Updated: 2.8 year $12.7 million Rt. 72-40 intersection project underway

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Construction began on Monday on a nearly three-year-long intersection project at Route 40 and 72 in Bear.

The Delaware Department of Transportation announced that the contractor A-Del Construction Company Inc.,Newark, was awarded the contract with a bid submitted of $12,685,777, the lowest of four received.

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The project involves reconstructing the intersection of Route 40 and SR 72 to provide an additional through lane along each Route 72 approach, as well as providing double left-turn lanes along each US 40 approach. The project will also realign the intersection of Del Laws Road and provide a new traffic signal at that intersection.

This project is part of the US 40 Corridor Program. The project is anticipated to be completed by spring 2021.

The overall construction limits area includes Roue. 72 Wrangle Hill Road/Sunset Lake Road from 1000′ feet south of Del Laws Road to GBC Drive; and US 40/Pulaski Highway from Rickey Boulevard to Broadleaf Drive.

DelDOT spokesperson Louise Holt said the project is “in “multiple phases with traffic switches between phases in order to keep the traffic flowing and other access maintained to the public.”

“We looked at saving time and recommended 1,047 calendar days (2.8 years), which was the most efficient timeframe,” Holt stated.

During construction, motorists can anticipate roadway and lane closures.

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