Elkton Road construction project now under way, expect delays

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9:08 a.m., Oct. 18, 2010----A major construction project on Elkton Road is now under way in Newark, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced. Motorists should be aware of delays when driving along Elkton Road during the construction period, which is scheduled to run through November 2011.

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The long-term project is divided into four construction phases and will include roadway reconstruction and intersection improvements, among other features.

The Phase One work includes the area of Elkton Road between Casho Mill Road and Delaware Avenue. This portion of Elkton Road will be reconstructed to correct deteriorated pavement, improve safety and improve traffic operations.

Intermittent lane closures will be required for the removal and paving of concrete islands. The removal of the islands is temporary and will allow for a switch in traffic patterns during the first month of work. The change will affect the portion of Elkton Road between Casho Mill Road and Apple Road.

Crews will be working between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and may work on Saturdays if inclement weather is experienced during the week.

Overall, in addition to pavement reconstruction, the project includes

--additional turn lanes at the intersections of Elkton Road and Casho Mill and Apple roads;

--reducing Elkton Road between Apple Road and Delaware Avenue from four to two lanes with a two-way center turn lane; and

--new sidewalks and curb ramps, bike lanes, and utility improvements.

The segment of Elkton Road between Amstel and Delaware avenues was identified previously as a Hazard Elimination Program (HEP) site.

The $10.5 million dollar project was awarded to Greggo & Ferrara Inc. of New Castle.

When future phases become active, details of the construction will be announced.

For more information, visit DelDOT's website.

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