Construction of bridge over Delaware River to reopen in 2019
DELAWARE (AP) — Construction of a new bridge over the Delaware River is expected to resume in 2019, as the United States and Delaware agree on the best route for a massive project.
The new bridge, expected to cost at least $300 million and span more than 100 miles, is expected by early 2019 to be the first of many major infrastructure projects in the United State and its allies in the European Union.
The project, which has been plagued by delays, is also facing a major challenge in the form of a $100 billion deficit for a long-term, multi-billion-dollar bridge that is the second-longest span of its kind in the world.
The $100 million bridge project will be the largest in the nation’s history, connecting the Port of Wilmington with the Delaware-Newark-Franklin Regional Connector and the New Jersey-New York Central Railroad.
The total cost of the project is expected at about $180 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The final price tag will depend on a number of factors, including the level of funding and how long the project takes to complete.
The project will include a number, including a section of the Delaware Bay that will connect the Delaware to the Hudson River, a section that will link the Delaware with the North Carolina border, and a section linking the Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean.
The construction of the bridge has been dogged by delays for years.
It took nearly four years to construct, and the project has come under fire for a variety of reasons, including problems with environmental reviews and a lack of adequate planning and engineering expertise.
The bridge is expected on schedule to open in 2019.
The $300 billion bridge will connect Newark to New York City.