The Indian River Inlet Bridge is set to open on Memorial Day Weekend, according to Coastal Point, ending years of construction and anticipation.
A dedication for the new bridge, which will also be named the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, will take place Sunday, May 6 with special guests Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and more expected to attend. The public is also encouraged to come out to take a look at the finished product before it becomes a four-lane functional roadway on the popular holiday weekend.
As for the expected Memorial Day reopening, the Coastal Point says:
“DelDOT officials said they hope to open all four lanes of traffic on the new bridge by Memorial Day, on a rapidly approaching deadline. Bridge lighting was also expected to be functional in May.
Bridge contractor Skanska Civil Southeast is very close to completing construction activities on the bridge and its environs, including reattaching the sand bypass system that aids the natural movement of sand and tides across the inlet. The sand bypass system must be attached to the new bridge before the old bridge is demolished.
As they finish the final work, from cleanup to light bulb replacement, crews will continue cleaning the construction site and leaving. Meanwhile, DelDOT will complete inspections and inventories, to make sure the State received what it ordered.”
This will come as great news to those incoming travelers from the North, who will see a much improved roadway and a less-cluttered journey as they head into North Bethany for their beach vacations.