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Civil | DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - U.S. 301 TOLL ROAD
The construction cost for the project is $460
million, which includes all the contractor,
utility and inspection work. The project
will not only help regional traffic, but also
support economic development in one of
the fastest-growing areas in the state of
Delaware, according to McCleary.
"This project is a big benefit to the local
area of southern New Castle County," he
says. "So you'll have the four-lane controlled-access highway, then you'll also
have the renovation and rehab work we'll
do to the original Route 301 alignment - in
addition to the multiple facilities we'll build
to connect the transit, amongst other things
we're building in the area."
Ultimately, everything DelDOT is building circles back to improving safety, managing truck traffic and reducing congestion
between local and regional traffic.
"This project has been in the works for
many years," Tudor says. "It started in the
early 1960s, so there has been a discussion
about this type of project for upwards of
50 years. What finally got the ball rolling
is continued recognition that something
needed to be done to the corridor to
improve safety and traffic. With so much
discussion for many years, we really just
needed the financing to make it a reality."
According to Cimino, the project for
many participants is an "once-in-a-lifetime
new U.S. 301 bridge is
over the Sandy Branch
Tributary in March of this year.
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opportunity." "There are not many projects
that not only cost this much, but also a majority of our projects are rehabilitations, not
re-alignments," he explains. "So this is an
opportunity that doesn't come along often."
Additionally, DelDOT uses many of its
projects as training platforms for its new engineers, inspectors and technicians. The U.S.
301 Toll Road project will not be any different, McCleary notes. "We've also partnered
with the University of Delaware to have
training videos made by actually going out
and filming the work as it's occurring," he
pre-cast arch culvert is
on the U.S. 301 project
in September 2016.
says. "We are also re-writing our construction manual, which provides guidance to
our construction staff on how to administer
and inspect construction contracts.
"Those construction videos are hyperlinked to the online version," he continues.
"For example, if the manual highlights
earthwork you can click the link and watch
a video. So the project itself is not only a
once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it's also
a once-in-a-career experience to build your
resume, learn and teach those upcoming
employees in our line of work."