Virtual Workshop

The comment submission period for Robinsonville Road (BR 3-713) has ended. Thank you!

Welcome to the Delaware Department of Transportation's virtual workshop. The goals of the virtual workshop format are to make it easier for more people to view the project information, and to reduce the costs involved in traditional public workshops. This is a workshop regarding the replacement of bridge 3-713 on Robinsonville Road over Love Creek, south of Nassau in Sussex County.

[Location Map]: Bridge 3-713 has been identified by DelDOT's Bridge Management Section as being in need of replacement. The bridge is located on Robinsonville Road over Love Creek, south of Nassau in Sussex County.

[South Elevation] [West Approach]: Bridge 3-713 consists of three 6 foot corrugated metal pipes with a total length of approximately 150 feet.

[General View]: The metal pipes of this bridge consists of galvanized steel and have been in place for approximately 23 years. Although most of the structure has held up well, areas on some of the pipes have experienced heavy corrosion. Because of this, there has been a significant loss of metal at some of these areas. Also, the pipes have consistently overflowed during heavy storm events. It is important to note that the bridge remains safe to carry normal traffic at this time, however significant corrosion, deterioration and continued structural deficiencies warrant a full bridge replacement.

[Bridge Plan Section and Elevation]: As seen on the bridge plan, section and elevation sheet, Deldot proposes to replace the existing metal pipe structure with a reinforced concrete rigid frame. Guardrail will be placed along the south side of the roadway. To ensure safe travel, traversable slopes extending out to the clear zone distance will be provided on either side of the roadway. Additionally, riprap will be placed into the streambed and along the side slopes to protect the proposed bridge and prevent scour or erosion of the stream channel. This work should take approximately 60 days to complete and is scheduled to occur during the summer or fall of 2015.

[Detour Plan]: During construction, the road will be closed in order to perform the proposed work. As you can see, a temporary detour has been planned to accommodate the traveling public.

[Detour Map]: This map more clearly demonstrates the route that thru-traffic will take during the temporary road closure. Motorists will be given advance notice of this closure prior to the detour. Motorists heading north from the south side of the structure will be given two detour routes. The first route will direct motorists to head north on John J. Williams highway (S24), turn left onto Plantation Road (S24A), and continue to Robinsonville Road (S277). The second route will direct motorists traveling north on Robinsonville Road (S277) to turn left onto Kendale Road, right onto Beaver Dam Road (S23), and continue to Robinsonville Road (S277). Motorists heading southwest from the northeastern side of the structure will be given the same two detour routes. The first will direct them southeast along Plantation Road (S24A), turn right onto John J. Williams Highway (S24) to Robinsonville (S277). The second detour route will direct motorists to travel southwest along Beaver Dam Road, turn right onto Kendale Road, and continue to Robinsonville Road (S277).

[Construction Plan]: Although DelDOT strives to perform as much of the work as possible within the department's existing right-of-way, sometimes the nature of the work requires a larger area than what is provided. That is the case for this project. As can be seen on the plan sheet, right-of-way and easements will be needed from adjacent property owners in order to complete the work. Right-of-way will be required for the placement and maintenance of the riprap in and around the stream. The riprap will be buried and covered with streambed material in the stream, or topsoil, grass seed, and mulch on the stream banks. Temporary construction easements will be needed beyond the right-of-way for the placement of sandbags and to divert the stream flow so the in-stream work can be completed. These areas will be restored to their natural condition upon completion of the work. A real estate representative will be in contact with the affected property owners to explain the department's real estate process.

If you would like to make comments, you may submit them online by clicking on the link, "send us your comments". Or you may call toll free to 800-652-5600, or call locally in the Dover area, 760-2080. Comments may also be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, Delaware, 19903. Comments are due within 30 days of the posting of this virtual workshop on the internet.

Thank you for participating in the Delaware Department of Transportation's Virtual Workshop.