Pipe fix on Sandtown Road
Sandtown Road to be closed for crossroad pipe replacement near Felton.
At 5665 Sandtown Road: closed for removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe for better drainage between Beagle Club Road and Burnite Mill Road, 7 a.m. May 26 until 3 p.m. May 29, pending weather.
Crossroad pipes carry water from one side of the road to the other. A significant number of corrugated metal pipes corrode through and develop holes. Once holes start to form, the fill dirt on the outside of the pipe that supports the road can be lost into the pipe. This can create a sinkhole and can cause the pipe to collapse if it is not caught or replaced in time.
Once the pipe starts to collapse, the structure can no longer safely carry vehicular traffic or properly transport the water flow through the pipes. DelDOT replaces deteriorated corrugated metal pipes with reinforced concrete pipes or plastic pipes with a longer life.