Wilmington utility relocation project to impact Interstate 95

Delaware News Desk
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times

The Delaware Department of Transportation and the city of Wilmington are collaborating on a water line relocation project beginning May 8 and will require travel lane changes on Interstate 95 for the next several weeks.

Three drinking water transmission mains servicing Wilmington residents and businesses will be relocated from underneath the 10th Street Bridge which spans the interstate to an underground trench that will be dug under I-95.

The project will happen in two phases and will affect both the northbound and southbound lanes. To minimize traffic disruption, some of the work will be conducted 24/7.

Phase one is scheduled for May 8 through May 18. During this phase, both directions of traffic will experience lane shifts to allow for the digging of an underground trench in the center of the roadway and the placement of water mains. From May 15 to 18, both directions of I-95 will be reduced to a single travel lane.

Phase two is scheduled for May 18 through the end of June, during which lane shifts will occur for two lanes of through traffic in each direction as the trench is dug on the outside areas of the roadway on each side of the interstate.

The Adams Street I-95 northbound onramp and the North Jackson Street I-95 southbound onramp will also have short-term closures during this phase of work beginning June 1, and detours will be posted.

Motorists not destined for the Wilmington area are strongly advised to use Interstate 495 as an alternate route during this work to avoid delays.