The existing lanes of US 301 at the Maryland state line has shifted to the new U.S. 301 for a short distance as part of the new 301 project, the state Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced.

“Existing U.S. 301 will be closed at the Maryland line. All traffic will be shifted to the new U.S. 301 for a short distance,” said Kenneth L. Cimino. public outreach coordinator for the project.

This temporary traffic pattern will be in place through the majority of 2018 as the new 301 northbound lanes will be built, said a DelDOT news release.

Motorists traveling northbound on the existing US 301 from Maryland will utilize a median crossover to get onto the new U.S. 301, and travel northbound to a second crossover that will take them back to existing 301 (north of Hoober Tractor).

Motorists traveling southbound on the existing 301 into Maryland will utilize a newly constructed crossover to get onto the new 301, and travel southbound to the existing southbound lanes of U.S. 301 in Maryland.

During this temporary traffic pattern, there will be no charge of tolls on the new U.S. 301. When this road is completed in December 2018, it will open for the collection of tolls.

In addition, all businesses in the immediate area will remain serviceable, DelDOT said.

For further information visit www.us301.deldot.gov, or contact DelDOT community relations at 1-800-652-5600 or 302-760-2080.

There are other lane and road closures because of the work for the new 301.

Port Penn Road at U.S. Route 13 is restricted to a right turn into and right turn out of Port Penn Road.

Traffic accessing southbound 13 from Port Penn Road will follow Port Penn Road to Pole Bridge Road and back to 13.

Motorists accessing Port Penn Road from southbound 13 will follow 13 to Pole Bridge Road and back to Port Penn Road.

Traffic accessing the Biddles Toll Plaza from northbound U.S Route 13 will follow Route 13 to the traffic signal at the free ramp to northbound Route 1 and make a U-Turn back to the Biddles Toll Plaza.

This closure will remain in effect until June 2018 after the intersection is reconstructed and the new traffic signal becomes operational.

Hyetts Corner Road is closed to traffic between the St. Georges High School and Windsor Commons Way until December 2018.

Motorists traveling westbound on Hyetts Corner Road should follow Jamison Corner Road through the roundabout and continue to Boyd’s Corner Road (SR 896) and turn left, follow Boyd’s Corner Road (SR 896) to US Route 13 and turn left, and back to Hyetts Corner Road.

Vehicles traveling eastbound on Hyett’s Corner Road should turn right at Route 13, follow 13 to Boyd’s Corner Road (SR 896) and turn right, follow Boyd’s Corner Road to Jamison Corner Road and turn right, follow Jamison Corner Road through the roundabout and back to Hyetts Corner Road.

Strawberry Lane is closed to traffic at Route 301. Motorists wanting to access the east side of Strawberry Lane from 301 will follow Levels Road (SR 15) to Strawberry Lane.

Motorists wanting to access the west side of Strawberry Lane from 301 will turn left onto the new Levels Road/Warwick Road (SR 299) and follow Warwick Road (SR 299) to Strawberry Lane.