Update on recovery process following Hurricane Sandy
Dover - Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) crews are feverously working on a 24-hour/7-day-a-week basis to restore full service to Delawareans due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. As the flooding dissipates, DelDOT crews are out clearing drains, removing fallen branches and trees from roadways, accessing possible erosion to roadways, and inspecting bridge conditions.
Throughout the state the cleanup and restoration of services continue. While several of the state's roadways remain closed over 95% of them are operational. Route 1 on both the north and southbound sides of the Indian River Inlet Bridge remains closed due to sand covering the approach roadways. The Delaware National Guard is lending equipment and support as DelDOT workers continue accessing this situation as the arduous task of clearing the approaches continues. While our goal is to have the sand removed from the road by the end of the day, we still need to inspect the road surface and make sure it's safe. Until the sand is removed, we won't know for certain if there is damage to the road surface. For this reason, we cannot give a firm date for when Route 1 will reopen. Updates on the progress will be posted as they are made available.
In a statement issued today, Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt praised the DelDOT team, "I want to thank all the men and women of DelDOT who worked many long hours throughout the storm. I recognize that they set aside as much as possible their family and personal obligations to work tirelessly in protecting our citizens and the state's crucial transportation infrastructure. Their professionalism and dedication are deeply appreciated."
Service has been restored to all traffic signals in the state with the exception of SR 54 and Lincoln Drive (Cape Windsor community), and SR 1 and Fred Hudson Road. At both signals, the control cabinets were or remain underwater and will be replaced once the water recedes and a replacement can be installed.
DART First State is operating its normal weekday services today with the exception that the Route 25 is not serving Delaware City; and the Route 303 is not serving Frederica. Paratransit service will be available based upon local road conditions. Delays are possible due to road detours, road closures, and other safety concerns. Riders are advised to exercise care when boarding and disembarking in standing water. For information on SEPTA Regional