Work on Shuttered I-495 Bridge ‘Rapidly Moving Ahead’

The bridge is still expected to re-open after Labor Day.

 

Crews work on the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after it was closed due to the discovery of four tilting support columns. The closure created heavier-than-normal traffic conditions for motorists on Interstate 95, a major East Coast artery. The bridge normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Crews work on the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after it was closed due to the discovery of four tilting support columns. The closure created heavier-than-normal traffic conditions for motorists on Interstate 95, a major East Coast artery. The bridge normally carries about 90,000 vehicles a day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Delaware Department of Transportation released an optimistic update on the repair effort for the closed I-495 bridge. Saying it was “rapidly moving ahead,” DelDOT says work is moving smoothly.




Workers plan to install 32 steel-reinforced concrete shafts to support the bridge, which was closed indefinitely in early June. So far, three have been completed and three are scheduled to be completed today.

Right. That's still a lot of work to be done. The I-495 bridge is expected to re-open sometime after Labor Day.

In other bridge news, this time in Jersey, a bridge in Lindenwold near the PATCO line on White Horse Road is closed indefinitely after structural issues were discovered. The PATCO High-Speed Line is still operating.

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