The Delaware Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 13 northbound under the state Route 141/Basin Road Bridge in New Castle will be closed to through traffic beginning at 8 p.m. Jan. 5.

Route 13 southbound will remain open until about 6 a.m. Jan. 6.

At all times, the right lane northbound and southbound will remain open for access to local businesses. Local businesses, Airbase Carpet Mart and Arner’s Restaurant, will be open and accessible to customers during the closure.

This work is anticipated to be completed by 5 a.m. Jan. 8. During this weekend closure, motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.

The closure is for new deck panels as the contractor works toward the goal of reopening the bridge to traffic in late January.

Variable message boards will be in place to notify motorists of the upcoming closure with detour routes.

Detour routes are:

— U.S. 13 southbound: Traffic will follow Interstate 295 to south Route 9/New Castle Avenue to state Route 273 west (Ferry Cut Off Street/Delaware Street/Frenchtown Road) to U.S. 13.

— U.S. 13 southbound, local traffic: Traffic will follow U.S. 13 southbound and take north U.S. 202/state Route 141 New Castle/Newport Exit Ramp. Follow northbound on U.S. 202/state Route 141 to Commons Boulevard/Airport Road south to state Route 58/Churchmans Road east to state Route 273 east and return to U.S. 13.

— U.S. 13 northbound: Traffic will turn east on to state Route 273/Frenchtown Road to state Route 141 north/Basin Road to Exit 1A/U.S. 13/U.S. 40 Wilmington/Delaware Memorial Bridge Exit Ramp.