I-495 North Reopens After Summertime Closure
Commuters crossed I-495 northbound over the Christina River this morning, the first Monday commuters have been able to use the lanes since June.
The northbound lanes of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River were officially reopened on Saturday afternoon. That stretch of highway had been closed since the beginning of June after an inspection of the bridge showed four of the 37 support columns were tilted.
The closure caused significant headaches for the 90,000 drivers who take I-495 daily.
The southbound side of the bridge reopened at the end of July, but motorists traveling northbound had to continue to use alternate routes.
The bridge repairs cost $45 million. Although the bridge has been made safe for travel, crews continue to work on permanent repairs.