Work to fix a pipe and replace a bridge on Westville Road may not be completed until July 27

DelDOT’s project to replace a pipe and reconstruct a bridge on Westville Road will take a little longer to complete than originally expected.

Department spokesman Greg Layton said underground water is the reason.

The road between Wyoming and Hazlettville was closed June 11 to replace a corrugated metal pipe and was expected to reopen by July 20.

The bridge carries the roadway over the Almshouse Branch.

“We ran into about three active springs of water coming into the excavation area,” Layton said in an email to the Dover Post. “We need to do some work to compensate, which may add a week to the project length, but otherwise things are good.”

A new, reinforced concrete box culvert is to be set next week, Layton added.

The work, being done by Zack Excavating Inc., will include a new guardrail, reconstruction of the roadway coming up to the bridge and work to reduce erosion of the stream banks.