U.S. 301 work to close War­wick-area road

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— Driv­ers in the south­ern county will be with­out one ru­ral U.S. Route 301 ac­cess road start­ing this week as work pro­gresses on a by­pass high­way.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Straw­berry Lane and U.S. Route

WAR­WICK

301 will be closed at 9 a.m. Thurs­day so that a new over­pass bridge can be con­structed in the area, ac­cord­ing to the Delaware De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion. Straw­berry Lane be­comes Wil­son Street when it crosses into Mary­land, and Wil­son Street is the main in­ter­sec­tional road with Route 282 that cre­ates the vil­lage of War­wick.

The clo­sure will re­main in ef­fect for about a year as work is com­pleted on the new over­pass.

Traf­fic ac­cess­ing the east side of Straw­berry Lane will fol­low Lev­els Road, or Delaware Route 15, to Straw­berry Lane. Traf­fic ac­cess­ing the west side of Straw­berry Lane will be forced to travel Route 282 into War­wick.

Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the over­pass, most traf­fic pat­terns will be dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent than how they ap­pear now.

Once com­pleted, Straw­berry Lane will still be able to ac­cess the ex­ist­ing U.S. 301, which of­fi­cials aim to make a lo­cal traf­fic road while di­vert­ing com­muters and long-distance driv­ers to the by­pass, via a new road. Driv­ers on Route 282 will no longer di­rectly con­nect to U.S. 301, how­ever, and will in­stead be forced to travel a lit­tle bit far­ther north to a new in­ter­change at Lev­els Road, near the Ama­zon dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­ity. There, they can ei­ther ac­cess down­town Mid­dle­town, Del., or the tolled by­pass.

Mean­while, south­ern county res­i­dents who work or shop in neigh­bor­ing Delaware will also have to con­tend with a num­ber of night­time road clo­sures on U.S. 301 be­tween Marl Pit and Old School House roads for the move­ment of construction ma­te­rial nec­es­sary to build an­other over­pass bridge.

That stretch of the heav­ily trav­eled high­way will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Sun­day nights. On Fri­day and Satur­day, the clo­sures will start at 10 p.m. and last un­til 7 a.m.

These clo­sures will de­tour traf­fic to Boyd’s Cor­ner Road to U.S. Route 13, to Marl Pit Road and back to U.S. 301.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Crews are pre­par­ing to close Straw­berry Lane in Delaware, which is a U.S. Route 301 ac­cess road from War­wick, this week in or­der to build an over­pass bridge.

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