The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this morning that the new ramp from I-95 southbound to Route 1 southbound and Christiana Mall officially opened today at 6:30 a.m.
Traffic destined for points south along Route 1 will no longer contend with the merging traffic onto I-95 southbound, as well as the cloverleaf and cattle chute, according to Robert B. King, DelDOT community relations officer.
A new two-lane ramp, constructed by Cherry Hill Construction of Jessup, Md., directs traffic from I-95 southbound along an elevated ramp over I-95 with designated lanes for Route 1 southbound as well as for Christiana Mall.
Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt said at a press event yesterday commemorating the anticipating opening of the ramp, "This is a major event in the improvement of the I-95 corridor within Delaware. It is about safety, improving traffic flow, and convenience of motorists. From my first day as Secretary, I heard cries from Delawareans to do something about the cloverleaf and cattle chute, well two years ago I did a groundbreaking on this project, and I can proudly respond that something has been done. For traffic off I-95 to Route 1, the cloverleaf and cattle chute are now gone forever."
The total reconfiguration of the I-95/Route 1 Interchange Project, will also add an elevated flyover connecting ramp from Route 1 northbound to I-95 northbound. This new ramp, which will allow for smoother merging patterns for motorists destined for Wilmington, will direct traffic over I-95 onto a designated northbound left lane. This should ease major congestion by eliminating Wilmington-bound traffic the necessity of merging across five lanes of traffic. Completion of the second flyover ramp is anticipated to be completed in October, pending weather and other factors.
Overhead signs have been installed notifying motorists of the reconfigured exit, and rush hour traffic is reported as traveling smoothly this morning with no reported delays.
This work is the final phase of a multi-year, multi-project Interstate Improvement Program that has included the reconstruction of the I-95 Toll Plaza in Newark, I-95 5th Lane Widening Project, Churchmans Road/Route 7 Intersection, and Churchmans Bridge over I-95.