The Reedy Point Bridge will be closed from Oct. 8 until Oct. 26 so that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can continue maintenance work on it.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Oct. 8, the bridge will be completely closed off until the sand blasting and painting of the south half of the cantilever truss span is done on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Reedy Point Bridge on Del. Route 9 between New Castle Avenue and Reedy Point Road is the main gateway to Delaware City.
Detours will be set up for the duration of the project and all businesses in Delaware City will remain open.
Safety repairs on the bridge began in April and there have been temporary lanes closures or full bridge closures since then.
The work, which was announced by the Corp's Philadelphia district in February, raised concerns from residents and business owners past the bridge because of the 13-mile detour motorists would have to take to get to Delaware City and Port Penn.
The repair work includes fixing the welds, deteriorated steel members and the wind linkage.
Work is expected to be done this fall.
Traffic from the north will be directed to Del. Route 1 southbound to U.S. Route 13 southbound via Exit 148.
Once on U.S. 13 southbound, traffic will be directed to turn left at Pole Bridge Road, which becomes Port Penn Road.
The detour ends on Port Penn Road the Del. Route 9 intersection.
Traffic from the south will be directed to U.S. Route 13 via Port Penn Road.
Traffic will turn right onto U.S. 13 from Port Penn Road, turn left at the next traffic signal to enter onto northbound Del. Route 1.
Once on Del. 1, traffic, traffic will exit at Route 72 via Exit 152.
Traffic will turn right at the top of the ramp and then proceed straight through the next intersection at Route 13.
The detour will end on Route 72 where it intersects with Route 9.
Traffic within Delaware City will be detoured out of the town via Cox Neck Road.
Traffic will turn right onto northbound U.S. Route 13 and then left onto Route 72 and then left to enter onto Del. Route 1 southbound.
From there, traffic will follow the detour for southbound traffic.