All four lanes on Route 1 canal bridge open

$8 million upgrade nears completion
May 22, 2020

Story Location:
Lewes-Rehoboth Canal bridge
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
United States

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, all four lanes of traffic and both sidewalks are open on the Route 1 bridge crossing the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

This is the first time since late September the bridge is fully open. Delaware Department of Transportation contracted an $8 million project that involved replacing the bridge's concrete decks, approach slabs, joints and bearings; correcting the vertical alignment; realigning the beams; repairing concrete chipping; strengthening concrete piers; sealing concrete abutments and piers; and stabilizing the canal banks. Lighting was also installed.

A May 15 press release from DelDOT says motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures through Friday, June 12, for painting the bridges. 

Route 1 paving and sidewalk improvements on The Forgotten Mile and Dewey Beach, just east of the bridge, are also all but complete. This project began in spring 2019, stopped for the summer months and then resumed at the same time as the bridge construction. This project included repaving Route 1, from the canal bridge to just south of Dewey and pedestrian improvements at intersections.


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