conflict from mall traffic to Route 7 northbound and I-95 southbound versus Route 1 exiting traffic to I-95 northbound.  In effect, there will be 3 lanes of traffic exiting from Route 1 northbound to I-95 northbound instead of the current 1.  Exit 165 C's right lane and Exit 165 B will merge together before entering I-95 on the right side.  Exit 165 C's left lane will enter I-95 northbound on the left, taking over the left lane.  I-95 will retain 5 lanes through Churchman's Marsh.

Does anybody know why Exit 165 seems to be suffixed backwards?  As one travels northbound, the suffixes run C, B, then A.  Shouldn't A be the first suffix reached when traveling northbound?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 30, 2013, 07:58:12 AM
Yea, that's the sign I was referring to.

As for the exit numbers, I'm assuming it has to do with how everything was numbered before construction of the new interchange, although I never paid attention to exit suffixes so I can't attest to this.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on September 30, 2013, 08:29:46 AM
Alex4897 was referring to this sign:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/10011462335_78deaaf2dd_c.jpg)

I guess DelDOT didn't get the memo prohibiting the use of state names as control destinations.  Although, IMHO, the use of such in this instance makes greater sense.

Granted, it could be argued that the use of New York could refer to NYC. 

Additionally, DelDOT aslo forgot about the only approved/recommended use of the Clearview font is for the control destinations and nothing else.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 30, 2013, 08:59:21 AM
I would've liked to see larger shields as well.  The lettering is nice and large, but the shields are more suited for a small, low speed roadway, not Rt. 1.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on September 30, 2013, 09:26:39 AM
Additionally, DelDOT aslo forgot about the only approved/recommended use of the Clearview font is for the control destinations and nothing else.

That's one thing they've never understood with Clearview.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on September 30, 2013, 02:59:02 PM
Additionally, DelDOT aslo forgot about the only approved/recommended use of the Clearview font is for the control destinations and nothing else.

That's one thing they've never understood with Clearview.
Maryland's the same way.  It seems as though DelDOT copied Maryland's specs. for Clearview applications and exit tab layouts.

I would've liked to see larger shields as well.  The lettering is nice and large, but the shields are more suited for a small, low speed roadway, not Rt. 1.
Agree.  One positive is at least the 3di-shields (the 3-di shields are using the correct FWHA series fonts (series C).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: OracleUsr on September 30, 2013, 06:18:27 PM
Additionally, DelDOT aslo forgot about the only approved/recommended use of the Clearview font is for the control destinations and nothing else.

That's one thing they've never understood with Clearview.

I still think Virginia's implementation at the Dulles Access/Toll Road is really butt-ugly.  Narrow tab, LEFT banner in Clearview...At least Delaware TRIED for MUTCD compliance.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on September 30, 2013, 07:55:58 PM
Additionally, DelDOT aslo forgot about the only approved/recommended use of the Clearview font is for the control destinations and nothing else.

That's one thing they've never understood with Clearview.

I still think Virginia's implementation at the Dulles Access/Toll Road is really butt-ugly.  Narrow tab, LEFT banner in Clearview...At least Delaware TRIED for MUTCD compliance.

Don't blame VDOT - both roads are under jurisdiction of the  Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Takumi on September 30, 2013, 11:20:27 PM
I still think Virginia's implementation of Clearview is really butt-ugly.  At least Delaware TRIED for MUTCD compliance.
Fixed.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on October 01, 2013, 12:51:15 AM
I disagree with Takumi's assessment.  I actually like how VDOT implemented Clearview on placename signs (http://www.vahighways.com/placenames/index.html).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Pilgrimway on October 01, 2013, 09:49:30 PM
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I guess DelDOT didn't get the memo prohibiting the use of state names as control destinations.  Although, IMHO, the use of such in this instance makes greater sense.

Granted, it could be argued that the use of New York could refer to NYC. 

"New Jersey" has been a control city for I295 as long as I can remember.  You'll also see "NJ/NY" as the control city for I295.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Takumi on October 01, 2013, 10:01:53 PM
I disagree with Takumi's assessment.  I actually like how VDOT implemented Clearview on placename signs (http://www.vahighways.com/placenames/index.html).
I'll admit it looks good on placename and distance signs, now that they're actually doing it mostly correctly. I still don't like when they use it for everything on overhead displays (even the exit tab) or on gore signs. It's the combination of the numbers and all caps that incenses me in those two cases.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 01, 2013, 10:23:20 PM
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I guess DelDOT didn't get the memo prohibiting the use of state names as control destinations.  Although, IMHO, the use of such in this instance makes greater sense.

Granted, it could be argued that the use of New York could refer to NYC. 

"New Jersey" has been a control city for I295 as long as I can remember.  You'll also see "NJ/NY" as the control city for I295.

New Jersey was the original control city for I295 on Deldot maintained signs until the late 80s when NJ-NY was introduced. DRBA signs were shifted to NJ-NY later.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 02, 2013, 08:29:38 AM
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I guess DelDOT didn't get the memo prohibiting the use of state names as control destinations.  Although, IMHO, the use of such in this instance makes greater sense.

Granted, it could be argued that the use of New York could refer to NYC. 

"New Jersey" has been a control city for I295 as long as I can remember.  You'll also see "NJ/NY" as the control city for I295.

New Jersey was the original control city for I295 on Deldot maintained signs until the late 80s when NJ-NY was introduced. DRBA signs were shifted to NJ-NY later.
Understood regarding the long-time usage of state names for control destinations on many highways (I-295 in DE included); but, many newer BGS replacements nationwide have eliminated such practices.

Examples of such phase-outs:

NH-Maine has been all but phased out in MA; yes, I'm aware of some leftover signage along I-90/Mass Pike still stating such (for its I-495 & I-95 exits) but from what I understand, those BGS' days are numbered.

Just west of Danbury to the NY State Line, all new BGS' for I-84 West now read Newburgh or Newburgh, NY rather than NY State.

Most newer BGS' for I-276 Eastbound in PA no longer read New Jersey; the newly erected gantry along I-476 north of the Mid-County interchange (Exit 20) being a recent exception.

Personally, I think the new policy is dumb and implementing such in some areas (I-276 in PA for example) doesn't always work; but that seems to be the trend.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 02, 2013, 10:01:32 PM
I guess DelDOT's removing the old small-green/yellow-light signals in Odessa along Rtes. 13/299. qq
(can't remember the name, are they eagle signals?)

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4907 (http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4907)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 02, 2013, 10:33:49 PM
I guess DelDOT's removing the old small-green/yellow-light signals in Odessa along Rtes. 13/299. qq
(can't remember the name, are they eagle signals?)

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4907 (http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4907)

Boo! Though most of the old signals there were already replaced. Took a photo of the one remaining old 12x8x8 Eagle in July at least...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 02, 2013, 10:41:28 PM
I know the ones scattered throughout Stanton are still there, although a bit needy looking.
I don't think they ever got upgraded to LEDs.

Ignore the apparent water on the lens or trigger happy google censorship:
https://www.google.com/maps?ll=39.714819,-75.640435&spn=0.0019,0.004128&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=39.714918,-75.641011&panoid=Xx2xk6jRtNGH2XuRHEYXrQ&cbp=12,155.36,,0,3.37 (https://www.google.com/maps?ll=39.714819,-75.640435&spn=0.0019,0.004128&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=39.714918,-75.641011&panoid=Xx2xk6jRtNGH2XuRHEYXrQ&cbp=12,155.36,,0,3.37)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 03, 2013, 12:18:41 AM
Or just ignore GSV all together and look at Ian's Flickr set of them  :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iccdude/sets/72157635006210646/
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 03, 2013, 07:16:09 AM
That works too.  :-D

Where are those u-turn signals that were in the bottom of the album?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 03, 2013, 08:34:58 AM
Where are those u-turn signals that were in the bottom of the album?
To the right of the photo in question, there's an EAST 92 reassurance sign just past the intersection; so it's along the stretch of DE 92 (Naaman's Road) between I-95 and US 202.

I find it interesting that his wallpaper banner for that page is a BGS gantry located in Peabody, Massachusetts.  I guess Flickr doesn't allow separate wallpaper banners for each page or it's too complicated to set up such.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 03, 2013, 10:58:25 AM
That works too.  :-D

Where are those u-turn signals that were in the bottom of the album?

Delaware 92 (Naaman's Road) at Shipley Road. Ian posted them on here as well at http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=8471.msg238575#msg238575
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 03, 2013, 04:30:49 PM
Where are those u-turn signals that were in the bottom of the album?
To the right of the photo in question, there's an EAST 92 reassurance sign just past the intersection; so it's along the stretch of DE 92 (Naaman's Road) between I-95 and US 202.

Oh duh.
Didn't see that.


Anyway, I just drove the DE 1 flyover for the first time.  One minute of pure roadgeeking beauty.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 03, 2013, 08:02:32 PM
Anyway, I just drove the DE 1 flyover for the first time.  One minute of pure roadgeeking beauty.

And yet somehow they built up the earth enough to prevent it from being an actual stack interchange.  :-/

I guess DelDOT's removing the old small-green/yellow-light signals in Odessa along Rtes. 13/299. qq
(can't remember the name, are they eagle signals?)

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4907 (http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4907)

Boo! Though most of the old signals there were already replaced. Took a photo of the one remaining old 12x8x8 Eagle in July at least...

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/odessa_eagle_signals.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/odessa_eagle_signals.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 03, 2013, 08:15:12 PM
And yet somehow they built up the earth enough to prevent it from being an actual stack interchange.  :-/

That would've been more impressive, but they were probably pushing the budget anyway.  Although not particularly visible from the bridge, you can tell where the ground section is by the sound of the concrete.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 08, 2013, 06:31:40 PM
Drove the length of "DE 279" after a soccer game, there is no mention of the new state route at all.

I raged.


Anyway, DelDOT announced the opening of the last huge piece of the mall interchange.  The only things left to my knowledge are that seemingly redundant new ramp from A Road west to Rte. 1/7 north, repaving stuff, and the cattle chute removal.

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4916 (http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=4916)


editted to combine posts after off topic autocorrect tangeant
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 09, 2013, 11:55:24 AM
Adding to the Newark sign changes, I received an email from Bob today confirming that DE 2 ends at DE 273 (East Main Street) now:

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I went to downtown Newark and noticed that DE-2 now ends at 273 and all traces of Business 2 are gone. I didn't go down Elkton Road (excuse me, its now South Main Street) to see if DE-279 has been born but I imagine it is.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 09, 2013, 03:09:30 PM
Adding to the Newark sign changes, I received an email from Bob today confirming that DE 2 ends at DE 273 (East Main Street) now:

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I went to downtown Newark and noticed that DE-2 now ends at 273 and all traces of Business 2 are gone. I didn't go down Elkton Road (excuse me, its now South Main Street) to see if DE-279 has been born but I imagine it is.

DE 279 is not signed yet, all changes concerning the removal of DE 2 are done except the changing of the sign bridge on Library Ave. referring to DE BUS 2.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 16, 2013, 12:35:35 PM
Today was a bit of a nightmare of a morning commute.  :crazy:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160051/Del-896-reopened-after-tractor-trailer-crash-cleared (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160051/Del-896-reopened-after-tractor-trailer-crash-cleared)
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160010/Northbound-US-13-closed-at-St-Georges-Bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160010/Northbound-US-13-closed-at-St-Georges-Bridge)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 17, 2013, 12:30:31 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131017/NEWS15/310170072/New-ramp-from-Del-1-NB-95-opens?nclick_check=1 (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131017/NEWS15/310170072/New-ramp-from-Del-1-NB-95-opens?nclick_check=1)

New ramp on DE 1 opened about an hour ago.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on October 17, 2013, 02:35:33 PM
Today was a bit of a nightmare of a morning commute.  :crazy:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160051/Del-896-reopened-after-tractor-trailer-crash-cleared (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160051/Del-896-reopened-after-tractor-trailer-crash-cleared)
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160010/Northbound-US-13-closed-at-St-Georges-Bridge (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131016/NEWS15/310160010/Northbound-US-13-closed-at-St-Georges-Bridge)

Two of my co-workers took the back way up (at least one via DE 9 over Reedy Point).  A third was about to turn east on US 40 from DE 7 northbound (as an alternative to DE 1) when he was rear-ended.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on October 27, 2013, 08:31:34 PM
All I know is that I'm still processing ROW takings for it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on November 06, 2013, 10:49:15 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131106/NEWS02/311060039/Kent-lawmakers-press-Del-1-interchange-feed-sports-complex
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on November 06, 2013, 11:37:44 AM
I don't see a problem with delaying that interchange.  Plenty of other locations along DE 1 that are higher priority for improvements.  Of those already within the pipeline:  new interchanges at Little Heaven and on the northeast side of Milford (near Royal Farms).  Could also see an interchange on DE 1 at DE 16, though I'm not finding anything on DelDOT's website.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on November 06, 2013, 01:20:45 PM
Relevant because of the potential connection between Churchmans Road and Delaware 1:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131106/BUSINESS12/311060073/Cavaliers-Country-Club-sell-half-land?gcheck=1
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on November 06, 2013, 04:01:56 PM
Relevant because of the potential connection between Churchmans Road and Delaware 1:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131106/BUSINESS12/311060073/Cavaliers-Country-Club-sell-half-land?gcheck=1

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The parcel – which is the course’s western section and back nine holes – will require a variety of approvals from New Castle County and might need to be rezoned before any development takes place, a process that could take three to five years, Carucci said.

I am sure this process will be streamlined, because that area is in dire need of more retail and traffic!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 06, 2013, 09:16:03 PM
I don't see a problem with delaying that interchange.  Plenty of other locations along DE 1 that are higher priority for improvements.  Of those already within the pipeline:  new interchanges at Little Heaven and on the northeast side of Milford (near Royal Farms).  Could also see an interchange on DE 1 at DE 16, though I'm not finding anything on DelDOT's website.

DE 1 and DE 16 is actually mentioned in the latest Capital Transportation Program.  They mention building a diamond interchange.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on November 06, 2013, 11:16:17 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131106/NEWS02/311060039/Kent-lawmakers-press-Del-1-interchange-feed-sports-complex

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For the facility, Kent County donated 85 acres of farmland east of Del. 1 near the intersection of Milford Neck and Tub Mill Pond roads. The latest plans call for 12 synthetic turf fields; a grandstand seating 1,500; and 900 parking spaces.

Building an entire interchange for a sports complex with 900 parking spots?  As a comparison - the Christiana Mall has 6,000 parking spots!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on November 06, 2013, 11:22:16 PM
Relevant because of the potential connection between Churchmans Road and Delaware 1:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131106/BUSINESS12/311060073/Cavaliers-Country-Club-sell-half-land?gcheck=1

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The parcel – which is the course’s western section and back nine holes – will require a variety of approvals from New Castle County and might need to be rezoned before any development takes place, a process that could take three to five years, Carucci said.

I am sure this process will be streamlined, because that area is in dire need of more retail and traffic!

The state does own the land south of Cavaliers and east of the Centre Boulevard big boxes.  They could easily tie a road in that would start south of H H Gregg and run east of it and Costco without having to condemn property.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on November 07, 2013, 03:24:15 PM
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Building an entire interchange for a sports complex with 900 parking spots?  As a comparison - the Christiana Mall has 6,000 parking spots!

To be fair, the interchange in question also replaces the at-grade intersection at the south end of the Frederica "bypass".  But as I noted earlier, there are several other projects that should be higher priority.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 07, 2013, 04:07:44 PM
I think the Thompsonville one should be a priority considering the mess the light there makes during the summer season. 
Then the Little Heaven/Barrats Chapel Road interchanges should be next to finally open up Little Heaven for more development, the properties flanking the current road are all either taken by the state or run down.  If the interchange gets built then hopefully Little Heaven will be a safer and easier place to stop off for gas and whatnot.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on November 07, 2013, 04:10:12 PM
I'm more partial to Little Heaven...the signals there hang me up much moreso than the signal at Thompsonville.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on November 14, 2013, 05:36:54 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131114/NEWS15/311140057/I-95-Delaware-linked-East-Coast-divided-city-Wilmington

Pretty good read here. Just had that eerie feeling that President Kennedy dedicated the Turnpike only 9 days before his assassination. :(
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 15, 2013, 07:15:46 AM
They have a gallery of construction pictures from the '60s, half of the pictures didn't display for me for some reason but the ones that did were pretty cool.

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=BL&Dato=20131114&Kategori=PHOTOS01&Lopenr=311140107&Ref=PH/The-construction-95?odyssey=mod%7Cdefcon%7Cimg%7CHome&nclick_check=1 (http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=BL&Dato=20131114&Kategori=PHOTOS01&Lopenr=311140107&Ref=PH/The-construction-95?odyssey=mod%7Cdefcon%7Cimg%7CHome&nclick_check=1)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on November 15, 2013, 11:03:03 AM
They have a gallery of construction pictures from the '60s, half of the pictures didn't display for me for some reason but the ones that did were pretty cool.

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=BL&Dato=20131114&Kategori=PHOTOS01&Lopenr=311140107&Ref=PH/The-construction-95?odyssey=mod%7Cdefcon%7Cimg%7CHome&nclick_check=1 (http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=BL&Dato=20131114&Kategori=PHOTOS01&Lopenr=311140107&Ref=PH/The-construction-95?odyssey=mod%7Cdefcon%7Cimg%7CHome&nclick_check=1)

They seem to render for me ... but they do so s-l-o-w-l-y for some reason.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on November 15, 2013, 11:49:54 AM
The same thing happened here, too. Maybe it's because I haven't been on that Turnpike since 2004? Ha ha! :)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 03, 2013, 12:30:15 PM
Article on  the current status of the US 113 bypass:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131203/NEWS/312030050/Lawmakers-push-changes-DelDOT-s-US-113-bypass-plan (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131203/NEWS/312030050/Lawmakers-push-changes-DelDOT-s-US-113-bypass-plan)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 03, 2013, 12:43:50 PM
Article on  the current status of the US 113 bypass:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131203/NEWS/312030050/Lawmakers-push-changes-DelDOT-s-US-113-bypass-plan (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131203/NEWS/312030050/Lawmakers-push-changes-DelDOT-s-US-113-bypass-plan)

Anything worth reading there? I don't want to click to use up one of my few "free" articles for something that is just going to be more of the same (bypass downgraded, delayed, or likely cancelled IOW).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on December 03, 2013, 01:19:39 PM
Relevant quotes from the article:

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Sussex County lawmakers on Monday pressed DelDOT to rework and step up efforts to develop a northeast bypass around Millsboro, while stressing continuing opposition to the agency’s preferred alignment for a longer U.S. 113 replacement road.

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DelDOT’s draft environmental impact statement for the $839 million, 16.9-mile Millsboro-South portion of the U.S. 113 relief project would link the highway north of town to Delaware 24 on the east, then continue south to the Maryland line along a new alignment east of Frankford and Dagsboro.

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Sussex lawmakers have threatened to block money for the work, however, citing opposition among residents and communities south of Millsboro where support for widening the existing road is greater.

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Legislators and some residents and businesses urged the state to consider Millsboro’s congestion problem separately, and revise its preferred design in a way that pushes the bypass north, away from Millsboro Pond and residential areas. That alignment would cut partly across the protected Doe Run Nature Preserve, an area that state environmental officials say contains rare habitat and endangered species.

DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said federal agencies usually press highway departments to avoid environmentally sensitive habitats and wetlands whenever alternatives are available. Crossing a portion of the 180-acre Doe Run tract could, in addition, require approval from the full General Assembly.

To summarize the rest of the article:  pretty much everyone quoted agrees that something needs to be done...they just oppose the new alignment south of Millsboro and/or the routing of the Millsboro bypass over the pond.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 03, 2013, 05:38:38 PM
Article on  the current status of the US 113 bypass:

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131203/NEWS/312030050/Lawmakers-push-changes-DelDOT-s-US-113-bypass-plan (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131203/NEWS/312030050/Lawmakers-push-changes-DelDOT-s-US-113-bypass-plan)

Anything worth reading there? I don't want to click to use up one of my few "free" articles for something that is just going to be more of the same (bypass downgraded, delayed, or likely cancelled IOW).

What froggie said.  Also you can get around the pay wall by having your browser delete delaware online's cookies upon closing the browser.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on December 12, 2013, 09:48:06 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131212/NEWS1501/312120026/State-wants-widen-US-13-from-Dover-Woodside

(http://doverkentmpo.delaware.gov/files/2013/11/US-13-Expansion.jpg)

(http://doverkentmpo.delaware.gov/files/2013/11/DE-8-Recommendations.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 19, 2013, 12:59:37 PM
DelDOT replaced some of the BGSs along DE 1 approaching the US 40 interchange.  They now include relevant control cities (Glasgow and Bear) as opposed to the unknown or distant places previously mentioned (State Road and Elkton).  Its also in Clearview.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 19, 2013, 01:54:43 PM
DelDOT replaced some of the BGSs along DE 1 approaching the US 40 interchange.  They now include relevant control cities (Glasgow and Bear) as opposed to the unknown or distant places previously mentioned (State Road and Elkton).  Its also in Clearview.

State Road doesn't even exist as far as I know. US 40's street name is Pulaski Hwy.

It takes a close eye or a good feel for distances, but the 1 Mile advanced BGS for US 40 on DE 1 South is set at 1.2 miles in advance...or 2 km; with metric being the original method for distance on this road (in which case the sign would've read 2 km ahead).  Surprisingly, this is one of the very few instances where this occurs along DE 1.  Even the 1/2 mile BGS is a true 1/2 mile from the interchange.

I would normally chalk this one up to a location issue where they couldn't set the sign at the perfect 1 mile spot, but the perfect 1 mile spot is an even better location than the spot where the sign is currently located (which is at the accel lane merge point where traffic enters from 273).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on December 19, 2013, 02:53:44 PM
State Road doesn't even exist as far as I know. US 40's street name is Pulaski Hwy.
State Road is a place, not a road.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 19, 2013, 10:59:56 PM
State Road doesn't even exist as far as I know. US 40's street name is Pulaski Hwy.
State Road is a place, not a road.
An obscure place in Bear's shadow at that
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on December 21, 2013, 12:18:40 AM
Maybe they were referring to Dupont Parkway? Was it originally called State Road? There is an Old State Rd. near the intersection of US-40 and US-13 that looks like a bypassed section of roadway. It still makes no sense though since the previous exit was for US-13!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on December 21, 2013, 01:07:05 AM
The name 'State Road' was in use for the location by 1889 (http://cartweb.geography.ua.edu/lizardtech/iserv/calcrgn?cat=North%20America%20and%20United%20States&item=States/Maryland/Maryland1889b.sid&wid=500&hei=400&props=item%28Name,Description%29,cat%28Name,Description%29&style=simple/view-dhtml.xsl). It may have been named by the railroad for the place where it crossed Delaware's main north-south state road:
http://books.google.com/books?id=eBlLAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA351&dq=%22state+road%22
http://books.google.com/books?id=ZudZAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA107&dq=%22state+road%22
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on December 22, 2013, 04:41:00 PM
Heading north on Friday, noticed that the ramps at the new DE 1/DE 30 interchange are now open on both sides.  The bridge over DE 1 at Wilkins Rd, however, is still under construction and looks like it'll still be a few months before it's completed.  Also of note, the guide signage for the northbound exit is completely empty...it's just a green blank.  My guess is due to the bridge still being built.  Southbound exit is signed as DE 30.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on December 22, 2013, 05:00:13 PM
Is there a canonical route between the Bay Bridge and Dover? Signs in both directions route you via MD 302/MD 454/DE 8, which is about a mile longer than the Goog's recommended shortest, and includes a potentially dangerous left turn onto US 301, but is this the best route, or do locals have another preference?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on December 22, 2013, 05:03:35 PM
Speaking from experience, there are several different locations along US 13 and US 113 (admittedly no longer in Dover) that have Bay Bridge trailblazers.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 22, 2013, 09:45:14 PM
Heading north on Friday, noticed that the ramps at the new DE 1/DE 30 interchange are now open on both sides.  The bridge over DE 1 at Wilkins Rd, however, is still under construction and looks like it'll still be a few months before it's completed.  Also of note, the guide signage for the northbound exit is completely empty...it's just a green blank.  My guess is due to the bridge still being built.  Southbound exit is signed as DE 30.

The ramps have been completed at least for a few months now, they were progressively opening them over the summer.  I was a bit disappointed to see that they hadn't assigned exit numbers to the interchange, but I guess it's still possible given the unfinished nature of the project.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 13, 2014, 10:47:10 AM
Been this way for decades and no attempts have been made to deal with it and based upon what the article reads, its still a long way off before it is ever dealt with.

Fix It: Bottleneck on Christina Parkway (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140113/NEWS18/301130035/Fix-Bottleneck-Christina-Parkway)

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The location of the problem is the Christina Parkway, that stretch of newer road between Elkton Road and South College Avenue that joins Chestnut Hill Road. It is designated as both Del. 4 and Del. 896.

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A capital improvement project is in DelDOT’s current Capital Transportation Program to reconstruct Del. 4 to provide the consistent two lanes heading eastbound.

Design is currently underway, said department spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat. Funding for the construction, however, is four to five years out under current plans, she said.

She added restriping is not a recommended solution.

“We are not certain that the existing shoulder, which would become a travel lane, could handle increased traffic loads,” she said.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Mapmikey on January 18, 2014, 10:10:21 PM
While completing Delaware's Primary System today I wandered by DE 279.

It is still not posted...

Mapmikey
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 19, 2014, 01:29:40 AM
Been this way for decades and no attempts have been made to deal with it and based upon what the article reads, its still a long way off before it is ever dealt with.

Fix It: Bottleneck on Christina Parkway (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140113/NEWS18/301130035/Fix-Bottleneck-Christina-Parkway)

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The location of the problem is the Christina Parkway, that stretch of newer road between Elkton Road and South College Avenue that joins Chestnut Hill Road. It is designated as both Del. 4 and Del. 896.

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A capital improvement project is in DelDOT’s current Capital Transportation Program to reconstruct Del. 4 to provide the consistent two lanes heading eastbound.

Design is currently underway, said department spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat. Funding for the construction, however, is four to five years out under current plans, she said.

She added restriping is not a recommended solution.

“We are not certain that the existing shoulder, which would become a travel lane, could handle increased traffic loads,” she said.

Remove the tolls on I-95. PROBLEM SOLVED.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on January 19, 2014, 08:23:49 AM
I noticed the other day that the sign bridge on DE 72 near DE 273 got a partial facelift, the left most sign now reflects the removal of BUS 2 and I think they added a destination.  The right one also looked like it got a facelift, but no information changes to it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on January 29, 2014, 01:16:09 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140129/NEWS02/301290066/Markell-seek-10-cent-hike-gas-tax-source-says

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Gov. Jack Markell is seeking a 10-cent increase in Delaware’s gas tax and borrowing $50 million more a year to fund a $500 million, five-year proposal to improve roads and bridges statewide.  The proposals were announced today during a press conference Markell held to outline his infrastructure plan. The new tax and debt would generate about $100 million a year to fund the plan.  The Legislature must approve the proposals.

Delawareans now pay 23 cents in state gas tax. A 10-cent increase is expected to generate about $50 million a year.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 29, 2014, 03:13:50 PM
Been this way for decades and no attempts have been made to deal with it and based upon what the article reads, its still a long way off before it is ever dealt with.

Fix It: Bottleneck on Christina Parkway (http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140113/NEWS18/301130035/Fix-Bottleneck-Christina-Parkway)

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The location of the problem is the Christina Parkway, that stretch of newer road between Elkton Road and South College Avenue that joins Chestnut Hill Road. It is designated as both Del. 4 and Del. 896.

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A capital improvement project is in DelDOT’s current Capital Transportation Program to reconstruct Del. 4 to provide the consistent two lanes heading eastbound.

Design is currently underway, said department spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat. Funding for the construction, however, is four to five years out under current plans, she said.

She added restriping is not a recommended solution.

“We are not certain that the existing shoulder, which would become a travel lane, could handle increased traffic loads,” she said.

Remove the tolls on I-95. PROBLEM SOLVED.

I'm guessing you don't know where this stretch of roadway is located.  It's not a shunpike route.  I would say it's quite heavily used by local residents going to work or the University of Delaware.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on January 29, 2014, 03:38:55 PM
Christina Parkway is one of the better known shunpikes of the Delaware toll.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 29, 2014, 03:55:20 PM
But why the stretch of roadway where it narrows down to one lane, which takes one thru the congested U of D area?  A quicker, higher speed shunpike would be Exiting I-95 at Exit 3 to 273 to 4, then turning left onto what becomes 279 in Maryland.

Or, just take Exit 1 off of I-95 in Delaware?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on January 29, 2014, 06:44:00 PM
Christina Parkway is DE-4 and all the shunpikes utilize Exit 1. The section of road in question: http://goo.gl/maps/KU0d2
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 30, 2014, 01:38:04 PM
Nevermind...I see where they are referring to.  I was thinking another area.  My bad.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 06, 2014, 05:16:28 PM
Roundabout proposed on Del. 7 in Christiana (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/burke/2014/04/06/roundabout-proposed-del-christiana/7387799/)

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Instead of creating a dead-end, the state would install a roundabout along Del. 7/East Main Street just north of Del. 273 in Christiana – an alternative that would retain full access to the village and address safety concerns at the intersection, officials say.

This proposal adds a roundabout joining a new off-ramp from DE 1 south to DE 7, north of the DE 7 intersection with DE 273. Plans are here: http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/Rte273_Int_Roundabout_Day_Care.pdf
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: D-Dey65 on May 14, 2014, 12:02:53 AM
I'm normally pretty skeptical about the construction of any new roundabouts/traffic circles, but this looks kind of interesting.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 14, 2014, 07:47:25 PM
The traffic piles up on the DE 1 S - DE 273 ramp during the evening rush hour though.  Even if these Newtown Road/DE 7 ramps get built, I don't see the roundabout as a good idea.  At the very least, it's a step in the right direction for the people who live in Christiana.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 20, 2014, 11:10:54 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2014/05/20/truck-carrying-bees-overturns-on-95-on-ramp/9348173/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2014/05/20/truck-carrying-bees-overturns-on-95-on-ramp/9348173/)

nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Zeffy on May 20, 2014, 11:24:03 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2014/05/20/truck-carrying-bees-overturns-on-95-on-ramp/9348173/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2014/05/20/truck-carrying-bees-overturns-on-95-on-ramp/9348173/)

nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope

Great, I'm going to have absolute nightmares about that for days now.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on May 20, 2014, 11:51:25 PM
I saw the headline and one photo of the empty, overturned truck. I'm clicking on absolutely nothing related to this story ever.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Zeffy on May 21, 2014, 12:07:44 AM
I saw the headline and one photo of the empty, overturned truck. I'm clicking on absolutely nothing related to this story ever.

I'm already recovering from a wasp in my house that made me almost shit myself when I heard it buzzing above me. I've never jumped so high in my life and ran so fast to avoid the fucker. Good thing I killed it with canned air.

Moral of the story: Fuck stinging insects. I get it they are valuable for the ecosystem and pollination and whatnot, but I will not hesitate to kill any of them inside my personal domain if they dare trespass.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 21, 2014, 08:48:40 AM
And that wasn't the only truck accident that day:  http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2014/05/20/crash-causes-delays-on-del-1-near-95/9333925/

In this one, the truck was hauling a power substation which was completely destroyed when it hit the overpass. 

The truck had an 'Oversized Load' banner.  And from what I remember there's no clearance plate on that overpass, so it's at least 14'6". 

Something must've gone terrible wrong for this truck to go the distance it went, not hit anything, and then suddenly hit this overpass.

Luckily they determined the overpass was OK.  It appears to have hit the 95 NB Overpass, which is not one of the new ones in this recently reconstructed interchange.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 21, 2014, 04:53:38 PM
And that wasn't the only truck accident that day:  http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2014/05/20/crash-causes-delays-on-del-1-near-95/9333925/

In this one, the truck was hauling a power substation which was completely destroyed when it hit the overpass. 

The truck had an 'Oversized Load' banner.  And from what I remember there's no clearance plate on that overpass, so it's at least 14'6". 

Something must've gone terrible wrong for this truck to go the distance it went, not hit anything, and then suddenly hit this overpass.

Luckily they determined the overpass was OK.  It appears to have hit the 95 NB Overpass, which is not one of the new ones in this recently reconstructed interchange.

No one bothered to post a message board pertaining to the wreck two or so hours after it happened, so I ended up getting forced onto I-95 North via the new flyovers and having to turn around at DE 141.

The overpass never had a clearance sign on it, but luckily the only damage that's obvious is that the front most steel girder has a small dent in it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 24, 2014, 08:08:35 PM

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9604424885_b4145120db_z.jpg)
I it looks like a "cover-up"...  APL arrows overlaid on existing pull-through


That sign is now this...

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/5AAB51B1-C88C-484E-BFCA-E0B29C76BF65.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/5AAB51B1-C88C-484E-BFCA-E0B29C76BF65.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on August 24, 2014, 10:47:35 PM
Ah they finally fixed that?  I was beginning to worry that they were just going to leave it like that permanently!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on August 25, 2014, 11:09:57 AM

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9604424885_b4145120db_z.jpg)
I it looks like a "cover-up"...  APL arrows overlaid on existing pull-through


That sign is now this...

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd144/roadnut/5AAB51B1-C88C-484E-BFCA-E0B29C76BF65.jpg) (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/roadnut/media/5AAB51B1-C88C-484E-BFCA-E0B29C76BF65.jpg.html)
Is it me or do those shields look smaller in the newer BGS'?  I prefer the shield sizes (& direction cardinal sizes) on the older BGS'.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 01, 2014, 11:03:14 PM
So I was screwing around on Historic Aerials the other day and found a few things relating back to DE 1's construction that were interesting.

(http://i.imgur.com/1YRBbye.png)
The first was a traffic light at the Christiana Mall that appears to be on the mainline.  I knew this configuration existed prior to noticing it on HA, but it reignited curiosity as to what this actually looked like.  Does anyone of pictures of this old setup, from satellite or from the ground?

(http://i.imgur.com/LtDLliO.png)
The second appears to be either early plans for the Tybouts Corner interchange, or an early configuration of it.  Was the access ramp to DE 1 north ever that far back?  A quick glance at Google Maps shows what appears to be grading for this supposed ramp.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 02, 2014, 11:34:20 AM
So I was screwing around on Historic Aerials the other day and found a few things relating back to DE 1's construction that were interesting.

(http://i.imgur.com/1YRBbye.png)
The first was a traffic light at the Christiana Mall that appears to be on the mainline.  I knew this configuration existed prior to noticing it on HA, but it reignited curiosity as to what this actually looked like.  Does anyone of pictures of this old setup, from satellite or from the ground?


Yes, their was a traffic light, but to see where it was, you need to look at an older quad. It was where the loop ramp to the Mall met the roadway leading east:

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/de-001_007_1987_quad.jpg)

I recall the signal very well. It was a set of span-wire strung Econolite signals. If you took the loop ramp to Christiana Mall from DE 7 southbound, you just avoided them. I may have a glimpse of them on one of my old road videos.

Looking at the quad you posted, the ramps leading east were removed when construction was underway, so there never was a traffic light on the eventual DE 1 mainline:

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/vidcaps/de-001_nb_exit_164b_03.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/LtDLliO.png)
The second appears to be either early plans for the Tybouts Corner interchange, or an early configuration of it.  Was the access ramp to DE 1 north ever that far back?  A quick glance at Google Maps shows what appears to be grading for this supposed ramp.

Not familiar with that ramp movement, but I see the grading you mention in the 1992 aerials of the interchange. Must have been an earlier proposal. It makes sense to have the on-ramp to the west, as it serves US 13 southbound better than a left-hand turn onto Hamburg Road would have.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on September 02, 2014, 06:32:56 PM
delaware.newszap.com:  Some motorists using alternate routes to avoid tolls, save money (http://delaware.newszap.com/centraldelaware/134647-70/some-motorists-using-alternate-routes-to-avoid-tolls-save-money)

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DOVER — To pay the toll or not to pay the toll?

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That is the question.

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It’s a question motorists are pondering more after weekend tolls increased a month ago on Del 1.

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Starting Aug 1, the state increased the weekend rate from $2 to $3 for all vehicle classes, except oversized loads, from 7 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday.

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Weekday and ramp tolls in Smyrna and Dover didn’t change. But Delaware officials announced a $1 increase at the highway’s main plazas in June when it appeared the General Assembly wouldn’t consider the governor’s proposed 10-cents per gallon gasoline tax hike.

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The toll increase is anticipated to net the state another $10 million. That money will be combined with $20 million in borrowing this fiscal year to fund statewide paving and transportation projects, officials said.

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So, more motorists are looking for alternate routes — on “free” roads — to avoid paying those tolls.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 02, 2014, 07:57:43 PM
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So, more motorists are looking for alternate routes — on “free” roads — to avoid paying those tolls.
Road, singular - US 13 is just fine.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 02, 2014, 09:16:06 PM
Must have been an earlier proposal. It makes sense to have the on-ramp to the west, as it serves US 13 southbound better than a left-hand turn onto Hamburg Road would have.

True, although personally I'd prefer the one on the east because I typically use that movement when coming from Red Lion Road or Hamburg Road.  The light cycle at US 13 / Hamburg Road is an absolute pain at any given time.

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So, more motorists are looking for alternate routes — on “free” roads — to avoid paying those tolls.
Road, singular - US 13 is just fine.
My family has taken to skipping the Biddles Corner toll plaza by exiting/reentering at the exits on either side of the toll.  Doing that for a round trip saves us about $10 when we take two cars.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on September 02, 2014, 10:35:21 PM
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So, more motorists are looking for alternate routes — on “free” roads — to avoid paying those tolls.
Road, singular - US 13 is just fine.

For shunpiking the barrier just south of the C&D Canal bridge, I agree.

But for shunpiking the barrier at Dover, U.S. 13 is one alternative.  But for northbound Del. 1. movements, Del. 9 (turn right just before DAFB) might be a better alternative.

Your  mileage may vary.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on September 08, 2014, 05:59:16 PM
So now DE Shunpiking isn't just for the Newark Plaza ($4 each way w/no E-Z Pass discounts) along I-95 anymore.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on September 09, 2014, 11:04:09 AM
How does one shunpike that toll? Take MD Exit 109 for MD (and DE) Route 279 North and then onto DE 4/896 South (College Ave)? :P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on September 09, 2014, 02:33:56 PM
How does one shunpike that toll? Take MD Exit 109 for MD (and DE) Route 279 North and then onto DE 4/896 South (College Ave)? :P
Precisely!  I've done such for many years.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 15, 2014, 07:09:51 PM
Could this be the first recognition of DE 279 by DelDOT?

(http://i.imgur.com/eCAjEh4h.jpg)

This is northbound on Elkton Road at Christiana Pkwy, if you couldn't tell from the picture.

Sorry for the bad quality, I had to use a friend's phone because my phone's camera went kaput, and I chose a bad spot on the bus to get a good shot.  If anyone else wants to get a better shot of this then please do so.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on September 15, 2014, 07:45:04 PM
Damn! I went past that spot in mid-June and don't remember seeing that assembly. I was with a friend heading northeast from the Motel 6 in Elkton, MD and turned there, going over I-95 and past U of DE. The only sign pic I took near there was the big blue welcome sign at the state line.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 15, 2014, 07:57:17 PM
Could this be the first recognition of DE 279 by DelDOT?

<snip>

This is northbound on Elkton Road at Christiana Pkwy, if you couldn't tell from the picture.

Sorry for the bad quality, I had to use a friend's phone because my phone's camera went kaput, and I chose a bad spot on the bus to get a good shot.  If anyone else wants to get a better shot of this then please do so.

MDRoads photographed end and begin shields for DE 279 back in March. I'll be checking it out later on this month when I am back in Newark.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Laura on September 15, 2014, 11:28:16 PM
Could this be the first recognition of DE 279 by DelDOT?

<snip>

This is northbound on Elkton Road at Christiana Pkwy, if you couldn't tell from the picture.

Sorry for the bad quality, I had to use a friend's phone because my phone's camera went kaput, and I chose a bad spot on the bus to get a good shot.  If anyone else wants to get a better shot of this then please do so.

MDRoads photographed end and begin shields for DE 279 back in March. I'll be checking it out later on this month when I am back in Newark.

Haha, yep. I was present but asleep at the time ;)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on September 15, 2014, 11:54:35 PM
I spotted the BEGIN DE-279 on the MD line back in June. There was no END sign going south though.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 17, 2014, 05:48:26 PM
I spotted the BEGIN DE-279 on the MD line back in June. There was no END sign going south though.
The only END sign is NB, and I saw that many months ago.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 22, 2014, 07:02:12 PM
I'm surprised no one mentioned this yet:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/09/21/bus-overturns-del-red-lion-road-exit/16015463/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/09/21/bus-overturns-del-red-lion-road-exit/16015463/)

A tour bus en route to New York coming from DC flipped on the loop ramp in the DE 1 Tybouts Corner interchange.  (DE 1 S -> US 13 N)   The wreck occurred at 4:20 PM yesterday, has claimed 2 lives so far, and has prompted a potentially year-long investigation by the NTSB.

One thing that makes me curious is why the bus made such a detour onto DE 1, when it could've just stayed on I-95.  PM rush tends to back up DE 1 S, and I'd imagine US 13/40 is a parking lot at this time of day.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 23, 2014, 09:07:51 AM
The accident occurred on a September Sunday, so it wouldn't have been affected by rush hour traffic or beach traffic.

The only legit theory is that the bus driver was seriously lost. Maybe his directions had him picking up US 1 in PA or NJ, and he saw DE 1 in Delaware first. Still not a direct route to NYC, but it's the only thing I could think of for turning off of 95 in Delaware.

I don't take that ramp often so I don't exactly recall the signage for advisory limits, but the driver obviously wasn't taking any precautions approaching this curve.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 23, 2014, 11:26:47 PM
I don't take that ramp often so I don't exactly recall the signage for advisory limits, but the driver obviously wasn't taking any precautions approaching this curve.

I don't seem to remember a large amount of signage warning of the loop.  I take the exit for Red Lion Rd. everyday and there's nothing that's visible from that exit.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 24, 2014, 06:18:48 AM
I don't take that ramp often so I don't exactly recall the signage for advisory limits, but the driver obviously wasn't taking any precautions approaching this curve.

I don't seem to remember a large amount of signage warning of the loop.  I take the exit for Red Lion Rd. everyday and there's nothing that's visible from that exit.

Looking at the GSVs (taken in 2013 & 2012), you're right...there are no advisory limits whatsoever for those ramps there.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 26, 2014, 02:24:52 PM
Just drove Delaware 279. It only gets three shields in total (two begin and one end) and no shielding at DE 4 and 896. No shields posted on Otts Chapel Road north either, they just removed the DE 2 shields instead. The last westbound shield ahead of the state line was not retained either.

Will drive former Delaware 2 Business this weekend and see what other nonsense I can find. Will post some pics later.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 29, 2014, 05:43:42 PM
Drove all around Newark the last three days and can confirm all references along the former mainline of business loop of Delaware 2 are gone. Side streets in Newark still retain DE 2 shields however,  predating the business loop no less, on Academy St,  Chapel St and College Avenue.

There is also a begin DE 2 shield on Library Avenue north bound now.

Updated the Delaware 279 (http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/de-279.htm) guide just now. Photos of the three shields:

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware200/de-279_nb_begin.jpg)

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware200/de-279_nb_at_de-004_896.jpg)

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware200/de-279_sb_begin.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 29, 2014, 08:06:35 PM
I see they still haven't fixed that "East" 896 guide in the second photo.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on September 29, 2014, 10:06:09 PM
I see they still haven't fixed that "East" 896 guide in the second photo.

"Take down all DE 2 biz signs, ignore everything else"

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware001/de-002_eb_at_de-002b_004_896.jpg)

Ten years of that error no less...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PurdueBill on September 29, 2014, 11:12:06 PM
Geez, a correct NORTH banner was even there above the Business 2 stuff and it left the premises instead of moving up the post.  I'll be there in a few weeks....maybe I should go try to correct it myself somehow.  :P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on October 03, 2014, 03:10:40 PM
(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-273_end.jpg)

Delaware 273 was dropped from its needless overlap with Delaware 9 in New Castle. A new end sign was installed where the state route east intersects Delaware 141 north and the turn of Delaware 9 to bypass the city street grid. Signage still remains further east for SR 273 however, including the original end assembly.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 03, 2014, 03:41:12 PM
(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/mid-atlantic/de-273_end.jpg)

Delaware 273 was dropped from its needless overlap with Delaware 9 in New Castle. A new end sign was installed where the state route east intersects Delaware 141 north and the turn of Delaware 9 to bypass the city street grid. Signage still remains further east for SR 273 however, including the original end assembly.
Looks like somebody mixed up which shields get Series C and which ones get Series D.  IMHO, the DE 141 numerals should be Series D and the 273 shield should be Series C; the opposite of what's shown.

Also, what's with the different thicknesses between the 141 and 273 numerals?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PurdueBill on October 04, 2014, 09:01:44 PM
The 273 looks like an older shield between the digits in D and the oval having flat bottom and top.  The 141 appears to be the newer kind of oval with curvature nearly all around.  Indeed a number with two 1s ought to be series D--heck, it might fit in a circle!  :P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 04, 2014, 09:55:23 PM
Anything fits in a circle if you manipulate it enough!

(http://i.imgur.com/62ilYp0.png)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PurdueBill on October 06, 2014, 12:30:22 AM
Anything fits in a circle if you manipulate it enough!

(http://i.imgur.com/62ilYp0.png)

Exactly the type I was thinking of.  I lived near a number of those once--not too far from those very signs actually.

The large number of narrow 273 shields vs. the paucity of narrow 896 ones was always intriguing.  I figured it came from 273 being frequently with 2, as in the pic, so as to have the shields the same width, and carried over to some others as well.  But 896 shields with other narrow ones never became narrow.  Mysteries of DelDOT....

I miss the ancient overhead on Main St. with the little circular 273 and 896 shields.  I once lived where I could see that one out a window.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on October 07, 2014, 07:56:01 PM
But 896 shields with other narrow ones never became narrow.  Mysteries of DelDOT....
Never?
(http://www.alpsroads.net/roads/de/de_896/solds.jpg)  (http://www.alpsroads.net/roads/de/de_273/w896.jpg)
Granted, excellent chance neither of these was erected by DelDOT.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on October 08, 2014, 08:49:23 PM
So DelDOT released their "Annual Report and Transportation Facts" for 2013 and the cover of it had a neat overhead shot of the recently completed I-95 / DE 1 interchange.

Here's a link to the actual PDF: http://www.deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/fact_book/pdf/2013/2013_deldot_fact_book.pdf (http://www.deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/fact_book/pdf/2013/2013_deldot_fact_book.pdf)

(http://i.imgur.com/818oTkg.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on October 09, 2014, 09:34:35 PM
USA Today: Delaware eyes truckers evading tolls on I-95 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/toll-evaders/16922061/)

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By year's end, truckers again could see cops on the lookout for Delaware Turnpike toll evaders along streets in this area, officials said.

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The state Department of Transportation stopped paying for heightened enforcement from Delaware State Police and Newark police in 2007, according to police agencies. New agreements are under discussion.

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"It was like as soon as we were gone, the truckers knew," Newark City Manager Carol Houck said. "Our guys just can't be out there all the time."

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The Transportation Department is looking to reinstate money for special-duty patrols along routes restricted to local deliveries only, such as Delaware 4 and Old Baltimore Pike, also known as Delaware 281. The goal is to slow declining commercial toll revenues on Interstate 95.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Brandon on October 10, 2014, 09:53:22 AM
USA Today: Delaware eyes truckers evading tolls on I-95 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/toll-evaders/16922061/)

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By year's end, truckers again could see cops on the lookout for Delaware Turnpike toll evaders along streets in this area, officials said.

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The state Department of Transportation stopped paying for heightened enforcement from Delaware State Police and Newark police in 2007, according to police agencies. New agreements are under discussion.

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"It was like as soon as we were gone, the truckers knew," Newark City Manager Carol Houck said. "Our guys just can't be out there all the time."

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The Transportation Department is looking to reinstate money for special-duty patrols along routes restricted to local deliveries only, such as Delaware 4 and Old Baltimore Pike, also known as Delaware 281. The goal is to slow declining commercial toll revenues on Interstate 95.

That's what happens when you're too stupid to put in proper ramp plazas on your tollway.  Put in ramp plazas that decrease in toll the further you get from the mainline toll plaza, and a lot of the problem will solve itself.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on October 10, 2014, 09:58:52 AM
Delaware did charge at one time to exit at all the ramps leading up to the tolls.   They were stupid to remove them not to think about installing them.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 10, 2014, 10:22:29 AM
USA Today: Delaware eyes truckers evading tolls on I-95 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/toll-evaders/16922061/)

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By year's end, truckers again could see cops on the lookout for Delaware Turnpike toll evaders along streets in this area, officials said.

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The state Department of Transportation stopped paying for heightened enforcement from Delaware State Police and Newark police in 2007, according to police agencies. New agreements are under discussion.

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"It was like as soon as we were gone, the truckers knew," Newark City Manager Carol Houck said. "Our guys just can't be out there all the time."

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The Transportation Department is looking to reinstate money for special-duty patrols along routes restricted to local deliveries only, such as Delaware 4 and Old Baltimore Pike, also known as Delaware 281. The goal is to slow declining commercial toll revenues on Interstate 95.
Another article excerpt worth noting posted below (bold emphasis added):

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The weight restrictions on Delaware 4 aren't because of structural limitations on the bridge but to keep large trucks off the roads, said Mark Luszcz, chief traffic engineer for the state Transportation Department.

"The reason there's a truck restriction on Route 4 is because the viable route is I-95," Luszcz said.
In short, the restrictions weren't safety-driven but rather revenue-driven (surprise-surprise).

That's what happens when you're too stupid to put in proper ramp plazas on your tollway.  Put in ramp plazas that decrease in toll the further you get from the mainline toll plaza, and a lot of the problem will solve itself.
Like other toll facilities, that plaza & its related-tolls were likely originally supposed to be torn down & gone after the original bonds that built the highway were paid off.  The tolls only existed to expedite the construction of the road.  The interchange ramp tolls were eliminated in 1976.

The real issue here is that when toll agencies gouge (round-trip tolls range from $8 for cars to $18 for 5-axle trucks; there's also NO EZ-Pass discount since October 2007), all motorists (including truckers) will seek alternate routes where possible/practical.  Since the toll is not for a river crossing; the surrounding local roads are 100% fair game for usage.

Delaware did charge at one time to exit at all the ramps leading up to the tolls.   They were stupid to remove them not to think about installing them.
Again, the road was likely destined to be free of all tolls (hence the I-95 shields) when the original bonds were paid off.  Plus, the tolls (in terms of dollar amount) were a lot lower back then (10-cent, 25-cent tolls).  The shun-piking en masse started in October 2007 when the current tolls rates took effect and the EZ-Pass discounts were eliminated.

Who didn't see this coming?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 10, 2014, 10:46:52 AM
I'd argue shun-piking went *down* since they added the Express lanes, as one can get from Exit 1 in Delaware to Exit 109 in Maryland in about 2 minutes, versus the 10 or so minute detour shunpiking would require.  Some people that are sitting in a traffic jam approaching Exit 1 would figure out they would spend the same amount of time detouring to avoid a toll compared to sitting in traffic to pay a toll.  Without the traffic jams, the incentive to bypass the toll can be weighed against the time it'll take to bypass that toll.

For those that take the road every day, it's probably worthwhile to detour.  $8 a day round trip is $180 or so a month for a normal worker.  Even more dramatic with truckers, which can be a $400 monthly expenditure. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on October 10, 2014, 10:51:37 AM
I was only answering Brandon's post.  Agreed, raising the tolls on the Delaware Turnpike opened the door to all this extra traffic on the local roads.  It is a shame that the politicians do not see it when they vote on increases to the tolls, and instead they are indeed surprised by people's action to avoid the tolls.

The tolls should be removed as originally planned, but some agencies have become businesses and keep annexing road projects more so to keep their jobs than the actual need for the project.

At least EZ pass has helped as before you had to wait in traffic just to pay the high toll rate.  Back in 09 when I drove there in March, I remember seeing SB traffic backed up almost to DE 273.  I would have not blamed anyone for avoiding that as the toll was 4 bucks at that time.  Waiting in a long line just to pay it is even worse than the toll itself.  Delaware should be lowering the tolls instead of cracking down on the shunpikers.

It is a mess and will continue to get worse and not better!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 10, 2014, 10:56:47 AM
I'd argue shun-piking went *down* since they added the Express lanes, as one can get from Exit 1 in Delaware to Exit 109 in Maryland in about 2 minutes, versus the 10 or so minute detour shunpiking would require.
From the article:   
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Transactions fell 8% for the largest commercial category — 5-axle tractor-trailers — during the fiscal year ending June 30 and are down by 25% when compared to 2006 traffic. Overall commercial toll revenue was down by more than $2 million — 7.5% — from 2013, according to state data.

The comparison didn't go into that particular detail (re: EZ-Pass Express Lanes) but nonetheless; shunpiking has indeed increased since the tolls went up and the EZ-Pass discounted were eliminated (for I-95 only, not DE 1).

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on October 10, 2014, 11:30:38 PM
Delaware did charge at one time to exit at all the ramps leading up to the tolls.   They were stupid to remove them not to think about installing them.

I remember those ramp tolls on the JFK Highway in Delaware and in Maryland.  The only entirely "free" interchange with no tolls on the ramps was at Md. 279 (present-day Exit 109). 

In Delaware, all of the tolls on the ramps were for traffic entering northbound and exiting southbound. The Delaware Turnpike tolls were at present-day Exits 1, 3, and 4.  I don't think there were any ramp tolls at Exit 5.   They have been gone for a long time (the Delaware ramp tolls were removed in the 1970's, I think), but I recall the ramp tolls being very low, 5¢, 10¢, 15¢, 20¢ or maybe 25¢ at the most.   The Maryland ramp tolls were taken away in the early 1980's.

I think the Delaware ramp tolls were staffed, but none of the ramp tolls in Maryland had staffing - strictly coin-drop exact change.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on October 10, 2014, 11:39:19 PM
For those that take the road every day, it's probably worthwhile to detour.  $8 a day round trip is $180 or so a month for a normal worker.  Even more dramatic with truckers, which can be a $400 monthly expenditure.

A little more out of the way, but legal in both states for trucks, is to shunpike via U.S. 40. Delaware 1 works well on the Delaware side, and Md. 272 is good road in Maryland. Yes, there are some signalized intersections on U.S. 40, but for a tractor-trailer, the extra time might be worth it. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 10, 2014, 11:50:01 PM
I'd argue shun-piking went *down* since they added the Express lanes, as one can get from Exit 1 in Delaware to Exit 109 in Maryland in about 2 minutes, versus the 10 or so minute detour shunpiking would require.
From the article:   
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Transactions fell 8% for the largest commercial category — 5-axle tractor-trailers — during the fiscal year ending June 30 and are down by 25% when compared to 2006 traffic. Overall commercial toll revenue was down by more than $2 million — 7.5% — from 2013, according to state data.

The comparison didn't go into that particular detail (re: EZ-Pass Express Lanes) but nonetheless; shunpiking has indeed increased since the tolls went up and the EZ-Pass discounted were eliminated (for I-95 only, not DE 1).



But is truck traffic down in general? How does it compare to MD or NJ? And how do traffic volumes compare on the alternative routes?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 13, 2014, 08:39:20 AM
In Delaware, all of the tolls on the ramps were for traffic entering northbound and exiting southbound. The Delaware Turnpike tolls were at present-day Exits 1, 3, and 4.  I don't think there were any ramp tolls at Exit 5.   They have been gone for a long time (the Delaware ramp tolls were removed in the 1970's, I think), but I recall the ramp tolls being very low, 5¢, 10¢, 15¢, 20¢ or maybe 25¢ at the most.
As posted earlier, the ramp tolls in Delaware were removed in 1976.

But is truck traffic down in general? How does it compare to MD or NJ? And how do traffic volumes compare on the alternative routes?
The article (originally from a Delaware source, The Wilmington News Journal) is only focusing on the I-95 toll situation in Delaware and only Delaware.  The comparisons are based on when DelDOT raised the tolls (& dropped the EZ-Pass discounts) at the Newark Plaza in 2007. 

Not only did Additionally, MD & NJ not raise their tolls in 2007 (they only raised them within the last 3 years) but they didn't double them within a 3-year period as well like DelDOT did.  Since the reasoning for the increased shumpiking among trucks in DE is directly related to the exorbitant I-95 tolls in DE; comparing increased shunpiking rates & patterns for MD and/or NJ in this particular case is comparing apples & oranges.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on October 13, 2014, 09:12:07 PM
Not only did MD & NJ not raise their tolls in 2007 (they only raised them within the last 3 years) but they didn't double them within a 3-year period as well like DelDOT did.

Depends on what road you mean when you are talking about MD.  If you mean the JFK toll plaza, it didn't quite double.  However, the Baltimore bridge/tunnel tolls did double in about a 3-year period (from $2 to $4 each way).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 14, 2014, 10:25:03 AM
Depends on what road you mean when you are talking about MD.  If you mean the JFK toll plaza, it didn't quite double.  However, the Baltimore bridge/tunnel tolls did double in about a 3-year period (from $2 to $4 each way).
Prior to July 1, 2013, the base toll rate for the Baltimore Bridges/Tunnels was $3 each-way.  The increase from $2 to $3 for the Baltimore crossings occurred in 2003; a 10-year period.

Above-comment stricken after further review.

Prior to 2005, the base toll for the Newark Plaza was $2 each-way.  It went up to $3 in 2005 and then up to $4 in 2007.  Again, the latter increase 86ed all EZ-Pass discounts.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Laura on October 16, 2014, 07:11:39 AM

Not only did MD & NJ not raise their tolls in 2007 (they only raised them within the last 3 years) but they didn't double them within a 3-year period as well like DelDOT did.

Depends on what road you mean when you are talking about MD.  If you mean the JFK toll plaza, it didn't quite double.  However, the Baltimore bridge/tunnel tolls did double in about a 3-year period (from $2 to $4 each way).
Prior to July 1, 2013, the base toll rate for the Baltimore Bridges/Tunnels was $3 each-way.  The increase from $2 to $3 for the Baltimore crossings occurred in 2003; a 10-year period.

Prior to 2005, the base toll for the Newark Plaza was $2 each-way.  It went up to $3 in 2005 and then up to $4 in 2007.  Again, the latter increase 86ed all EZ-Pass discounts.

Nope. The base rate in Maryland for the Baltimore bridges/tunnels was $2 from 2003 until November 1, 2011, when the rate increased to $3. The rate then went up to $4 on July 1, 2013. So yes, the tolls doubled within 20 months.


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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on October 16, 2014, 08:34:41 AM
Not only did MD & NJ not raise their tolls in 2007 (they only raised them within the last 3 years) but they didn't double them within a 3-year period as well like DelDOT did.  Since the reasoning for the increased shumpiking among trucks in DE is directly related to the exorbitant I-95 tolls in DE; comparing increased shunpiking rates & patterns for MD and/or NJ in this particular case is comparing apples & oranges.

What I'm trying to say though is, is there a corresponding increase in shunpiking?  The article mentioned 5 axle trailer revenue is down by 8%.  Is that entire 8% shunpiking? Or were there fewer trucks on the road to begin with.

What are the traffic counts on the shunpike routes?  That would be extremely important to know as well.

That's where the relevance of NJ & MD truck traffic comes in.  If truck traffic in NJ & MD was down by 5% in those states, and 8% in Delaware, then it can be reasonably concluded that shunpiking increased by 3%, not 8% as the article is trying to indicate, even if you don't use traffic counts.

Newspapers in general tend to focus on their own states' data.  And depending on how they are trying to angle the story, they would include or exclude other data.  In this case, it would be prudent to know how much truck traffic is out there in general.  Heck - if truck traffic was down 10% in MD & NJ, but only 8% in DE, then it would point out that shunpiking may not have increased at all.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on October 16, 2014, 09:04:56 AM
Not sure where I got that 2003 date, but I stand corrected (& since edited my earlier posts).  Nonetheless, unlike the Newark/Elton shunpiking; bypassing the Baltimore Harbor crossings simply involves just using I-695 (the Outer loop) to get around such.  Though, one could also use I-83 into downtown and meander a bit to pick up I-395; but such would only be recommended during off-peak periods (non-rush hour nor sporting event).

For the Susquehanna River crossing (Havre DeGrace/Perryville) along I-95 North, there's no nearby free alternative (the US 40 East crossing is tolled at the same rate).  For most, getting to US 1 from either I-95 or US 40 in that area is a bit too convoluted for shunpiking.  IIRC, locals are still elligible for a discounted toll.   

What I'm trying to say though is, is there a corresponding increase in shunpiking?  The article mentioned 5 axle trailer revenue is down by 8%.  Is that entire 8% shunpiking? Or were there fewer trucks on the road to begin with.

What are the traffic counts on the shunpike routes?  That would be extremely important to know as well.

That's where the relevance of NJ & MD truck traffic comes in.  If truck traffic in NJ & MD was down by 5% in those states, and 8% in Delaware, then it can be reasonably concluded that shunpiking increased by 3%, not 8% as the article is trying to indicate, even if you don't use traffic counts.

Newspapers in general tend to focus on their own states' data.  And depending on how they are trying to angle the story, they would include or exclude other data.  In this case, it would be prudent to know how much truck traffic is out there in general.  Heck - if truck traffic was down 10% in MD & NJ, but only 8% in DE, then it would point out that shunpiking may not have increased at all.
While I agree in principle with most of what you just posted; there are several things to note:

1.  As mentioned, the focus of the article deals with the situation in the Newark, DE/Elton, MD area.  The locals there don't give a flying flip about truck traffic bypassing toll roads in the Baltimore area nor in New Jersey. 

The only parallel situation in NJ I can recall was when locals along US 206 & NJ 31 were screaming bloody murder about through-truck traffic using their roads as a means of linking the Trenton area to I-287 about two decades ago.  Then-Gov. Whitman signed a law essentially banning through-truck traffic from using those roads; the square NO 102 signs were posted (not just on those 2 roads) as a result.

2.  Unlike most of the toll road situations in the Baltimore area or NJ, this particular highway plaza has no free highway (examples: I-295 in central/south Jersey or I-695/Balt. Beltway) alternative nearby; OTOH one can exit the highway (at EXITS 1B-1A in DE) and get back on (at Exit 109) over a relatively short distance.
 
3.  From the article (bold emphasis added);
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Toll revenues from the Newark plaza on I-95 slipped during the recession and haven't recovered like other comparable highways in the region, said Brian Motyl, assistant director of finance for the Delaware Transportation Department.
While it could be argued that the above-quote is more of a catch-all (aka CYA) statement; it's clearly insinuating that the toll revenue collected at the Newark Plaza is not seeing similar revenue trends as other toll plazas.

Another quote from the article:
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Revenues for Delaware 1, which is a 51-mile toll road from Dover Air Force Base north to I-95, have not followed the same trend.

Long story short; while shunpiking certainly isn't unique to northern DE, the still-lower revenue totals of the Newark plaza is clearly reflecting either an increased uptick of such or the other toll facilities seeing a drop in such... shunpiking, that is.

Will the article have a more detailed follow-up to answer your above-questions?  Maybe you can chime in on the comment section.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mrsman on October 19, 2014, 10:14:36 PM
Basically, the higher the toll, the more people want to avoid the toll.

The lower the extra distance to bypass the toll, the greater the number of people who will bypass the toll.

The Newark, DE toll crossing is relatively high ($4) and is fairly easy way to avoid, so there will be a lot of shunpiking. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on November 09, 2014, 10:07:05 AM
Does it not come to a quarter a mile with the 4 bucks?  I once read that it is the most expensive toll road in the nation.

Of course that was a few years back, so someone else might of took that title away if it was true when it was posted on Wikipedia.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on November 09, 2014, 10:31:35 AM
Does it not come to a quarter a mile with the 4 bucks?  I once read that it is the most expensive toll road in the nation.

Of course that was a few years back, so someone else might of took that title away if it was true when it was posted on Wikipedia.

Technically the $4 toll covers the entire 11-mile Delaware Turnpike, not just the segment between the state line and Exit 1. Same is said for the Susquehanna River Bridge toll for the JFK Memorial Highway in Maryland.

And speaking of the Newark Toll:

Truck toll-evasion patrols begin (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/burke/0001/01/01/truck-toll-evasion-patrols-begin/18272461/)

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Officials last week signed new agreements for 13 weeks of "enhanced enforcement" of toll evasion by heavy trucks and commercial vehicles along Del. 4/Christiana Parkway, and Del. 896 – routes restricted to local deliveries only.

The Delaware Department of Transportation hopes that reimplementing the enforcement will slow the decline of commercial toll revenues on I-95, which haven't recovered from the recession as have other tolled highways in the area, officials say.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on November 09, 2014, 11:06:49 PM
Technically the $4 toll covers the entire 11-mile Delaware Turnpike, not just the segment between the state line and Exit 1. Same is said for the Susquehanna River Bridge toll for the JFK Memorial Highway in Maryland.

I would buy that if the ramp tolls were still there (as IMO they should be in both Maryland and Delaware).   

But given that the ramp tolls in Delaware were removed in the mid-1970's and in Maryland in the early 1980's, then there is just one link on each highway that is actually tolled (and Maryland made matters worse by only tolling one direction at that one point).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 10, 2014, 02:02:26 PM
(as IMO they should be in both Maryland and Delaware)

As a local who uses I-95 pretty much everyday, I'd rather not fork over change anytime I want to use the road to head south.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on November 11, 2014, 12:31:17 AM
(as IMO they should be in both Maryland and Delaware)

As a local who uses I-95 pretty much everyday, I'd rather not fork over change anytime I want to use the road to head south.

So use E-ZPass - or take U.S. 40.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Laura on November 11, 2014, 10:51:30 AM
Where is the official end of DE 273?
I found eastbound end signage in two places: at the intersection with 141 and 9 and at the intersection with just 9.

(http://i.imgur.com/l6fjvu1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/p2qna79.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on November 11, 2014, 05:01:01 PM
Where is the official end of DE 273?
I found eastbound end signage in two places: at the intersection with 141 and 9 and at the intersection with just 9.

It ends multiplexed with 9 east of 141.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mtantillo on November 11, 2014, 07:01:08 PM
Basically, the higher the toll, the more people want to avoid the toll.

The lower the extra distance to bypass the toll, the greater the number of people who will bypass the toll.

The Newark, DE toll crossing is relatively high ($4) and is fairly easy way to avoid, so there will be a lot of shunpiking. 
Technically the $4 toll covers the entire 11-mile Delaware Turnpike, not just the segment between the state line and Exit 1. Same is said for the Susquehanna River Bridge toll for the JFK Memorial Highway in Maryland.

I would buy that if the ramp tolls were still there (as IMO they should be in both Maryland and Delaware).   

But given that the ramp tolls in Delaware were removed in the mid-1970's and in Maryland in the early 1980's, then there is just one link on each highway that is actually tolled (and Maryland made matters worse by only tolling one direction at that one point).


Keep in mind that a lot of the traffic passing through DE on I-95 is not local, but long haul traffic. I drive up north to NJ/NY/New England fairly often for one reason or another. Using the "normal" route...I-95, I-295, NJ Turnpike, Lincoln Tunnel, it costs $66.10 in tolls ($13 Lincoln Tunnel EB, $12.55 NJ Turnpike each way, $4 Delaware Memorial Bridge WB, $4 Delaware Turnpike each way, $8 Tydings Bridge NB, $4 Fort McHenry Tunnel each way). If you pay with E-ZPass, you get a $2 or $4 discount at the Holland Tunnel depending on time of day. Regardless, $66.10, $64.10, or $62.10 is A LOT of money for tolls. Can you really blame people for looking for ways to cut that cost down a bit? Delaware has the unfortunate distinction of being the only one of those that is very easy to bypass.

The $8 at the Tyding Bridge is also fairly simple to avoid, but requires a little upfront planning. You need to get a Maryland E-ZPass account and purchase the "Hatem Bridge Plan" for $20. This allows unlimited use of the parallel Hatem Bridge on US 40 for one year. Hmm...$8 per trip, or $20 per year with a fairly simple detour? Sign me up for the latter, please. Anyone can do it, regardless of where you live, but of course Maryland doesn't exacly want a lot of people to sign up for it, so they don't advertise it much outside of the local area of Harford and Cecil counties. I took the requisite 3 trips to break even within 6 weeks of the plan's renewal date this year, giving me "free" passage until next June.

So doing the Hatem detour one way and the I-95 Neward detour both ways saves $16. Then use I-295 in NJ instead of the Turnpike as far as Exit 4 or 7A and you save another $2.80 to $4.50 each way. Get off the Turnpike at Exit 11 to US 22 to Pulaski Skyway (well, when it is open EB), and you save even more on Turnpike tolls. All combined, it takes maybe 20/25 minutes longer, essentially keeps the same route, and saves $37 in round trip tolls. For someone who doesn't drive the route often, it seems silly to bypass the tolls like that. But for someone who travels that way every few weeks, the savings adds up very quickly.   
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on November 11, 2014, 10:19:32 PM
Where is the official end of DE 273?
I found eastbound end signage in two places: at the intersection with 141 and 9 and at the intersection with just 9.


I posted about this also on October 3 (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=372.msg2010861#msg2010861). I based my earlier comments on the new end sign based upon an email from Bob Chessick on August 24th:

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DelDOT rebuilt the intersection of 273 and 141 recently. New signage reflects this as the new eastern end of DE-273 with DE-9 continuing down Frenchtown Road solo. Interestingly they relocated some older signs rather than all new installs. Photos soon.

However I also saw the remaining DE 273 shields. Thankfully the second of two narrow width shields for DE 273 (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19702731) remains opposite the east end.

The overlap was created when DE 9 was routed around New Castle.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: OracleUsr on November 11, 2014, 11:37:57 PM
(as IMO they should be in both Maryland and Delaware)

As a local who uses I-95 pretty much everyday, I'd rather not fork over change anytime I want to use the road to head south.

So use E-ZPass - or take U.S. 40.

Isn't Eastbound 40 towards Havre de Grace also tolled across the Susquehanna?  Or is this another section you're referring to?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on November 11, 2014, 11:46:33 PM
Where is the official end of DE 273?
I found eastbound end signage in two places: at the intersection with 141 and 9 and at the intersection with just 9.


I posted about this also on October 3 (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=372.msg2010861#msg2010861). I based my earlier comments on the new end sign based upon an email from Bob Chessick on August 24th:

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DelDOT rebuilt the intersection of 273 and 141 recently. New signage reflects this as the new eastern end of DE-273 with DE-9 continuing down Frenchtown Road solo. Interestingly they relocated some older signs rather than all new installs. Photos soon.

However I also saw the remaining DE 273 shields. Thankfully the second of two narrow width shields for DE 273 (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19702731) remains opposite the east end.

The overlap was created when DE 9 was routed around New Castle.
New signage reflects the logical end. Has the official definition followed suit?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on November 11, 2014, 11:56:04 PM
I don't know if DelDOT has official definitions. The closest thing I can find is the traffic counts, which even [http://www.deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/manuals/traffic_counts/2001/pdf/ts2001_21_41.pdf in 2001] showed 273 ending at 141 (typoed as 41). (Yes, it does show overlaps.) But this could have been the decision of whoever was compiling the traffic counts.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 12, 2014, 07:31:14 AM
(as IMO they should be in both Maryland and Delaware)

As a local who uses I-95 pretty much everyday, I'd rather not fork over change anytime I want to use the road to head south.

So use E-ZPass - or take U.S. 40.

Isn't Eastbound 40 towards Havre de Grace also tolled across the Susquehanna?  Or is this another section you're referring to?
When I said south I didn't mean southbound into Maryland, I meant south into Bear or Glasgow.  Its far easier to take I-95 from 273 to 896 to get to Glasgow and points south, or I-95 from 273 to 1/7 to get to Bear and points south than it is to take surface arteries. 

And quite frankly, introducing ramp tolls in Delaware would either exacerbate the already bad traffic on ramps along the Turnpike or force traffic onto surface arteries and worsen the already bad traffic there.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on November 12, 2014, 08:01:25 AM
I don't know if DelDOT has official definitions. The closest thing I can find is the traffic counts, which even [http://www.deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/manuals/traffic_counts/2001/pdf/ts2001_21_41.pdf in 2001] showed 273 ending at 141 (typoed as 41). (Yes, it does show overlaps.) But this could have been the decision of whoever was compiling the traffic counts.

The traffic counts book (http://www.deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/manuals/traffic_counts/2013/pdf/routes.pdf) has other issues too, like the east end of DE 20 is listed as DE 14, the 1970s numbering for DE 1.

And quite frankly, introducing ramp tolls in Delaware would either exacerbate the already bad traffic on ramps along the Turnpike or force traffic onto surface arteries and worsen the already bad traffic there.

Reintroducing ramp-tolls was a 1990s concept that was hugely unpopular and had very little chance of happening. Ramp tolls were also removed because Kirkwood Highway and other east-west roads were becoming congested because local traffic was not using Interstate 95. At least that is what I recalled being said when growing up.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 15, 2014, 04:20:01 PM
I drove through Stanton today and noticed that the 12-8-8 signals on DE 4 at Stanton Rd are all getting replaced.  The switch has been completed eastbound, but for westbound the old signals are still in operation while the new signals are covered.  The picture I got wasn't fantastic as the sun was in the way, but one thing that's noticeable is the massive size of the pole supporting the mast.

(http://i.imgur.com/YucRo9Mh.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on November 16, 2014, 09:53:07 AM
I drove through Stanton today and noticed that the 12-8-8 signals on DE 4 at Stanton Rd are all getting replaced.  The switch has been completed eastbound, but for westbound the old signals are still in operation while the new signals are covered.  The picture I got wasn't fantastic as the sun was in the way, but one thing that's noticeable is the massive size of the pole supporting the mast.

(http://i.imgur.com/YucRo9Mh.jpg)

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

They will always live on here at least:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/iccdude/sets/72157635006210646/
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mrsman on November 16, 2014, 06:23:41 PM
Basically, the higher the toll, the more people want to avoid the toll.

The lower the extra distance to bypass the toll, the greater the number of people who will bypass the toll.

The Newark, DE toll crossing is relatively high ($4) and is fairly easy way to avoid, so there will be a lot of shunpiking. 
Technically the $4 toll covers the entire 11-mile Delaware Turnpike, not just the segment between the state line and Exit 1. Same is said for the Susquehanna River Bridge toll for the JFK Memorial Highway in Maryland.

I would buy that if the ramp tolls were still there (as IMO they should be in both Maryland and Delaware).   

But given that the ramp tolls in Delaware were removed in the mid-1970's and in Maryland in the early 1980's, then there is just one link on each highway that is actually tolled (and Maryland made matters worse by only tolling one direction at that one point).


Keep in mind that a lot of the traffic passing through DE on I-95 is not local, but long haul traffic. I drive up north to NJ/NY/New England fairly often for one reason or another. Using the "normal" route...I-95, I-295, NJ Turnpike, Lincoln Tunnel, it costs $66.10 in tolls ($13 Lincoln Tunnel EB, $12.55 NJ Turnpike each way, $4 Delaware Memorial Bridge WB, $4 Delaware Turnpike each way, $8 Tydings Bridge NB, $4 Fort McHenry Tunnel each way). If you pay with E-ZPass, you get a $2 or $4 discount at the Holland Tunnel depending on time of day. Regardless, $66.10, $64.10, or $62.10 is A LOT of money for tolls. Can you really blame people for looking for ways to cut that cost down a bit? Delaware has the unfortunate distinction of being the only one of those that is very easy to bypass.

The $8 at the Tyding Bridge is also fairly simple to avoid, but requires a little upfront planning. You need to get a Maryland E-ZPass account and purchase the "Hatem Bridge Plan" for $20. This allows unlimited use of the parallel Hatem Bridge on US 40 for one year. Hmm...$8 per trip, or $20 per year with a fairly simple detour? Sign me up for the latter, please. Anyone can do it, regardless of where you live, but of course Maryland doesn't exacly want a lot of people to sign up for it, so they don't advertise it much outside of the local area of Harford and Cecil counties. I took the requisite 3 trips to break even within 6 weeks of the plan's renewal date this year, giving me "free" passage until next June.

So doing the Hatem detour one way and the I-95 Neward detour both ways saves $16. Then use I-295 in NJ instead of the Turnpike as far as Exit 4 or 7A and you save another $2.80 to $4.50 each way. Get off the Turnpike at Exit 11 to US 22 to Pulaski Skyway (well, when it is open EB), and you save even more on Turnpike tolls. All combined, it takes maybe 20/25 minutes longer, essentially keeps the same route, and saves $37 in round trip tolls. For someone who doesn't drive the route often, it seems silly to bypass the tolls like that. But for someone who travels that way every few weeks, the savings adds up very quickly.

$66 round trip.  Wow! :wow:

I've lived in the DC area for 13 years and I tend to make a trip to NYC several times a year (lately, it's been about 2-3 times) to visit family.  Before DE toll and the toll on the bridge got raised, I would routinely take the normal route with just a few shunpikes.  About half the time I would take I-695 to avoid the Harbor Tunnel, I would almost always avoid DE's toll by taking local streets, I would take I-295 all the way to 195 northbound and take the NJTP only to the Outerbridge Crossing.  On the return trip, it's always Brooklyn Bridge to Holland Tunnel (avoiding the punitive toll on the Verrazano), NJTP to 195 through Trenton over the Trenton Makes Bridge (to avoid the toll on the Del Mem Bridge) and eventually on I-95 through Philly (skipping Delaware again) and then all the way down I-95 to the Capital Beltway.  I believe with all that effort, in the old days, my round trip tolls would be about $20-$25.

But now, fuhgettaboutit!  I've decided that unless I want to see the highway progress on some of the consturction projects like 295/76 or the ETLs on I-95 north of Baltimore, I'm going to do the "long arc" and avoid all tolls (except for crossing the Hudson and a $1 toll westbound in Easton,PA) by going through York, Lancaster, Reading , and Allentown.  Yes it's more miles, but generally very few traffic holdups and would probably take less time than all the necessary shunpiking to keep costs in line.  In fact, in today's Washington Post (in an annual post he does this time of year discussing holiday getaways), Dr. Gridlock mentioned the routing through Harrisburg as a way to avoid the crawl along I-95 heading to NY and New England.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on November 16, 2014, 07:19:24 PM
But now, fuhgettaboutit!  I've decided that unless I want to see the highway progress on some of the consturction projects like 295/76 or the ETLs on I-95 north of Baltimore, I'm going to do the "long arc" and avoid all tolls (except for crossing the Hudson and a $1 toll westbound in Easton,PA) by going through York, Lancaster, Reading , and Allentown.  Yes it's more miles, but generally very few traffic holdups and would probably take less time than all the necessary shunpiking to keep costs in line.  In fact, in today's Washington Post (in an annual post he does this time of year discussing holiday getaways), Dr. Gridlock mentioned the routing through Harrisburg as a way to avoid the crawl along I-95 heading to NY and New England.

If you are trying to get across New York City on I-95, then taking some other route (such as I-287 or the GSP to the New York State Thruway, then across the Tappan Zee; Beacon or even the Bear Mountain Bridge) seems like a better route than I-95 crossing the GWB and the Cross-Bronx Expressway.

I also posted a link to the Dr. Gridlock article you mention above.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on November 16, 2014, 07:44:49 PM
a $1 toll westbound in Easton,PA
Eh, this is one of the easier tolls to bypass in a car. Don't know if the added time is worth it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: J Route Z on November 30, 2014, 02:29:29 PM
Before DE 1 how would people access the beach towns? US 13 perhaps?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on November 30, 2014, 02:50:07 PM
Probably a combination of US 13 (which was 4-laned north of Dover no later than 1951, and the rest of the state by the mid-50s), US 113 (which predated DE 1 between Dover and Milford), and DE 14, which was DE 1's predecessor south of Milford.  When DE 1 came about, DE 14 was truncated to Milford.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NE2 on November 30, 2014, 03:10:42 PM
Before DE 1 how would people access the beach towns? US 13 perhaps?
http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/road_maps.htm
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on November 30, 2014, 03:34:46 PM
Before DE 1 how would people access the beach towns? US 13 perhaps?
http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/road_maps.htm

Spui, I do not recall driving this part of U.S. 13 in Delaware until the 1980's, when it seemed to be choked by an inordinate number of signalized intersections, with wait times made longer by an apparently enormous demand for left turns at nearly every light.

Has it been that bad since the road was widened to four-lane divided over most of its length?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 20, 2014, 10:48:33 PM
Does anyone have the story behind this awkward pavement shift on DE 896 south just after US 40?  Is it a simple misalignment, or is this leftover from some grand plan for future expansion?

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5966334,-75.7387437,303m/data=!3m1!1e3 (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5966334,-75.7387437,303m/data=!3m1!1e3)

(http://i.imgur.com/jbtuCTc.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 21, 2014, 10:05:26 AM
Does anyone have the story behind this awkward pavement shift on DE 896 south just after US 40?  Is it a simple misalignment, or is this leftover from some grand plan for future expansion?

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5966334,-75.7387437,303m/data=!3m1!1e3 (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5966334,-75.7387437,303m/data=!3m1!1e3)

For years the Official Delaware Highway map showed an interchange proposed between Delaware 896 and Porter Road just to the south. Could be related to that.

Concrete was misaligned for Delaware 1 south of the Mall, and it might also be a contractor error similar to what happened there:

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/vidcaps/de-001_sb_exit_164b_01.jpg)

Also that stretch leading south from Glasgow was only expanded in 1993-93. Until it was, plans for upgrading U.S. 301 to a freeway were still considered:

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/us-301_planners_cull_options_12-03-92.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 21, 2014, 12:13:17 PM
The road shifts the equivelant of two lanes to the left though, so I don't think it's related to Porter Road.  Given that map of alternatives, I'm actually wondering if it has something to do with the alternatives leading to I-95.  The angle of the shift seems to match up with the alternatives that cross US 40 to the east.

This actually brings up another question, would those alternatives tie into the Pike Creek Expressway should the two have actually been built?  There's a trail of ROW leading from I-95 east of DE 72 to about DE 2 / Harmony Road, crossing near the DE 273 / 4 interchange. I'm assuming this has to do with the cancelled Pike Creek project, but I've never seen any alignment maps.  Does anyone happen to have any?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 21, 2014, 06:21:13 PM
The road shifts the equivelant of two lanes to the left though, so I don't think it's related to Porter Road.  Given that map of alternatives, I'm actually wondering if it has something to do with the alternatives leading to I-95.  The angle of the shift seems to match up with the alternatives that cross US 40 to the east.

This actually brings up another question, would those alternatives tie into the Pike Creek Expressway should the two have actually been built?  There's a trail of ROW leading from I-95 east of DE 72 to about DE 2 / Harmony Road, crossing near the DE 273 / 4 interchange. I'm assuming this has to do with the cancelled Pike Creek project, but I've never seen any alignment maps.  Does anyone happen to have any?

FWIW, I also posted this map in another thread (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=6924.msg242285#msg242285) last year.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/2010_ncco_comp_plan_800.jpg) (http://www.aaroads.com/forum_images/northeast/2010_ncco_comp_plan.jpg)

A scan from the New Castle County 2010 Comprehensive Plan (plan adopted 12/88, map prepared 11/89).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 21, 2014, 07:55:50 PM
Wow.  The routing for that ends next to my neighborhood, I wonder how the area would've changed had this have actually been built.  I also think the terminus is kind of odd, wouldn't it make sense to try to link this to DE 7 and eventually PA 41 to help establish a more defined route for northward traffic?

Also of note are the apparent grand plans for the Newtown / Reybold Road corridor.  I had no clue they extended to 896 and beyond.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 21, 2014, 10:53:54 PM
Wow.  The routing for that ends next to my neighborhood, I wonder how the area would've changed had this have actually been built.  I also think the terminus is kind of odd, wouldn't it make sense to try to link this to DE 7 and eventually PA 41 to help establish a more defined route for northward traffic?

Also of note are the apparent grand plans for the Newtown / Reybold Road corridor.  I had no clue they extended to 896 and beyond.

I will have to find the disc with the entire map scan on it and upload a copy for you. The Pike Creek Freeway extended northward as an arterial to New Linden Road. Can you imagine trying to build that along the path of Upper Pike Creek Road? What a mammoth undertaking it would have been.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 22, 2014, 12:35:32 AM
Wow.  The routing for that ends next to my neighborhood, I wonder how the area would've changed had this have actually been built.  I also think the terminus is kind of odd, wouldn't it make sense to try to link this to DE 7 and eventually PA 41 to help establish a more defined route for northward traffic?

Also of note are the apparent grand plans for the Newtown / Reybold Road corridor.  I had no clue they extended to 896 and beyond.

I will have to find the disc with the entire map scan on it and upload a copy for you. The Pike Creek Freeway extended northward as an arterial to New Linden Road. Can you imagine trying to build that along the path of Upper Pike Creek Road? What a mammoth undertaking it would have been.

That would've been unreal.  That valley seems so out of place given it's placement in the I-95 corridor, not to mention it's not very wide.  Maybe they could have pulled something off that could've brought out the scenic nature of the area, but chances are it would've only hurt the area.  I can't imagine how much money that would've cost to build that thing around the creek.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on February 04, 2015, 10:51:18 PM
Forgot to mention this earlier, work on the Thompsonville Road interchange on DE 1 started a few days back:

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5427 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5427)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on February 05, 2015, 08:39:43 AM
Better late than never...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on February 08, 2015, 09:13:13 PM
Forgot to mention this earlier, work on the Thompsonville Road interchange on DE 1 started a few days back:

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5427 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5427)

Here's what it'll replace...

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Milford,+DE/@38.956554,-75.427417,3a,87.8y,285.63h,72.93t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sekpTacnCGybSWrzh76iz3Q!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b898f9ba001bb9:0xbd5084753aaccbc3

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Roadsguy on February 09, 2015, 11:45:50 PM
I've noticed that every bridge over I-95 in DE from the Maryland state line to the 95/495/295/141 interchange is long enough for an NJTP-style expansion. All loop ramps seem to have a jog where they meet the mainline, as if to line up more with the outer carriageways. Also, the DE 1 interchange's old SB collector-distributor has a three-lane wide bridge, despite the C/D road only being two lanes between the loops.

It's as if it were planned to be 2-4-4-2, like I-270 in MD. Clearly it's no longer planned, as the new DE 1 flyovers completely block where it could go, but does anyone know when it was planned, and if any widening at all is still considered? Also, if there would be any major reconfigurations, have any plans been published?

Also, if it were ever a plan, would MD have done anything besides an eight-lane widening that some of the bridges seem to be designed for?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 10, 2015, 08:53:05 PM
I've noticed that every bridge over I-95 in DE from the Maryland state line to the 95/495/295/141 interchange is long enough for an NJTP-style expansion. All loop ramps seem to have a jog where they meet the mainline, as if to line up more with the outer carriageways. Also, the DE 1 interchange's old SB collector-distributor has a three-lane wide bridge, despite the C/D road only being two lanes between the loops.

It's as if it were planned to be 2-4-4-2, like I-270 in MD. Clearly it's no longer planned, as the new DE 1 flyovers completely block where it could go, but does anyone know when it was planned, and if any widening at all is still considered? Also, if there would be any major reconfigurations, have any plans been published?

Also, if it were ever a plan, would MD have done anything besides an eight-lane widening that some of the bridges seem to be designed for?

We always conjectured it was for a dual configuration, and I even have the I-270 comparison made on the I-95 page write-up (http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/i-095.htm). However I have no actual proof that was what the space was for.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Roadsguy on February 14, 2015, 08:03:36 PM
There seems to be grading, and even a stub, for a NB-SB loop ramp at the I-295/US 13-40 interchange (http://goo.gl/maps/cDKvm). However, SB 295 hasn't been touched, and the old bridge from the removed "flyunder" ramp is still there. Was this a major reconstruction project that was never fully finished?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 23, 2015, 08:35:55 PM
Delaware is getting its first DDI.

Changes planned at Del. 72/Del. 1 interchange (http://www.delawareonline.com/videos/news/traffic/2015/02/23/23908091/)

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DelDOT has accelerated plans to rework the Del. 72 interchange along Del. 1 to create a “diverging” traffic pattern along on Wrangle Hill Road overpass. The $7.6 million design will eliminate traffic lights at the top of the off-ramps.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 23, 2015, 08:48:20 PM
"DelDOT has accelerated plans to rework the Del. 72 interchange along Del. 1 to create a “diverging” traffic pattern along on Wrangle Hill Road overpass. The $7.6 million design will eliminate traffic lights at the top of the off-ramps."

With the exception of the big traffic light signs on the proposed drawing, of course.

Also noted... Rt. 1 is 4 lanes per direction in the video.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on February 23, 2015, 09:56:12 PM
"DelDOT has accelerated plans to rework the Del. 72 interchange along Del. 1 to create a “diverging” traffic pattern along on Wrangle Hill Road overpass. The $7.6 million design will eliminate traffic lights at the top of the off-ramps."

With the exception of the big traffic light signs on the proposed drawing, of course.

Also noted... Rt. 1 is 4 lanes per direction in the video.

They pulled the video from the main DE 1 widening project site.  In a world with adequate funding I suppose they would've done all of this at once.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on February 24, 2015, 08:52:37 PM
It's about time!  Delaware is bumping the speed limit on I-95 between the Maryland line and I-495 to 65 MPH.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2015/02/24/delaware-speeds/23953659/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2015/02/24/delaware-speeds/23953659/)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on February 24, 2015, 08:57:50 PM
It's about time!  Delaware is bumping the speed limit on I-95 between the Maryland line and I-495 to 65 MPH.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2015/02/24/delaware-speeds/23953659/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2015/02/24/delaware-speeds/23953659/)

As best as I can tell, much of I-95 between Baltimore City and the Delaware/Pennsylvania border (using I-495 to bypass downtown Wilmington) could have and probably should have a speed limit of 70 or even 75 MPH.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on February 24, 2015, 09:21:23 PM
It's about time!  Delaware is bumping the speed limit on I-95 between the Maryland line and I-495 to 65 MPH.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2015/02/24/delaware-speeds/23953659/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/traffic/2015/02/24/delaware-speeds/23953659/)

As best as I can tell, much of I-95 between Baltimore City and the Delaware/Pennsylvania border (using I-495 to bypass downtown Wilmington) could have and probably should have a speed limit of 70 or even 75 MPH.

They admitted the average speed is closer to 70 MPH, but raising the speed limit by that much (especially considering we don't have anywhere that's signed above 65 MPH) was probably a bit too much for them.  I can easily do 75 MPH between DE 896 and DE 273 (while still being passed mind you), but baby steps I suppose.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 24, 2015, 09:37:33 PM
Finally!

At least the law is already 65 mph, so it's relatively easy to raise the speed limit to that.

Next thu can work with the DRBA to raise the ultra-low 50 mph in its jurisdiction.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on February 25, 2015, 04:59:56 PM
Finally!

At least the law is already 65 mph, so it's relatively easy to raise the speed limit to that.

Next thu can work with the DRBA to raise the ultra-low 50 mph in its jurisdiction.

I actually don't mind the 50 MPH limit on I-295 in Delaware and New Jersey (I think all or nearly all of it in Delaware is DRBA-maintained).

It is very short, and the geometric design is not great, so the time saved between 50 MPH (and say, for the sake of discussion, 70 MPH) is pretty small.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on February 26, 2015, 11:31:37 AM
I don't think I've ever heard you opposed to raising a speed limit before!!

The design is better than what you may remember, and definitely improved over what it was 10 or 20 years ago.

For example...Going North: As you split away from 95, you curve to the right. Previously, traffic coming from a I-95 South ramp on the left could cross over 295 to access US 13 South...which they had to do in about a 1/4 mile length, and was a high-accident location.  This movement has now been eliminated via a jersey barrier.  Further down, 295 curves left, then right again.  After that, you are on a 4 mile straightaway until you reach the NJ Turnpike/295 Split.

Not coincidentally, this 4 mile stretch is where people will be stopped by the cops.  There are 3 main areas for the police to hide:  At a paved spot in the median east of US 13, sitting on the left shoulder near the Rt. 9 overpass - especially when shadows hinder traffic's visibility of said cop in otherwise plain view, and at the base of the bridge on the Jersey side.  (Yeah, I go this way often!)

Going West is pretty much similar to going East, except for the toll plaza. 

On land, the road features normal sized lanes, full shoulders, and well banked curves.  While on the bridge itself there are no shoulders, this is equivalent to the shoulderless I-95 in MD over the Susquahanna Bridge (65 mph limit), not to mention the shoudlerless tunnels found in both Baltimore (55 mph limit on I-95) and the PA Turnpike Tunnels (55 mph as well).  The curves aren't nearly as sharp as what one encounters approaching either of those bridges/tunnels as well.  Additionally, the Delaware Memorial Bridge has a lane control system that is immediately activated to close a lane when a vehicle becomes disabled; a feature the other shoulderless areas mentioned above lacks.

As for the time saved, that should never been a consideration as to a speed limit.  A driver isn't going to calculate the time it's going to take to travel a certain length of highway based on the speed limit. 

The argument could be made as to why increase I-95 in Delaware to 65 mph at all, since the time saved is only 2 minutes.  When the ICC went from 55 to 60 mph, the time saved is slightly over 1 1/2 minutes if one drives the entire length.  If a small section of highway was upgraded and permitted faster speeds, that section of highway - if only a few miles long - would save less than a minute.

So, if the entire stretch of 295 under DRBA jurisdiction went from 50 to 55 mph, it'll save about a half a minute.  Nothing significant.  But when the roadway is 4 lanes wide with full shoulders and great sightlines, someone isn't thinking about the half a minute.  They're thinking the highway should be posted higher than 50 mph.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: J Route Z on March 03, 2015, 08:14:21 PM
PA will have to raise their speed limit next to 65. It is an unreasonable 55, even if it's traveling through the Philly area.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on March 03, 2015, 08:16:15 PM
PA will have to raise their speed limit next to 65. It is an unreasonable 55, even if it's traveling through the Philly area.

If they ever redo the section through Chester and add another lane through the I-476 interchange, I'd agree with you.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on March 08, 2015, 09:18:08 AM
How's the widening project on Route 26 west of Bethany Beach coming along?  I imagine the recent snowstorms put a crimp in the timetable.  How will the project be conducted during the summer?

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on March 08, 2015, 01:29:27 PM
Detour still in place on 26 where 2 culverts are being replaced. Shockingly, I think they'll be able to reopen the road as scheduled at the end of March (he typed while sitting in the Good Year store at the west end of the project). However, with the warmer weather the next few days, I think it will all turn into a sea of mud as the ground thaws...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 08, 2015, 03:27:41 PM
The real limiting factor would be continued cold weather, as this can affect concrete pouring, asphalt laying, etc. A snowstorm isn't much worse than a rainy day...it may shut down much of the work for a day, but they're back at it the next day. In the long run, these delays are fairly expected and time lost for weather is built into the schedule, just as an unusual long period of good weather would help a project along.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 08, 2015, 04:41:56 PM
PA will have to raise their speed limit next to 65. It is an unreasonable 55, even if it's traveling through the Philly area.

My impression is that the posted 55 MPH on I-95 in Pennsylvania is pretty universally ignored unless the freeway is congested.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on March 08, 2015, 08:30:42 PM
Yeah 55 usually means 70 up here.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on March 09, 2015, 07:53:20 PM
(http://www.dawnet.com/img/150308-Rt26.jpg)
Rt 26 at the west end of the closed portion. One of the 2 new culverts is under there someplace. Appears to only need final grading and asphalt. I drove several parts of the "closed for detour, but open because there are businesses" section today, and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of fresh concrete curbing and asphalt that has showed up since early January.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on March 25, 2015, 08:52:59 AM
Route 26 in Ocean View/Millville to reopen this Friday 3/27:
http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5473 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5473).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on March 30, 2015, 05:46:20 PM
DelDOT plans to truncate DE 41 at DE 2 and apparently redo DE 62's directional orientation between DE 2 and Boxwood Road. (I never noticed that the signed directions differed along there, hm.)

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml)

Opinions?

Personally, I'd rather them delete DE 62 altogether and extend DE 41 down to DE 4.  I don't think Boxwood Road needs a route number, and having two separate numbers serving either side of the Newport Gap Pike seems redundant.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 30, 2015, 08:46:26 PM
DelDOT plans to truncate DE 41 at DE 2 and apparently redo DE 62's directional orientation between DE 2 and Boxwood Road. (I never noticed that the signed directions differed along there, hm.)

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml)

Opinions?

Personally, I'd rather them delete DE 62 altogether and extend DE 41 down to DE 4.  I don't think Boxwood Road needs a route number, and having two separate numbers serving either side of the Newport Gap Pike seems redundant.

Thanks for posting this Alex!

Looking at the signing plans (all in Series C which continues to be the norm for DelDOT): http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/pdf/DE2-41_SigningPlan.pdf
DE 62 will finally see some shielding between Old Capitol Tr and Kirkwood Highway. The lone DE 62 reference on DE 2 east at DE 41 was added during the 1999 shut down of DE 141 to redo the concrete on the Newport Freeway.

The signing plans do not address the incorrect end point at Old Capitol Trail. There was once an end shield there, which disappeared after 2004. But the southward pointing shield assembly remains in place on Old Capitol Tr eastbound (http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware999/old_capitol_tr_eb_at_de-062.jpg).

All of my sign photos from the mid-2000s show DE 62 as east/west. Where was it ever signed north/south?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on March 30, 2015, 08:54:40 PM
Where was it ever signed north/south?

According to the signing plan they'll be removing or clarifying one or two South DE 62 signs (depending on how you interpret it) from DE 2 east approaching the intersection.

(http://i.imgur.com/s1WM4Fm.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/MDhWGJo.png)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 30, 2015, 09:09:53 PM
That explains it, thanks. I don't recall that median based assembly, because it was not there during my mid-2000s photo blitz of DE:

(http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware001/de-002_eb_app_de-041.jpg)

However one of my photos from 2012 shows it (guess I never paid attention).

Another signing plan shows some possible changes for Delaware 141 ranging from simple greenouts over DE 41/Lancaster to new guide signs for Exit 6/Delaware 2:
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/pdf/SS01_SR141.pdf

One potential change will remove the lone Delaware reference of Freeway Ends (http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/delaware100/de-141_nb_exit_006a_02.jpg) and replace it with the more typical Expressway Ends.

Where was it ever signed north/south?

According to the signing plan they'll be removing or clarifying one or two South DE 62 signs (depending on how you interpret it) from DE 2 east approaching the intersection.

(http://i.imgur.com/s1WM4Fm.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/MDhWGJo.png)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on March 30, 2015, 09:21:08 PM
Another signing plan shows some possible changes for Delaware 141 ranging from simple greenouts over DE 41/Lancaster to new guide signs for Exit 6/Delaware 2:

I personally think all they need to do is clarify that DE 41 isn't a direct destination.  DE 41 is a major connection to the Lancaster area and it should probably still be signed, they could easily just add 'TO' and slide the DE 41 shields over where space permits.

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One potential change will remove the lone Delaware reference of Freeway Ends and replace it with the more typical Expressway Ends.

Isn't freeway the more appropriate terminology here though?  I tend to think of expressways as being near-freeways, but not quite.

Also, RIP 'Must Exit'
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Desert Man on March 30, 2015, 09:29:18 PM
Here's a thread on Delaware...on the RI thread, I was proven wrong when I said DE had one interstate...it also has 3 like RI. They are I-95, 295 and 495 in the Wilmington area. And according to google, I-895 existed for one year before it was decommissioned. Any reasons why for the change of plans regarding the 895? And RI had another I-895 (existed from 1968-1982). Even these 2 tiny states can support small interstate networks.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on March 30, 2015, 10:15:20 PM
I-895 existed as I-95's current routing through the city of Wilmington.  At the time they were undergoing a massive overhaul of the viaduct on the south side of the city and saw it fit to bump I-95 onto the current I-495 bypass to force most of the traffic around the city.  Once the construction was complete the city complained about not having the 2di routed through town, so they decommissioned I-895, slid I-95 back to its original alignment, and recommissioned I-495.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 31, 2015, 09:13:50 AM
Isn't freeway the more appropriate terminology here though?  I tend to think of expressways as being near-freeways, but not quite.

Yes freeway is more appropriate MUTCD-wise, but the northeast tends to use Expressway in place of it more often then not. I would prefer Freeway Ends to be the nomenclature otherwise.

Also, RIP 'Must Exit'

Glad to see a few more of those done away with. However the Must Exit stays in place on that DE 4 panel where they plan on greening out the DE 41 shield. Might as well take care of both while up there IMO.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 31, 2015, 10:17:02 AM
Per: http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml)
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In addition, truck traffic destined for Route 41 in Pennsylvania is traveling further out of its way to continue on DE Route 41 between DE Route 141 and the DE Route 2/41/62 intersection rather than continue north on DE Route 141 to DE Route 48 (Lancaster Pike).

Using Google Maps, using 141 to 48 to 41 takes 1.3 miles longer than using 141 to 2 to 41.  Why would DelDOT say that trucks are going out of their way using 2 to 41 when it's clearly the shorter route? (And the route that trucking companies are going to pay their drivers)


Per  http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/pdf/SS01_SR141.pdf

1st insert from left (OH 1): Apparently Exit 3B was renumbered to Exit 33!

OH 4 and/or OH 5:  I would replace the pullthru DE 141 (single lane down arrow) BGS with a pullthru DE 141 (Destination), rather than eliminating it completely.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on March 31, 2015, 11:23:28 AM
Per: http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/de2_41/index.shtml)
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In addition, truck traffic destined for Route 41 in Pennsylvania is traveling further out of its way to continue on DE Route 41 between DE Route 141 and the DE Route 2/41/62 intersection rather than continue north on DE Route 141 to DE Route 48 (Lancaster Pike).

Using Google Maps, using 141 to 48 to 41 takes 1.3 miles longer than using 141 to 2 to 41.  Why would DelDOT say that trucks are going out of their way using 2 to 41 when it's clearly the shorter route? (And the route that trucking companies are going to pay their drivers)


Channeling NE2, because DelDOT:

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In addition, truck traffic destined for Route 41 in Pennsylvania is traveling further out of its way to continue on DE Route 41 between DE Route 141 and the DE Route 2/41/62 intersection rather than continue north on DE Route 141 to DE Route 48 (Lancaster Pike).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 05, 2015, 07:04:49 PM
DelDOT seeks breakout for snarled Millsboro bypass (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/04/04/deldot-millsboro-plan/25302691/)

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State highway engineers are quietly rolling out plans for a scaled-back bypass around northeast Millsboro, spinning the project off from a larger and still bitterly contested proposal to relocate much of U.S. 113 in southernmost Sussex County.

DelDOT officials plan to brief Millsboro's Town Council on the approach Monday, with public workshop likely to follow, according to Geoff Sundstrom, spokeman for the agency. Officials have yet to make maps public, however.

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The updated, two-lane approach would link Del. 24 east of Millsboro to U.S. 113 north of the town, crossing tributaries of Millsboro Pond just south of the state-owned, 315-acre Doe Bridge Nature Preserve. The new lanes would provide an alternative for north and west-bound now forced to crawl through Millsboro’s central business district, producing long backups.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on April 06, 2015, 10:01:02 AM
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Carrie Bennett, whose family owns Frankford-area orchards that would have been lost to the original major highway proposal, said many Frankford, Dagsboro and Selbyville residents will be relieved.
“It was a poorly designed, billion dollar boondoggle of a plan which did nothing to alleviate traffic,” Bennett said. “It just rerouted it and carved up 16 miles of wetlands, farmland and historic minority communities.”

Really?  A full freeway isn't going to alleviate congestion at all?  A full freeway would bypass the traffic lights, low speed limits, and narrow streets of Millsboro.  These people are just bitter that they had a highway proposed through their land.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 06, 2015, 10:20:46 AM
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Carrie Bennett, whose family owns Frankford-area orchards that would have been lost to the original major highway proposal, said many Frankford, Dagsboro and Selbyville residents will be relieved.
“It was a poorly designed, billion dollar boondoggle of a plan which did nothing to alleviate traffic,” Bennett said. “It just rerouted it and carved up 16 miles of wetlands, farmland and historic minority communities.”

Really?  A full freeway isn't going to alleviate congestion at all?  A full freeway would bypass the traffic lights, low speed limits, and narrow streets of Millsboro.  These people are just bitter that they had a highway proposed through their land.

She wants to hold out until a developer offers her a can't-refuse-deal to turn her orchards into an 800-home subdivision...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on April 06, 2015, 11:13:59 AM
This article here http://www.roadsbridges.com/deldot-plans-us-113-bypass-near-milford was posted back in June 2007.   It talks about the Millsboro Bypass as well as the planned Milford Bypass, which is the main feature here, but as DelDOTs proactive way of dealing with population and growth expansion in Sussex County, DE is all the planned US 113 upgrades.

I was wondering how much progress has been made in the projected 10 years they say it would take to get the bypass built considering its almost 8 years after the article was published already?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on April 06, 2015, 06:56:35 PM
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Carrie Bennett, whose family owns Frankford-area orchards that would have been lost to the original major highway proposal, said many Frankford, Dagsboro and Selbyville residents will be relieved.
“It was a poorly designed, billion dollar boondoggle of a plan which did nothing to alleviate traffic,” Bennett said. “It just rerouted it and carved up 16 miles of wetlands, farmland and historic minority communities.”

Really?  A full freeway isn't going to alleviate congestion at all?  A full freeway would bypass the traffic lights, low speed limits, and narrow streets of Millsboro.  These people are just bitter that they had a highway proposed through their land.

She wants to hold out until a developer offers her a can't-refuse-deal to turn her orchards into an 800-home subdivision...

Which brings up the point that future development is going to exasperate the already sucky traffic down there.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on April 06, 2015, 07:19:50 PM
Most of the people in the article are NIMBYs as they are complaining about forced government being DelDOT is going behind their backs to getting the unpopular bypass of Milford built.  In this case its a greedy land owner holding out, but if they do not let the state improve the road system now, they will bitch later about not enough roads around to handle upgraded sprawl.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on April 06, 2015, 08:11:38 PM
I don't know much about the Milford portion, but activities near Millsboro in the past 8 years have been limited to "Say No to US 113 Bypass" signs popping up all over, and DelDOT paying two landowners neighborhood of $60,000 per month to not start on housing developments while they pondered their options. Never mind that this was in the depths of the 2008+ depression, and nobody in their right mind was starting any housing developments in the area at the time. Led to some upper-level dismissals at DelDOT when the shinola hit the fan. In LSD (Lower Slower Delaware), the assumption is that all traffic wants to go north/south, and going east/west is irrelevant. So I give DelDOT credit for trying to look a generation into the future on US113, but not for leaving EW routes like DE404, 20, 26, 54 as 2 lane nightmares. Since chicken farms are in short supply and can't possibly be moved a few hundred feet out of the way, the Millsboro bypass isn't likely to happen. (Yes, there are significant environmental issues with the potential routes, but that's because those routes avoided the well-connected chicken farms.) I think the fact that the project to merely add sidewalks and a center turn lane on 3 miles of DE26 cost more to obtain the land than to build woke them up to the fact that they should at least try to buy the land for a bypass now.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on April 06, 2015, 11:47:43 PM
In LSD (Lower Slower Delaware), the assumption is that all traffic wants to go north/south, and going east/west is irrelevant. So I give DelDOT credit for trying to look a generation into the future on US113, but not for leaving EW routes like DE404, 20, 26, 54 as 2 lane nightmares.

They've kind of gotten the hint that things need to be done to DE 24, although at this point their only plans are widening from DE 1 to the Love Creek Bridge.  I guess it's a step in the right direction.  Hopefully they widen past there, maybe to Long Neck at least.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on April 07, 2015, 08:37:03 AM
Most of the people in the article are NIMBYs as they are complaining about forced government being DelDOT is going behind their backs to getting the unpopular bypass of Milford built.  In this case its a greedy land owner holding out, but if they do not let the state improve the road system now, they will bitch later about not enough roads around to handle upgraded sprawl.

IMO, The News Journal has always trended to posting the NIMBY point of view on road articles. You rarely read "I support this highway" or "any traffic solution is welcome", its almost always anti-highway.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on April 07, 2015, 03:26:08 PM
I had the pleasure of taking DE-24 to US-113 south on a summer Sunday morning. It needs to be bypassed pretty badly. DE-24 makes for a handy shortcut to US-113 if one takes the Cape May-Lewes ferry and wants to head south to the CBBT. Honestly, DelDOT needs to take a proactive stance on obtaining ROW. I don't know the details, but paying someone to simply "defer" selling their land to developers is pretty stupid, they should have flat out bought the development rights, period.

Its a pretty common thing to do, but usually its to preserve farm land from tract housing as opposed to highway ROW preservation. Its also handy to suppress freeway induced sprawl that all those NIMBYs complain about.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on April 08, 2015, 01:30:56 PM
The land in question was already in the hands of (well-connected) developers, who were paid off to not start a housing development in the middle of a recession (which they weren't going to do anyway). Wish I'd saved link to the old article on this I found a few days ago-I was worried about posting the amount without verification, but found out the number was only $60,000, not the $100,000 I'd "remembered".
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on April 19, 2015, 06:17:22 PM
http://www.deldot.gov/information/publicevents/publicworkshops/workshop.shtml?id=5718 (http://www.deldot.gov/information/publicevents/publicworkshops/workshop.shtml?id=5718)

So apparently DelDOT is letting go of a portion of School House Road / Lower Twin Lane Road near DE 1 / US 13.  I looked it up and apparently the AADT along there maxes out at about 500 VPD.  Why'd they even bother building an overpass for these small roads when they built DE 1 through here in the '90s?  All they do is provide redundant access to the refinery area, it seems they could've figured this out before they went to the trouble of reconstructing the whole area, unless traffic was heavier along these roads before they were severed and reconnected.

Map of what I understand is being abandoned:
(http://i.imgur.com/bkdbydb.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 19, 2015, 08:57:41 PM
Map of what I understand is being abandoned:
(http://i.imgur.com/bkdbydb.jpg)

Could DelDOT motivated to get rid of this segment because of increased oil train traffic to the refinery and the grade crossing at the south end of the segment proposed for abandonment?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on April 19, 2015, 10:06:31 PM
Map of what I understand is being abandoned:
(http://i.imgur.com/bkdbydb.jpg)

Could DelDOT motivated to get rid of this segment because of increased oil train traffic to the refinery and the grade crossing at the south end of the segment proposed for abandonment?

I suppose that's plausible, that explains why they're leaving Upper Twin Lane Road as is.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on April 20, 2015, 04:48:44 PM
Map of what I understand is being abandoned:
(http://i.imgur.com/bkdbydb.jpg)

Could DelDOT motivated to get rid of this segment because of increased oil train traffic to the refinery and the grade crossing at the south end of the segment proposed for abandonment?

Could be. That Google Earth image is a bit dated as that rail yard to the right of the photo has since been expanded and now abuts DE1. They could very well have sold that off to Norfolk Southern to further expand that yard.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 12, 2015, 04:14:03 PM
DelDOT held a workshop yesterday concerning methods of alleviating operational problems at DE 273 and Harmony Road, mostly related to the bad weave on westbound 273.  The options range from shutting down Harmony Road or completely redoing the interchange between DE 273 and I-95 and widening 273 to six lanes total, either way it's worth a look.  I'm interested to see what gets done as I travel through this interchange everyday and know first hand that this is a problem area.

http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr273_harmonyrd/workshop.shtml (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr273_harmonyrd/workshop.shtml)

I had already thought of something similar to alternatives 3A/B in terms of the westbound only signal, nice to see that I wasn't the only one.  :-P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on May 13, 2015, 09:30:05 AM
I'm glad at least a couple of alternatives deal with the tight weave on the other side involving I-95 NB to DE 273 EB.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 13, 2015, 09:52:36 AM
I'm glad at least a couple of alternatives deal with the tight weave on the other side involving I-95 NB to DE 273 EB.
Not to mention they give DE 273 EB a deserved 2+ lanes of thru traffic.

An unrelated but interesting observation, Alternative 6 utilizes an old ROW that Harmony Road used to follow.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 13, 2015, 10:27:59 AM
The options that include a ramp to Christiana Hospital are the best IMO, but without that protected right-turn (I loathe protected right hand turns). Hospital access is the main reason why Harmony Road needs to remain a through street. Though going back to the mid-90s, area residents along Harmony have routinely advocated blocking the road to through traffic (which is why the chicanes and traffic islands were added).

Otherwise, I dislike most of these options. That weave concern has always been there, but its mostly an issue during the evening peak hours. You learn to anticipate it and make adjustments to compensate. Oh well, not like I drive through there daily like I once did, though I do use that interchange routinely when I am visiting home. The option that involves adding the most traffic signals is what DelDOT will choose.

Resurrect the Pike Creek Freeway north to Kirkwood Highway (Delaware 2), that's my suggestion.  :-P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Zeffy on May 13, 2015, 10:32:01 AM
Taking away the free-flow movement and replacing it with traffic signals just seems like a horrible idea to me.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 13, 2015, 10:48:45 AM
Taking away the free-flow movement and replacing it with traffic signals just seems like a horrible idea to me.
It really is.  The only possibly beneficial signal is the proposed WB only one.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 13, 2015, 11:03:21 AM
Otherwise, I dislike most of these options. That weave concern has always been there, but its mostly an issue during the evening peak hours. You learn to anticipate it and make adjustments to compensate.

I'd agree with that, if it was just a congestion issue at the weave area.  But when accidents are higher than normal for a similar area; and when traffic backs up onto 95, causing congestion and accidents, which leads to more congestion on the highway, now there's a more significant issue. 

Considering all the traffic that moves thru that area, I don't know if additional traffic lights would help, considering the traffic light at Harmony road is the root cause of the congestion, and the weave complicates matters.

Closing Harmony Rd off from 273 isn't a totally bad idea, but I don't think enough consideration is being given to the traffic increase from those that will enter/exit from Brownleaf.  Even if it is mainly development traffic using that entrance, it'll still be a considerable increase in traffic for those living on that road.  While I understand the thought process of cutting off Harmony near Rt. 4 to prevent thru traffic from getting anywhere within the development, it would more negatively impact this development as they would need to access 4 or 273 to get to any stores; whereas now they can easily get to the nearby shopping center on 4 at Harmony or the (overpriced) Shell station on 273.

Alternative 4B is an interesting proposal of a DDI.

Alternative 9 is probably DOA.  Even if all of those residents were willing to give up their homes, the rest of the neighborhood would complain they now need to cross a highway to get to the school.  Not sure why that was even an option.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on May 13, 2015, 12:56:40 PM
Speed limit change on I-95 to 65 MPH takes place next week

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5549
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 13, 2015, 03:34:09 PM
Here's a more organized summarization from someone who lives within the study area and commutes through the project area everyday.  I haven't had the time to fully consider each until now.

Alternatives 1, 2A, 2B:

Any closure of Harmony Road is a bad idea for a few reasons.

Alternative 3A:

I had come to the conclusion that a signal for the ramp from I-95 SB to DE 273 WB was a possoble solution long before I knew DelDOT had the same idea.  I think it solves problems with the weaving from there to Harmony Road in the best manner possible while increasing capacity (since they end up extending the 3 lane portion of DE 273 WB).

The EB proposal, while it does finally give DE 273 EB a continuous two lanes, ends up adding a traffic signal to replace the ramp from I-95 NB to DE 273 WB.  I personally never thought of that weave on DE 273 WB over the bridge to be a problem, simply because neither of the ramps involved are heavily travelled.  Now if they predict problems because of an added WB signal on the western end of the interchange relating to this merge, then okay.  Otherwise it seems like a solution in search of a problem.

Alternative 3B:

Same as above, with the exception of alleviating the WB weave over I-95 without replacing the ramps.  Seems like a better solution than 3A since there's one less signal.

Alternative 4A, 4B:

I question ripping up the entirety of a free flowing interchange and forcing the busiest movements through another signal (specifically DE 273 EB to I-95 NB).  It seems incredibly costly just for the sake of downgrading an interchange. (although I will admit, a DDI with C/D lanes is kinda cool)

Alternative 5:

Yes please.  DE 273 is so under built for the function it serves through here.  This'd be fantastic coupled with other proposed changes at the interchange with I-95.

Alternative 6:

This could possibly work since it filters out virtually all of the Harmony Road bound traffic from the problematic weave.

Alternatives 7A, 7B:

These build off of Alternative 6 in that they include an extra off ramp from I-95 SB, but they also improve connectivity between the neighborhoods and the commercial complex off of DE 4.  As for which of these is better, I'd probably go for the one that ties into Brownleaf Road as that limits the amount of points where traffic is accessing Harmony Road.

Alternative 8A, 8B:

Too little, too late.  My issue here is similar to those of Alternatives 1, 2A, and 2B.  Removing access points is not a fantastic idea.

Alternative 9:

I'll echo jeffandnicole and say that this is DOA.  While it would certainly help Harmony Road traffic (although I think the intersections on either end of the proposal should be reworked), at what cost does it come?  This nukes a large amount of residences, most likely costs a significant amount of money, and won't solve the original problem this project sought to remedy unless paired with other alternatives.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: SteveG1988 on May 22, 2015, 07:57:28 PM
65mph now posted along I-95, drove it today from 295 to the MD border.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: 1995hoo on May 22, 2015, 09:17:50 PM
65mph now posted along I-95, drove it today from 295 to the MD border.

How fast was traffic moving on the whole?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: SteveG1988 on May 22, 2015, 09:26:43 PM
65mph now posted along I-95, drove it today from 295 to the MD border.

How fast was traffic moving on the whole?

On the whole, the speed limit felt good.

70 at least.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on May 22, 2015, 09:51:49 PM
Yo guys, I'm making another control city proposal for Delaware. I made one for NJ and the GSP. Check the GSP and NJ threads for those!
Let's start!

I-95 NB: Dover up to MP 7.9
New York up to exit 5C
Wilmington and Philadelphia (or Chester)  for the rest

SB: Baltimore up to MP 23.4
Wilmington up to MP 19.2
Dover up to MP 7.9
Baltimore and Washington D.C. for the rest

I-295 is fine

DE 1 NB: Dover up to MP 61.4
Smyrna up to MP 76.2
Philadelphia and Wilmington up to MP 103
Churchmans Crossing for the rest

SB: New York and Chester up to MP 103
Ocean City up to MP 91.9
Smyrna up to MP 70
Dover up to MP 61.2
nothing for the rest (it is not a freeway south of Dover)

I-495 is fine.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 22, 2015, 10:03:39 PM
65mph now posted along I-95, drove it today from 295 to the MD border.

How fast was traffic moving on the whole?

On the whole, the speed limit felt good.

70 at least.

The cops are out in force as a result though.  They all wait at the entrance to I-95 SB at the service area and nab people after the underpass for Salem Church Road.  There were three of them with people pulled over within a span of about 100 feet when I went through this morning, and at least four or five more were watching from the service area exit.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 22, 2015, 10:18:06 PM
Yo guys, I'm making another control city proposal for Delaware.
In my opinion our control cities are perfectly reasonable as they are, but I'll just pick out the glaring issues:

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I-95 SB: New York up to MP 13.3
Traffic headed south is not going to New York because, well, that's the complete opposite direction.

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DE 1 NB: Philadelphia and New York up to MP 103
What happened to Wilmington?

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SB: Atlantic City up to MP 91.9
No one using DE 1 SB is going to Atlantic City.  AC traffic would've used the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


The plans are a bit eager to sign really long distance destinations while avoiding the local destinations that road users are actually going to.  If you're looking for a highway that needs control cities redone, see I-95 in Maryland (specifically northbound).

not to mention, going by mileposts is kind of confusing considering they aren't really landmarks we go by around here

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on May 22, 2015, 11:08:16 PM
Yo guys, I'm making another control city proposal for Delaware.
In my opinion our control cities are perfectly reasonable as they are, but I'll just pick out the glaring issues:

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I-95 SB: New York up to MP 13.3
Traffic headed south is not going to New York because, well, that's the complete opposite direction.

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DE 1 NB: Philadelphia and New York up to MP 103
What happened to Wilmington?

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SB: Atlantic City up to MP 91.9
No one using DE 1 SB is going to Atlantic City.  AC traffic would've used the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


The plans are a bit eager to sign really long distance destinations while avoiding the local destinations that road users are actually going to.  If you're looking for a highway that needs control cities redone, see I-95 in Maryland (specifically northbound).

not to mention, going by mileposts is kind of confusing considering they aren't really landmarks we go by around here
"Atlantic City" on DE 1 SB is because at exit 94 (I think), DE 1 intersects US 13. US 13 later intersects US 9. Using US 9 EB takes you to the Cape May-Lewes ferry. On the Cape May side, US 9 NB intersects US 30. US 30 EB heads to AC. Basically call it a second chance for lost drivers intended to go there.

Wilmington disappeared in favor of Philadelphia, since Wilmington is pretty close from the I-95 interchange. Philadelphia seemed sensible here.

The "New York" destination at MP 13.3 is that that is the I-295 interchange. I-295 NB will merge on to the NJ Turnpike (briefly) after the Delaware Memorial Bridge. You can continue onto the NJ Turnpike towards New York. That's pretty much your last reminder south of New York City telling you that there is another way to NY and NYC.

also mods, feel free to move this to fictional highways.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 22, 2015, 11:34:54 PM
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"Atlantic City" on DE 1 SB is because at exit 94 (I think), DE 1 intersects US 13. US 13 later intersects US 9. Using US 9 EB takes you to the Cape May-Lewes ferry. On the Cape May side, US 9 NB intersects US 30. US 30 EB heads to AC. Basically call it a second chance for lost drivers intended to go there.

Atlantic City is so out of the way it's not worth signing though.  The traffic using this road isn't thinking anything about New Jersey at this point, unless by some incredibly off chance they're using the ferry to get to Cape May (and honestly I don't think I've ever heard anyone ever talk about using the ferry to get anywhere).  If someone has managed to get themselves this lost they probably shouldn't be in charge of navigating.

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Wilmington disappeared in favor of Philadelphia, since Wilmington is pretty close from the I-95 interchange. Philadelphia seemed sensible here.

Since Wilmington is so much closer it makes much more sense to sign that instead of a city that's way further out and not as likely to have people going to it.

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The "New York" destination at MP 13.3 is that that is the I-295 interchange. I-295 NB will merge on to the NJ Turnpike (briefly) after the Delaware Memorial Bridge. You can continue onto the NJ Turnpike towards New York. That's pretty much your last reminder south of New York City telling you that there is another way to NY and NYC.

This is another situation that is rare enough that there's no point in signing it.  The entire interstate shouldn't be signed as heading to New York, as it in fact does not go there.  The vast majority of the traffic is going to continue southward towards Newark.  Why sign the freeway for the sake of a very very select few?



Control cities need to be assigned based off of how helpful they are to the majority people using the road.  I'm not sure you understand who's using these roads and where most of them are trying to get to.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on May 22, 2015, 11:45:30 PM
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"Atlantic City" on DE 1 SB is because at exit 94 (I think), DE 1 intersects US 13. US 13 later intersects US 9. Using US 9 EB takes you to the Cape May-Lewes ferry. On the Cape May side, US 9 NB intersects US 30. US 30 EB heads to AC. Basically call it a second chance for lost drivers intended to go there.

Atlantic City is so out of the way it's not worth signing though.  The traffic using this road isn't thinking anything about New Jersey at this point, unless by some incredibly off chance they're using the ferry to get to Cape May (and honestly I don't think I've ever heard anyone ever talk about using the ferry to get anywhere).  If someone has managed to get themselves this lost they probably shouldn't be in charge of navigating.

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Wilmington disappeared in favor of Philadelphia, since Wilmington is pretty close from the I-95 interchange. Philadelphia seemed sensible here.

Since Wilmington is so much closer it makes much more sense to sign that instead of a city that's way further out and not as likely to have people going to it.

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The "New York" destination at MP 13.3 is that that is the I-295 interchange. I-295 NB will merge on to the NJ Turnpike (briefly) after the Delaware Memorial Bridge. You can continue onto the NJ Turnpike towards New York. That's pretty much your last reminder south of New York City telling you that there is another way to NY and NYC.

This is another situation that is rare enough that there's no point in signing it.  The entire interstate shouldn't be signed as heading to New York, as it in fact does not go there.  The vast majority of the traffic is going to continue southward towards Newark.  Why sign the freeway for the sake of a very very select few?



Control cities need to be assigned based off of how helpful they are to the majority people using the road.  I'm not sure you understand who's using these roads and where most of them are trying to get to.
good point. Changed this to Ocean City, erased New York SB, and added Washington D.C. with Baltimore. And Wilmington re-appeared with Philadelphia  :-P
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: SteveG1988 on May 23, 2015, 07:58:02 AM
65mph now posted along I-95, drove it today from 295 to the MD border.

How fast was traffic moving on the whole?

On the whole, the speed limit felt good.

70 at least.

The cops are out in force as a result though.  They all wait at the entrance to I-95 SB at the service area and nab people after the underpass for Salem Church Road.  There were three of them with people pulled over within a span of about 100 feet when I went through this morning, and at least four or five more were watching from the service area exit.

Yeah, I'm governed in the semi at 65mph. Traffic flow was heavy, but moving at 65-70 no problem.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 23, 2015, 08:32:43 AM
I recall when Jersey first went to 65, there was heavy enforcement and due to the warnings of higher fines, traffic flowed at 65 or just above. Strict enforcement relaxed after a while, and for most people today they are more concerned with people using phones and other issues more so than speeding.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on May 27, 2015, 02:02:42 PM
SB: Baltimore up to MP 23.4
Suggestion: when using southbound references, use the word down instead of up; especially since milesposts decrease as one heads southbound.

Quote from: corrected example
SB: Baltimore down to MP 23.4
Such makes your posts regarding southbound destination legends much easier to read/follow.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 03, 2015, 09:34:47 AM
I drove all of 95 in Delaware on Monday evening, except between the MD State Line and Exit 1,  DE 896.  (No, I wasn't shunpiking...I was at an event near that road).  Since it was rush hour and raining heavily, I managed to hit 65 mph for about a mile along that entire stretch.

Interesting to note: The 65 mph signs used are the very standard 65 mph signs.  Yet, the 65 mph signs on 495 continue to be the electronic.  The 65 mph signs are off both the left and right shoulders of 95, which makes sense as 95 is 4 or 5 lanes wide.

Going North:  The 65 mph zone extends to the following areas:

At the 95/295 split:  65 mph continues thru Interchange 5A/5B, DE 141, which I believe is DRBA jurisdicition.  It ends just as traffic from Rt. 141 enters I-295.

At the 95/495 split: 65 mph continues directly onto I-495.

On 95 North:  65 mph does not end until after 295 South has merged onto 95 North.  The 55 mph signs are located where 495 South crosses over 95 North (where you see the 55 mph sign here: http://goo.gl/maps/7ktyA)

Going South:

95 South:  The signage begins after the 495 ramps have touched down onto 95, approximately right here: http://goo.gl/maps/fjIvf

65 mph continues at the Express EZ Pass/Cash split at Exit 1, approaching the toll plaza. I don't know if the speed limit drops in the Express Lanes as you approach the plaza.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on June 03, 2015, 01:42:01 PM
Sussex shopping center overpass could cost $15M (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/06/02/otc-overpass-cost-million-developer-says/28372495/)

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The Overbrook Town Center shopping complex, if approved by Sussex County, would likely take six years to be fully constructed, an attorney for the project's developer said Tuesday. The developer said a key highway interchange for it could cost $15 million, about twice the amount the company will put towards its construction.

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Rob Arlett, another councilmember, said he's heard from plenty of constituents with traffic concerns. The developer has consulted with the Department of Transportation and designed a new interchange for Cave Neck Road and Del. 1, including an overpass and traffic flow that would move cars turning west onto Cave Neck Road through the shopping center's side roads.

Louis A. DiBitonto, a Trout Development principal, reiterated the company's previous pledge to spend $8 million on the interchange. But he told Arlett the company would not agree to increase its spending for the overpass to match its true cost, which he said was estimated to be $12 million to $15 million.

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Without a developer subsidy, of course, any interchange there would be funded wholly by DelDOT's taxpayer dollars; however, DelDOT does not have any near-term plans to build a Cave Neck Road interchange on its own.

The project seems to be decidedly unpopular in Sussex County. Lawrence Lank, the county's director of planning and zoning, said his office received 1,890 missives in opposition to it, compared to seven letters and emails supporting it. Opponents crowded into the county meeting room for the hearing, some wearing buttons that read "I say no to OTC."
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on June 03, 2015, 03:31:47 PM
I drove all of 95 in Delaware on Monday evening, except between the MD State Line and Exit 1,  DE 896.  (No, I wasn't shunpiking...I was at an event near that road).  Since it was rush hour and raining heavily, I managed to hit 65 mph for about a mile along that entire stretch.

Nothing wrong with shunpiking. Hell I managed to shunpike the entire Mid-Atlantic portion of 95 over the weekend coming back from Virginia. Makes for a little more fun drive.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on June 04, 2015, 08:44:09 PM
I drove all of 95 in Delaware on Monday evening, except between the MD State Line and Exit 1,  DE 896.  (No, I wasn't shunpiking...I was at an event near that road).  Since it was rush hour and raining heavily, I managed to hit 65 mph for about a mile along that entire stretch.

Nothing wrong with shunpiking. Hell I managed to shunpike the entire Mid-Atlantic portion of 95 over the weekend coming back from Virginia. Makes for a little more fun drive.

I shunpiked 66'd I-81 via U.S. 11 between Staunton, VA and Williamsport, MD in one day during a 2009 vacation.
 
And since this thread has to do with Delaware roads, I've shunpiked 66'd U.S. 13 by taking the secondary road from Delmar north through Laurel, Blades, Seaford, and into Bridgeville.  Sixty-sixing (or Sshunpiking)can be fun.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 04, 2015, 09:58:51 PM
Shunpiking is done to avoid tolls. There are no tolls on 81 & 13 in those areas.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 04, 2015, 11:08:44 PM
Shunpiking is done to avoid tolls. There are no tolls on 81 & 13 in those areas.

At this point it's just sight-seeing.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on June 05, 2015, 08:52:41 AM
In Delaware and Maryland shunpiking these days is a must!  The tolls there are too damn ridiculous.

Of course, you can't really shunpike the George Washington Bridge as there is no way south of Albany where you can cross the Husdon River for free unless you go westbound.  Perhaps if you start your I-95 journey in New England and head south you can do it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: odditude on June 05, 2015, 09:05:47 AM
Of course, you can't really shunpike the George Washington Bridge as there is no way south of Albany where you can cross the Husdon River for free unless you go westbound.
the Tappan Zee toll is half that of the GW, and for all intents and purposes counts as a shunpike.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on June 05, 2015, 11:08:37 AM
In Delaware and Maryland shunpiking these days is a must!  The tolls there are too damn ridiculous.

Exactly. The 95 bridge over the Susquehanna is the worst heading north. $8 is crazy and actually driving up to and over the Conowingo Dam is pretty scenic.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on June 05, 2015, 02:15:50 PM
Of course, you can't really shunpike the George Washington Bridge as there is no way south of Albany where you can cross the Husdon River for free unless you go westbound.
the Tappan Zee toll is half that of the GW, and for all intents and purposes counts as a shunpike.
If things have not changed that much over the last two decades, the Bear Mountain Bridge is even cheaper yet.

But, you still pay a toll.  Not a true Shunpike.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on June 05, 2015, 04:14:28 PM
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The tolls there are too damn ridiculous.

So are most of the detours.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on June 05, 2015, 05:20:25 PM
In Delaware and Maryland shunpiking these days is a must!  The tolls there are too damn ridiculous.

Exactly. The 95 bridge over the Susquehanna is the worst heading north. $8 is crazy and actually driving up to and over the Conowingo Dam is pretty scenic.

That toll is so high because it is an effort to collect tolls at one point from one direction of 43 miles of toll road, where all movements (between Md. 43, Exit 67 and Md. 279, Exit 109) were once tolled. 

It is especially a subsidy to residents of Harford County, many of whom drive the toll road every day yet pay no toll at all.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on June 06, 2015, 12:34:41 PM
Shunpiking is done to avoid tolls. There are no tolls on 81 & 13 in those areas.

At this point it's just sight-seeing.

As ekt said a few posts back, "Makes for a little more fun drive."  (Although assuming he used the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, he would've paid the Eastern Shore-bound toll there so it wouldn't have been a pure shunpike.)  Maybe it should be called "sixty-sixing" or "66-ing" (think Bobby Troup's favorite road).

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on June 06, 2015, 04:00:06 PM
Shunpiking is done to avoid tolls. There are no tolls on 81 & 13 in those areas.

At this point it's just sight-seeing.

As ekt said a few posts back, "Makes for a little more fun drive."  (Although assuming he used the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, he would've paid the Eastern Shore-bound toll there so it wouldn't have been a pure shunpike.)  Maybe it should be called "sixty-sixing" or "66-ing" (think Bobby Troup's favorite road).

ixnay

Well I went through Baltimore via 395 and 40 to avoid the Ft McHenry tunnel, MD155, 161 and US1 to get around the toll in Perryville and of course the famous 273-4-896 one at the DE state line. By far the most scenic of the three is the over the Susquehanna. Even spotted a few bald eagles while we were driving through.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 06, 2015, 10:12:08 PM
of course the famous 279-4-896 one

FTFY   :biggrin:

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on June 07, 2015, 08:48:28 PM
Had a brain fart there. So many 27x routes in the northeastern MD that they all run together sometimes.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ChezeHed81 on June 12, 2015, 05:27:42 PM
Does anyone know why Route 1 gets backed up SB south of Middletown on Thursdays and Fridays in season? Delays typically occur about 1 mile south of the onramp from Route 299, just beyond where the Odessa bump returns to more of a southward heading. Being that far from the interchange, it seems unlikely to be due to merging traffic volumes. (BTW kudos to DelDOT for designing an onramp where the majority of drivers merge at or above posted highway speed!) There are no reductions in lanes or changes in the roadway's design in the vicinity that would cause drivers to slow that would be obvious to me. If anything, the sight lines improve beyond the southward curve. I have yet to figure out what causes drivers to slow down in that area. I've been caught in jams that stretch back to the Biddles toll plaza some weekends.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 12, 2015, 09:10:12 PM
Simple answer: the drivers using that road in season have the attention span of a gnat.  These backups are typically caused by the simplest of distractions, IE: someone is pulled over by a cop or someone parked a boat on a trailer on the shoulder.  On Fridays everyone heads south towards the beach, so this is inverse on Sunday's.  No exxageration, I've been stuck in miles long backups caused by these otherwise ignored incidents.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 22, 2015, 12:45:20 AM
So within the past month or so, DelDOT replaced the signals at Kirkwood Highway (DE 2) and Cleveland Avenue in Newark.  They didn't just replace them with poles and leave the configuration as it was before the work was done, instead they ended up setting up split-phasing for DE 2 for the sake of adding a second left turn lane on DE 2 EB.  There was no room to widen DE 2 due to the proximity of the CSX underpass south of the intersection, and traffic was constantly tied up due to the amount of people attempting to turn left onto Cleveland Avenue WB.  Is this the first notable example in Delaware of the through movement being given split-phasing at a simple four way intersection?

(http://i.imgur.com/X4mvgKx.jpg)

These signals look like something out of New York, they had to lower them due to sight limitations from the underpass.

(facing EB)
(http://i.imgur.com/Pn2MRcy.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jp the roadgeek on June 22, 2015, 05:10:48 AM
Of course, you can't really shunpike the George Washington Bridge as there is no way south of Albany where you can cross the Husdon River for free unless you go westbound.
the Tappan Zee toll is half that of the GW, and for all intents and purposes counts as a shunpike.

And the $1.50 toll on the Newburgh-Beacon bridge is a nice shunpike of that.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 22, 2015, 06:12:32 AM
So within the past month or so, DelDOT replaced the signals at Kirkwood Highway (DE 2) and Cleveland Avenue in Newark.  They didn't just replace them with poles and leave the configuration as it was before the work was done, instead they ended up setting up split-phasing for DE 2 for the sake of adding a second left turn lane on DE 2 EB.  There was no room to widen DE 2 due to the proximity of the CSX underpass south of the intersection, and traffic was constantly tied up due to the amount of people attempting to turn left onto Cleveland Avenue WB.  Is this the first notable example in Delaware of the through movement being given split-phasing at a simple four way intersection?

(http://i.imgur.com/X4mvgKx.jpg)

These signals look like something out of New York, they had to lower them due to sight limitations from the underpass.

(facing EB)
(http://i.imgur.com/Pn2MRcy.jpg)

2nd pic:  I don't see why they couldn't have installed the arm mast lower to place the traffic light assemblies on it, like the other side.  It's not like anyone's going to hit it. 

As far as split phasing goes: At least when referring to the through movement, they split-phased Naaman's Road at the 95 North entrance.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mrsman on June 26, 2015, 01:42:11 PM
So within the past month or so, DelDOT replaced the signals at Kirkwood Highway (DE 2) and Cleveland Avenue in Newark.  They didn't just replace them with poles and leave the configuration as it was before the work was done, instead they ended up setting up split-phasing for DE 2 for the sake of adding a second left turn lane on DE 2 EB.  There was no room to widen DE 2 due to the proximity of the CSX underpass south of the intersection, and traffic was constantly tied up due to the amount of people attempting to turn left onto Cleveland Avenue WB.  Is this the first notable example in Delaware of the through movement being given split-phasing at a simple four way intersection?

(http://i.imgur.com/X4mvgKx.jpg)

These signals look like something out of New York, they had to lower them due to sight limitations from the underpass.

(facing EB)
(http://i.imgur.com/Pn2MRcy.jpg)


How is traffic as a result of the change?  Generally, split-phasing in a similar manner leads to heavy backups on the main road.

2nd pic:  I don't see why they couldn't have installed the arm mast lower to place the traffic light assemblies on it, like the other side.  It's not like anyone's going to hit it. 

As far as split phasing goes: At least when referring to the through movement, they split-phased Naaman's Road at the 95 North entrance.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 26, 2015, 06:28:05 PM
How is traffic as a result of the change?  Generally, split-phasing in a similar manner leads to heavy backups on the main road.

From what I've seen passing through on my bike, operations on DE 2 EB have improved greatly.  The left turn onto Cleveland Avenue was constantly backed up before the change, but afterwards it isn't nearly as bad.  One thing I'd like to see is signage pertaining to the change, as the lane configuration isn't immediately obvious until you're on top of the signal due to the shape of the roadway.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: lepidopteran on July 01, 2015, 02:11:42 PM
I did a double-take on the Delaware Memorial Bridge the other night.  It seriously looked like the Delaware tower of the NB span was replaced with two unconnected concrete poles!

Actually, the tower is being draped in a cloth-covered scaffolding so it can receive a coat of a special (newfangled?) steel-protecting paint.  But at night, and from the other span, it looked like two square concrete columns, since the connecting part at the top was not well lit.

http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2015/06/the_scoop_help_set_a_record_ha.html (http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2015/06/the_scoop_help_set_a_record_ha.html)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on July 01, 2015, 02:44:55 PM
I did a double-take on the Delaware Memorial Bridge the other night.  It seriously looked like the Delaware tower of the NB span was replaced with two unconnected concrete poles!

Actually, the tower is being draped in a cloth-covered scaffolding so it can receive a coat of a special (newfangled?) steel-protecting paint.  But at night, and from the other span, it looked like two square concrete columns, since the connecting part at the top was not well lit.

http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2015/06/the_scoop_help_set_a_record_ha.html (http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2015/06/the_scoop_help_set_a_record_ha.html)
Funny, I drove over that last night too.  The amount of scaffolding they're using for this is unbelievable.  I should've gotten some pictures.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 01, 2015, 03:44:31 PM
I've been taking pics every time I go over that bridge.  Maybe I should post a few!! LOL
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on July 05, 2015, 12:08:52 AM
This is how it looked northbound, leaving New Castle, DE, back on Saturday, May 30th:
(http://i.imgur.com/lEURafg.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on July 28, 2015, 11:34:33 PM
It'd be nice if there was a more major route that allowed you to jump from to US 301 from US 13 in the Dover area and vice-versa, but there's not really a need for it.

While we're at it, just go ahead and make it cross the Delaware Bay.

On a more serious note, is a Delaware Bay crossing near Dover ever actually been considered?  Is it even possible?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on July 28, 2015, 11:39:10 PM
It'd be nice if there was a more major route that allowed you to jump from to US 301 from US 13 in the Dover area and vice-versa, but there's not really a need for it.

On a more serious note, is a Delaware Bay crossing near Dover ever actually been considered?  Is it even possible?
None seen as far as I could find on DelDOT's website. There's no projects that have to do with major bridge crossings (crossing Delaware Bay) being built in Kent County.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on July 29, 2015, 12:20:41 AM
It'd be nice if there was a more major route that allowed you to jump from to US 301 from US 13 in the Dover area and vice-versa, but there's not really a need for it.

On a more serious note, is a Delaware Bay crossing near Dover ever actually been considered?  Is it even possible?
None seen as far as I could find on DelDOT's website. There's no projects that have to do with major bridge crossings (crossing Delaware Bay) being built in Kent County.

I'm well aware nothing's being considered right now.  I asked if it's been considered historically.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: iBallasticwolf2 on July 29, 2015, 12:28:45 AM
It'd be nice if there was a more major route that allowed you to jump from to US 301 from US 13 in the Dover area and vice-versa, but there's not really a need for it.

On a more serious note, is a Delaware Bay crossing near Dover ever actually been considered?  Is it even possible?
None seen as far as I could find on DelDOT's website. There's no projects that have to do with major bridge crossings (crossing Delaware Bay) being built in Kent County.

I'm well aware nothing's being considered right now.  I asked if it's been considered historically.

I know I've just added myself to the conversation but it looks like it was considered at one point.
http://www.phillyroads.com/crossings/delaware-bay/

Interestingly enough it shows proposals for both a crossing near Woodland Beach and a Cape May crossing.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 29, 2015, 06:27:10 AM
If every proposal came to light, there would probably be twice the number of crossings between NJ & DE, or NJ & PA, that there are now.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: EricJV95 on July 29, 2015, 08:54:35 PM
$ 8.00 on the I-95 Bridge over the "Suzy Q" River from Md. to Del. ?!! Who the ? What the ? ARE THEY CRAZY ??!!!! HECK !!! From the Delaware Memorial Bridge traveling the ENTIRE N.J. Turnpike up to either EXITS 16E or 18E (110 Miles) is $9.35 . They better get it together in Maryland. That's a pure RIP OFF !!!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: iBallasticwolf2 on July 29, 2015, 09:00:50 PM
$ 8.00 on the I-95 Bridge over the "Suzy Q" River from Md. to Del. ?!! Who the ? What the ? ARE THEY CRAZY ??!!!! HECK !!! From the Delaware Memorial Bridge traveling the ENTIRE N.J. Turnpike up to either EXITS 16E or 18E (110 Miles) is $9.35 . They better get it together in Maryland. That's a pure RIP OFF !!!

Some bridges in NYC have peak non-EZPass Toll rates of 13 dollars. Also the 8.00 toll basically supports the entire length of the JFK Memorial Highway. I-95 at that JFK Memorial highway is basically the Maryland Turnpike.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on July 29, 2015, 09:23:56 PM
$ 8.00 on the I-95 Bridge over the "Suzy Q" River from Md. to Del. ?!! Who the ? What the ? ARE THEY CRAZY ??!!!! HECK !!! From the Delaware Memorial Bridge traveling the ENTIRE N.J. Turnpike up to either EXITS 16E or 18E (110 Miles) is $9.35 . They better get it together in Maryland. That's a pure RIP OFF !!!

A) This has nothing to do with Delaware.

B) It's $13.85 ($10.40 Offpeak EZPass) for the NJ Turnpike from 1 to 18E/W. 

C) It's $8 one way.  For comparison's sake, you'll pay $27.70 R/T riding the entire NJ Turnpike. 

Now you can calm your rage down when you compare apples to apples.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on July 31, 2015, 12:11:28 AM
Besides what Jeff said, that toll at the Susquehanna also supports ALL of I-95 from Baltimore to the Delaware line.  MdTA (the toll agency) maintains that entire stretch of I-95...not SHA.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on July 31, 2015, 09:18:35 AM
Besides what Jeff said, that toll at the Susquehanna also supports ALL of I-95 from Baltimore to the Delaware line.  MdTA (the toll agency) maintains that entire stretch of I-95...not SHA.
It's also worth noting that the toll along the parallel Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) is also $8 (one-way eastbound).  I believe the MdTA maintains that bridge as well.

Side bar: as of this July 1, there is now a discounted toll rate of $6 for Maryland E-ZPass accounts for both Susquehanna River crossings.  MD Toll Rates Effective July 1, 2015 (http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/News/Documents/MD_Toll_Rates_Effective_July_1.pdf)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on July 31, 2015, 09:30:40 AM
Quote
It's also worth noting that the toll along the parallel Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) is also $8 (one-way eastbound).  I believe the MdTA maintains that bridge as well.

Not sure about the toll, but yes MdTA maintains the Hatem Bridge too.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on July 31, 2015, 11:35:03 AM
Quote from: PHLBOS
It's also worth noting that the toll along the parallel Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) is also $8 (one-way eastbound).  I believe the MdTA maintains that bridge as well.
Not sure about the toll, but yes MdTA maintains the Hatem Bridge too.
Unless otherwise noted (one of the MD-area AARoaders can confirm/clarify); it's a reasonably logical assumption that if MdTA maintains the bridge, the monies (most if not all) collected from the tolls on that bridge goes to them.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on July 31, 2015, 12:31:07 PM
Quote from: PHLBOS
It's also worth noting that the toll along the parallel Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) is also $8 (one-way eastbound).  I believe the MdTA maintains that bridge as well.
Not sure about the toll, but yes MdTA maintains the Hatem Bridge too.
Unless otherwise noted (one of the MD-area AARoaders can confirm/clarify); it's a reasonably logical assumption that if MdTA maintains the bridge, the monies (most if not all) collected from the tolls on that bridge goes to them.

MdTA does indeed maintain the bridge (they have done several expensive repair projects on it recently, including a big job to strengthen its pier footings in the Susquehanna River), and yes, it collects and keeps the tolls, though it is my understanding that the revenues collected are handled somewhat differently from the other MdTA toll facilities (I do not believe the money is pledged to help to pay holders of MdTA revenue bonds).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on August 01, 2015, 01:04:00 AM
You all ruined a perfectly amusing rant.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on August 03, 2015, 11:35:17 PM
You'll get over it...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 05, 2015, 10:56:41 AM
DelDOT to spend more cash than before with new projects (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/08/04/deldot-spend-cash-new-projects/31136201/)

Quote
Delaware’s spending on road projects is expected to rival pre-recession expenditures after a legislative deal allowed transportation officials to move forward on long-planned projects that include an overpass in Frederica, the widening of Del. 1 near the Roth Bridge, and an expanded rail station in Newark.

Delaware funds its capital projects with a mix of state and federal money, but for the next several years the state is expected to spend more of its own money on road construction than it has in years.

The increase in spending, laid out in an estimated $3.4 billion capital transportation plan for 2017 through 2022, will go toward projects that would rid potholes from busy streets, keep aging bridges from crumbling and expanding current routes throughout the state.

Some of those projects include:

• $41.7 million to improve the ramps at the I-95 and SR 141 interchange

• $261 million project to widen Del. 1 from the intersection of SR 273, along the Roth Bridge, to U.S. 13/Tybouts Corner and SR 72

• $29.3 million for the South Frederica overpass that would provide access to the proposed Kent County Sports Complex

• $3.1 million for a connector from Del. 1 to New Road in Lewes to alleviate traffic heading into the beach town
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on August 05, 2015, 11:19:53 AM
DelDOT to spend more cash than before with new projects (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/08/04/deldot-spend-cash-new-projects/31136201/)

Quote
Delaware’s spending on road projects is expected to rival pre-recession expenditures after a legislative deal allowed transportation officials to move forward on long-planned projects that include an overpass in Frederica, the widening of Del. 1 near the Roth Bridge, and an expanded rail station in Newark.

Delaware funds its capital projects with a mix of state and federal money, but for the next several years the state is expected to spend more of its own money on road construction than it has in years.

The increase in spending, laid out in an estimated $3.4 billion capital transportation plan for 2017 through 2022, will go toward projects that would rid potholes from busy streets, keep aging bridges from crumbling and expanding current routes throughout the state.

Some of those projects include:

• $41.7 million to improve the ramps at the I-95 and SR 141 interchange

• $261 million project to widen Del. 1 from the intersection of SR 273, along the Roth Bridge, to U.S. 13/Tybouts Corner and SR 72

• $29.3 million for the South Frederica overpass that would provide access to the proposed Kent County Sports Complex

• $3.1 million for a connector from Del. 1 to New Road in Lewes to alleviate traffic heading into the beach town
$261 million dollars, see! These palookas! Look at them spending all of this money willy nilly, see! Disgraceful!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Roadsguy on August 05, 2015, 11:47:14 AM
So when the DE 1 widening is all done, it's going to be six lanes from 95 to 13, and eight lanes from 13 to 72? Too bad they can't really widen the Roth Bridge to get full eight lanes from 301 north...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 05, 2015, 11:48:29 AM
So when the DE 1 widening is all done, it's going to be six lanes from 95 to 13, and eight lanes from 13 to 72? Too bad they can't really widen the Roth Bridge to get full eight lanes from 301 north...

The C&D Canal Bridge was designed so that it can be restriped to accommodate eight overall lanes.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on August 05, 2015, 11:49:19 AM
Quote
Delaware funds its capital projects with a mix of state and federal money, but for the next several years the state is expected to spend more of its own money on road construction than it has in years.

Wonder how much of that "own" money comes from interstate drivers paying the $4 (one-way automobile) Delaware Turnpike toll?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 05, 2015, 11:59:39 AM
Quote
Delaware funds its capital projects with a mix of state and federal money, but for the next several years the state is expected to spend more of its own money on road construction than it has in years.

Wonder how much of that "own" money comes from interstate drivers paying the $4 (one-way automobile) Delaware Turnpike toll?

And the Rt. 1 bridges increased to $3 from $2 on the weekends, no doubt bringing in some decent money as well.

Over the past several years, DelDOT has rebuilt the toll plaza, rebuilt the service plaza, and rebuilt the 95/1 interchange.  There's really nothing in the foreseeable future on the Delaware Turnpike portion of I-95 that needs to be fixed or constructed.  Maybe the only significant project would be at Interchange 3, and that's not going to happen for several years.  So DelDOT can freely spend the 95 toll money around on non-95 related projects for awhile.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on August 05, 2015, 12:08:19 PM
Quote
The C&D Canal Bridge was designed so that it can be restriped to accommodate eight overall lanes.

Downside being you'd lose all of one shoulder and part of the other...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on August 05, 2015, 02:28:36 PM
Would prefer money go to better upgrade the cloverleaf interchange between I-95/DE 141/(US 202) versus the band-aid improvements being made (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/i95/sr141-i95/index.shtml). At the very least something more should be done to eliminate this ramp merge point (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7008835,-75.6024368,446m/data=!3m1!1e3) (the preferred alternative expands the loop ramp to two lanes).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on August 05, 2015, 03:06:05 PM
Would prefer money go to better upgrade the cloverleaf interchange between I-95/DE 141/(US 202) versus the band-aid improvements being made (http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/i95/sr141-i95/index.shtml). At the very least something more should be done to eliminate this ramp merge point (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7008835,-75.6024368,446m/data=!3m1!1e3) (the preferred alternative expands the loop ramp to two lanes).

They could do something similar to what they did with the I-95/DE 1 interchange. Have two flyover ramps leading off 95 to 141, and tie in access from 295 to the SB ramp. Those clover ramps are just the worst and traffic always spills on to the freeway from them.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on August 18, 2015, 08:51:41 PM
I keep hearing on WDEL during morning rush that the ramp from SB DE 1/7 to SB I-95 is closed.  Why?  Am I hearing that right?  Are they rebuilding the ramp?  I'm reluctant to use delawareonline.com because of the limited number of clicks for nonsubscribers, and I don't know where to look on deldot.gov.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on August 18, 2015, 09:21:40 PM
I keep hearing on WDEL during morning rush that the ramp from SB DE 1/7 to SB I-95 is closed.  Why?  Am I hearing that right?  Are they rebuilding the ramp?  I'm reluctant to use delawareonline.com because of the limited number of clicks for nonsubscribers, and I don't know where to look on deldot.gov.

ixnay

This is all I could find, and it pertains to the ramp from I-95 North to DE 7 North.

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5657

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on August 18, 2015, 09:52:54 PM
I'm reluctant to use delawareonline.com because of the limited number of clicks for nonsubscribers, and I don't know where to look on deldot.gov.

You can get around delawareonline's paywall by opening an incognito tab if you're using Chrome.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on August 29, 2015, 06:36:27 PM
How's the widening project on Route 26 west of Bethany Beach coming along?  I imagine the recent snowstorms put a crimp in the timetable.  How will the project be conducted during the summer?

ixnay

http://www.coastalpoint.com/content/it%E2%80%99s_official_route_26_construction_will_continue_until_september_2016_08_14_2015
Original completion date-6/24/16; contractor George & Lynch has been credited with a total of 75 construction days lost to weather (for which they are not penalized).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on August 30, 2015, 01:20:27 AM
http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5677 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5677)

Looks like beach traffic is going to get a whole lot messier on Route 1 in the next few years.

Basic rundown:

Thompsonville Road Grade Separated Intersection project is ongoing.
Little Heaven Grade Separated Intersection project begins in October.
South Frederica Grade Separated Intersection project begins spring 2016.
NE Front St Grade Separated Intersection project begins fall 2017.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on August 30, 2015, 11:23:01 AM
http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5677 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5677)

Looks like beach traffic is going to get a whole lot messier on Route 1 in the next few years.

Basic rundown:

Thompsonville Road Grade Separated Intersection project is ongoing.
Little Heaven Grade Separated Intersection project begins in October.
South Frederica Grade Separated Intersection project begins spring 2016.
NE Front St Grade Separated Intersection project begins fall 2017.
That's why US 13 is there.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on August 30, 2015, 01:24:47 PM
http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5677 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5677)

Looks like beach traffic is going to get a whole lot messier on Route 1 in the next few years.

Basic rundown:

Thompsonville Road Grade Separated Intersection project is ongoing.
Little Heaven Grade Separated Intersection project begins in October.
South Frederica Grade Separated Intersection project begins spring 2016.
NE Front St Grade Separated Intersection project begins fall 2017.
That's why US 13 is there.

You mean 113. All of those intersections are south of Dover after the DE1 freeway ends and it doesn't meet up with US 13 at all after that.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on August 31, 2015, 01:44:50 AM
That's why US 13 is there.
No, it really isn't.

You mean 113.
US 113 would only help for the NE Front Street interchange project.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on August 31, 2015, 08:55:10 AM
Given my experience when the North Frederica and DE 30 interchanges were built, the concerns about messy beach traffic are somewhat overblown.  Furthermore, eliminating the Little Heaven and Thompsonville signals as part of the construction will mitigate the traffic concerns as well.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on August 31, 2015, 10:22:12 AM
That's why US 13 is there.
No, it really isn't.

You mean 113.
US 113 would only help for the NE Front Street interchange project.

Depends on which beach you're going to. If you're going to say Ocean City, you're taking US 113 to MD 90 or US 50 anyway.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on August 31, 2015, 10:34:55 PM
That's why US 13 is there.
No, it really isn't.

You mean 113.
US 113 would only help for the NE Front Street interchange project.

Depends on which beach you're going to. If you're going to say Ocean City, you're taking US 113 to MD 90 or US 50 anyway.
or DE 20/54 if you're heading towards OC's north end. And if you're coming across the WPL Mem Br, you're more concerned with the upcoming widening of MD 404, a project which had some surveyor activity this afternoon, and deserves its own thread.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on September 01, 2015, 08:13:20 PM
That's why US 13 is there.
No, it really isn't.

You mean 113.
US 113 would only help for the NE Front Street interchange project.

Depends on which beach you're going to. If you're going to say Ocean City, you're taking US 113 to MD 90 or US 50 anyway.
or DE 20/54 if you're heading towards OC's north end.

Not to mention Fenwick Island.

Or DE 26 if you want to endure the construction zone getting into Bethany Beach from the west.  Pick your poison for Bethany or Indian River:  DE 1 past the outlets or DE 26 past the barrels.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on September 01, 2015, 08:15:57 PM
Barrels along 26 haven't been much of a problem. Wait until the lane closures resume in a few days...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on September 05, 2015, 08:48:11 AM
Barrels along 26 haven't been much of a problem. Wait until the lane closures resume in a few days...

The jazz funeral on Bethany's boards will still be echoing when blockages return the day after...

http://www.coastalpoint.com/content/daytime_lane_closures_route_26_resume_early_%E2%80%94_sept_8_09_04_2015

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on September 23, 2015, 07:20:01 AM
Will there ever be a bridge between Bowers and South Bowers?  Per Google Maps, they're about 14 miles apart by road although they are across the narrow Murderkill from each other.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 23, 2015, 05:24:41 PM
Will there ever be a bridge between Bowers and South Bowers?  Per Google Maps, they're about 14 miles apart by road although they are across the narrow Murderkill from each other.

ixnay
Doubtful. They'd either have to take property or build over a tributary just beyond the end of South Bowers Rd. I imagine that people living there are fine with the situation, since they chose to live there.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: allniter89 on September 29, 2015, 02:09:58 PM
Will there ever be a bridge between Bowers and South Bowers?  Per Google Maps, they're about 14 miles apart by road although they are across the narrow Murderkill from each other.

ixnay
Doubtful. They'd either have to take property or build over a tributary just beyond the end of South Bowers Rd. I imagine that people living there are fine with the situation, since they chose to live there.
Perhaps the locals use a boat to travel between Bowers & S Bowers.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on September 30, 2015, 07:56:11 PM
DelDOT Debuts High-Friction Surface Treatments Ahead of Storm
http://www.wboc.com/story/30156302/deldot-debuts-high-friction-surface-treatments-ahead-of-storm (http://www.wboc.com/story/30156302/deldot-debuts-high-friction-surface-treatments-ahead-of-storm)

Kind of misleading. Headline seems to indicate that DelDOT has found a way to keep people from skidding during times such as this weekend when the forecast calls for 12" of rain over several days. In reality, they are in the middle of a 3 year project to treat some problem areas, and are going to pause the project for the upcoming Nor'Easter followed by Hurricane Joaquin. Should be an interesting weekend...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on October 01, 2015, 07:06:40 PM
Will there ever be a bridge between Bowers and South Bowers?  Per Google Maps, they're about 14 miles apart by road although they are across the narrow Murderkill from each other.

ixnay
Doubtful. They'd either have to take property or build over a tributary just beyond the end of South Bowers Rd. I imagine that people living there are fine with the situation, since they chose to live there.
Perhaps the locals use a boat to travel between Bowers & S Bowers.

Given the long drive around, it (a boat) would surely come in handy.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 11, 2015, 12:04:49 AM
DelDOT has apparently broken ground on the DE 1 Little Heaven Grade Separated Intersection:

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5793 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5793)

I'm looking forward to its completion, the current setup is notorious for causing miles long backups during he summer months.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on November 11, 2015, 07:47:31 AM
DelDOT has apparently broken ground on the DE 1 Little Heaven Grade Separated Intersection:

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5793 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5793)

I'm looking forward to its completion, the current setup is notorious for causing miles long backups during he summer months.

From the link...

"Today, DelDOT also invited state officials to help unveil a new slogan to celebrate the upcoming work to make Delaware's roadways safer and more efficient. The slogan, "Making strides to improve your ride," will be displayed at DelDOT worksites throughout the state."

At least one other state has taken notice of Maryland's rhyming greeting signs at construction zones (the Free State has been using them for at least 20 years)...

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on November 30, 2015, 11:13:38 AM
I was down in Delmar over thanksgiving, if Route 54 is on the border line between Delaware and Maryland, how do they decide if it has the Delaware shield or the Maryland one. the segment in downtown Delmar has the MD shield, but closer to US 13 it has the DE shield.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: J N Winkler on November 30, 2015, 11:47:47 AM
Those types of situations tend to be handled on a case-by-case basis by agreement and it is often the case that one state undertakes to construct and maintain route segments that lie entirely outside its own territory, with the agreement and cooperation of the other state (e.g. the approximate one-mile segment of Wyoming SR 70 that actually lies in Colorado).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on November 30, 2015, 12:14:50 PM
In the case of MD/DE 54, it's similar to what J N describes:  the route shield (MD or DE) corresponds to who has maintenance/jurisdiction over that segment.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on November 30, 2015, 12:20:13 PM
In the case of MD/DE 54, it's similar to what J N describes:  the route shield (MD or DE) corresponds to who has maintenance/jurisdiction over that segment.
Does that mean there's DE shields on the MD side of the border and vice versa?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on November 30, 2015, 12:31:25 PM
Yep.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on December 01, 2015, 01:47:42 AM
also on the subject of Delmar, Bi-State Blvd on google maps is Alt US 13 but there are no signs on it to indicate that, is that a former Alt route or just an error on google maps?

MD 675 is pretty well signed however. (The Maryland part of Bi-State Blvd)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on December 01, 2015, 10:26:16 AM
also on the subject of Delmar, Bi-State Blvd on google maps is Alt US 13 but there are no signs on it to indicate that, is that a former Alt route or just an error on google maps?

MD 675 is pretty well signed however. (The Maryland part of Bi-State Blvd)

That may have been U.S. 13 itself in the very distant past.  I do not ever recall seeing it signed as U.S. 13 or U.S. 13 Alternate, but others here know Delaware better than I.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 01, 2015, 11:08:01 AM
also on the subject of Delmar, Bi-State Blvd on google maps is Alt US 13 but there are no signs on it to indicate that, is that a former Alt route or just an error on google maps?

MD 675 is pretty well signed however. (The Maryland part of Bi-State Blvd)

That may have been U.S. 13 itself in the very distant past.  I do not ever recall seeing it signed as U.S. 13 or U.S. 13 Alternate, but others here know Delaware better than I.

It's looking like it probably was US 13 at some point.  Using this classification map, the DelDOT control number is 13.  Looking around, the number sometime matches the route number; sometimes it doesn't.  http://deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/func_maps/pdf/FC3SC.pdf .  And looking thru this list, there's no 13A.  http://www.deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/manuals/traffic_counts/2014/pdf/2014_Sussex_CountyRLTable.pdf  So there's probably a good chance it never was Alt US 13.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 09, 2015, 07:21:33 PM
US 301 spur if anything at all. I could see it being signed as "TO 301" and "TO 896" for south / northbound traffic respectively.
Won't DelDOT have to sign Alternate U.S. 301 somewhere when they get the "new" (and tolled) U.S. 301 completed?

Do you remember U.S. 301 North and U.S. 301 South in Delaware?

Not personally, I wasn't around for that but I am aware of the history lol



Apparently the DRBA is on the verge of starting another I-295 / US 13 / US 40 interchange project.  This time they're moving the US 13 N > I-295 S from its current u-turn ramp configuration to a traditional cloverleaf on the other side of the interstate, adding a third lane to I-295 S for a consistent 3 lanes through the interchange, and tweaking a few other minor things.

Delaware Online article (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2015/12/09/-295-commuters-face-34-months-road-work/77009828/)
PDF of the DRBA's plans (http://www.drba.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=sXUcWX4n2yI%3d&tabid=39)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Roadsguy on December 10, 2015, 07:03:01 PM
I was wondering if there were any active plans to do anything with the grading and stub for the NB-SB loop ramp in that interchange. Guess this answers that. I take it removing the useless I-295 SB bridge over nothing from the old configuration is part of that project?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 10, 2015, 08:35:36 PM
I was wondering if there were any active plans to do anything with the grading and stub for the NB-SB loop ramp in that interchange. Guess this answers that. I take it removing the useless I-295 SB bridge over nothing from the old configuration is part of that project?

Both southbound bridges pass over long abandoned railroads. The northbound spans were removed when they reconstructed I-295 previously, so they should removed. The eastern one however will be the location of a new greenway tunnel.

Apparently the DRBA is on the verge of starting another I-295 / US 13 / US 40 interchange project.  This time they're moving the US 13 N > I-295 S from its current u-turn ramp configuration to a traditional cloverleaf on the other side of the interstate, adding a third lane to I-295 S for a consistent 3 lanes through the interchange, and tweaking a few other minor things.

The right-hand loop ramp from US 13 north to I-295 south is long overdue. I'm surprised that the outdated u-ramp lasted that long.
That pending detour using the loop ramps at DE 9 will be a pain though.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on December 10, 2015, 09:58:56 PM
Anyone care to guess what DE will number the spur to the Summit Point Bridge while we are at it?

US 301 spur if anything at all. I could see it being signed as "TO 301" and "TO 896" for south / northbound traffic respectively.

Won't DelDOT have to sign Alternate U.S. 301 somewhere when they get the "new" (and tolled) U.S. 301 completed?

Do you remember U.S. 301 North and U.S. 301 South in Delaware?

According to this - http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/us301/pdfs/Section_4BC_Roll_Maps_9-6-2011_1.pdf - it will be 301 SPUR

Mike
Has Delaware ever had a SPUR route before?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 10, 2015, 10:33:30 PM
Anyone care to guess what DE will number the spur to the Summit Point Bridge while we are at it?

US 301 spur if anything at all. I could see it being signed as "TO 301" and "TO 896" for south / northbound traffic respectively.

Won't DelDOT have to sign Alternate U.S. 301 somewhere when they get the "new" (and tolled) U.S. 301 completed?

Do you remember U.S. 301 North and U.S. 301 South in Delaware?

According to this - http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/us301/pdfs/Section_4BC_Roll_Maps_9-6-2011_1.pdf - it will be 301 SPUR

Mike
Has Delaware ever had a SPUR route before?
Not that I recall.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Roadsguy on December 10, 2015, 11:52:38 PM
I was wondering if there were any active plans to do anything with the grading and stub for the NB-SB loop ramp in that interchange. Guess this answers that. I take it removing the useless I-295 SB bridge over nothing from the old configuration is part of that project?

Both southbound bridges pass over long abandoned railroads. The northbound spans were removed when they reconstructed I-295 previously, so they should removed. The eastern one however will be the location of a new greenway tunnel.

I didn't mean the old rail bridge, I meant this one (https://goo.gl/maps/cR4xvF3uXMk) that once carried the directional ramp from 13 SB to 295 NB as seen here (http://historicaerials.com:?layer=2002&zoom=17&lat=39.698651594301055&lon=-75.57207584381104 via @historicaerials).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: 74/171FAN on December 11, 2015, 06:30:47 AM
Note:  Please direct any posts about the US 301 project over to the new topic.  If no other moderator or admin gets to it first, later today I will dig through and find all the posts that pertain to that particular project and move them there. 

EDIT:Also I left the SPUR Route in DE conversation not exactly related to the project in here.
-Mark 

New topic: http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=17015.0 (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=17015.0)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 11, 2015, 09:28:35 AM
Has Delaware ever had a SPUR route before?
Not that I recall.

The formal name of the Delaware 141 reroute at Blue Ball is "Route 141 Spur". That is a close as they get with a spur route in the state.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 11, 2015, 10:37:46 AM
Apparently the DRBA is on the verge of starting another I-295 / US 13 / US 40 interchange project.  This time they're moving the US 13 N > I-295 S from its current u-turn ramp configuration to a traditional cloverleaf on the other side of the interstate, adding a third lane to I-295 S for a consistent 3 lanes through the interchange, and tweaking a few other minor things.

Delaware Online article (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2015/12/09/-295-commuters-face-34-months-road-work/77009828/)
PDF of the DRBA's plans (http://www.drba.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=sXUcWX4n2yI%3d&tabid=39)

You can make the sink (295) as wide as you want, but without increasing the drain (2 lanes onto 95), the net result isn't going to improve conditions much.

The best improvement resulting from this construction will be the ability to maintain the same two lanes from the toll plaza area to 95 South.  Currently, due to the lane formed via the US 13 N to 295 S ramp, traffic in 295 South's right lane after the US 13/40 split has to merge to the left. 

I wished they would restripe the lanes leading away from the toll plaza as well.  Using https://goo.gl/maps/ktxJYpSB4aJ2, you can see there are currently 13 lanes in the toll plaza.  Generally, the left 3 (sometimes 4) lanes are EZ Pass Only, and lanes 10 & 11 towards the right are EZ Pass Only as well.

However, the left 5 lanes eventually all merge into 1 lane.  Lane 6 is striped so that no traffic has to merge into it.  Same with Lane 7.  Lane 8 maintains it's own lane as well, but traffic from Lanes 9 - 13 are forced to merge into it because those lanes lead up to the C/D Exit lane for Route 9. 

The net result is 2 of the 13 lanes have their own departing lane, and the other 11 departing lanes have to squeeze into the other 2 lanes.

It'll be much better to make the lanes merge more evenly:  Lanes 1 - 3 all merge into 1 lane.  Lanes 4 - 6, 7-9 & 10 - 13 can do the same.  The major issue today is that the majority of people using EZ Pass are using the left lanes, and have to merge right.  Those on the right from the cash lanes are merging left...and many times will merge left too far not realizing they were in the lanes that continue, and actually have to merge slightly right again.

Ironically, approaching the toll plaza, the stripping pattern provides for an even distribution of traffic, and works well.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 11, 2015, 01:03:33 PM
Has Delaware ever had a SPUR route before?
Not that I recall.

The formal name of the Delaware 141 reroute at Blue Ball is "Route 141 Spur". That is a close as they get with a spur route in the state.
Oh yea, they ended up just signing it as the mainline so I completely forgot about that.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on December 11, 2015, 09:40:14 PM
Back to the I-295 project... that DRBA link seems to indicate that the soon to be closed horseshoe ramp from NB 13 to SB 295 is just going to stand and rot for a year before it's dismantled, right?

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 11, 2015, 10:07:19 PM
Back to the I-295 project... that DRBA link seems to indicate that the soon to be closed horseshoe ramp from NB 13 to SB 295 is just going to stand and rot for a year before it's dismantled, right?

ixnay

It could be more than that, they didn't specify when exactly the ramp will close to begin with, it could be anywhere from now to this time next year.  They also didn't specify when exactly they'll be done with removing it, so it could be anywhere between 1 - 3 years closure to removal completion.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 16, 2015, 06:42:44 PM
Thinking more on this and ignoring those inane ALT and Truck routes that have appeared on the state map over the last 15 years, Delaware has not designated a new state route in quite a long time. SR 279 was just a renumber of SR 2, and its so poorly signed, they might as well have signed it as TO MD 279 and TO DE 4.

Scarborough Road was completed, but left unnumbered. The Puncheon Run Connector was never numbered. It appears the West Dover Connector currently under construction will not get a number. SR 141 was eventually rerouted over what was SR 141 Spur in name, with no new stretch numbered. Is DelDOT done designating new state routes?

Anyone care to guess what DE will number the spur to the Summit Point Bridge while we are at it?

US 301 spur if anything at all. I could see it being signed as "TO 301" and "TO 896" for south / northbound traffic respectively.

A comparison can be made to unsigned I-495 in Maine, with its signage just reflecting TO I-95 westbound and TO I-295 eastbound. From a road enthusiast point of view :thumbdown:
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 17, 2015, 01:30:57 AM
SR 279 was just a renumber of SR 2, and its so poorly signed, they might as well have signed it as TO MD 279 and TO DE 4.

But they've had no problem leaving up DE 2 shields from the state route's pre-1988 routing through Newark...
(unless that's Newark's fault, either way it's still ironic)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 17, 2015, 08:00:55 AM
SR 279 was just a renumber of SR 2, and its so poorly signed, they might as well have signed it as TO MD 279 and TO DE 4.

But they've had no problem leaving up DE 2 shields from the state route's pre-1988 routing through Newark...
(unless that's Newark's fault, either way it's still ironic)

I made an effort on my last trip home to document all the remaining ones in Newark. Let's hope the 2di shields for SR 273 continue to live on.

(http://shields.aaroads.com/img/DE/DE19702732i1.jpg)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 17, 2015, 12:44:45 PM
SR 279 was just a renumber of SR 2, and its so poorly signed, they might as well have signed it as TO MD 279 and TO DE 4.

But they've had no problem leaving up DE 2 shields from the state route's pre-1988 routing through Newark...
(unless that's Newark's fault, either way it's still ironic)

I made an effort on my last trip home to document all the remaining ones in Newark. Let's hope the 2di shields for SR 273 continue to live on.

(http://shields.aaroads.com/img/DE/DE19702732i1.jpg)
Those are still alive and well, I walk past them practically everyday.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on December 19, 2015, 09:34:26 PM
I didn't know about this detour until I was on my way home from Bethany Beach tonight...

http://bridgeville.delaware.gov/road-closure-portion-of-state-route-404/

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma+%26+Pa's+Market/@38.7740983,-75.659721,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b88b314a06c427:0x229e0e2be7f296c2!5m1!1e1!8s0ALHuxZqsVlPON8AkqKfFIXQvWzWXGyHqEAChF3d3cuZm9vZGxpb24uY29tLxKyAWh0dHA6Ly9jbGlja3NlcnZlLmRhcnRzZWFyY2gubmV0L2xpbmsvY2xpY2s_bGlkPTQzNzAwMDA3MDE1NDEyNDIwJmRzX3Nfa3dnaWQ9NTg3MDAwMDA0OTE1NzYyMTAmZHNfZV9hZGlkPTgzMzQxMjM0MDMzJmRzX2VfbWF0Y2h0eXBlPXNlYXJjaCZkc19lX2RldmljZT1jJmRzX2VfbmV0d29yaz1nJmRzX3VybF92PTIaGEZvb2RMaW9uLmNvbSAtIEZvb2QgTGlvbiIjRWFzeSwgRnJlc2ggJiBBZmZvcmRhYmxlIEdyb2Nlcmllcy4qIlN0YXJ0IFNhdmluZyBUb2RheSB3aXRoIEZvb2QgTGlvbiE

The detour is still up, so obviously acts of God among other things have done havoc with the schedule.

BTW what's a "crossroad pipe"?

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on December 20, 2015, 12:23:53 AM
I didn't know about this detour until I was on my way home from Bethany Beach tonight...

http://bridgeville.delaware.gov/road-closure-portion-of-state-route-404/

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma+%26+Pa's+Market/@38.7740983,-75.659721,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b88b314a06c427:0x229e0e2be7f296c2!5m1!1e1!8s0ALHuxZqsVlPON8AkqKfFIXQvWzWXGyHqEAChF3d3cuZm9vZGxpb24uY29tLxKyAWh0dHA6Ly9jbGlja3NlcnZlLmRhcnRzZWFyY2gubmV0L2xpbmsvY2xpY2s_bGlkPTQzNzAwMDA3MDE1NDEyNDIwJmRzX3Nfa3dnaWQ9NTg3MDAwMDA0OTE1NzYyMTAmZHNfZV9hZGlkPTgzMzQxMjM0MDMzJmRzX2VfbWF0Y2h0eXBlPXNlYXJjaCZkc19lX2RldmljZT1jJmRzX2VfbmV0d29yaz1nJmRzX3VybF92PTIaGEZvb2RMaW9uLmNvbSAtIEZvb2QgTGlvbiIjRWFzeSwgRnJlc2ggJiBBZmZvcmRhYmxlIEdyb2Nlcmllcy4qIlN0YXJ0IFNhdmluZyBUb2RheSB3aXRoIEZvb2QgTGlvbiE

The detour is still up, so obviously acts of God among other things have done havoc with the schedule.

BTW what's a "crossroad pipe"?

ixnay
Been annoying for a month now. Was even more so Thursday, because work was supposed to be done by now as you note. Corrugated drainage pipe rusted out, I believe. I'm on a DelDOT mailing list, and it seems they're always doing one of these somewhere, with accompanying closures and detours.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on December 22, 2015, 07:55:50 PM
I didn't know about this detour until I was on my way home from Bethany Beach tonight...

http://bridgeville.delaware.gov/road-closure-portion-of-state-route-404/

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma+%26+Pa's+Market/@38.7740983,-75.659721,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b88b314a06c427:0x229e0e2be7f296c2!5m1!1e1!8s0ALHuxZqsVlPON8AkqKfFIXQvWzWXGyHqEAChF3d3cuZm9vZGxpb24uY29tLxKyAWh0dHA6Ly9jbGlja3NlcnZlLmRhcnRzZWFyY2gubmV0L2xpbmsvY2xpY2s_bGlkPTQzNzAwMDA3MDE1NDEyNDIwJmRzX3Nfa3dnaWQ9NTg3MDAwMDA0OTE1NzYyMTAmZHNfZV9hZGlkPTgzMzQxMjM0MDMzJmRzX2VfbWF0Y2h0eXBlPXNlYXJjaCZkc19lX2RldmljZT1jJmRzX2VfbmV0d29yaz1nJmRzX3VybF92PTIaGEZvb2RMaW9uLmNvbSAtIEZvb2QgTGlvbiIjRWFzeSwgRnJlc2ggJiBBZmZvcmRhYmxlIEdyb2Nlcmllcy4qIlN0YXJ0IFNhdmluZyBUb2RheSB3aXRoIEZvb2QgTGlvbiE

The detour is still up, so obviously acts of God among other things have done havoc with the schedule.

BTW what's a "crossroad pipe"?

ixnay
Been annoying for a month now. Was even more so Thursday, because work was supposed to be done by now as you note. Corrugated drainage pipe rusted out, I believe. I'm on a DelDOT mailing list, and it seems they're always doing one of these somewhere, with accompanying closures and detours.

I just signed up for that list.  I don't how long you have been on that list, dave, but when detours are lifted, does DelDOT notify you?

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on December 23, 2015, 10:39:13 AM
I just signed up for that list.  I don't how long you have been on that list, dave, but when detours are lifted, does DelDOT notify you?
ixnay
About a decade. Generally they don't notify you when a project is wrapped up and a detour lifted, unless they're quite proud of something they've done. On the other hand, announcing that the detour has been extended probably should have been done. I just received notification of the posting of a 12/16/15 Press Release stating that the closure at the intersection of DE 20 with US 113 is scheduled to run until Jan 22, which is nice know, but I wish they'd have done the same for the extended work project on DE 404, which is now a week beyond its projected 4 week closure. (I think the DE20/US113 closure was originally announced as lasting 2 weeks, but they've pulled the original Press Release from the website. Today's received press release (dated a week ago) makes only inferential mention of the original schedule.  It's now scheduled for 6 weeks.)
The link you posted earlier from the town of Bridgeville has a much different detour than the one that DelDOT has signed along 404 and 36. And neither one is the shortest one that I've been using the past month, which admittedly uses some rather narrow roads that are a bit challenging with oncoming semis...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on December 23, 2015, 10:51:25 AM
I was down in Delmar over thanksgiving, if Route 54 is on the border line between Delaware and Maryland, how do they decide if it has the Delaware shield or the Maryland one. the segment in downtown Delmar has the MD shield, but closer to US 13 it has the DE shield.
And at the risk of having 2 posts in a row (on different DE topics), I drove 54 westbound a few days ago, and while I wasn't taking notes as I drove, I did remember seeing 2 MD 54 signs on posts stuck into DE soil, but only 1 such DE 54 (I wasn't closely checking my rear view mirror to see what was posted eastbound in MD soil). Most of this road is clearly in DE (except of course the part west of the state), but the stretch between Delmar and Gumboro Road (named E. Line Rd) is basically on the border. MD seems to have jurisdiction/maintenance over the eastern half of this stretch, mostly because it does veer into MD to avoid the Line Church Cemetery. There's a subtle change in the pavement just about the location of the DE 54 sign, making me think that DE maintains the stretch from there to Delmar.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: NJRoadfan on December 25, 2015, 08:04:22 PM
PDF detailing the improvements and construction phases on I-295
http://www.drba.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=sXUcWX4n2yI%3d&tabid=39

It appears that the connection to I-295 south to I-95 south will be widened to 3 lanes.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on December 25, 2015, 09:17:31 PM
I'm not seeing that.  The only widening they specify is that there'll be a 3rd lane southbound over US 13.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on December 25, 2015, 10:08:00 PM
PDF detailing the improvements and construction phases on I-295
http://www.drba.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=sXUcWX4n2yI%3d&tabid=39

It appears that the connection to I-295 south to I-95 south will be widened to 3 lanes.

It doesn't say that at all.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 30, 2015, 03:12:30 PM
I drove DE 1 through the now mostly finished auxiliary lane project between US 40 and DE 273 and took a couple pictures of the signs that went up in conjunction with the project.  The gantries are (at least from what I've seen, correct me if I'm wrong) new to the state, but the signs themselves leave something to be desired.

(http://i.imgur.com/yb0NqSj.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/lz5NB98.png)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 30, 2015, 03:31:25 PM
I drove DE 1 through the now mostly finished auxiliary lane project between US 40 and DE 273 and took a couple pictures of the signs that went up in conjunction with the project.  The gantries are (at least from what I've seen, correct me if I'm wrong) new to the state, but the signs themselves leave something to be desired.

Bob C. shared a pic of one with me a few weeks ago and stated the same thing about them being the first monotubes used in Delaware. I concur with both of you.

As for the design, at least they don't read "MUST EXIT", but they have the usual misuses of Clearview.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 30, 2015, 03:45:02 PM
I drove DE 1 through the now mostly finished auxiliary lane project between US 40 and DE 273 and took a couple pictures of the signs that went up in conjunction with the project.  The gantries are (at least from what I've seen, correct me if I'm wrong) new to the state, but the signs themselves leave something to be desired.

Bob C. shared a pic of one with me a few weeks ago and stated the same thing about them being the first monotubes used in Delaware. I concur with both of you.

As for the design, at least they don't read "MUST EXIT", but they have the usual misuses of Clearview.

I was gonna say, the awkward spacing and sizing kind of reminded me of those signs on the Newport Viaduct.  The lettering isn't nearly as horrid, but nonetheless..

(http://i.imgur.com/gG7DaPA.png)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on December 30, 2015, 06:51:23 PM
I just signed up for that list.  I don't how long you have been on that list, dave, but when detours are lifted, does DelDOT notify you?

ixnay
Consider yourself notified. New culvert is MUCH wider than just road width.
(DE20 still closed at US113.)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on January 08, 2016, 05:24:16 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/01/08/bridge-connect-riverfront-south-wilmington/78428348/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/01/08/bridge-connect-riverfront-south-wilmington/78428348/)

Per DelawareOnline, funding has been secured for the new Christina River crossing at the Wilmington Riverfront, to be dubbed 'New Sweden St.'  Alongside this news came a flyover + ground level animation of the proposal.  DelDOT seems to be pointing to a Summer 2017 start and Fall 2018 completion for the entire project.

Hopefully the new signage isn't as bad as the animation's.  :ded:
(http://i.imgur.com/aDGdFhQ.png)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on January 08, 2016, 06:31:01 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/videos/news/local/2016/01/08/78505014/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/videos/news/local/2016/01/08/78505014/)

Per DelawareOnline, funding has been secured for the new Christina River crossing at the Wilmington Riverfront, to be dubbed 'New Sweden St.'  Alongside this news came a flyover + ground level animation of the proposal.  DelDOT seems to be pointing to a Summer 2017 start and Fall 2018 completion for the entire project.

Hopefully the new signage isn't as bad as the animation's.  :ded:
(http://i.imgur.com/aDGdFhQ.png)


Will take that signage over the either non existant signage for US 13 Business elsewhere in Wilmington,  or the many references to the route as mainline US 13.

Didn't know about this bridge otherwise. I was surprised to find that new shopping center between Walnut and Market when browsing through GSV. Looks like the long range goal is to replace more of the old industrial landscape with new development.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on January 08, 2016, 09:32:20 PM
with the talk of Massachusetts moving to mileage based exits and Connecticut moving towards that eventually, are there any plans for Delaware to move to mileage based exits? My wish list would be if they could remove those confusing kilometer exit numbers on Route 1 and replace them with proper mileage based exits. I doubt the USA is moving to the metric system any time soon.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on January 08, 2016, 10:18:32 PM
with the talk of Massachusetts moving to mileage based exits and Connecticut moving towards that eventually, are there any plans for Delaware to move to mileage based exits? My wish list would be if they could remove those confusing kilometer exit numbers on Route 1 and replace them with proper mileage based exits. I doubt the USA is moving to the metric system any time soon.

I haven't seen any talk about this from DelDOT.  All of the new interchanges along DE 1 have been either signed with kilometer based exit numbers, or simply none at all (DE 30).  Future exits, such as the US 301 toll road, also have kilometer based numbers.  As for the interstates (which are signed with sequential exit numbers), they aren't adding any new interchanges so the inevitable shifting of exit numbers that would occur upon the addition of a new exit isn't spurring the conversation at all.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: noelbotevera on January 09, 2016, 06:23:19 AM
with the talk of Massachusetts moving to mileage based exits and Connecticut moving towards that eventually, are there any plans for Delaware to move to mileage based exits? My wish list would be if they could remove those confusing kilometer exit numbers on Route 1 and replace them with proper mileage based exits. I doubt the USA is moving to the metric system any time soon.

I haven't seen any talk about this from DelDOT.  All of the new interchanges along DE 1 have been either signed with kilometer based exit numbers, or simply none at all (DE 30).  Future exits, such as the US 301 toll road, also have kilometer based numbers.  As for the interstates (which are signed with sequential exit numbers), they aren't adding any new interchanges so the inevitable shifting of exit numbers that would occur upon the addition of a new exit isn't spurring the conversation at all.
So all of the mileage based signs that remain will stay, and won't be replaced by kilometer based numbering, but new projects will have the kilometer based numbering (that involves building freeways)?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on January 09, 2016, 01:08:03 PM
with the talk of Massachusetts moving to mileage based exits and Connecticut moving towards that eventually, are there any plans for Delaware to move to mileage based exits? My wish list would be if they could remove those confusing kilometer exit numbers on Route 1 and replace them with proper mileage based exits. I doubt the USA is moving to the metric system any time soon.

I haven't seen any talk about this from DelDOT.  All of the new interchanges along DE 1 have been either signed with kilometer based exit numbers, or simply none at all (DE 30).  Future exits, such as the US 301 toll road, also have kilometer based numbers.  As for the interstates (which are signed with sequential exit numbers), they aren't adding any new interchanges so the inevitable shifting of exit numbers that would occur upon the addition of a new exit isn't spurring the conversation at all.
So all of the mileage based signs that remain will stay, and won't be replaced by kilometer based numbering, but new projects will have the kilometer based numbering (that involves building freeways)?

We're not talking about mile markers, we're talking about exit numbers of which there are none that are based on mileage.  I-95 / 495 has sequential exit numbers, and DE 1 has kilometer based exit numbers.  Nothing is being replaced because none of those roads are changing their exit numbering systems.

Unrelated, but I just checked and it appears that the US 301 toll road will have mileage based exit numbers. Hmm..
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on January 09, 2016, 02:38:44 PM
Isnt there some sorta federal mandate they have to comply with? As far as conversion they have a pretty easy time since they only have 3 freeways with sequential numbers (I-95, I-495, DE 141) and they aren't very long nor do they have a lot of exits.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: vdeane on January 09, 2016, 04:58:05 PM
Given that distance signs and milemarkers are in miles on DE 1, IMO DE 1 should switch to mile-based exit numbers.  It's confusing to have them be km-based when everything else is in miles.

Also, DE 141's exit numbers would appear to not need changing for a mile-based system based on the measuring I did on Google Maps.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on January 09, 2016, 11:08:47 PM
Given that distance signs and milemarkers are in miles on DE 1, IMO DE 1 should switch to mile-based exit numbers.  It's confusing to have them be km-based when everything else is in miles.

Also, DE 141's exit numbers would appear to not need changing for a mile-based system based on the measuring I did on Google Maps.

theyre off slightly. If you go by wikipedia it should be:

Exit 1A-B -  US 13/40 Wilmington Dover
Exit 2A - I-295 North Delaware Memorial Bridge
Exit 2B - I-95/495 US 202 Wilmington
Exit 2C - I-95 South Newark Baltimore
Exit 3A - S James Street Airport Road
Exit 3B - DE 4 Newport Stanton
Exit 4 - DE 62 Boxwood Road
Exit 5A-B - DE 2/41 Elsmere Newark
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: vdeane on January 10, 2016, 06:59:25 PM
Only if you round down.  IMO that's a terrible way to do mile-based numbers - they should be rounded to the nearest milepost, even if that's the next milepost instead of the previous one.  Airport Rd (and by extension DE 4) would still be off under a strict interpretation, but I'd be fine with them the way they are.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on January 10, 2016, 11:50:14 PM
Only if you round down.  IMO that's a terrible way to do mile-based numbers - they should be rounded to the nearest milepost, even if that's the next milepost instead of the previous one.  Airport Rd (and by extension DE 4) would still be off under a strict interpretation, but I'd be fine with them the way they are.
IMO it doesn't matter one iota which method you choose, as long as you're consistent.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 11, 2016, 06:17:09 AM
Given that distance signs and milemarkers are in miles on DE 1, IMO DE 1 should switch to mile-based exit numbers.  It's confusing to have them be km-based when everything else is in miles.

Also, DE 141's exit numbers would appear to not need changing for a mile-based system based on the measuring I did on Google Maps.

theyre off slightly. If you go by wikipedia it should be:

Exit 1A-B -  US 13/40 Wilmington Dover
Exit 2A - I-295 North Delaware Memorial Bridge
Exit 2B - I-95/495 US 202 Wilmington
Exit 2C - I-95 South Newark Baltimore
Exit 3A - S James Street Airport Road
Exit 3B - DE 4 Newport Stanton
Exit 4 - DE 62 Boxwood Road
Exit 5A-B - DE 2/41 Elsmere Newark

In the traditional sense, US 13/40 isn't really a numbered interchange because it's in a local, non-highway area where interchanges generally aren't numbered. I wouldn't have an issue with it being signed as Exit 1A/B though.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on January 11, 2016, 11:26:36 PM
http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5869 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5869)

And so it begins.
Construction on Delaware's first DDI will begin early this spring.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on March 22, 2016, 09:46:07 AM
http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5949 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5949)

And yet another interchange project has begun, the South Frederica interchange on DE 1 started the other day.  We now have 4 major interchange projects going on at once on DE 1, woo!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on March 22, 2016, 11:48:40 AM
http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5949 (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=5949)

And yet another interchange project has begun, the South Frederica interchange on DE 1 started the other day.  We now have 4 major interchange projects going on at once on DE 1, woo!

Great to hear! Is the goal to eliminate all of the at grade intersections in that corridor? I go to the DE Beaches and OCMD a lot and I know how DE 1 gets on its bad days.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on March 22, 2016, 06:56:29 PM
Quote
Great to hear! Is the goal to eliminate all of the at grade intersections in that corridor? I go to the DE Beaches and OCMD a lot and I know how DE 1 gets on its bad days.

Not really.  The goal appears to be to eliminate existing signals and prevent new signals from being needed, but the goal does not appear to be full access control.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on March 23, 2016, 04:14:45 PM
Quote
Great to hear! Is the goal to eliminate all of the at grade intersections in that corridor? I go to the DE Beaches and OCMD a lot and I know how DE 1 gets on its bad days.

Not really.  The goal appears to be to eliminate existing signals and prevent new signals from being needed, but the goal does not appear to be full access control.
The overall quality of some of the ramps points to this also, they're a lot narrower and the corners are a lot tighter than ramps you'd see on a corridor that's supposed to be converted to a full freeway.  The DE 9 interchange comes to mind, I've used the southbound DE 1 on ramp a couple times and the merge is just uncomfortable between the sharp corner and the lack of a real shoulder.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1052469,-75.4554772,3a,75y,104.03h,79.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_XZLpTJ4fe-BCnl4Ko994g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1052469,-75.4554772,3a,75y,104.03h,79.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_XZLpTJ4fe-BCnl4Ko994g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on April 19, 2016, 02:56:11 AM
Quote
Great to hear! Is the goal to eliminate all of the at grade intersections in that corridor? I go to the DE Beaches and OCMD a lot and I know how DE 1 gets on its bad days.

Not really.  The goal appears to be to eliminate existing signals and prevent new signals from being needed, but the goal does not appear to be full access control.

is the end result some sort of Jersey freeway type arrangement?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on April 19, 2016, 07:31:44 AM
No.  The goal is an arterial with fewer traffic signals.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 19, 2016, 07:44:19 AM
with the talk of Massachusetts moving to mileage based exits and Connecticut moving towards that eventually, are there any plans for Delaware to move to mileage based exits? My wish list would be if they could remove those confusing kilometer exit numbers on Route 1 and replace them with proper mileage based exits. I doubt the USA is moving to the metric system any time soon.

A better idea - get rid of the U.S. customary units of measurement. 

In spite of what right wing radio talk show hosts want people to think, a very large part of the U.S. economy is already metric, including liquor and wine, nearly all motor vehicle parts and all pharmaceuticals. 

Anything that a U.S. manufacturer hopes to sell in an EU nation must be made using Metric dimensions, which means that in most cases, it is easier for them to just build everything using those dimensions.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 19, 2016, 08:30:17 AM
with the talk of Massachusetts moving to mileage based exits and Connecticut moving towards that eventually, are there any plans for Delaware to move to mileage based exits? My wish list would be if they could remove those confusing kilometer exit numbers on Route 1 and replace them with proper mileage based exits. I doubt the USA is moving to the metric system any time soon.

A better idea - get rid of the U.S. customary units of measurement. 

In spite of what right wing radio talk show hosts want people to think, a very large part of the U.S. economy is already metric, including liquor and wine, nearly all motor vehicle parts and all pharmaceuticals. 

And soda, which strangely use both measurements.  2 liter bottles & 20 oz bottles, 12 oz cans and 500ml (16.9oz) bottles.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 19, 2016, 08:32:22 AM
And we could bring up the 3-1-1 at the airports, which actually shorts us.  In the rest of the world, it's 100ml, which is actually 3.4oz (and what is permitted, but good luck with most people understanding that).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: vdeane on April 19, 2016, 01:20:07 PM
I don't care what measurement system DE 1 uses, as long as it uses the same one for exit numbers, distance signage, and milemarkers.  Either put the distance signage and milemarkers back to km or switch the exit numbers to miles.  I can work with miles, I can work with km, but I can't convert between the two willy-nilly; when in Canada, I drop the US units and think in metric (where I'm familiar enough with the metric to do that, which in practice means distance signs and speed limits, but not gas stations, weather reports, or thermostats), but with DE 1, one has to constantly convert the km-based exit numbers back to miles in order for them to be useful.  When I traveled that road, I had no reference to neither how close I was to my destination nor how many exits were in between.  At least everywhere else, I'd have one or the other.

And I-95 and I-495 should really be switched off of sequential (I'd like to see exit numbers on I-295 as well).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PurdueBill on April 20, 2016, 08:15:10 PM
I don't care what measurement system DE 1 uses, as long as it uses the same one for exit numbers, distance signage, and milemarkers.  Either put the distance signage and milemarkers back to km or switch the exit numbers to miles.  I can work with miles, I can work with km, but I can't convert between the two willy-nilly; when in Canada, I drop the US units and think in metric (where I'm familiar enough with the metric to do that, which in practice means distance signs and speed limits, but not gas stations, weather reports, or thermostats), but with DE 1, one has to constantly convert the km-based exit numbers back to miles in order for them to be useful.  When I traveled that road, I had no reference to neither how close I was to my destination nor how many exits were in between.  At least everywhere else, I'd have one or the other.

And I-95 and I-495 should really be switched off of sequential (I'd like to see exit numbers on I-295 as well).

I remember when it first opened and there were signs like Toll Plaza 500 m......no one knew where the hell that was.  When will you see it?  In half an hour? Around the next bend? 

It would be interesting to see the exits at the north end go from numbers around 100 to the 160s and back to 100.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mrsman on April 28, 2016, 08:50:45 AM
I don't care what measurement system DE 1 uses, as long as it uses the same one for exit numbers, distance signage, and milemarkers.  Either put the distance signage and milemarkers back to km or switch the exit numbers to miles.  I can work with miles, I can work with km, but I can't convert between the two willy-nilly; when in Canada, I drop the US units and think in metric (where I'm familiar enough with the metric to do that, which in practice means distance signs and speed limits, but not gas stations, weather reports, or thermostats), but with DE 1, one has to constantly convert the km-based exit numbers back to miles in order for them to be useful.  When I traveled that road, I had no reference to neither how close I was to my destination nor how many exits were in between.  At least everywhere else, I'd have one or the other.

And I-95 and I-495 should really be switched off of sequential (I'd like to see exit numbers on I-295 as well).

I remember when it first opened and there were signs like Toll Plaza 500 m......no one knew where the hell that was.  When will you see it?  In half an hour? Around the next bend? 

It would be interesting to see the exits at the north end go from numbers around 100 to the 160s and back to 100.

If DE insists on km exit numbers, they should put the milemarkers on metric as well.  For the distance signs, distances should be listed in both US and metric units.  So signs list  "Main Street 1 mile (1.6 km)" or "Dover 10 miles (16 km)" would probably be the best in this situation.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 28, 2016, 11:03:25 AM
I don't care what measurement system DE 1 uses, as long as it uses the same one for exit numbers, distance signage, and milemarkers.  Either put the distance signage and milemarkers back to km or switch the exit numbers to miles.  I can work with miles, I can work with km, but I can't convert between the two willy-nilly; when in Canada, I drop the US units and think in metric (where I'm familiar enough with the metric to do that, which in practice means distance signs and speed limits, but not gas stations, weather reports, or thermostats), but with DE 1, one has to constantly convert the km-based exit numbers back to miles in order for them to be useful.  When I traveled that road, I had no reference to neither how close I was to my destination nor how many exits were in between.  At least everywhere else, I'd have one or the other.

And I-95 and I-495 should really be switched off of sequential (I'd like to see exit numbers on I-295 as well).

I remember when it first opened and there were signs like Toll Plaza 500 m......no one knew where the hell that was.  When will you see it?  In half an hour? Around the next bend? 

It would be interesting to see the exits at the north end go from numbers around 100 to the 160s and back to 100.

If DE insists on km exit numbers, they should put the milemarkers on metric as well.  For the distance signs, distances should be listed in both US and metric units.  So signs list  "Main Street 1 mile (1.6 km)" or "Dover 10 miles (16 km)" would probably be the best in this situation.

Wasn't that tried at one point in some state, and found to be much too confusing?

In reality, no one needs to know, or care, about km while they're driving.  If you had an emergency on DE 1 and told 911 you were at MP 157, they know what you're talking about.  The only difference is what was alluded to earlier...posts 160-120 isn't going to be 40 miles.  Again, ost people don't know that, or care.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: vdeane on April 28, 2016, 12:58:45 PM
If you've gotten on the highway, and know you need to get off at exit 166, you should be able to look at any mile/km marker and do the math to figure out how far away you are.  You can't do that on DE 1.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on April 28, 2016, 03:48:01 PM
If you've gotten on the highway, and know you need to get off at exit 166, you should be able to look at any mile/km marker and do the math to figure out how far away you are.  You can't do that on DE 1.

Right.  I know that.  You know that.  Most people on these boards know that.   But like I said, I doubt many others know that, or at least give it much thought.  Very few are looking at their odometers and thinking to themselves they think they have 30 miles (or whatever) to go, but find themselves at the exit much sooner.  Being the highway's been around for 20 or so years in it's current state, it's not something that seems to register as any importance to DelDOT or the people driving the highway.

Besides...it's Delaware.  You can't measure distance on I-95 either via their exit numbers.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: vdeane on April 28, 2016, 06:27:53 PM
I'm not staring at the odometer... I'm staring at the milemarkers and doing the math in my head!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: 74/171FAN on April 28, 2016, 07:57:17 PM
You have to remember also that DE just raised the speed limit on I-95 south of Wilmington to 65 last year.  I would not expect too much else from them.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on April 28, 2016, 11:11:07 PM
I don't care what measurement system DE 1 uses, as long as it uses the same one for exit numbers, distance signage, and milemarkers.  Either put the distance signage and milemarkers back to km or switch the exit numbers to miles.  I can work with miles, I can work with km, but I can't convert between the two willy-nilly; when in Canada, I drop the US units and think in metric (where I'm familiar enough with the metric to do that, which in practice means distance signs and speed limits, but not gas stations, weather reports, or thermostats), but with DE 1, one has to constantly convert the km-based exit numbers back to miles in order for them to be useful.  When I traveled that road, I had no reference to neither how close I was to my destination nor how many exits were in between.  At least everywhere else, I'd have one or the other.

And I-95 and I-495 should really be switched off of sequential (I'd like to see exit numbers on I-295 as well).

I remember when it first opened and there were signs like Toll Plaza 500 m......no one knew where the hell that was.  When will you see it?  In half an hour? Around the next bend? 

It would be interesting to see the exits at the north end go from numbers around 100 to the 160s and back to 100.

If DE insists on km exit numbers, they should put the milemarkers on metric as well.  For the distance signs, distances should be listed in both US and metric units.  So signs list  "Main Street 1 mile (1.6 km)" or "Dover 10 miles (16 km)" would probably be the best in this situation.

Wasn't that tried at one point in some state, and found to be much too confusing?

You'll find it near the USA/Canada border on both sides. Quebec and Vermont come to mind.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 19, 2016, 03:05:39 PM
For those entering Delaware via the Delaware Memorial Bridge, expect some big delays this summer.  The project to widen some of 295 thru the US 13/40 interchange has started.  This limits much of 295 to 3 lanes, vs, the normal 4 lanes.  On 295 South approaching the 13/40 interchange, the 13/40 exit now only has 1 lane, not 2 lanes.  There are 2 tight lanes on 295 over 13/40. On the other side, a 3rd lane appears, but it's a tight shoulder lane which is an Exit Only lane for 495.  95 North splits off from the 2 thru lanes to 95 South. 

The DRBA has done a massively spectacular failure of a job with the road signage when the project first started, although it's now improved a bit.  It was basically: Block the lanes and reconfigure the roadway first, and the signage will come later.

Most everyone is used to getting over to the left-most 2 lanes heading to 95.  When the project first start, the left lane simply ended with cones and concrete barriers, with no signage or warning whatsoever.  Confusion ensued as the former right-center lane now kept motorists on 295, rather than exiting for 13/40.  The overhead BGSs had been removed or slightly modified, but weren't updated with the proper lane configuration.  When you got closer to the 95 North/South exit, it was absolutely impossible to figure out what the lanes were for. 

Today, the first set of overhead signs after the toll booth at least informs motorists the left lane is closed (although I don't think it communicates that the right-center lane is now for 95.  Further down the road, a VMS sign does point to the two lanes that are used to get to 95/495.  Next to that are odd white-on-green 13 & 40 shields with a white-on-green arrow shield pointing to the current right lane, all of which is on a green structure.  Further south is some more signage for "95 Thru-Lanes", with down arrows.

The lane reductions and signage could've been handled much better, and has brought on quite a bit of confusion for motorists, especially those that travel thru this area just a few times a year.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on May 19, 2016, 11:24:29 PM
last month I went thru that area and it was a mess, I immediately got off at US 13/40 and took that to DE 1.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 26, 2016, 01:13:42 AM
Oops.  Due to a surveying error, DelDOT recently rebuilt the bridge on Newport Road over the CSX line 6" too low.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/05/23/newport-bridge-too-low-deldot-must-correct-mistake/84553084/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/05/23/newport-bridge-too-low-deldot-must-correct-mistake/84553084/)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 27, 2016, 12:36:25 PM
Dash cam video of a deadly accident on DE Route 1.  You have to look carefully, but a car going NB crossed thru the median into the SB lanes, where several cars became involved in the accident.   http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/05/27/wilmington-woman-killed-five-car-crash-del-1/85025370/

The median, as you can see, is narrow, with very little recovery room.  There should be a guardrail in this area to prevent these types of accidents.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 27, 2016, 01:33:01 PM
The median, as you can see, is narrow, with very little recovery room.  There should be a guardrail in this area to prevent these types of accidents.

They've had a center cable guardrail completed down to the DE 299 interchange since at least 2012 according to Street View, why they haven't constructed any more is beyond me.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 09, 2016, 03:48:17 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/06/09/more-closures-coming-massive-del-141-project/85643364/

141 Closures at and near I-95.

My favorite question that people ask: Why can't they do the work at night?   Hey, if they can remove and replace an entire overpass in 1 night, I'd be very impressed.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on June 10, 2016, 01:11:29 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/06/09/more-closures-coming-massive-del-141-project/85643364/

141 Closures at and near I-95.

My favorite question that people ask: Why can't they do the work at night?   Hey, if they can remove and replace an entire overpass in 1 night, I'd be very impressed.
It's doable in nighttime only, but expensive. You have to construct each piece offline to precise tolerances, stage it somewhere, then bring in all the heavy machinery to break out the old pieces and drop in the new. Typically they at least try to get an entire weekend for it. It can't be done in 1 night, but it can be done over the course of several, in the most extreme cases where weekend closures are infeasible and there's no room for a temporary bypass.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 10, 2016, 06:21:56 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/06/09/more-closures-coming-massive-del-141-project/85643364/

141 Closures at and near I-95.

My favorite question that people ask: Why can't they do the work at night?   Hey, if they can remove and replace an entire overpass in 1 night, I'd be very impressed.
It's doable in nighttime only, but expensive. You have to construct each piece offline to precise tolerances, stage it somewhere, then bring in all the heavy machinery to break out the old pieces and drop in the new. Typically they at least try to get an entire weekend for it. It can't be done in 1 night, but it can be done over the course of several, in the most extreme cases where weekend closures are infeasible and there's no room for a temporary bypass.

In this case (I was thru here the other day, as it so happened), from what I can tell all lanes where the overpasses are located are open, just shifted.

The biggest issue is that traffic was already congested here.  So even with construction at night, just the presence of barrels and lane shifts will cause even further congestion.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 10, 2016, 11:52:44 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/06/09/more-closures-coming-massive-del-141-project/85643364/

141 Closures at and near I-95.

My favorite question that people ask: Why can't they do the work at night?   Hey, if they can remove and replace an entire overpass in 1 night, I'd be very impressed.

Of the various improvements, I noticed the 141 North to 295 North missing move will be added: http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr141/archivedsite-sr141-i95/virtual_wkshp/pdfs/sr141_display_presentation7.pdf

I was trying to see how they are replacing the 141 South overpass over 95/295 North.  Currently, it would be a tight squeeze to get 3 lanes under 141 for 295 North, should they ever widen this notorious bottleneck, especially on weekends/holidays.  Unfortunately, I didn't see any designs for that specifically. (And yeah, we all know about the 95/PA Turnpike connection that may reduce some of this traffic using 295 North to the Turnpike.  It's still a needed widening).

Looking at some of their other documents, it's rare to see DelDOT design and acknowledge a project where a movement is Level F now, and is projected to still be Level F in the future.  But it's one of those things where the rest of the project is an overall benefit, so they'll probably deal with that later.  ( http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr141/archivedsite-sr141-i95/index.shtml , see Capacity Analysis for that specific issue)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 10, 2016, 06:27:56 PM
Looking at some of their other documents, it's rare to see DelDOT design and acknowledge a project where a movement is Level F now, and is projected to still be Level F in the future.  But it's one of those things where the rest of the project is an overall benefit, so they'll probably deal with that later.  ( http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr141/archivedsite-sr141-i95/index.shtml , see Capacity Analysis for that specific issue)

Are you sure that's not just for a theoretical no-build option?  I don't see any mention of the improvements on that sheet.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 13, 2016, 05:38:35 PM
Neat story discussing the effects of duPont Highway, also has a lot of cool construction pictures.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2016/06/11/99-years-dupont-highway-wagons-bmws/85483090/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2016/06/11/99-years-dupont-highway-wagons-bmws/85483090/)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: mariethefoxy on June 15, 2016, 11:55:10 AM
Isnt Dupont Highway US 13? There are signs that say Dupont Highway all the way down US 13 till you reach Sussex county where the name changes to Sussex Highway.

If I remember right US 113 in Georgetown was labeled Dupont Blvd.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on July 30, 2016, 06:11:41 PM
Development along a back road into Lewes (New Road) could pull traffic along it up by the bootstraps, as could a proposed interchange at DE 1 in Nassau (between Nassau and U.S. 9/DE 404 is where backups typically begin on summer weekends [just after you pass St. Jude's Church]).

http://www.capegazette.com/article/lewes-releases-consultant-study-roads/111732

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on August 18, 2016, 01:55:38 PM
DelDOT released its proposed multi-year Capital Transportation Program.  Projects are sorted in order of priority.

http://deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/CTP/ctp17-22/FY17-FY22-CTPProposedProjectImplementation.pdf
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Mergingtraffic on August 20, 2016, 07:50:31 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2016/06/09/more-closures-coming-massive-del-141-project/85643364/

141 Closures at and near I-95.

My favorite question that people ask: Why can't they do the work at night?   Hey, if they can remove and replace an entire overpass in 1 night, I'd be very impressed.
It's doable in nighttime only, but expensive. You have to construct each piece offline to precise tolerances, stage it somewhere, then bring in all the heavy machinery to break out the old pieces and drop in the new. Typically they at least try to get an entire weekend for it. It can't be done in 1 night, but it can be done over the course of several, in the most extreme cases where weekend closures are infeasible and there's no room for a temporary bypass.

CT has been doing this a lot.  Imagine that?!?! CT
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: elsmere241 on August 25, 2016, 12:04:04 PM
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/08/24/house-damaged-deldot-crash/89218344/

This house sits behind the intersection of Newport Gap Pike and Boxwood Road, just west of DE 141.  It has been hit five times in about as many years.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on November 19, 2016, 01:16:55 PM
Looks like the DDI at DE 1 / 72 is open. (http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6325)

DelDOT has a traffic camera aimed down DE 72 so you can get a good look at what they've gotten done so far.  A lot of the island work outside of the center has yet to be completed.

(http://image.prntscr.com/image/796f8baf308942bab2db99c578fd194c.png)

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 10, 2016, 12:25:37 PM
RIP to the remaining Delaware 2 cutout (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19660021). It was replaced (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7465429,-75.5748024,3a,76.2y,257.21h,90.41t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s3nlKwZ3UsknA6KRCoI2NRA!2e0!5s20160801T000000!7i13312!8i6656) by this year. I figured it would have been removed since Wilmington is generally uninterested in signing state routes.

Thankfully, the Delaware 4 cutout (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19660041) is still holding on.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: J Route Z on December 23, 2016, 02:44:37 AM
RIP to the remaining Delaware 2 cutout (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19660021). It was replaced (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7465429,-75.5748024,3a,76.2y,257.21h,90.41t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s3nlKwZ3UsknA6KRCoI2NRA!2e0!5s20160801T000000!7i13312!8i6656) by this year. I figured it would have been removed since Wilmington is generally uninterested in signing state routes.

Thankfully, the Delaware 4 cutout (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19660041) is still holding on.
How old do those shields date back from?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 23, 2016, 09:35:55 AM
RIP to the remaining Delaware 2 cutout (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19660021). It was replaced (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7465429,-75.5748024,3a,76.2y,257.21h,90.41t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s3nlKwZ3UsknA6KRCoI2NRA!2e0!5s20160801T000000!7i13312!8i6656) by this year. I figured it would have been removed since Wilmington is generally uninterested in signing state routes.

Thankfully, the Delaware 4 cutout (http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19660041) is still holding on.
How old do those shields date back from?

The DEL cutouts were first used in 1964:
http://shields.aaroads.com/show.php?image=DE19552022&search=896
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on December 24, 2016, 07:48:43 PM
 The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal via USAToday: Delaware eyes truckers evading tolls on I-95 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/toll-evaders/16922061/)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on December 25, 2016, 02:33:02 AM
The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal via USAToday: Delaware eyes truckers evading tolls on I-95 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/toll-evaders/16922061/)

...from over two years ago.
You posted about it here (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=372.msg2012358#msg2012358) when the piece was first written.  :sombrero:

Funnily enough, it doesn't look like anyone picked up on the News Journal trying to will a state route into existence the first time around:
Quote
...and Old Baltimore Pike, also known as Delaware 281.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on December 25, 2016, 09:02:08 AM
Funnily enough, it doesn't look like anyone picked up on the News Journal trying to will a state route into existence the first time around:
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...and Old Baltimore Pike, also known as Delaware 281.

Nice catch!  And speaking of Maryland 281, a roundabout is being added just west of the Delaware line along it at Muddy Lane. One was also added on Maryland 273 at Appleton Road (work is still ongoing), and another will be added on Maryland 273 at Blue Ball Road.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on December 25, 2016, 11:35:39 AM
The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal via USAToday: Delaware eyes truckers evading tolls on I-95 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/toll-evaders/16922061/)

...from over two years ago.
You posted about it here (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=372.msg2012358#msg2012358) when the piece was first written.  :sombrero:

Funnily enough, it doesn't look like anyone picked up on the News Journal trying to will a state route into existence the first time around:
Quote
...and Old Baltimore Pike, also known as Delaware 281.

Thanks for catching that.  Posted above on my tablet, and admit to not checking the date (it came to me from a different source).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: MASTERNC on January 03, 2017, 10:12:52 AM
60 MPH speed limit sighting (first in the state?) on Route 1 around Dover

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6373
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 03, 2017, 12:21:30 PM
60 MPH speed limit sighting (first in the state?) on Route 1 around Dover

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6373

Good.  There's been no reason for the ultra-low 50 mph limit on what's otherwise a divided highway.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on January 03, 2017, 06:59:21 PM
60 MPH speed limit sighting (first in the state?) on Route 1 around Dover

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6373

As far as I know, yes, this will be the only current instance of a 60 MPH speed limit in the state.  Glad to see DelDOT realizing that pretty much everyone were comfortable driving at a quicker pace on these roads, especially given as there is really no difference in road quality on either side of the speed limit change.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on January 03, 2017, 08:28:37 PM
60 MPH speed limit sighting (first in the state?) on Route 1 around Dover

http://deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6373

As far as I know, yes, this will be the only current instance of a 60 MPH speed limit in the state.  Glad to see DelDOT realizing that pretty much everyone were comfortable driving at a quicker pace on these roads, especially given as there is really no difference in road quality on either side of the speed limit change.

Everywhere else in DE, it's >60 or <60, not exactly 60.

Geographically that press release translates to the stretch from the Puncheon Run connector (just north of the north gate of Dover AFB, and linking DE 1 to U.S. 13 near Rodney Village) to the south end of the St. Jones River bridge.  With major construction in Little Heaven and South Frederica, and congestion south of there, a speed limit >55 isn't practical south of those wetlands.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on January 27, 2017, 08:50:21 PM
The Bayonne Bridge thread on the Northeast board digressed to the topic of the monstrosity that has spanned Indian River Inlet since 2012.  To wit in part:

Quote
I like to know why DelDOT used one on DE 1 in Sussex County, DE to replace a Bascule Span Bridge instead of your typical high rise that usually replaces an inlet crossing.

Using Wikipedia, for what that's worth, it sounds like a history of scouring has undone many bridges there.  Thru just 80 years, 5 bridges have been built on this site; with the other 4 either collapsing or in danger of collapsing.  Almost sounds like a long history of bad engineering. 

The current bridge was built, it appears, to withstand changes in the ocean and inlet currents for decades to come.  It certainly does seem overbuilt for what it needs to cross though!

Scouring was indeed a big problem with at least the 1965 Indian River bridge-it underwent frequent underwater checks in its last years after one inspection revealed that the narrow channel was about 90' deep and there wasn't really much holding up the bridge. Large boulders were routinely dumped into the channel. (Fun fact: highest point in Sussex Co is only about 75'.) I'm too lazy to see if Wikipedia covers it adequately, but the first attempt at building the newest bridge was halted after it was noticed that all the fill (and the ground it was sitting on, namely wet sand) had sunk several feet. Supposedly the tidal flow would be enough to generate serious electricity, if anybody could figure out how to keep the turbines from washing away.

The pre-1965 Indian River bridge was indeed a bascule bridge that was undermined in the March 1962 nor'easter and closed well into that summer.

Although he was just an R&D tech, my late stepdad would probably say about the current bridge, "That bridge was 200% overdesigned!"

ixnay

On suggestion of a northeast transplant to Florida, I pasted the above quotes.

I correct myself here.  It wasn't a bascule bridge but a swing bridge that spanned the inlet in 1962, judging from pictures from the aftermath of the storm that I've seen.

ixnay

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: triplemultiplex on February 10, 2017, 04:48:51 PM
Apologies if this has been discussed before, but what's the deal with DE 1's exit numbers?  They are like 40 off of the mile markers and would need to start somewhere in the Virginia part of Delmarva to make any sense.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jp the roadgeek on February 10, 2017, 04:58:16 PM
Apologies if this has been discussed before, but what's the deal with DE 1's exit numbers?  They are like 40 off of the mile markers and would need to start somewhere in the Virginia part of Delmarva to make any sense.

Distance on DE 1 is measured in km.  Part of an experiment with the metric conversion craze of the 1980's.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on February 10, 2017, 04:59:58 PM
Distance on DE 1 is measured in km.  Part of an experiment with the metric conversion craze of the 1990s.
FTFY
The freeway portion of DE 1 didn't even exist during the 1980s.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: The Ghostbuster on February 10, 2017, 07:37:24 PM
Although it is very unlikely to happen, I think DE 1 should have its exits changed from kilometer-based to mile-based. And Interstates 95/295/495 should have mileage-based exits as well.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jp the roadgeek on February 10, 2017, 08:57:41 PM
MUTCD is requiring that all states eventually change to that.  So far, only DE, CT, MA, NH, NY, and RI have yet to do so statewide (the NJTP and I-695 in MD being notable exceptions in states which have).  A couple of highways have been converted in CT and NY, and MA and RI have plans, but are dragging their feet.  And yes, DE 1 should go mileage.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on February 10, 2017, 09:29:58 PM
Apologies if this has been discussed before, but what's the deal with DE 1's exit numbers?  They are like 40 off of the mile markers and would need to start somewhere in the Virginia part of Delmarva to make any sense.

The Dover-Smyrna portion of DE 1 was signed entirely with metric units when it opened in December 1993. The units were not well received and they were swapped out, with the exception of the exit numbers. The original DE 1 freeway in New Castle County did have mile based exit numbers. They were changed to match the metric units.

The newest exit on DE 1 is 5 km or so off the actual distance from the Maryland line, while the exit for DE 30 is unnumbered.

(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware001/de-001_nb_exit_079_03.jpg)

(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware001/de-001_nb_at_de-030.jpg)

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on February 11, 2017, 10:21:04 AM
As for Connecticut, the only road which was changed to mileage-based exit numbers was I-395. It runs through the eastern third of the state, from Waterford (near New London) up to Thompson at the Massachusetts border. OK...back to the First State now! :)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ekt8750 on February 14, 2017, 11:12:44 AM
Apologies if this has been discussed before, but what's the deal with DE 1's exit numbers?  They are like 40 off of the mile markers and would need to start somewhere in the Virginia part of Delmarva to make any sense.

The Dover-Smyrna portion of DE 1 was signed entirely with metric units when it opened in December 1993. The units were not well received and they were swapped out, with the exception of the exit numbers. The original DE 1 freeway in New Castle County did have mile based exit numbers. They were changed to match the metric units.

The newest exit on DE 1 is 5 km or so off the actual distance from the Maryland line, while the exit for DE 30 is unnumbered.

(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware001/de-001_nb_exit_079_03.jpg)

(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware001/de-001_nb_at_de-030.jpg)

My god Delaware sucked at Clearview.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on February 14, 2017, 11:55:57 AM
(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware001/de-001_nb_exit_079_03.jpg)
My god Delaware sucked at Clearview.
At least the exit tab on the above-example doesn't look like it was copied from Maryland signage.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 15, 2017, 01:30:51 PM
I've seen this before on the Delaware Memorial Bridge: Falling ice from the suspension ropes and tubes case them to shut down the outside lanes.  Thus, 2 lanes are open in either direction.  Unlike some of the past incidents, weekday, winter closures don't tend to jam up traffic all that much, especially since people aren't necessarily slowing down to see construction work or anything.

http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2017/03/falling_ice_prompts_lane_closures_on_delaware_memo.html#incart_river_home
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on March 17, 2017, 07:11:54 AM
I've seen this before on the Delaware Memorial Bridge: Falling ice from the suspension ropes and tubes case them to shut down the outside lanes.  Thus, 2 lanes are open in either direction.  Unlike some of the past incidents, weekday, winter closures don't tend to jam up traffic all that much, especially since people aren't necessarily slowing down to see construction work or anything.

http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2017/03/falling_ice_prompts_lane_closures_on_delaware_memo.html#incart_river_home

Do other suspension, cable stayed, or cantilever bridges have a problem with this?

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Rothman on March 17, 2017, 08:10:49 AM
I've seen this before on the Delaware Memorial Bridge: Falling ice from the suspension ropes and tubes case them to shut down the outside lanes.  Thus, 2 lanes are open in either direction.  Unlike some of the past incidents, weekday, winter closures don't tend to jam up traffic all that much, especially since people aren't necessarily slowing down to see construction work or anything.

http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2017/03/falling_ice_prompts_lane_closures_on_delaware_memo.html#incart_river_home

Do other suspension, cable stayed, or cantilever bridges have a problem with this?

ixnay
Yes.  East River bridges in NYC do...but I don't think they shut down outside lanes to deal with it.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jemacedo9 on March 17, 2017, 09:49:21 AM
Remember that this wasn't a snow storm though...in DE, it was all sleet and freezing rain...so this was an unusual event. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 17, 2017, 10:41:38 AM
Remember that this wasn't a snow storm though...in DE, it was all sleet and freezing rain...so this was an unusual event. 

They still had some snow, especially in the Wilmington/South Jersey areas near the bridge.  Then combined with the thawing and refreezing, making the icicles, the long icicles occur.  During the next thawing is when the icicles fall, and causes the lanes to be shut down.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: cpzilliacus on March 22, 2017, 09:25:20 AM
ABC 6: Wilmington suspends Right-Turn-On-Red Camera program, refunding over $800,000 (http://6abc.com/news/wilmington-refunding-over-$800k-ends-right-turn-on-red-cameras/1811460/)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on March 30, 2017, 02:39:41 PM
The information one can get via Wikipedia is gold.  I was looking up something on New Castle, Delaware, and found this interesting tidbit: 

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The spire on top of the Court House, Delaware's Colonial capitol and first state house, was used as the center of the Twelve-Mile Circle forming the northern boundary of Delaware. The Delaware River within this radius to the low water mark on the opposite shore is part of Delaware. Thus the Delaware Memorial Bridge was built as an intrastate span by Delaware, without financial participation by neighboring New Jersey.[citation needed]

For this to be even remotely true, the bridge would have had to touch down at the exact point where the river touches NJ during lowtide.  Obviously, it does not.

Take note that a citation is needed...I won't hold my breath waiting for that citation to be provided.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on March 30, 2017, 11:17:23 PM
The information one can get via Wikipedia is gold.  I was looking up something on New Castle, Delaware, and found this interesting tidbit: 

Quote
The spire on top of the Court House, Delaware's Colonial capitol and first state house, was used as the center of the Twelve-Mile Circle forming the northern boundary of Delaware. The Delaware River within this radius to the low water mark on the opposite shore is part of Delaware. Thus the Delaware Memorial Bridge was built as an intrastate span by Delaware, without financial participation by neighboring New Jersey.[citation needed]

For this to be even remotely true, the bridge would have had to touch down at the exact point where the river touches NJ during lowtide.  Obviously, it does not.

Take note that a citation is needed...I won't hold my breath waiting for that citation to be provided.
Considering DRBA is a bi-state agency...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on April 12, 2017, 03:23:20 PM
I went out to where the old summit bridge was today and took some pictures, i would upload them but i don't know how  :confused: . I went on both sides of where the former bridge was, it was very interesting.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on May 05, 2017, 06:14:06 AM
If you normally take U.S. 113 to the Quiet Resorts, OCMD, or maybe Berlin and/or Snow Hill, you'll have to deal with this for a fortnight.

http://www.wboc.com/story/35347266/section-of-us-113-closing-tonight-in-milford-for-two-weeks

Notice how the rails have sagged at the crossing.

ixnay

EDIT:  I didn't mean to use the quote in this post.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: OracleUsr on May 05, 2017, 07:14:32 AM
(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware001/de-001_nb_exit_079_03.jpg)
My god Delaware sucked at Clearview.
At least the exit tab on the above-example doesn't look like it was copied from Maryland signage.

Has Delaware followed Iowa and abandoned Clearview?  I've seen some signs that look brand new (DE 1 at US 13 I think?) that looked like all Highway Gothic.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on May 05, 2017, 07:15:58 AM
^ At this point, since FHWA rescinded "interim approval", everybody is supposed to be abandoning Clearview.  Any lingering new installations are only supposed to be those which were designed before the interim approval was yanked.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 05, 2017, 11:00:35 AM
I went out to where the old summit bridge was today and took some pictures, i would upload them but i don't know how  :confused: . I went on both sides of where the former bridge was, it was very interesting.

If you normally take U.S. 113 to the Quiet Resorts, OCMD, or maybe Berlin and/or Snow Hill, you'll have to deal with this for a fortnight.

http://www.wboc.com/story/35347266/section-of-us-113-closing-tonight-in-milford-for-two-weeks

Notice how the rails have sagged at the crossing.

ixnay
Now that's interesting. But tell me this, does DE 1 plan to get rid of the toll booths once the 301 tollway is finished?


iPhone
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 05, 2017, 11:44:34 AM
I went out to where the old summit bridge was today and took some pictures, i would upload them but i don't know how  :confused: . I went on both sides of where the former bridge was, it was very interesting.

If you normally take U.S. 113 to the Quiet Resorts, OCMD, or maybe Berlin and/or Snow Hill, you'll have to deal with this for a fortnight.

http://www.wboc.com/story/35347266/section-of-us-113-closing-tonight-in-milford-for-two-weeks

Notice how the rails have sagged at the crossing.

ixnay
Now that's interesting. But tell me this, does DE 1 plan to get rid of the toll booths once the 301 tollway is finished?


iPhone

Nope.  In the tolling sense, the two highways have nothing to do with each other.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 05, 2017, 11:47:13 AM
I went out to where the old summit bridge was today and took some pictures, i would upload them but i don't know how  :confused: . I went on both sides of where the former bridge was, it was very interesting.

If you normally take U.S. 113 to the Quiet Resorts, OCMD, or maybe Berlin and/or Snow Hill, you'll have to deal with this for a fortnight.

http://www.wboc.com/story/35347266/section-of-us-113-closing-tonight-in-milford-for-two-weeks

Notice how the rails have sagged at the crossing.

ixnay
Now that's interesting. But tell me this, does DE 1 plan to get rid of the toll booths once the 301 tollway is finished?


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Nope.  In the tolling sense, the two highways have nothing to do with each other.
As previously noted you must have a free way to cross & I believe that when the 301 flyover ramp is built with DE 1 the light where you can join DE 1 before St georges will be removed. Which means you would have to get off at the 896 exit & take U.S all the way up or they will build a correct interchange for the 3 roads


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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 05, 2017, 11:56:04 AM
I went out to where the old summit bridge was today and took some pictures, i would upload them but i don't know how  :confused: . I went on both sides of where the former bridge was, it was very interesting.

If you normally take U.S. 113 to the Quiet Resorts, OCMD, or maybe Berlin and/or Snow Hill, you'll have to deal with this for a fortnight.

http://www.wboc.com/story/35347266/section-of-us-113-closing-tonight-in-milford-for-two-weeks

Notice how the rails have sagged at the crossing.

ixnay
Now that's interesting. But tell me this, does DE 1 plan to get rid of the toll booths once the 301 tollway is finished?


iPhone

Nope.  In the tolling sense, the two highways have nothing to do with each other.
As previously noted you must have a free way to cross & I believe that when the 301 flyover ramp is built with DE 1 the light where you can join DE 1 before St georges will be removed. Which means you would have to get off at the 896 exit & take U.S all the way up or they will build a correct interchange for the 3 roads


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So there's still a free way to cross, right?

Also, the old US 13 St. Georges bridge will still be open, so that's another free way to cross.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 05, 2017, 11:58:51 AM
I went out to where the old summit bridge was today and took some pictures, i would upload them but i don't know how  :confused: . I went on both sides of where the former bridge was, it was very interesting.

If you normally take U.S. 113 to the Quiet Resorts, OCMD, or maybe Berlin and/or Snow Hill, you'll have to deal with this for a fortnight.

http://www.wboc.com/story/35347266/section-of-us-113-closing-tonight-in-milford-for-two-weeks

Notice how the rails have sagged at the crossing.

ixnay
Now that's interesting. But tell me this, does DE 1 plan to get rid of the toll booths once the 301 tollway is finished?


iPhone

Nope.  In the tolling sense, the two highways have nothing to do with each other.
As previously noted you must have a free way to cross & I believe that when the 301 flyover ramp is built with DE 1 the light where you can join DE 1 before St georges will be removed. Which means you would have to get off at the 896 exit & take U.S all the way up or they will build a correct interchange for the 3 roads


iPhone

So there's still a free way to cross, right?

Also, the old US 13 St. Georges bridge will still be open, so that's another free way to cross.
Do you think its a good idea to push more traffic on the old Us 13 Bridge it is already is terrible condition the best crossing is the C & D canel bridge


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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 05, 2017, 12:03:53 PM
Hey, people are cheap. As long as the bridge isn't in danger of collapsing, which if it was it would be closed immediately, people can use it.  And if more people use it, then it'll jam up the bridge, and people can decide if it's worth it to skip the dollar toll in exchange for a slower ride.

In the very immediate Trenton area, the best crossing over the Delaware is the US 1 Bridge.  It costs $1.  But people have the option, and often use it, to exit and take the free, single lane, 25 mph bridge, going thru a few traffic lights in Morrisville, PA.   
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: froggie on May 05, 2017, 12:16:02 PM
Per the contract plans, the slip ramp Tonytone is referring to will be replaced with a new northbound on-ramp beginning at the US 13/Port Penn Rd intersection, about 3/4 mile to the south.  So Tonytone's point is moot.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 05, 2017, 01:00:44 PM
Ah, I see it now.  I wasn't looking at the plans in the correct area.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 05, 2017, 05:50:44 PM
(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware001/de-001_nb_exit_079_03.jpg)
My god Delaware sucked at Clearview.
At least the exit tab on the above-example doesn't look like it was copied from Maryland signage.

Has Delaware followed Iowa and abandoned Clearview?  I've seen some signs that look brand new (DE 1 at US 13 I think?) that looked like all Highway Gothic.
Interestingly enough (and I'm not sure if this has already been mentioned), a large portion of the Clearview signage at the new DE 1 / 30 interchange has already been replaced with Highway Gothic as of two weekends ago.  If memory serves, I believe they added Milford to the destinations instead of just using Lincoln.  I didn't get any pictures as I was driving at the time.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 06, 2017, 01:49:18 AM
Somewhere on here I seen that De-1 was supposed to take down the tolls by 2018 because thats when the bonds will be paid.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on May 06, 2017, 09:26:13 AM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex on May 06, 2017, 10:25:52 AM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay

Bob told me of this in early April and figured it out:

The ramp is closed until May 26: http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicTrafficIncidentDisplay&id=89509

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6486

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WHAT: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)'s contractor Eastern Highway Specialists Inc. will be removing the existing concrete median barrier and replacing with dual faced guardrail on SR 1.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 07, 2017, 09:13:43 PM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay

Bob told me of this in early April and figured it out:

The ramp is closed until May 26: http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicTrafficIncidentDisplay&id=89509

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6486

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WHAT: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)'s contractor Eastern Highway Specialists Inc. will be removing the existing concrete median barrier and replacing with dual faced guardrail on SR 1.

Did we ever figure out the purpose of this?  Especially on that high speed ramp, it seems awfully backwards to remove what appeared to be a perfectly fine jersey barrier and replace it with guardrail. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 07, 2017, 09:16:46 PM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay

Bob told me of this in early April and figured it out:

The ramp is closed until May 26: http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicTrafficIncidentDisplay&id=89509

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6486

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WHAT: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)'s contractor Eastern Highway Specialists Inc. will be removing the existing concrete median barrier and replacing with dual faced guardrail on SR 1.

Did we ever figure out the purpose of this?  Especially on that high speed ramp, it seems awfully backwards to remove what appeared to be a perfectly fine jersey barrier and replace it with guardrail.

Thats a good question, but since Jersey Barrier obstructs the view of the driver and causes the lane to feel tight, that might be a reason. Also the guardrail is all up and down the part of DE-1.

(http://www.aaroads.com/forum/Themes/Button_Copy/images/buttons/mutcd_merge.png)Post Merge: May 07, 2017, 09:42:03 PM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay
When do they plan to rebuild it? I've seen the plans on deldots website. but no mention of a date, its a good plan too.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: 74/171FAN on May 07, 2017, 10:04:42 PM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay
When do they plan to rebuild it? I've seen the plans on deldots website. but no mention of a date, its a good plan too.

Do you have a link or have any information on the actual plans?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 07, 2017, 10:27:47 PM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay
When do they plan to rebuild it? I've seen the plans on deldots website. but no mention of a date, its a good plan too.

Do you have a link or have any information on the actual plans?

Yea, Here you go.
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/Public_Workshop_Boards.pdf
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/SR1-WideningWorkshopsPresentation.pdf
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/MainWide_Tyb_Int_North_42in_SR1W.pdf
http://www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr1/sr1-wide/pdf/MainWide_Tyb_Int_South_42in_SR1W.pdf
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on May 07, 2017, 11:38:00 PM
Speaking of DE 1... are they rebuilding the ramp from SB DE 1 to NB U.S. 13 in Tybouts Corner?   Google Maps shows it as closed.

ixnay

Bob told me of this in early April and figured it out:

The ramp is closed until May 26: http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicTrafficIncidentDisplay&id=89509

http://www.deldot.gov/home/newsroom/release.shtml?id=6486

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WHAT: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)'s contractor Eastern Highway Specialists Inc. will be removing the existing concrete median barrier and replacing with dual faced guardrail on SR 1.

Did we ever figure out the purpose of this?  Especially on that high speed ramp, it seems awfully backwards to remove what appeared to be a perfectly fine jersey barrier and replace it with guardrail.

The barrier was falling apart (and had been for quite some time) due to an alkali silica reaction (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkali%E2%80%93silica_reaction), similar to that of what is tearing up this segment of DE 141 (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/03/20/concrete-cancer-expands-centre-road/99404784/) and what necessitated the removal of this segment of DE 1's original concrete pavement.  Why they aren't replacing it with another concrete barrier is beyond me, but the current barrier had to go either way.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 11, 2017, 03:44:41 PM
Did anyone else notice that Delaware owns a majority of the Delaware memorial bridge, The Water that Delaware claims extends all the way to jerseys side of the bridge right on the coast.
Does that mean that Delaware owns more of the bridge and rights or does DRBA Make it 50-50.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on May 11, 2017, 03:51:21 PM
Did anyone else notice that Delaware owns a majority of the Delaware memorial bridge, The Water that Delaware claims extends all the way to jerseys side of the bridge right on the coast.
Does that mean that Delaware owns more of the bridge and rights or does DRBA Make it 50-50.

Delaware doesn't own any of the bridge.  Neither does NJ.  The majority of the bridge is within the State of Delaware.  And that is fairly well known, as all of the Delaware River is considered Delaware State.  Look closely on some maps, and you'll see there's a few small sections on the NJ side of the river that are actually part of Delaware as well. This is due to river sediments that have built up over the years and formed land on the Jersey side of the Delaware.

There are two small signs on the 295 South side of the bridge noting the Delaware State Line.  There are no such signs on the Jersey bound span.

The bridge is maintained by a bi-state authority, the DRBA.  There's no 50/50 split.  They fund themselves via the tolls.  The DRBA maintains much more than the bridge...they maintain the roadway from approximately US 130 (NJ) to 95/495 (DE).
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on May 11, 2017, 07:12:30 PM
Did anyone else notice that Delaware owns a majority of the Delaware memorial bridge, The Water that Delaware claims extends all the way to jerseys side of the bridge right on the coast.
Does that mean that Delaware owns more of the bridge and rights or does DRBA Make it 50-50.

Delaware doesn't own any of the bridge.  Neither does NJ.  The majority of the bridge is within the State of Delaware.  And that is fairly well known, as all of the Delaware River is considered Delaware State.  Look closely on some maps, and you'll see there's a few small sections on the NJ side of the river that are actually part of Delaware as well. This is due to river sediments that have built up over the years and formed land on the Jersey side of the Delaware.

There are two small signs on the 295 South side of the bridge noting the Delaware State Line.  There are no such signs on the Jersey bound span.

The bridge is maintained by a bi-state authority, the DRBA.  There's no 50/50 split.  They fund themselves via the tolls.  The DRBA maintains much more than the bridge...they maintain the roadway from approximately US 130 (NJ) to 95/495 (DE).

Not to mention vehicular and passenger ferries, plus airports on both sides of the river and bay.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on May 25, 2017, 09:58:31 AM
Posted this in the Signs with 3 Control Cities thread and thought such was worth reposting here:

This pull-through BGS w/3 listings for I-495 South is now no-more.
(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware495/i-495_sb_exit_006_02.jpg)
The 70s-vintage gantry (possibly original) and the 10(?) year-old BGS' were completely replaced with a pipe-style gantry.  The new pull-through BGS now longer lists Del Mem Br.

All the new BGS' feature oversized Clearview fonts for the control cities (which overshadow the route shields & make for larger sign panels); but, unlike the Clearview BGS further south along I-95, the exit tabs are thankfully not the MD-style elongated ones (though the tab legends are in Clearview, a long-time FHWA no-no).

Either the designs for these new BGS panels were approved prior to the Feds yanking the interim approval for Clearview or DelDOT or the contractors simply didn't care.  I didn't see any other new sign installations on Naaman's Road (DE 92).   

Not sure if this was an accident-related replacement or part of an overall sign replacement project.  I say that because the previous signs (which were still there 2 weeks ago) were still in decent shape.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on May 25, 2017, 10:03:38 AM
Posted this in the Signs with 3 Control Cities thread and thought such was worth reposting here:

This pull-through BGS w/3 listings for I-495 South is now no-more.
(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware495/i-495_sb_exit_006_02.jpg)
The 70s-vintage gantry (possibly original) and the 10(?) year-old BGS' were completely replaced with a pipe-style gantry.  The new pull-through BGS now longer lists Del Mem Br.

All the new BGS' feature oversized Clearview fonts for the control cities (which overshadow the route shields & make for larger sign panels); but, unlike the Clearview BGS further south along I-95, the exit tabs are thankfully not the MD-style elongated ones (though the tab legends are in Clearview, a long-time FHWA no-no).

Either the designs for these new BGS panels were approved prior to the Feds yanking the interim approval for Clearview or DelDOT or the contractors simply didn't care.  I didn't see any other new sign installations on Naaman's Road (DE 92).   

Not sure if this was an accident-related replacement or part of an overall sign replacement project.  I say that because the previous signs (which were still there 2 weeks ago) were still in decent shape.

Funny you commented on this, I had noticed it when I was driving a couple weeks ago, & was gonna post something about it. What made them choose bubble gantry? Is that the new thing now? & on other delaware related things, new High mast lights kn 495/95. De-1 Redlion exit is open again with the new guardrail & work is about to get started on SR-273 by applebee road & Airport road, this area has seen a lot of crashes & really does need to be updated, im glad the time is now.



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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 02, 2017, 02:19:52 PM
It appears as though the new DE 141 SB bridge over I-95 NB is due to go into service next week:
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/06/02/numerous-highway-closures-scheduled-next-week/364952001/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/06/02/numerous-highway-closures-scheduled-next-week/364952001/)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 02, 2017, 03:20:17 PM
It appears as though the new DE 141 SB bridge over I-95 NB is due to go into service next week:
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/06/02/numerous-highway-closures-scheduled-next-week/364952001/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/06/02/numerous-highway-closures-scheduled-next-week/364952001/)

I've never seen it indicated, and took me a little while to figure it out, but they're reconstructing these overpasses over 95 North differently than they are now.

Currently, you have 3 roadbeds:  I-95 North (to 495), I-295 North, and the C/D road for the Rt. 141 Ramps.  Between each of these roadways are the piers for the bridges.

They are rebuilding them with only one pier: Between I-95 North, and I-295 North.  They may keep the C/D road for 141 as is, or have the cloverleaves merge directly with the 295 roadway.

The most important item of this design, that has never been mentioned as far as I can tell:  It provides the room to widen I-295 to 3 lanes in the future if they decide to widen it!  The current bridge piers do not allow for such widening. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on June 02, 2017, 11:50:59 PM
Did anyone else notice that Delaware owns a majority of the Delaware memorial bridge, The Water that Delaware claims extends all the way to jerseys side of the bridge right on the coast.
Does that mean that Delaware owns more of the bridge and rights or does DRBA Make it 50-50.

Delaware doesn't own any of the bridge.  Neither does NJ.  The majority of the bridge is within the State of Delaware.  And that is fairly well known, as all of the Delaware River is considered Delaware State.  Look closely on some maps, and you'll see there's a few small sections on the NJ side of the river that are actually part of Delaware as well. This is due to river sediments that have built up over the years and formed land on the Jersey side of the Delaware.

There are two small signs on the 295 South side of the bridge noting the Delaware State Line.  There are no such signs on the Jersey bound span.

The bridge is maintained by a bi-state authority, the DRBA.  There's no 50/50 split.  They fund themselves via the tolls.  The DRBA maintains much more than the bridge...they maintain the roadway from approximately US 130 (NJ) to 95/495 (DE).

That is the result of the 12 mile circle that is what now forms the arc in the PA-DE Border.  From all points along the DE/ PA State Line it is 12 miles to the New Castle Courthouse in New Castle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-Mile_Circle
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Tonytone on June 03, 2017, 12:04:47 AM
It makes sense now. Delaware has a very unique shape. & it looks like 141 is almost done, that area is a death trap, the death ramps (because of construction) & close lanes are a bad mix. I wonder how far along the 295 construction is.


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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: roadman65 on June 03, 2017, 07:53:54 AM
It has something to do with the Duke of York and William Penn.

In addition the point where the DE-NJ Border moves into the center of the Delaware River is also 12 miles to the south of New Castle's Courthouse.  Thus to end the reaches of the circle. 

NJ over the years tried to get the boundaries changed, even as recent as 2007, but again lost the fight.  Even one instance, I was reading that NJ wanted to use land on their side of the Delaware River that was legally in Delaware and the State of Delaware was ready to send in the National Guard to stop them.  I do not know how true that is, but that would be interesting to see an actual battle between two states if it did happen.

Edit:  Here is a link to that dispute over NJ wanting to build a gas plant on Delaware's side of the line. http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1127/p02s02-usju.html
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 10, 2017, 07:50:27 PM
Newly installed signs on SR 2 EB approaching Delaware Park Dr, erected as a part of a project to lengthen the SR 2 EB turn lane to Milltown Road NB.  Someone should probably check on the guy who manufactured the middle sign and make sure he's alright.

(https://image.prntscr.com/image/asAu3RvuS2exFWQJGg8FKw.png)

EDIT: Fixed picture.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on June 11, 2017, 08:22:42 AM
Alex, instead of the image, I'm getting a tiny grayish do-not-enter sign.  Is anyone else having that problem?

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: davewiecking on June 11, 2017, 08:41:27 AM
All I see is the "broken image" image...
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on June 11, 2017, 01:16:02 PM
Whoops, must've been the source I was pulling it from, it had displayed correctly for me.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on June 11, 2017, 01:19:12 PM
Newly installed signs on SR 2 EB approaching Delaware Park Dr, erected as a part of a project to lengthen the SR 2 EB turn lane to Milltown Road NB.  Someone should probably check on the guy who manufactured the middle sign and make sure he's alright.

(https://image.prntscr.com/image/asAu3RvuS2exFWQJGg8FKw.png)

The second sign uses the proper size down arrow for an overhead guide sign! What's wrong with that? :-D
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 12, 2017, 01:10:16 PM
Newly installed signs on SR 2 EB approaching Delaware Park Dr, erected as a part of a project to lengthen the SR 2 EB turn lane to Milltown Road NB.  Someone should probably check on the guy who manufactured the middle sign and make sure he's alright.

(https://image.prntscr.com/image/asAu3RvuS2exFWQJGg8FKw.png)

EDIT: Fixed picture.

You can barely tell the two apart.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PurdueBill on June 12, 2017, 09:40:52 PM
Posted this in the Signs with 3 Control Cities thread and thought such was worth reposting here:

This pull-through BGS w/3 listings for I-495 South is now no-more.
(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware495/i-495_sb_exit_006_02.jpg)
The 70s-vintage gantry (possibly original) and the 10(?) year-old BGS' were completely replaced with a pipe-style gantry.  The new pull-through BGS now longer lists Del Mem Br.

All the new BGS' feature oversized Clearview fonts for the control cities (which overshadow the route shields & make for larger sign panels); but, unlike the Clearview BGS further south along I-95, the exit tabs are thankfully not the MD-style elongated ones (though the tab legends are in Clearview, a long-time FHWA no-no).

Either the designs for these new BGS panels were approved prior to the Feds yanking the interim approval for Clearview or DelDOT or the contractors simply didn't care.  I didn't see any other new sign installations on Naaman's Road (DE 92).   

Not sure if this was an accident-related replacement or part of an overall sign replacement project.  I say that because the previous signs (which were still there 2 weeks ago) were still in decent shape.

Funny you commented on this, I had noticed it when I was driving a couple weeks ago, & was gonna post something about it. What made them choose bubble gantry? Is that the new thing now? & on other delaware related things, new High mast lights kn 495/95.

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Got a photo just a couple weeks ago of a tube gantry at Exit 2 on 495 NB.  Indeed there is OVERSIZED Clearview on the new sign.  Sigh.

(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18581762_10108222922848628_761324525481497796_n.jpg?oh=e5248125493f603181ade7b844b72fe9&oe=59A789C8)

The estimate of the age of the existing signage is pretty accurate judging from Street View inspection here and there on 495.  The Exit 2 sign I posted appeared sometime in late 2007 or early 2008 based on the street view; the ones at Naamans Road that are now gone are probably from the same project and street view inspection shows the same rough age.  Older signs at the same locations are classic DelDOT issue (rounded corners, sheet signs, exit tabs not totally fused to main sign, lighting included) while the signs that are just now being removed are extruded, no lighting, square corners--not classic DelDOT.  The new signs really stink compared to the previous ones.  The Clearview is WAY TOO LARGE.  9 or 10 years is too young to be getting rid of the existing signs....
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: briantroutman on June 12, 2017, 10:16:07 PM
^ OK—semi-related to the above: Could anybody shed some light on the history and logic behind the control cities listed at the I-95/I-495 split at the DE/PA state line?

I was driving that way a few days ago, and what I believe was the first diagrammatic guide sign caught my eye. (I used to drive this route often when I lived in the Philadelphia area before, so I’m not sure why it didn’t stand out before.) The I-495 half of the sign read something along the lines of:

     (495)
[   ]y/Port of
  Wilmington
   Baltimore

Then on a subsequent sign, I could read it fully:

     (495)
  City/Port of
  Wilmington
   Baltimore

According to GSV “City/Port of” was added on an awkwardly loose greenout panel (obscuring part of the diagrammatic arrow) at some point before 2007. Then most of “City” on the first diagrammatic sign was either cut off or again greened out at some point between November of 2015 and July 2016.

It’s my understanding that DelDOT has been making efforts to encourage through I-95 traffic to use I-495 instead, going so far as to mark I-95 as LOCAL TRAFFIC and I-495 as THRU TRAFFIC, and possibly (I can’t recall if this was an actual proposal or a roadgeek pipe dream) considering demoting the city route to BL status and marking I-95 on the bypass.

Despite all that, the existing I-95 route through the city would seem to be the logical route to most downtown destinations. So why would they want to direct Wilmington City-bound traffic over I-495? I assume these signs are maintained by PennDOT, but I assume any changes to the sign are a coordinated DE/PA effort.



Never mind...I found the answer in a different thread.

Again, to be clear; the City/Port of patch was placed over the original Port of patch during a reconstruction of I-95 that took place in the late 90s/early 2000s.  That patch was supposed to be removed when the project was completed.  The original distinction was just Wilmington for I-95 South and Port of Wilmington for I-495 South.

So a follow-up question: If Wilmington traffic was supposed to take I-495 during this project, was a different greenout patch placed over “Wilmington” on the I-95 side? And if so, what did it say (if anything)?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PurdueBill on June 12, 2017, 11:06:15 PM


So a follow-up question: If Wilmington traffic was supposed to take I-495 during this project, was a different greenout patch placed over “Wilmington” on the I-95 side? And if so, what did it say (if anything)?

The southbound closure was full closure of 95 in that project in 2000, so the 95 part of the signs had orange CLOSED banners tacked on.  The "City of" addition was supposed to make it obvious that 495 also reaches Wilmington proper as well as the port, but with the greenout still in place it is confusing. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on June 13, 2017, 08:42:31 AM
That 95 reconstruction project was also why 495 South merged back into 95 South with two lanes, while 95 South effectively only had one thru lane (as the right lane became an Exit Only lane).  It was to further encourage motorists to use 495, and gave them easy access back onto 95 South.

When the 495 bridge over the Christina River tilted and required 495 to be closed, the configuration at that 495/95 merge finally went back to 495 having 1 lane and 95 having two lanes.

In a related note as to how Delaware seemingly forgets about construction signage, the modified signage DelDOT put up on 95 for that emergency construction project on 495 still remains.

Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: epzik8 on June 15, 2017, 05:29:32 PM
Posted this in the Signs with 3 Control Cities thread and thought such was worth reposting here:

This pull-through BGS w/3 listings for I-495 South is now no-more.
(http://www.aaroads.com/mid-atlantic/delaware495/i-495_sb_exit_006_02.jpg)
The 70s-vintage gantry (possibly original) and the 10(?) year-old BGS' were completely replaced with a pipe-style gantry.  The new pull-through BGS now longer lists Del Mem Br.

All the new BGS' feature oversized Clearview fonts for the control cities (which overshadow the route shields & make for larger sign panels); but, unlike the Clearview BGS further south along I-95, the exit tabs are thankfully not the MD-style elongated ones (though the tab legends are in Clearview, a long-time FHWA no-no).

Either the designs for these new BGS panels were approved prior to the Feds yanking the interim approval for Clearview or DelDOT or the contractors simply didn't care.  I didn't see any other new sign installations on Naaman's Road (DE 92).   

Not sure if this was an accident-related replacement or part of an overall sign replacement project.  I say that because the previous signs (which were still there 2 weeks ago) were still in decent shape.

Funny you commented on this, I had noticed it when I was driving a couple weeks ago, & was gonna post something about it. What made them choose bubble gantry? Is that the new thing now? & on other delaware related things, new High mast lights kn 495/95.

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Got a photo just a couple weeks ago of a tube gantry at Exit 2 on 495 NB.  Indeed there is OVERSIZED Clearview on the new sign.  Sigh.

(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18581762_10108222922848628_761324525481497796_n.jpg?oh=e5248125493f603181ade7b844b72fe9&oe=59A789C8)

The estimate of the age of the existing signage is pretty accurate judging from Street View inspection here and there on 495.  The Exit 2 sign I posted appeared sometime in late 2007 or early 2008 based on the street view; the ones at Naamans Road that are now gone are probably from the same project and street view inspection shows the same rough age.  Older signs at the same locations are classic DelDOT issue (rounded corners, sheet signs, exit tabs not totally fused to main sign, lighting included) while the signs that are just now being removed are extruded, no lighting, square corners--not classic DelDOT.  The new signs really stink compared to the previous ones.  The Clearview is WAY TOO LARGE.  9 or 10 years is too young to be getting rid of the existing signs....
Nobody trash-talks Clearview!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on August 10, 2017, 02:10:43 PM
They have recently changed the traffic pattern on I-295 after crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge.  Previously, the left most lane was closed out of 4 lanes.  Now, with the opening of half the new overpass over US 13/40, the left 2 lanes of 295 are open, the right two lanes are closed, with the right-most aux lane for Rt. 9 also working as a thru lane.  There's a short weave area approaching the 13/40 exit should you want to go that direction. 

The 2 new lanes open over 13/40 are a bit wider than the former 2 lanes in the construction zone, so that'll help traffic move thru there.  The area between 13/40 and 495 functions like the stretch between 9 and 13/40, with a short weave area to get to 495. 

As you approach the curve for 95 South, those lanes narrow as they are doing work on the right side.  The concrete is fairly chopped up in that area as well, so that'll slow traffic down for a while there.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: KEVIN_224 on August 10, 2017, 04:25:43 PM
I'm guessing this is on the Delaware side of the bridge? I know US Route 13 doesn't enter New Jersey.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jwolfer on August 10, 2017, 06:50:51 PM
I'm guessing this is on the Delaware side of the bridge? I know US Route 13 doesn't enter New Jersey.
This is the Delaware thread, great educated guess

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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: epzik8 on August 13, 2017, 01:25:45 AM
I'm guessing this is on the Delaware side of the bridge? I know US Route 13 doesn't enter New Jersey.
It doesn't, although Morrisville, Pennsylvania, where it reaches its northern terminus, is close.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on August 13, 2017, 12:30:23 PM
I'm guessing this is on the Delaware side of the bridge? I know US Route 13 doesn't enter New Jersey.
It doesn't, although Morrisville, Pennsylvania, where it reaches its northern terminus, is close.

And as it goes through Chester, Trainer, and Marcus Hook, you'd never know 13 is the same highway that's a dual road between Minquadale, DE and the CBBT.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on August 16, 2017, 06:14:18 PM
Newly released information on the upcoming makeover of Main Street through Newark:
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/08/16/deldot-newark-unveil-plans-main-street-makeover/572043001/ (http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/08/16/deldot-newark-unveil-plans-main-street-makeover/572043001/)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alex4897 on September 25, 2017, 07:17:13 PM
US 202 between I-95 and the PA state line was rededicated as "Gold Star Highway" today:
http://www.deldot.gov/About/news/index.shtml?dc=release&id=6780 (http://www.deldot.gov/About/news/index.shtml?dc=release&id=6780)

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U.S. 202 Rededicated as the Gold Star Highway in Honor of Families of Soldiers

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The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced today the rededication of U.S. 202 from the Delaware/ Pennsylvania line south to the I 95 interchange as the Gold Star Highway. Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan along with Governor John Carney made the announcement to an assembled audience within the sculpture garden of the Blue Ball Barn. Formalizing the event, the Governor proclaimed Monday, September 25, 2017 as "Delaware Gold Star Mothers' and Families' Day".

CNN has described the Gold Star designation as a venerated status that no one wants. For nearly 100 years, inclusion has been earned for losing an immediate family member serving during war/conflict. A Gold Star Lapel Button is issued to immediate family members of those who have lost their lives in the defense of democracy during WWI and II, and any subsequent armed hostilities in which the United States became engaged. It is also issued for Act of Terrorism deaths. Formal recognition of these families was launched in 1947 by an Act of Congress. The Next of Kin Lapel Button was authorized retroactive to March 29, 1973, for those who lost their lives while serving on active duty in other than a combat theatre or act of terrorism.

This is the first I've heard about this, I wonder how hard the new name is going to be pushed over the current "Concord Pike" name on signage.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on September 25, 2017, 07:50:35 PM
The POW/MIA Parkway in West Dover was dedicated on Sept. 15.

http://delawarestatenews.net/news/west-dover-connector-opens-new-road-honors-powmias/

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Aerobird on September 26, 2017, 12:08:16 AM
This is the first I've heard about this, I wonder how hard the new name is going to be pushed over the current "Concord Pike" name on signage.

Probably about as much as "Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway" is over "Interstate 10" here in Florida.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 26, 2017, 06:13:22 AM
US 202 between I-95 and the PA state line was rededicated as "Gold Star Highway" today:
http://www.deldot.gov/About/news/index.shtml?dc=release&id=6780 (http://www.deldot.gov/About/news/index.shtml?dc=release&id=6780)

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U.S. 202 Rededicated as the Gold Star Highway in Honor of Families of Soldiers

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The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced today the rededication of U.S. 202 from the Delaware/ Pennsylvania line south to the I 95 interchange as the Gold Star Highway. Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan along with Governor John Carney made the announcement to an assembled audience within the sculpture garden of the Blue Ball Barn. Formalizing the event, the Governor proclaimed Monday, September 25, 2017 as "Delaware Gold Star Mothers' and Families' Day".

CNN has described the Gold Star designation as a venerated status that no one wants. For nearly 100 years, inclusion has been earned for losing an immediate family member serving during war/conflict. A Gold Star Lapel Button is issued to immediate family members of those who have lost their lives in the defense of democracy during WWI and II, and any subsequent armed hostilities in which the United States became engaged. It is also issued for Act of Terrorism deaths. Formal recognition of these families was launched in 1947 by an Act of Congress. The Next of Kin Lapel Button was authorized retroactive to March 29, 1973, for those who lost their lives while serving on active duty in other than a combat theatre or act of terrorism.

This is the first I've heard about this, I wonder how hard the new name is going to be pushed over the current "Concord Pike" name on signage.

It won't, except in some DelDOT news releases. Traffic reports won't mention it, just like they don't mention the John F. Kennedy Highway rather than I-95.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jcn on September 27, 2017, 01:04:20 AM
I'm guessing this is on the Delaware side of the bridge? I know US Route 13 doesn't enter New Jersey.
It doesn't, although Morrisville, Pennsylvania, where it reaches its northern terminus, is close.

And as it goes through Chester, Trainer, and Marcus Hook, you'd never know 13 is the same highway that's a dual road between Minquadale, DE and the CBBT.

ixnay

And it's southern terminus is at I-95 near Fayetteville, NC.  Did anyone know that?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 27, 2017, 06:06:54 PM
I'm guessing this is on the Delaware side of the bridge? I know US Route 13 doesn't enter New Jersey.
It doesn't, although Morrisville, Pennsylvania, where it reaches its northern terminus, is close.

And as it goes through Chester, Trainer, and Marcus Hook, you'd never know 13 is the same highway that's a dual road between Minquadale, DE and the CBBT.

ixnay

And it's southern terminus is at I-95 near Fayetteville, NC.  Did anyone know that?
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Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jcn on September 28, 2017, 11:29:37 PM
Living in Wilmington for several years, I've noticed how on Interstate 95 at the 9th Street overpass, the pillar on the southbound side is completely different than the ones on the northbound side and in the median.  Why do you think that is?
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 28, 2017, 11:55:39 PM
Living in Wilmington for several years, I've noticed how on Interstate 95 at the 9th Street overpass, the pillar on the southbound side is completely different than the ones on the northbound side and in the median.  Why do you think that is?
Probably magic.


ETA: What the heck, actually? https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo (https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo)
ETA2: And it happens with all the pillars at 10th Street, but nowhere else.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jcn on September 29, 2017, 12:56:42 AM
ETA: What the heck, actually? https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo (https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo)
ETA2: And it happens with all the pillars at 10th Street, but nowhere else.

You are right about how the pillars at the 9th and 10th Street overpasses (minus the one on the southbound end of the 9th street overpass) are very unique.  With the 95 connection ramps in Bucks County, PA opening next August, it's possible that very soon, some through traffic will see those unique pillars as well.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 29, 2017, 06:09:04 AM
ETA: What the heck, actually? https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo (https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo)
ETA2: And it happens with all the pillars at 10th Street, but nowhere else.

You are right about how the pillars at the 9th and 10th Street overpasses (minus the one on the southbound end of the 9th street overpass) are very unique.  With the 95 connection ramps in Bucks County, PA opening next August, it's possible that very soon, some through traffic will see those unique pillars as well.

It looks like just some reinforcement to the existing bridge support.

I've seen something like this elsewhere, but not to this extent.

Most thru traffic though will never look at the bridge supports though.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: PHLBOS on September 29, 2017, 08:46:17 AM
ETA: What the heck, actually? https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo (https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo)
ETA2: And it happens with all the pillars at 10th Street, but nowhere else.

You are right about how the pillars at the 9th and 10th Street overpasses (minus the one on the southbound end of the 9th street overpass) are very unique.  With the 95 connection ramps in Bucks County, PA opening next August, it's possible that very soon, some through traffic will see those unique pillars as well.

It looks like just some reinforcement to the existing bridge support.

I've seen something like this elsewhere, but not to this extent.

Most thru traffic though will never look at the bridge supports though.
No doubt, you likely had this one (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9085532,-75.1492098,3a,75y,297h,88.89t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBBA6yn_XigH-j3aFaAQKdQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) in mind when you typed the above.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jeffandnicole on September 29, 2017, 09:33:16 AM
ETA: What the heck, actually? https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo (https://goo.gl/maps/QSQhNhBKkVo)
ETA2: And it happens with all the pillars at 10th Street, but nowhere else.

You are right about how the pillars at the 9th and 10th Street overpasses (minus the one on the southbound end of the 9th street overpass) are very unique.  With the 95 connection ramps in Bucks County, PA opening next August, it's possible that very soon, some through traffic will see those unique pillars as well.

It looks like just some reinforcement to the existing bridge support.

I've seen something like this elsewhere, but not to this extent.

Most thru traffic though will never look at the bridge supports though.
No doubt, you likely had this one (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9085532,-75.1492098,3a,75y,297h,88.89t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBBA6yn_XigH-j3aFaAQKdQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656) in mind when you typed the above.

You're probably right about that!
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: seicer on September 29, 2017, 10:43:14 AM
This is common in other states on aging bridges. It's a cheaper way to reinforce a bridge.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Alps on September 29, 2017, 06:36:14 PM
This is common in other states on aging bridges. It's a cheaper way to reinforce a bridge.
Cheaper than what? Extra columns? Also the bridges don't even look that old, though maybe because they're nice and polished white.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on September 29, 2017, 07:27:13 PM
This is common in other states on aging bridges. It's a cheaper way to reinforce a bridge.
Cheaper than what? Extra columns? Also the bridges don't even look that old, though maybe because they're nice and polished white.

Ninety-five through Wilmington city was built in the mid-'60's.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: J N Winkler on September 29, 2017, 08:19:26 PM
This looks to me like a retrofitted crash wall, designed to redirect an errant truck longitudinally so it doesn't take the bridge down.  Since the I-80 Big Springs bridge collapse in Nebraska, there has been some research interest in ways to make bridges less vulnerable to impact loads from large trucks.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: jcn on September 30, 2017, 10:11:31 AM
This is common in other states on aging bridges. It's a cheaper way to reinforce a bridge.
Cheaper than what? Extra columns? Also the bridges don't even look that old, though maybe because they're nice and polished white.

Ninety-five through Wilmington city was built in the mid-'60's.

ixnay

Yes, and I remember that the pillars weren't originally white.  They painted them white in the mid 2000's I believe.

But, like I said does anyone have any idea why at the 9th street overpass, the northbound and median pillars have that extra reinforcement, and the southbound one doesn't?

Also, you are right, JeffandNicole, that through traffic on 95 through Wilmington won't increase much when the ramps open.  One, because a lot of people will probably continue to get on 295 and take that to the Jersey Turnpike like they do now, and two, for those that do decide switch over to the 95 path through Philly when the ramps open, will probably use the 495 bypass around Wilmington, which they should. 
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: D-Dey65 on November 05, 2017, 09:07:34 PM
Hey, I found another Delaware House... but it's in Pennsylvania:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Delaware_House_-_panoramio.jpg

 :D :)
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on November 07, 2017, 09:28:38 PM
DE 141 between DE 48 and DE 52 is becoming a bottleneck due to concrete replacement.

https://www.deldot.gov/About/news/index.shtml?dc=release&id=6834

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on November 15, 2017, 04:42:12 PM
On DE 1 coming off the Milford bypass SB, approaching the interchange for DE 30, the countdown signs have been replaced.  Instead of pitching "Lincoln" in Clearview, they pitch "Lincoln/Milford" in post-Clearview MUTCD.

I imagine that interchange will get real busy once the new hospital in that vicinity is finished a year or so from now.

Meanwhile over on U.S. 113, improvements are on the way.  They'll come not a minute too soon, especially in the Millsboro/Dagsboro stretch.

http://coastalpoint.com/content/route-113-overpasses-coming-central-sussex-county_11_09_2017

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on November 16, 2017, 08:31:33 AM
Back on DE 1, as DE 1 comes into Fenwick Island, it becomes "Fisher Edwards Memorial Boulevard".

I assumed it was named for one person until I came across this via Google...

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/157186788/

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FENWICK ISLAND - The Fenwick Town Council has decided to delay until next month consideration of a replacement for Councilman J. Livingston Edwards, who died two weeks ago. Possible replacements will be discussed at the February council meeting. Edwards' term expires in August. The council has also decided to ask the State Highway Division to rename the portion of Delaware 14 that goes through Fenwick the '"Fisher-Edwards Memorial Highway" for Edmond Fisher, one of the town founders and a former councilman, and Edwards. The two men died within a few months of each other and had been active in town affairs for many years.

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: Henry on November 16, 2017, 10:11:44 AM
Hey, it's the next best thing to making a freeway on the Atlantic Coast.
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on November 16, 2017, 04:03:43 PM
Hey, it's the next best thing to making a freeway on the Atlantic Coast.

 :thumbsup:

ixnay
Title: Re: Delaware
Post by: ixnay on November 16, 2017, 04:06:02 PM
Hey, it's the next best thing to making a freeway on the Atlantic Coast.

 :thumbsup:

ixnay

Memo to Delmarva Power:  Replace those ugly power poles on SB DE 1 between Indian River Inlet and Fred Hudson Road.  They are rusting away and look ugly as a result.   :wow:

ixnay