War­wickarea road to close tonight

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JA­COB OWENS jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

WAR­WICK — Those driv­ing on U.S. Route 301 near the Delaware bor­der late Wed­nes­day night will need to be pre­pared for de­lays or find al­ter­nate routes.

Driv­ers should ex­cept “sig­nif­i­cant de­lays” due to a sin­gle-lane clo­sure along U.S. 301 at Straw­berry Lane be­tween 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day and 6 a.m. Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the Delaware Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. The high­way will be closed pe­ri­od­i­cally dur­ing that time­frame for up to one hour to al­low cranes to in­stall bridge beams for the new Straw­berry Lane over­pass.

Th­ese clo­sures will oc­cur at five sep­a­rate times through­out the night, and driv­ers are ad­vised to avoid the area if pos­si­ble, DelDOT re­ported. Of­fi­cials noted that the clo­sures were com­mu­ni­cated to emer­gency re­spon­ders, lo­cal busi­nesses, res­i­dents and the truck­ing in­dus­try.

The new Wilson StreetS­traw­berry Lane over­pass, which runs from War­wick south­east to­ward Townsend, Del., over U.S. 301 is the big­gest re­main­ing Ce­cil Coun­ty­con­nected re­lo­ca­tion project con­nected to the by­pass. Ac­cord­ing to DelDOT, that project is sched­uled to be com­pleted by year’s end.

While the Straw­berry Lane clo­sure may im­pact some lo­cal res­i­dents, a nearby clo­sure will af­fect thou­sands on Delaware Route 1 the same night.

All south­bound lanes of Route 1 will close by 9 p.m. Wed­nes­day near Mid­dle­town as con­struc­tion crews in­stall a bridge over the high­way con­nected to the larger U.S. 301 by­pass project. All lanes will re­open at 5 a.m. Thurs­day.

The 14-mile U.S. 301 by­pass project, which aims to bring traf­fic from U.S. 301 at the Mary­land state line to Route 1 south of the Roth Bridge, is sched­uled to open in De­cem­ber 2018.

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