Upcoming IR Bridge Lane Closure And Inspection Announced

by Dave on October 14, 2010

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) advises motorists of two activities that will be occurring in the vicinity of the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

First, there will be a right lane and shoulder closure of Route 1 northbound over the Indian River Inlet Bridge on Wednesday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This closure is needed to allow the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to make repairs to their sand by-pass system. DelDOT’s bridge inspectors will also be on hand with an under bridge inspection vehicle to assist in this task. The work is expected to only take 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Route 1 southbound will not be impacted by this work and will remain open at all times.

Secondly, motorists and area residents may see bridge inspection crews in the water as the annual underwater inspection of the existing Indian River Inlet Bridge occurs October 23-24, 2010. There will be no traffic impacts due to this inspection as crews inspect the condition of underwater substructure units, such as the piers, to determine if any additional scouring has occurred. DelDOT expects to have the results of the inspection within in a couple months.

The existing Indian River Inlet Bridge is the most monitored bridge in the state, with both superstructure and underwater pier inspections occurring every six months to a year. Information on the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge can be found at www.irib.deldot.gov.

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