DelDOT announces completion of Route 141 road projects

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

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Among the projects finalized by DelDOT is a complete reconstruction of the I-95/141 interchange consisting of eight interchange ramps and four bridges.

The Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that it has completed its improvements to Route 141 between Newport and New Castle.

A press release from the agency called the completion of the projects an “early holiday gift.”

The improvements are the culmination of a decade of work involving multiple projects on the Route 141 corridor from Route 4 in Newport to Route 13 in New Castle.

The corridor is one of the most heavily traveled non-interstate roads in Delaware, according to DelDOT. The projects along the corridor required extensive work to address safety and capacity needs and replace aging infrastructure.

All major work for the most recent project from the I-95 interchange to Jay Drive, which began in August 2019, has been completed ahead of the original spring 2022 completion date by the contractor, R.E. Pierson.

Improvements include:

  • Complete reconstruction of the I-95/141 interchange consisting of eight interchange ramps and four bridges
  • Constructing an additional left turn lane from Commons Boulevard to Route 141 northbound
  • Constructing additional Route 141 through lanes at the Commons Boulevard intersection
  • Pedestrian and transit infrastructure improvements
  • Full-depth pavement reconstruction and drainage improvements
  • Rehabilitation of the Route 141 Newport viaduct
  • Rehabilitation of the Route 141 bridge over Route 13

Transportation secretary Nicole Majeski said the agency invested nearly $160 million to improve safety and traffic flow, resulting in the modernization of the 50-year-old corridor.

β€œWe appreciate the patience of motorists as our contractors have worked to make these needed repairs and improvements while maintaining traffic through this corridor and I am grateful to the work of our DelDOT team and contracting community for their efforts to complete these projects,” Majeski said.

Gov. John Carney said the completed projects are just a few examples of work being done all around the state to improve infrastructure to ensure it is safe, well-maintained, and meets the needs of the traveling public.

“We have invested $2.5 billion in our capital transportation program statewide over the past four years and will invest another $4 billion in the next six years as we continue to modernize and improve our infrastructure for all modes of transportation,” Carney said.

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