Semi-trailers are now prohibited from using the north lanes of I-95 in the Wilmington construction zone, the Delaware Department of Transportation said Tuesday.
From I-495 north of the Brandywine River Bridge in Wilmington, only two-axle vehicles and buses are permitted to use the north lanes of I-95. DelDOT said the restriction, which took effect Wednesday, is aimed at reducing the number of accidents in the construction zone of I-95.
Since the start of the project, nearly twenty accidents involving semi-trailers have occurred in the construction area.
“While the tractor-trailer drivers are not always at fault in these incidents, these accidents have blocked the road for long periods of time and this is one more step we are taking to increase safety in the construction area,” said Transport Secretary Nicole Majeski. in a report.
The restriction will be in place for the duration of the I-95 construction project.
DelDOT said it does not apply to the south lanes of I-95 because their multiple access points would make enforcement difficult. The ministry urges large vehicles to use I-495 as an alternate route.
Major construction on I-95 began in February, DelDOT said. The project, which includes repairing 19 bridges, the roadway and several access and exit ramps, will take years. DelDOT says the project will extend the life of the I-95 corridor by at least 30 years.
Currently, I-95 through Wilmington is limited to one lane in each direction.
For more information on the I-95 construction project, visit restorethecorridor.com.