Traffic moved smoother out of Garden State Thursday as crews continue to make emergency repairs to a span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
Work on suspender ropes left Delaware-bound drivers on bridge that connects the First State with New Jersey reduced to one lane for much of Wednesday before a second lane opened Wednesday evening. [[376521521, C]]
Three lanes were closed to traffic on the southbound side while construction crews replace three suspender ropes. Once workers completed the initial work, a second lane opened up. The two left lanes, however, remain closed for the immediate future.
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By midday Thursday, traffic appeared to be moving smoothly across the bridge, said the DRBA. Motorists remained subject to a 35 mph speed limit Thursday.
The lane restrictions caused traffic headaches for motorists over the past couple of days as traffic during the day backed up into New Jersey.
The @demembridge Twitter feed earlier suggested using Exit 13 along Interstate 295 or Exit 2 of the New Jersey Turnpike to the Commodore Barry Bridge (U.S. Route 322) as an alternate route to avoid delays. They also said the bridge has never diverted traffic on the span dedicated to the other direction of traffic in the 50-year history of the bridge. [[376459041, C]]