Department of Transportation officials said during a community workshop Thursday night that the bulk of the I-95 “Restore the Corridor” project should be complete by early 2023.
Weather permitting, DelDOT is planning two “super weekends” — one in mid-September and another in late September.
On Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. I-95 southbound through Wilmington will close. All southbound travel lanes through the city will remain closed until 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19.
Traffic coming from Pennsylvania will be diverted to I-495/Port of Wilmington southbound. Traffic entering I-95 between the I-95/I-495 split will be diverted onto state Route 202, then onto state Route 141 around the city before reuniting with I-95 near Newport.
The 2nd Street onramp to I-95 southbound will remain open.
During the closure, DelDOT will be performing drainage improvements and paving. Current lane configurations will remain the same after that section of the highway reopens on Sept. 19.
The second “super weekend” will occur from Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 3 at 5 a.m.
During that time, traffic from Pennsylvania will again be diverted to I-495/Port of Wilmington. Traffic entering from Naamans Road onward will be diverted to DE-202 onto DE-141, then back onto I-95 near Newport.
The 2nd Street exit out of the city will be closed during the second “Super Weekend.” Traffic will have to take MLK Jr. Boulevard to U.S. 113 then I-495 southbound.
When the highway reopens, all southbound traffic will be returned to the southbound lanes of I-495. Current northbound traffic configurations will stay the same.
Officials said the Electronic Speed Safety Program has successfully reduced speeds and accidents. Since Jan. 17, 2022, crashes are down 47% when compared to the same time period in 2021. Injury-involved crashes are down 45% year over year. There have been no fatal injuries in the affected area in 2022.
For more information, visit restorethecorridor.com.
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