The long-closed I-95-Route 141 northbound ramp to reopen on Monday night
The traffic snarls on Route 141 will lessen in coming weeks.
The northbound ramp from Interstate 95 to Route 141 is slated to open on Monday night, Nov. 5, Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman Charles McLeod said. Signboards announcing the opening will be posted.
The long-running project at the interchange has frayed the nerves of motorists, due to delays that came as problems cropped up that led to the closing for a time of a key bridge in both directions after structural problems were found.
Bridges in the Route 141 area are decades old and had suffered from salt and other types of damage.
Another delay came with the unexpected discovery of asbestos that had to be removed and further pushed back the construction schedule.
Commuters have been dealing with a long-running detour that led to congestion at various times in gaining access to the key route. DelDOT was low key with detour signage in an apparent effort to reduce congestion.
By contrast, a project to upgradethe northern end of Route 141 in the Greenville area has gone relatively smoothly, although back-ups were frequent, with some exits temporarily closed.
The project, which includes concrete paving is slated in the middle of November, Town Square Delaware reported.
A couple of years down the road is another difficult project that will deal with aging viaducts on I-95 sections in Wilmington.