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Author Topic: Del. I-495 emergency closure  (Read 58990 times)

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Re: Del. I-495 emergency closure
« Reply #175 on: February 18, 2015, 02:18:47 PM »

I seem to recall that the route numbers were swapped and then reswapped some time in the past.
It was as part of an I-95 construction project during the late 70s; though for some reason I-895 was used for the I-95 section instead of I-495.
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Re: Del. I-495 emergency closure
« Reply #176 on: February 18, 2015, 02:57:39 PM »

True but 495 seems to be better equipped to handle through mainline traffic than 95 is. Hell anyone coming from the south to NY is encouraged to take the Del Mem Br ( :-D) and 295/NJTP up instead of staying on 95.

That's not the same thing.   You're referring to control cities, not highway numbering destinations.
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Re: Del. I-495 emergency closure
« Reply #177 on: April 17, 2015, 07:24:40 AM »

DelawareOnline.com: I-495 bridge damage: Delaware tries to recover costs

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The Delaware Department of Transportation is moving ahead with an attempt to recover some of the nearly $43 million spent on I-495 emergency bridge repairs in Wilmington last year, drawing up a demand for insurance coverage details from those potentially responsible for damaging the span.

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Alma Properties LLC, Port Contractors and owners of Keogh Contracting are targets in the coverage demand, said DelDOT spokesman Geoff Sundstrom.

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Officials with the companies could not be reached Wednesday.

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State officials on June 2 ordered the I-495 bridge over the Christina River shut down in east Wilmington after lanes were found to be tilting along northbound and southbound approach spans immediately south of the waterway.

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Huge backups developed in the first days of the detour as motorists were caught without good alternatives. Long snarls continued, especially during rush hours, throughout the summer.

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An investigation tied the shifting to an unauthorized soil stockpile dumped by Keogh alongside key bridge supports. The mass of material compressed soft soils around deep foundation piles, damaging them and the bases of some concrete supports, throwing the spans off balance.

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Keogh is owned by James B. Thomas Jr., son of a founder of Port Contractors, the company that leased the DuPont Co.-owned land where Keogh dumped the soil. Port Contractors also has an interest in Alma, which owns land in the area and was reported to have dealt with Keogh for unrelated operations nearby.
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