DRBA paid back for holiday bridge shutdown

David Madden
February 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
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NEW CASTLE, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — The Delaware Memorial Bridge was shut down for several hours during the Thanksgiving holiday rush home by a problem at a nearby chemical plant. Bridge operators have now been reimbursed for the cost of that shutdown.

It could not have come at a worse time. Sunday evening, with traffic at a holiday peak. 

The leak of ethylene oxide caused a seven-hour traffic nightmare, not to mention the callout of emergency crews to deal with the situation. 

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The Delaware River and Bay Authority wanted the plant’s owners to pay, and they did. 

“Croda officials have been extremely responsive to our questions and suggestions regarding the incident that occurred that evening,” DRBA spokesman Jim Salmon told KYW Newsradio, “and when we presented the full accounting of our lost revenue, they responded immediately and reimbursed us for those documented costs.”

It was a total of $142, 610. 

The company, in a statement, conceded that making the DRBA whole was “the right thing to do." 

Both sides vow to improve communication to make sure this doesn’t happen again.