Carter Road Project Completed – Sunnyside Road to Wheatleys Pond Road

Dover – Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt, other dignitaries, and members of the media gathered this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Smyrna-Clayton American Legion Ambulance Station # 64, to celebrate the completion of the Carter Road-Sunnyside Road to Wheatleys Pond Road Project.

“Carter Road was once a narrow roadway with no shoulders and minimal pedestrian facilities,” said Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt. “But the many improvements will greatly accommodate both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. While many of our projects benefit interstate traffic, I am pleased to say this is a project for Delawareans. More specifically, this will benefit the people of Smyrna economically, and by enhancing their safety and improving their quality of living.”

“Not only is this a project for Delawareans, it is a project by Delawareans, “Governor Markell added. “All of the contractors involved with this project are either Delaware based or have a local office within Delaware. In addition, this project helps implement, supports, and advances the town’s  comprehensive plan where they plan to expand both housing and employment by making it safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, while increasing capacity for the additional cars that come with more houses and jobs.”

Beginning in August 2012, the rehabilitation work for this $4 million project was performed by A-Del Construction Company of Newark. Utilizing both Federal (80 percent) and State (20 percent) funding, improvements included widening of Carter Road to two eleven-foot travel lanes; two five-foot shoulders; installation of curbs, sidewalk for pedestrians; drainage system for storm water; relocation of utility poles; street lighting; and a new signal at the Sunnyside Road intersection.

Speakers included Governor Jack Markell, Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt, State Representative William Carson, Smyrna Mayor Joanne Masten, and President 1st Levy Court District, P. Brooks Banta.

Photos of the event can be found on Flickr.


DelDOT Preparing for Freezing Temperatures Tonight and Tomorrow

With temperatures expected to plummet below freezing after sunset today, DelDOT crews will be spending the afternoon applying salt to Delaware roads.

The goal is to have all of the normal salting routes treated before rush hour. In New Castle County, every primary, secondary and local road maintained by the state will be treated. In Kent and Sussex Counties, primary and secondary roads will be treated and on local roads the normal salting operations will be completed, including intersections and known trouble spots.

Crews will remain working into the evening hours until the roads dry. DelDOT crews will be inspecting road conditions into the early morning hours and treating problem areas as needed.

Motorists are asked to complete their trips, if possible, before 6 p.m. tonight as roads are expected to freeze by that point. Despite the best efforts of the DelDOT crews, there could still be icy spots on roads.

Motorists that encounter DelDOT trucks applying salt should stay at least 150 feet away from the back of the truck. Following too closely limits the distribution of salt on roads.


DelDOT plans to work through the night to battle winter storm

Dover — As a winter storm arrives in Delaware, Department of Transportation personnel are planning to work through the night, if necessary, to make the roads as safe as possible for the morning commute. After spending the day pretreating the roads with salt and salt brine, crews in Kent and New Castle County will remain at work. They will be staging the plows throughout the state, so they can quickly respond as soon as the snow starts to fall.

In Sussex County, crews will be allowed to go home, but are expected to be called back to work later tonight, around 10 p.m. Supervisors will remain at work, monitoring road conditions. With the expected high winds and low temperatures, drifting may become a major challenge, with the snow blowing back onto roads that have already been plowed.

DelDOT Snow Operations Facts
Personnel
As many as 500 employees take part in snow removal operations.
— During severe storms, DelDOT hires private contractors to help with snow removal on bus routes, along highway shoulders, and with the clearing of crossover areas and intersections.

Equipment
Statewide, about 450 vehicles are available for snow operations.
— This includes trucks as well as graders and other tractors.

Materials
DelDOT primarily uses salt, along with salt/brine and salt/sand mixtures.
— We have approximately 65,000 tons of salt
— Salt is stockpiled in more than 20 locations throughout the state.
— Due to constant replenishment, salt stockpiles are currently full.

Driving Tips
Because the approaching storm will be accompanied by very cold temperatures which could create icy road conditions, DelDOT urges motorists to limit travel to essential trips, allow plenty of time to reach destinations, drive with lights on, wear warm clothing and carry a fully-charged cellular phone with contact information for someone who can be called for help in case of a roadside emergency.

In addition, motorists should make sure their vehicle has at least a half tank of fuel.


Capital City Trails Phase One Complete

Trail is vital link in Governor Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative

Dover – Governor Jack Markell, Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Shailen Bhatt, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara, and Dover Mayor Carleton Carey are pleased to announce the completion of Phase 1 of the Capital City Trails project in Dover.

“We’re making our state a better place for walking and biking,” said Governor Jack Markell.  “One pathway at a time, we are improving Delaware’s quality of life and attractiveness to businesses by creating safe and scenic pathways for people to use.  When families want a great place to live and businesses want a great place to locate, we want them to look at communities like Dover.”

The first phase of the project includes a continuous walkway from Public Safety Boulevard, along the west side of U.S. Route 13, to the south side of Martin Luther King Boulevard and crosses in front of Legislative Hall.  The new pathway is ten feet wide with landscaping and lighting consistent with historic downtown Dover.

“As part of our long term efforts to provide transportation options, as well as reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality, we’re providing more opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian travel in the Capital City.  We’re expanding our network by connecting existing bike and pedestrian pathways in the area and improving safety for all users,” said DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt.

The Capital City Trail in Dover’s pathways and trails system connects to the existing Silver Lake Trail at Division Street, continuing to Legislative Hall and along Court Street to the Public Safety Boulevard Pathway and the Isaacs Branch Trail. When completed, this trails and pathways system will extend a total of 4.5 miles in greater Dover – safely connecting city residents, visitors, and workers to parks, historic attractions, government offices, the Dover Air Force Base, schools, and businesses.

“The Capital City Trail fills a gap in trail work completed several years ago by the City of Dover on the St. Jones River Trail funded by local legislative Community Transportation Funds, as well as Kent County’s Isaac Branch Greenway Trail that was created with grant assistance from DNREC’s local Land & Water Conservation Trust Fund Grant Program,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “Together this network not only provides residents better community connections for walking and biking, but brings us another step closer to realizing Governor Markell’s vision of offering tremendous recreational and physical fitness opportunities in every part of our state.”

Mayor Carey stated, “This is a great milestone, with the completion of Phase 1 and moving on to Phase 2 – many people will see this project as a way to promote healthy living and will appreciate it as a user friendly means to get around our community.”

Phase 2 of the project will connect the pathway from Legislative Hall to Loockerman Street and is scheduled to being construction in spring 2014. Construction on Phase 3, which will connect the pathway from Loockerman Street to Park Drive is expected to begin the following fall.

The Capital City Trail is part of the Governor’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative that creates a world-class statewide network of new and enhanced trails and pathways for residents and visitors to enjoy walking, biking, hiking, and active living. The Initiative has far-reaching advantages – boosting Delaware’s economy, benefitting local businesses, and promoting the continued growth of the state’s recreation and tourism industries. By offering people a place to walk, run or ride, trails and pathways allow them to connect with the outdoors and encourages healthier, more active lifestyles.

Governor Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative is a partnership led by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control with regional and local organization and government partners.

 For more information, please visit www.trails.delaware.gov


Delaware DMV Launches New Mobile App in Support of The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program

Intro Pairs With National Teen Driver Safety Week & National Call to Share Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving

Dover – The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announces the launch of an extension to The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program (PSDP), a new mobile app titled RoadReady. The app, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, is designed to augment the award-winning PSDP in its mission to prevent one of the major causes of death and injury for teens on the road. RoadReady’s availability in the App Store coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, which this year focuses on the theme that “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.”

“We are arming Delaware parents and teens with a technologically-advanced, free toolkit to encourage their participation in the teen driver education process,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Not only are we providing parents of permitted teens with a guide to assist them through the state required 50 hours of supervised driving, but the RoadReady mobile app will help parents to track the actual time they spent behind the wheel with their teen.”

“As parents and teens work together through this process, it is the state’s hope that The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program and its mobile app component will help make our young people RoadReady,” stated DMV Director Jennifer Cohan. “Studies show that parents have a tendency to inaccurately judge the amount of time they spend with their teen driving.  The more time parents spend, the safer the teen is when they drive independently. RoadReady eliminates the question of overestimated time and allows parents and teens to focus on driving skills, roadway conditions and enhanced experiences, while the app automatically and accurately tracks their time together”, she added.

The printed guide for the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program first became available in Delaware this August. Now, the new RoadReady app supplements the program, offering parents and teens an easy, compelling means to track their driving experience together. The app is currently available on the App Store and will be made available to Android users in early 2014 at no charge thanks to support from Ford Motor Company which has demonstrated an avid commitment to teen driver safety.

“The skills outlined in this guide and app are meant to help teens learn to be better drivers. It is one of the ways Ford works to help teens,” said Steve Kenner, Global Director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office.  “In addition to this program, Ford also offers Driving Skills for Life, which gives teens advanced real world training. Ford also offers MyKey technology, which gives parents options to help encourage safe driving behaviors even when the parents aren’t in the car.”

Beyond the educational features highlighted throughout RoadReady, such as the “Parental Pointers,” tips and suggestions to assist parents throughout the supervised driving process, the app tracks roadway types and weather conditions to encourage parents and teens to spend more time driving together in a variety of conditions. At any time throughout the supervised driving process, parents and teens can also export a printable driving log with a list of all of their supervised driving sessions. This log can be delivered to the teens Driver Education instructor in compliance with Delaware’s GDL driving log requirements. Additionally, RoadReady users may opt to share their drives with friends and family on their social networks to spread the word of their safe driving habits.

“We are excited about the RoadReady addition to our state–of–the art program,” stated Jeff Larson, President of Safe Roads Alliance, who worked in partnership with the Delaware DMV to develop the program for the state. “We are continuously working to improve parents and teens supervised driving experiences and think RoadReady is an invaluable step in the right direction.”

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program focuses on the role of the parent in the teen driver education process. The program offers an enhanced supervised driving experience and even encourages parents and guardians to extend the supervised driving period beyond the state requirement. The program is available to parents and teens on multiple platforms, beginning with the printed curriculum that is distributed at DMV offices when the teen receives their learner’s permit

For media resources on the program, visit www.theparentssuperviseddrivingprogram.com/media

 

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About Safe Roads Alliance
Safe Roads Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving highway safety by improving driver education with particular emphasis on behind-the-wheel training.