Sussex County residents got a look last at the proposed highway improvement projects the Delaware Department of Transportation plans to undertake in the county between 2015 and 2021.
Sussex County residents got a look last week at the proposed highway improvement projects the Delaware Department of Transportation plans to undertake in the county between 2015 and 2021.
The projects are part of DelDOT’s six-year plan, which must be finalized by March 1, 2015, so the General Assembly can begin prioritizing funding in next year’s budget.
Of the 98 projects included in the proposed statewide plan, 26 projects would be undertaken in Sussex County.
During a Sept. 25 public hearing at DelDOT’s South District Administration Building in Georgetown, state transportation officials said each of the projects have been given assigned a funding priority ranking based on seven criteria, including safety, system operating effectiveness, flexibility and access, economic development, impact on the public, environmental stewardship and system preservation.
Two of the highest-ranked projects proposed for Sussex County are Long Neck-area intersection improvements on Del. Route 24 at Mount Joy and Bay Farm roads, and an overpass at the Georgetown intersection of U.S. Route 113 and Del. Route 404.
Mike Simmons, the assistant director of project development for DelDOT’s South Region, said the Del. Route 24 intersection improvements would include turn lanes to make left turns off of the highway easier and safer, while also avoiding traffic congestion.
At U.S. Route 113 and Del. Route 404, DelDOT is proposing to make immediate intersection upgrades to improve the flow of traffic, as well as requesting funds to begin work toward a future overpass that would carry Route 404 across Route 113.
“With all of these other transportation needs throughout the state, time will tell,” he said of the overpass proposal. “We haven’t started the design of it yet, but we are ready to start working on it. It’s still a few years out.”
Georgetown resident Betty Walsh attended the public hearing to voice her concerns about traffic congestion on the Del. Route 9 truck route.
“The problem is that they are putting trucks through a residential area,” she said, adding that she would like to see DelDOT add shoulders to road.
Yet Simmons said the proposed improvements to Del. Route 9 are most likely not going to occur in the near future.
“I don’t disagree with [her] concerns,” he said. “But essentially, the money to improve it is competing with a lot of other transportation needs throughout the state.”
Similar hearings occurred in Kent and New Castle counties earlier in the week. Residents who attended the hearings were invited to provide official comments on DelDOT’s priority list by completing a comment form or providing a statement to a court reporter.
Public comments also will be accepted for 10 days after each hearing. Those comments can be mailed to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903.
To view the full proposed plan, visit the Capital Transportation Program webpage at deldot.gov. Additional information may be obtained by calling 760-2080.
RANKINGS OF PROPOSED SUSSEX COUNTY PROJECTS IN DELDOT CAPITAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
(Ranking order out of 98 statewide projects)
8 – Improvements at intersection at Mount Joy and Bay Farm roads
9 – Grade-separated Intersection at U.S. Route 113 and Del. Route 404
10 –Del. Route 26 from Atlantic Avenue to Assawoman Canal
15 –Del. Route 24 from Mulberry Knoll to Del. Route 1
18 – Del. Route 5/Del. Route 23 intersection improvements
19 – Grade-separated intersection at Del. Route 1/Del. Route 16
21 – Del. Route 404/Del. Route 18 intersection improvements
25 – U.S. Route 113 at Del. Route 46
30 – U.S. Route 9/Del. Route 5 intersection improvements
31 – Pedestrian improvements on Del. Route 1 from Rehoboth Canal to north of Five Points
37 – Del. Route 24 intersection improvements at Camp Arrow Head and Angola roads
38 – U.S. Route 113 at Millsboro Towne Center
47 – Plantations Road improvements from Del. Route 24 to U.S. Route 9
51 – Del. Route 24 from Love Creek to Mulberry Knoll
58 – Plantations Road intersection improvements at Cedar Grove Road and Postal Lane
62 –U.S. Route 113 intersection improvements at Ennis Road and North Street
66 – U.S. Route 113 North and South improvements
67 – Intersection improvements at Zoar, Speedway and Bethesda roads
69 – Intersection improvements at Del. Route 404 and Del. Route 18
75 – Iron Branch Road and State Street
76 – U.S. Route 113 at Del. Route 30, Dorothy Road and Whitesville Road
79 – Park Avenue relocation
85 – Intersection improvements at Del. Route 24 and Banks Road
88 – Airport Road realignment
90 – Patriots Way from Avenue of Honor to Stockley Branch
96 – U.S. Route 113 and Del. Route 16 intersection grade separation