Tractor Trailers Barred From I-95 Construction Zone

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — After a string of crashes in a construction zone along Interstate 95 in the Wilmington area, Delaware transportation officials are barring tractor-trailers from northbound lanes in the area.

Only two-axle vehicles and buses can use northbound lanes from Interstate 495 to north of the Brandywine River Bridge in Wilmington, the Delaware Department of Transportation said. The restriction aimed at reducing the number of crashes in the construction zone took effect Wednesday and will be in place for the duration of the I-95 construction project, The News Journal reported.

Almost two dozen crashes involving tractor-trailers have occurred in the construction zone. The drivers of the tractor trailers are not always at fault, but the crashes can shut the road down for a long time, Transportation Secretary Nicole Majeski said in a statement.

Major construction on I-95 began in February, and the project, which includes the repair of 19 bridges and several ramps, will take years to complete.