Philadelphia, Pa. – The Summit Bridge will be closed to traffic from Friday, April 19, at 10 p.m., to Monday, April 22, at 5 a.m., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District announced today.
The closure is necessary to facilitate steel repairs and to accommodate the heavy machinery necessary to paint higher sections of the bridge and to replace several concrete barriers, called parapets, that separate traffic and provide protection at the edge of the outer lanes.
Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour to travel around the closure.
The detour is as follows:
Northbound U.S. Route 301 traffic will be detoured to Boyds Corner Road (DE Route 896), to U.S. Route 13 north, to DE Route 1 north, to DE Route 72 north, to U.S. Route 40 west, back to U.S. Route 301 / DE Route 896.
Southbound U.S. Route 301 / DE Route 896 traffic will be detoured to U.S. Route 40 east, to DE Route 72 south, to DE Route 1 south, to U.S. Route 13 south via Exit 148, to Boyds Corner Road (DE Route 896), back to U.S. Route 301.
The Army Corps and its contractor, Marinis Brothers, of New Castle, Del., are in the midst of a $12-million repair project that the Army Corps expects to complete by the end of the summer. The project involves sandblasting, steel repair and painting of the bridge, which is more than 50 years old.
Traffic on the bridge has been restricted to one lane each way since March and will continue to be restricted to one-lane each way when the bridge is reopened Monday morning and for the remainder of the project.
For up-to-date traffic information, please log onto Delaware Department of Transportation website or tune to WTMC 1380 AM.
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Release no. 13-007