Students from Dover High and Central Middle School took time Tuesday to decorate DelDOT's traffic control boxes.

Restoring Central Dover began its Community Traffic Box Art Project May 29 with the painting of a first traffic box at the corner of South Governors Avenue and Loockerman Street.

The Dover High School Art Club painted their design on the downtown cabinet while students from Central Middle School decorated a similar box at the corner of Division and State streets.

“It incorporates a group that’s really important to the legacy of our city, and that’s our young folks,” noted Mayor Robin Christiansen, who was at both events.

Mark Luszcz, DelDOT’s chief traffic engineer, said the city and NCALL came to the state’s transportation agency to get permission for the project. It was quickly granted, he added.

“We were happy to work with them,” Luszcz said. “This is a real grassroots effort.”

Will Grimes, a neighborhood revitalization coordinator for NCALL who is serving as the lead of the art project, said the DelDOT traffic boxes will account for 18 different art projects.

The aim is to enhance community pride, support the creation of neighborhood identity through art, and add some vibrancy to the Central Dover area.

“One way to really enhance and edify the community is through the arts,” Grimes said. Local artists will be expressing themselves on the boxes, he added.

Restoring Central Dover and the Downtown Dover Partnership are collaborating on this city-wide art initiative that includes the city’s electric boxes as well as murals.

Joe Myer, Executive Director of NCALL, said “It is proven that community development and the arts go hand in hand, and revitalization is more successful when they fully connect. That is what we are pursuing in Dover.”