DelDOT Update on Hurricane Sandy and Route 1

Status of Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach


Route 1 from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach remains closed, as crews continue to clear all of the sand from the roadway, or to assess the condition of the road surface.

One lane is open for use by emergency vehicles only.

More than 25 pieces of heavy equipment and dozens of people have been working to clear the sand from the travel lanes of Route 1, on the northern approaches to the Indian River Bridge since Tuesday, October 30.

DelDOT is being assisted in this effort by people and equipment helping are from Delaware National Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and George & Lynch, a private contractor.

Roads and Bridges Currently Closed
Prime Hook Road remains closed, and will not open until the water recedes and inspectors can assess the condition of the road surface, and make any necessary repairs.

The Blades draw bridge is open to vehicle traffic, but it will be several days before the bridge can be raised and lowered for water traffic. Much of the electrical equipment used to operate the bridge was submerged, and needs to be dried and inspected.

Traffic Signals
All traffic signals in Delaware are currently operational.
DelDOT signal technicians are continuing to inspect signals statewide.

DMV Late Fees Waived
• In response to hurricane-related office closures on Monday and Tuesday, and as a courtesy to DMV customers, late fees will be waived for the rest of this week for both Vehicle Registration and Driver License Renewals that have expired.
• If a motorist has a license or registration that expires any time this week, and the lines or hours prevent them from getting service before the day of expiration, the late fees will not be assessed. Any questions can be addressed to local DMV lanes, which are all informed of the situation.
• The State Police are aware of and support this extension. So motorists should not have any concerns about driving with expired documents before they can get them renewed this week.

DART and Paratransit
• DART First State have resumed normal operations.
• However, riders should exercise care when boarding and disembarking.
• Delays are possible due to road conditions, road closures, and other safety concerns.
• SEPTA Wilmington – Newark Regional Rail will operate.

Debris Removal
DelDOT is working with state and federal agencies to address the issue of removing storm debris.

A policy on debris removal will be announced soon.

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