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Lords Corner Road gets a new pipe

Delaware News Desk
Milford Beacon
Milford Beacon

The Delaware Department of Transportation announced the closure of Lords Corner Road, between Drapers Mill Road and Holly Spring Road, Felton, from 7 a.m. Jan. 6 to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 for the removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe for drainage improvements.

Northbound traffic will travel north on Holly Spring Road, west on Route 10/Willow Grove Road, south on Drapers Mill Road and return to Lords Corner Road. Southbound traffic will travel north on Drapers Mill Road, east on Route 10/Willow Grove Road, south on Holly Spring Road and back to Lords Corner Road.

Detour signage will be posted.

Detour signage will be posted.

WTMC 1380 a.m. provides motorists real-time traffic conditions throughout Delaware. To report any travel or traffic related issues: cell phone in Delaware, dial #77; 800-324-8379; or 302-659-4600.

Crossroad pipes carry water from one side of the road to the other. A significant number of corrugated metal pipes corrode through and develop holes. Once holes start to form, the fill dirt on the outside of the pipe that supports the road can be lost into the pipe. This can create a sinkhole and can cause the pipe to collapse if it is not caught or replaced in time.

Once the pipe starts to collapse, the structure can no longer safely carry vehicular traffic or properly transport the water flow through the pipes. DelDOT replaces deteriorated corrugated metal pipes with reinforced concrete pipes or plastic pipes with a longer life.