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Traffic Moves Again Over I-495 Bridge



    NBC10's Monique Braxton explains how and why the I-495 southbound lanes have reopened ahead of schedule. (Published Friday, Aug. 1, 2014)

    A portion of Interstate 495 reopened at 5 p.m. Thursday -- about eight weeks after Delaware Transportation officials closed the stretch to repair supporting columns that were tilting.

    The bridge, which typically carries about 90,000 vehicles daily, was closed June 2 after officials learned of the unsafe conditions.

    Traffic Flows Again on I-495

    [PHI] Traffic Flows Again on I-495
    The damaged span in Delaware opened early in one direction.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 1, 2014)

    DelDOT originally estimated the southbound lanes would open on Labor Day, Sept. 1. But officials with the transportation agency announced Thursday afternoon that the southbound drivers could begin using the roadway.

    The northbound lanes remain closed, but will be reopened before the start of September, said Delaware Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt.

    The damage and subsequent closure of the highway led Google to remove the bridge from its online maps in early June.

    The internet giant has yet to update its system to include the reopened highway -- often used to bypass Interstate 95.

    Drivers React to Reopening of I-495 Southbound Lanes

    [PHI] Drivers React to Reopening of I-495 Southbound Lanes
    The southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge in Wilmington reopened Thursday, weeks ahead of schedule. The northbound lanes are set to reopen in the next few weeks. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez talked to drivers who are glad to hear their commutes will be returning to normal.
    (Published Thursday, July 31, 2014)

    Realigning the tilting bridge will cost an estimated $35 million.