Repairs to the Interstate 495 bridge in New Castle County are moving along, though there’s no indication the span across the Christina River will open any sooner than expected.
Authorities evacuated three administrative buildings at the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Delaware after a bomb threat on the grounds.
Federal officials, in a letter to DelDOT, say the bridge appears to be well maintained and inspected and the state couldn’t have predicted all that dirt would cause the bridge to tilt.
Authorities have identified the male victim of Monday night’s house fire and building collapse in Wilmington, Delaware.
Investigators spent Tuesday sifting through rubble on Bird Street in Wilmington looking for the cause of a fire and building collapse that killed one person and send two others to the hospital.
The fire was reported shortly before 11 p.m. in the 400 block of Maryland Avenue.
Progress is being made at the bridge site with crews working around the clock on 12-hour shifts. New equipment arrived on site Friday, and DelDOT says crews have hit the ground running.
Officials in Delaware are still monitoring the I-495 bridge over the Christina River. They closed it last week because of support columns that shifted, causing safety concerns.
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.
The fire broke out just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday in a structure at 622 North Harrison Street.
State transportation officials said Wednesday that they believe a contractor is responsible for dumping a massive mound of dirt suspected of shifting the ground underneath an interstate highway bridge and forcing its closure.
DelDOT closed the bridge at 6 p.m. Monday because an inspection showed four of the 37 support columns are tilted as much as four percent out of vertical alignment.
Engineers are only in the early stages of this investigation. The findings presented today are preliminary.
Authorities are investigating after a suspicious package was found in a parking lot in Wilmington.