Route 1 and I-95 Interchange Project will Necessitate Closures and Restrictions
Wilmington: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that the on-going Route 1 and I-95 interchange project will require daytime and nighttime closures beginning the week of Monday, November 12. These closures are needed for the placement of steel beams over Route 1 and paving.
These closures are pending weather conditions and will be postponed if inclement conditions exist.
Monday, November 12 from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13 The exit ramp from the Christiana Mall using Center Boulevard to Route 7 northbound will be closed. This closure will allow traffic to be shifted to the new final ramp from Center Boulevard to Route 7 northbound.
Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13 from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., Nighttime Lane Closure Route 1 southbound right lane will be closed from I-95 overpass to the Christiana Mall bridge.
Tuesday, November 13 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Route 1 northbound right lane will be closed from the exit ramp to the Christiana Mall for paving.
Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15 from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Route 1 southbound will be closed immediately after the I-95 southbound exit ramp. This will also include the closure of the exit ramp from I-95 southbound to Route 1 southbound. All traffic will be detoured to I-95 southbound to Route 273 eastbound and return to Route 1. This work is to place steel beams over Route 1 for a proposed bridge.
Saturday, November 17 from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. Sunday, November 18 Route 1 northbound will be closed at the Route 273 exit ramp. For vehicles going to I-95 northbound, traffic will use Route 273 westbound to I-95 northbound. For motorists going to Route 7 northbound, traffic will use Route 273 eastbound to Route 4 northbound which will intersect with Route 7.
Sunday, November 18 from 8 a.m. until noon Route 7 northbound will be closed after the I-95 northbound ramp. Motorists going to Route 7 northbound will be detoured to Route 141 westbound to I-95 southbound. This work is to shift traffic along Route 7 northbound into the new final traffic pattern to the right.
Sunday, November 18 at 8 a.m. The exit ramp for traffic exiting the Christiana Mall near JC Penney's to Route 1 northbound will be OPEN.
Southbound Route 1 Detours: Traffic on I-95 NB destined for Route 1 Southbound will be detoured to Rt. 273 EB onto Rt. 1 Southbound. Traffic on I-95 Northbound destined for the Christiana Mall will be detoured onto Rt. 273 Eastbound to Rt. 1 Northbound and to the Christiana Mall. Route 1/Route 7 southbound will exit the ramp to Churchmans Road (Exit 166). At the traffic light, traffic will continue straight and be diverted onto I-95 southbound. Traffic will be detoured from I-95 southbound to Route 273 eastbound to Route 1. Traffic for Route 1 southbound will turn right onto the ramp to Route 1 southbound from Route 273 eastbound. Traffic for Christiana Mall and to I-95 northbound will turn left onto the ramp to Route 1 northbound from Route 273 eastbound. Traffic on I-95 southbound for Route 1 southbound or the Christiana Mall will be detoured to Route 273 eastbound back to Route 1. Traffic for Route 1 southbound will turn right onto the ramp to Route 1 southbound from Route 273 eastbound. Traffic to Christiana Mall will turn left onto the ramp to Route 1 northbound from Route 273 eastbound. Variable message boards will be placed to notify motorists of the upcoming closures.
For more information on Route 1/I-95 interchange project, visit www.I95.deldot.gov.
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The New Castle County Division of Police has instituted a web based survey the public can complete to express the experiences that they have had with the police department and 911.
In the constant efforts to improve service to the public, insight is needed to determine the Division’s strengths and weaknesses. This survey will capture important information that will be utilized to further enhance service to our communities.
The survey is available under the “Survey” tab at the division’s web site, www.nccpd.com . The survey is free and anonymous.
The Division encourages the public to complete this quick and easy survey. This evaluation of the service provided, will serve as a guide for the Division of Public Safety as it strives to provide continued excellence in policing.
Please forward this information to your family, friends and neighbors.
Police Cracking Down on Motorists Using Hand-held Cell Phones
Through November 20th, police in Delaware are cracking down on scofflaws who refuse to comply with the state's ban on using hand-held cell phones while driving.
Since the beginning of 2011, the state law has prohibited motorists from using hand-held cell phones or other electronic devices to hold conversations, send text-messages or access the Internet. First-time offenders face a $50 fine, while repeat violators get hit with a ticket of between $100 and $200.
"It is important to raise the level of awareness regarding the negative impact cell phone use has on drivers and the potential consequences that it creates for all of us on the roads," said State Rep. Joe Miro, R-Pike Creek, who was one of the prime sponsors of the cell phone law.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes kill more than 30,000 people in the U.S. annually and seriously injure another 3.5 million. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 24 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involve cell phone use.
In its 2012 report, "State of the Nation of Cell Phone Districted Driving," the NSC asserted: "Although there can be many distractions in a vehicle, cell phone use by drivers is a particularly deadly threat, not because the activity is the most dangerous thing a driver can do, but because so many drivers are engaging in the behavior and for greater lengths of time. The combination of high risk and high exposure makes cell phone use while driving a top distraction."
Delaware is conducting three, two-week waves of overtime enforcement as part of a pilot project funded by grant money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In announcing the grant in June outside of Legislative Hall, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said "distracted driving is an epidemic" in the nation.
The current "first wave" of enhanced enforcement of Delaware's cell phone law began on Wednesday and runs through the 20th. Two more waves are slated for next year: April 9-22 and June 4-17.
Rep. Miro said the stepped-up enforcement is a welcome development. "Despite the fact that numerous studies clearly show that talking or texting on a cell phone while driving greatly increases the likelihood of a crash, many motorists continue to defy the law," he said. "Since it went into effect at the start of last year, police have issued nearly 20,000 cell phone citations. Convenience is a poor excuse for endangering your own safety, as well as that of surrounding motorists and pedestrians."
Election Day is this Tuesday, November 6. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
With the legislative district lines re-drawn for this election, voters must be extra careful to confirm their polling places since many have changed. The Delaware General Assembly is federally mandated to redistrict the Senate and House districts every 10 years to account for population shifts based on the U.S. census.
The Department of Elections (DOE) has worked to reassign polling locations due to the changes in district lines. Every registered voter should have received a polling card from the Department of Elections with their 2012 polling place. We strongly encourage you to double-check your polling location.