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Indian River Bridge traffic pattern to change tonight

Beginning in just a few hours DelDOT has announced the contractors working on the Indian River Bridge project will be making a traffic pattern shift just north of the bridge itself. At 7 p.m. tonight the change will take effect, and, according to DelDOT it will end at noon tomorrow.
The reason for the change has been given to ensure continued road safety due to dune erosion adjacent to northbound lanes. To us, it sounds suspiciously like “roads covered in sand.”
Now for the rub – Route 1 will be closed in both directions approaching the Inlet Bridge. Once work has been completed a single lane northbound and southbound will be open.
Message boards have been placed along Route 1 to notify drivers of the change, but reading it here may help you avoid what could be a very messy traffic situation.
The current maintained speed limit of 35 m.p.h. will remain in effect.
The commute across that bridge can be trying at the best of times, and the project has been underway for a long time so advice to avoid the area if possible has been, if you’re familiar with the situation, already applied.

If, however, you’re doomed to be caught in this traffic challenge it’s best to go in forewarned. So if you can get out and through before the change happens, it might be best to do so. If not, perhaps now is the time to start downloading a new audiobook or something. 

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  1. We were able to drive across the new bridge today after coming back from climbing the observation tower at Cape Henlopen State Park. Apparently the bridge opened to traffic on 1/20. It is only open for southbound traffic at this point. It was extremely satisfying to use the bridge finally after watching it being slowly constructed over many years. Not sure when the northbound will open but assumedly prior to the heavy summer traffic this year.


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