The Department of Transportation announced to motorists that Double Bridges Road, between Parker House Road and Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, will be closed from 7 a.m. March 11 through 7 p.m. March 15, for the removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe.
The detour route is Double Bridges Road to Parker House Road to Beaver Dam Road to Muddy Neck Road and to Double Bridges Road.
Detour signage will be posted.
Crossroad pipes carry water from one side of the road to the other. A number of these are corrugated metal pipes that will corrode through and develop holes in the pipes. 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 in the road 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 and/or properly transport the water flow through the pipes. DelDOT typically replaces deteriorated corrugated metal pipes with either reinforced concrete pipes or HDPE (plastic) pipes which have a significantly longer life span.