The state transportation secretary has publicly apologized to those impacted by the late reopening of southbound Route 1, which was closed for work on the new U.S. 301.
Jennifer Cohan, in a news release from the state Department of Transportation, made the written apology. Southbound Route 1 was supposed to reopen at 5 a.m. on Thursday, but it was pushed to 10 a.m. and then to 3 p.m., which was when it finally reopened.
The roadway was closed at 9 p.m. the night before, between the Roth Bridge and Pole Bridge Road, which was needed to install structural components of the new US 301 bridge over Route 1.
Motorists had to detour the closure by following Lorewood Grove Road (Exit 148) to U.S. Route 13, south to Pole Bridge Road and back to Route 1. The tolls weren’t collected.
Cohan said the project “encountered major delays that have resulted in an extended closure of the roadway. While we work hard with our contractors to plan these events to cause the least amount of impact on motorists, there is always the potential for issues to arise during execution that can alter our best laid plans.”
DelDOT will meet with the contractor, Tutor Perini, to discuss the events and avoid these types of delays for next Tuesday’s” similar project, she said.
Per the contractual language, DelDOT has the right to seek damages from the contractor for the delay, but DelDOT’s statement didn’t say that it would seek such damages.
“I apologize again for this inconvenience and we will work hard to do better,” Cohan said.
The contractor, Tutor Perini, also apologized in the same news release as the transportation secretary’s statement
“On behalf of Tutor Perini, please accept our apologies for the delayed erection of the concrete beam” for the U.S. 301 project, said Damon Petrillo, vice president of Tutor Perini. “The planned erection procedure included a detour to the travelling public, which was to be concluded by 6 a.m. on” Sept. 14.
“This did not occur, due to a multitude of issues, outside the control of DELDOT, but within that of Tutor Perini…While the operation was completed safely, an inconvenience was caused to the general public, DELDOT and others. Tutor Perini offers its sincere apologies for today’s events.”