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Deck rehabilitation Project

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The project includes removal of the top 2” of the existing deck slabs and replacement with an Ultra High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) overlay on the New Jersey-bound Span of Delaware Memorial Bridge. Using hydro demolition, two inches of the old deck will be removed, the reinforcing mat repaired, transverse deck relief joints and expansion joints replaced, and a UHPC deck overlay added.

Video animation to simulate traffic flow during Phase I of the project >>>

For questions and concerns about this important infrastructure project, please feel free to email us at info_deckoverlay@drba.net

UHPC Overlay project

Where

Northbound (New Jersey Span) of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

When

  • Phase 1 (Fall 2022): Northbound Span, two right lanes (Lanes 1 & 2), west of suspended bridge midpoint (“Delaware side”) – COMPLETE
  • Phase 2 (Spring 2023): Northbound Span, two left lanes (Lanes 3 & 4), for the full length of the bridge – February 1, 2023 – May 25, 2023
  • Phase 3 (Fall 2023): Northbound Span, two right lanes (Lanes 1 & 2), west of suspended bridge midpoint (“New Jersey side”) – September 5, 2023 – November 21, 2023

What to expect

Two lanes on the New Jersey-bound structure will be closed to traffic throughout each overlay placement period – with an additional third lane shut down during the overnight hours. The remaining lanes on the New Jersey bound structure will be open to traffic.  

To accommodate anticipated traffic volumes, a bypass lane will also be provided diverting traffic around the construction. This bypass lane will divert traffic to the exterior lane of the Delaware bound structure and will accommodate traffic bound for the New Jersey Turnpike only. The traveling public should expect traffic congestion and delays heading into New Jersey.   

Construction activity associated with this project will be suspended during the winter months and the peak summer travel season.

deck rehabilitation project phases

Ultra High Performance Concrete Project Updates
Phase One of Bridge Deck Overlay Project Completed Ahead of Schedule - November 22, 2022
Bridge Deck Overlay - Demobilization Advisory for First Phase - November 15, 2022
Bridge Deck Project's First Phase Now Underway; Right Two Lanes Closed on Northbound Span - September 15, 2022
Bridge Deck Project to Begin Next Week; Crews to Create Bypass Lane on Delaware-bound span - August 31, 2022
Virtual Town Hall Session #2 - Record on August 16, 2022
Virtual Town Hall Session #1 - Recorded on July 28, 2022
Virtual Town Hall Presentation PDF
DRBA Contracts for Multi-Year UHPC Bridge Deck Project

bridge facts

Opened to the Public: August 16, 1951
Connecting: New Castle, DE and Pennsville, NJ
Overall Length: 3,650 Feet
Bridge Type: Twin Span Suspension Bridge
Initial Cost: $44 Million - First Span
Twin Span: Added 1968
Daily Crossings: 100,000 vehicles

Did You Know?

Fraternal, not identical…to the eye, the two spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge look identical. Most of the differences are the result of improved construction technology. In fact, the original span (heading to New Jersey) is one foot taller than the second span.

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