Work to replace underground pipes began June 11.

DelDOT’s project to replace a pipe and reconstruct a bridge on Westville Road will take at least a month longer to finish than originally planned

Department spokesman Greg Layton said recent wet weather is part of 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 project now won’t be complete until around Aug. 20, Layton said.

The bridge carries the roadway over the Almshouse Branch.

After work started, workers uncovered three active springs which brought water into the excavation area, Layton said. Project managers had to compensate for the extra water, he added.

Recent rains caused the Almshouse stream to overflow and soak the project area even more, Layton said.

A rock wall and pumps were installed to keep the water at bay, he added.

Contractors for Zack Excavating are back at work, and will be re-installing a guard rail and paving the roadway, he said.

Work included installing a reinforced box culvert and reducing erosion of the stream bank, Layton said.