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Crossroad work closing Maple Branch Road

Delaware News Desk
Milford Beacon
Milford Beacon

A contractor will be replacing deteriorating corrugated metal pipes with reinforced concrete pipes.

7 a.m. Monday, May 4, until 5 p.m. Friday, June 5, pending weather, Maple Branch Road (Culvert over Maple Marsh and Beaver Dam Branch) between West Robbins Road and Redden Road will close.

Detour:

West Robbins Road Southbound: Motorists will continue onto West Robbins Road and turn right onto Redden Road and turn right to return to Maple Branch Road.

Redden Road Eastbound: Motorists will continue onto Redden Road and turn left on West Robbins Road and turn left onto Maple Branch Road.

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.