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Lafferty Lane drain blues

Delaware News Desk
Milford Beacon
Milford Beacon

Lafferty Lane between Horsepond Road and Bay Road, Dover closed 7 a.m. May 18 until 3 p.m. May 22, for the removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe for better drainage.

Detour:

Eastbound: Motorists will travel north onto Horsepond Road to South Little Creek Road to Bay Road and return to Lafferty Lane.

Westbound: Motorists will travel north on Bay Road to South Little Creek Road onto Horsepond Road and back to Lafferty Lane.

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.