DelDOT officials say the agency missed several opportunities to close the tilting I-495 bridge before June. The finding is part of an internal investigation released Thursday.
Delaware US Senator Chris Coons touring the site around the I-495 bridge, says $2-million in initial emergency federal funds have been made available.
Eyewitness News reporter Jan Carabeo was able to speak with the engineering consulting company that tipped DelDOT off to this problem in the first place.
Engineers are only in the early stages of this investigation. The findings presented today are preliminary.
DelDOT is closing the bridge at 6 p.m. because an inspection showed four of the 37 support columns are tilted as much as four percent out of vertical alignment.
This has been a winter many people are eager to see come to an end.
From driving snow that crippled traffic and caused accidents, to an ice storm that left more than a half million people in our region in the dark, the cost of this winter could be tallied in varied ways including serious inconveniences.
Crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation prepared to work through the night as snow arrived in Delaware.
The KYW Newsradio traffic center reports several accidents throughout Montgomery and Bucks Counties due to slick, icy conditions. Drivers are advised to reduce speeds and drive carefully.
Transportation officials expect it to cut down drive time to the mall, Dover and the Delaware beaches.