The I-95 northbound ramp to Route 896 southbound at the edge of Newark was closed this week until the $280 million two-year-long interchange project is completed. Motorists will be directed to Route 273-I-95 Interchange a few miles to the northeast.
The interchange project aims to reduce accidents and improve traffic flow at the interchange and will allow pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The closed ramp was the site of numerous accidents due partly to merging traffic into 896.
The detour may have a minor impact on Newark-area travelers who often avoid tolls by exiting I-95 on Elkton Road in Maryland.
Click on the headline below this post for further details on the interchange project.
The Delaware Department of Transportation also announced the following, weather permitting.
• Sunday, May 21 through Thursday, May 25: Overnight Ramp Closure each night, NB SR 896 to NB I-95
(9 PM to 6 AM).
SR 896 LANE CLOSURES
- Tuesday, May 23: Overnight Left then Right Lane Closure on Route 896 between Welsh Tract Road and Old Baltimore Pike (10PM to 6 AM). Ramps to I-95 NB and SB from SR 896 remain open.
- Wednesday, May 24: Overnight Left then Right Lane Closure on NB SR 896 between Old Baltimore Pike and the I-95 Interchange (10 PM to 6 AM). Ramp to I-95 SB from NB SR 896 will remain open. Detour for NB SR 896 to I95 NB ramp.