DelDOT Offers Sign Placement Law Reminder Ahead of Election Season

As election season approaches, the Delaware Department of Transportation reminds all candidates and individuals supporting candidates of the rules related to placing campaign signs in public right-of-way.

Signs are allowed 30 days before and 30 days after any election recognized by the Delaware Department of Elections. With the primary election taking place on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, the placement of signs will be allowed beginning on Sunday, August 14, 2022.

All signage must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from the edge of the roadway, and signs may not be placed in medians, islands, gore areas or attached to any infrastructure such as road signage, bridges, poles or trees.

Sign owners are subject to fines of $25 per sign for violation of sign placement and a recovery fee of $15 per sign. Confiscated signs will be disposed of after 30 days.

DelDOT right-of-way agents will be enforcing the sign laws throughout the election season. These rules aren’t just for the safety of motorists, but also for anyone out placing signs along busy roads.

More information, including a Frequently Asked Question page, can be found on the DelDOT website.


DelDOT and DSP Preparing for Golf Tournament Traffic Impacts

The BMW Championship begins next week at the Wilmington Country Club and will bring thousands of visitors to northern Delaware for the nearly weeklong event that concludes on Sunday, August 21, 2022. DelDOT is reminding residents and vistors to expect heavier traffic volumes on area roads during the tournament, and will be working with Delaware State Police to manage traffic in the area of the country club and shuttle parking location at Delaware Park.

The Wilmington Country Club, located on Route 52, will have no public parking for the event, and there will be no public parking permitted along area roads or in neighborhoods near the country club. Additionally, Kirk Road between Route 52 and Montchanin Road will be closed to through traffic daily starting Monday, August 15, through Sunday, August 21, from 6am-8pm. Local residents will be allowed access at all times via a credential they have been issued. Buck Road, just to the south of Kirk Rd will serve as the detour during this closure.

For those traveling around the area of the country club next week, DelDOT will not be performing any construction activity west of 141, and heavier traffic volumes should be expected along with continually running shuttle buses taking attendees to and from the designated parking venues. There may also be some intermittent lane shifts on Route 52 at the entrance of the country club to accommodate the entry and exit of shuttle buses, however, through traffic on Route 52 will continue at all times.

The designated parking areas for visitors to the tournament are at Delaware Park in Stanton and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. More information on parking and shuttle service to the event can be found here. Traffic around Delaware Park will be heavier than normal, and DelDOT traffic teams will be monitoring the area and making traffic signal timing adjustments as necessary throughout the week.

DelDOT reminds everyone to put safety first and be mindful of the heavier traffic volumes and potential for delays when traveling around northern Delaware next week, allowing extra time to reach your destinations or taking advantage of public transportation with DART First State.


DelDOT Marks Completion of Georgetown East Gateway Project

Delaware Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski was joined today by U.S. Senator Tom Carper and state and county officials to mark the completion of the $19.1 million project that began in spring 2020.

The project addressed numerous issues at the Airport Road/Sandhill Road/Route 9 intersection in Georgetown. Improvements include roadway realignment, additional turn lanes, signal enhancements, pavement resurfacing, bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, transit stops, new lighting, and a roundabout on Sand Hill Road at the entrance of the Georgetown CHEER Center.

Delaware’s Congressional Delegation of U.S. Senators Tom Carper, Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester helped DelDOT, supported by Sussex County Council, secure a $7 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the project in 2018, which was also the first TIGER grant secured for Sussex County.

“We have transformed what was a problematic intersection into one that can safely accommodate not just the increased vehicle traffic but pedestrians and bicyclists as well,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski. “The project team did an outstanding job coordinating with the community to deliver this project.”

“Federal programs like this one are fiercely competitive and focus on performance and outcomes, rather than earmarks with no accountability,” said Sen. Carper. “This project is deserving of this federal funding – not only is it a safer intersection, but there is now better accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as an improved area to attract and grow business.”

Ground was broken in May on another significant Georgetown infrastructure project, the relocation of Park Avenue, with completion of phase 1 expected in early 2024.


DNREC, DelDOT To Deploy New EV Charging Stations Along State’s Major Travel Routes Via BIL Initiative Funding

DNREC and DelDOT will locate 11 multi-car, fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations along major travel routes followed by an expansion of EV charging stations into communities over the next five years.

 

Major Expansion Into Communities To Follow Over Next Five Years

Delaware plans to locate 11 multi-car, fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations along major travel routes followed by an expansion of EV charging stations into communities over the next five years as part of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) initiative to dramatically expand EV charging across the country.

Under an initial plan submitted to the federal government July 29 jointly by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware proposes to utilize almost $18 million in federal funds to:

  • In a first phase, locate five new charging stations around the state, meeting a requirement with the BIL funding that EV charging stations be available at least every 50 miles along major travel routes identified by the federal government: I-95, SR 1, U.S. 13 and U.S. 113. Subject to additional data and public input, the general targeted areas are the I-95 Biden Welcome Center near Newark, Dover, Rehoboth Beach, Laurel and Selbyville.
  • In a second phase, locate six additional charging stations in additional areas along the identified corridors, meeting a state goal of every-25-mile availability. Subject to additional data and public input, the general targeted areas are Middletown, Smyrna, Harrington, Milford, Bridgeville and Georgetown.
  • In a third phase, locate charging stations in high-density residential areas, focusing on areas with multi-family housing and/or street parking in areas that may not otherwise have convenient charging options.

The operators and exact locations of the EV stations in the general identified areas would be chosen through a competitive process after additional planning and public input. EV drivers would pay for the use of the chargers.

The initial state plan is part of the National Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program that aims to place half a million new EV charging stations across the country by 2030, making it easier and more predictable to travel in electric vehicles. NEVI includes requirements that the charging stations along major highway corridors be “DC fast chargers” capable of charging at least four vehicles at a time, operate 24 hours a day, and use common payment platforms.

NEVI is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Joe Biden in November 2021 and championed by U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.
“Tailpipe emissions from our vehicles are the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions both here in Delaware and across the country. Making it easier for Delawareans to choose to drive electric is a key strategy in Delaware’s Climate Action Plan,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “The federal funding made available through the NEVI program accelerates our efforts in Delaware to not just reduce transportation emissions, but improve air quality in our communities, improve public health and expand transportation choices.”

DelDOT Secretary Nicole Majeski said installing charging stations here and around the country will increase consumer confidence that purchasing an electric vehicle is a practical choice, and is good for Delaware. “Increased temperatures, sea level rise and more frequent and intense storms and flooding take a toll on our transportation network,” Majeski said. “Accelerating our transition to cleaner transportation is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Further development of the plan will include engagement from industry, environmental and community stakeholders. The submitted NEVI plan and other information about creating support for EVs in Delaware can be found at https://deldot.gov/Programs/NEVI/index.shtml.

The NEVI funding is one of several funding opportunities and activities the State will utilize in a broader effort to encourage electric vehicle use. Gov. John Carney’s administration has supported electric vehicles by offering rebates for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles through DNREC’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and incentives for the installation of public, fleet, workplace and multi-family charging stations through DNREC’s Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebate Program.

About DNREC
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media contacts: DNREC: Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov; DelDOT: C.R. McLeod, charles.mcleod@delaware.gov


DelDOT Advises Travelers to Expect Heavy Traffic Over 4th of July Holiday

As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) advises motorist to expect heavy traffic volumes on roads throughout the state. AAA Mid-Atlantic is forecasting more than 116,000 Delawareans will travel at least 50 miles during the holiday weekend.

In addition, DelDOT reminds motorists that there will be many pedestrians and bicyclists out and local parades and fireworks displays taking place over the long weekend that will impact traffic.

“No matter how you plan to get around this weekend, doing so safely should be everyone’s top priority,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski. “We want everyone to reach their destination safely as the summer travel season begins and more people are on the roads.”

Motorists can increase their safety, and reduce the risk to others by doing the following:

• Always wear seatbelts
• Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Obey posted speed limits
• Do not drive distracted
• Do not drive aggressively

Following these five rules significantly decreases the likelihood of being involved in a crash as these are the leading cause of crashes involving serious injury or death on our roads. To date, there have been 75 crash-related fatalities on Delaware roads, a 40% increase over the same time period last year.

For residents and guests to eastern Sussex County, DART’s Beach Bus routes will have additional buses running this weekend before and after the fireworks display in Rehoboth and is just $2 to ride one way and parking is free at park & ride locations in Rehoboth and Lewes. DART’s entire 4th of July schedule can be viewed here.

DelDOT also has more than 200 traffic cameras available on DelDOT.gov and the free DelDOT mobile app to view real-time traffic conditions across the state.