Repairs to Gordons Pond elevated boardwalk at Cape Henlopen State Park delayed until next week

LEWES – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has rescheduled repairs to the Gordons Pond elevated boardwalk at Cape Henlopen State Park for Monday, Feb. 10 and Tuesday, Feb. 11, due to inclement weather. Construction was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 6.

The closure is due to necessary repairs to the boardwalk’s railing. Access to the boardwalk where it meets the trail on the north and south points will also be closed during this time. The popular boardwalk is located at the beginning of the trail near the Biden Center and the Herring Point parking lot.

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation plans to repair the railing where it has pulled away from the rest of the boardwalk over the years to keep it safe for use. To repair the railing, bolts must be driven through supports under the bridge to keep the railing in place, which requires decking to be removed.

All other Cape Henlopen State Park trails will remain open during the repairs. For a map of the park’s trails, including the Gordons Pond Trail, stop by the Park Office or go to https://destateparks.com/Beaches/CapeHenlopen.

 


Governor Carney Announces Second Construction Career Expo

Free, family-oriented career fair to expose middle school students, adults to careers in construction industry

WILMINGTON, Del. — Governor John Carney on Friday announced the second annual Governor’s Construction Career Expo – a family-friendly career fair for adults and youth to explore a career in construction – will take place on Monday, September 23. The Expo will introduce training and career paths to roughly 2,000 middle school students in the morning and feature a career fair for students, families, and community members from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“We’re working hard to make sure that all Delawareans have the opportunity to succeed and share in our state’s economic progress,” said Governor Carney. “This year’s Construction Career Expo will help connect Delawareans with meaningful career opportunities in construction fields, which have historically provided paths into the middle class for thousands of Delaware workers and their families. It’s also a chance to expose Delaware students and adults to good-paying, skilled construction careers that are in demand and can help strengthen Delaware’s workforce.”

The construction industry has added almost 2,000 jobs in the past two years, and further growth for the industry is projected. The career fair is open to the public and will provide hands-on learning opportunities and interactive experiences. This initiative will connect employers and career-seekers, and continue to train and develop a strong, skilled Delaware workforce.
 
 
 
“Increasing awareness and access to career training and apprenticeship opportunities in the in-demand industries of our state will be key to meeting Delaware’s workforce needs,” said Cerron Cade, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor. “Specifically, careers in the construction industry provide excellent wages and benefits to its workers. Those are two of the most important ingredients to creating strong families, strong communities, and a robust economy.”

The Governor’s Construction Career Expo is presented in partnership with:

  • Office of the Governor
  • AFSCME
  • Delaware State AFL-CIO
  • Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Delaware Chief School Officers Association
  • Delaware Contractors Association
  • Delaware Department of Education
  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
  • Delaware Department of Labor
  • Delaware Department of Transportation
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • The Committee of 100
  • City of Wilmington
  • Delaware Technical Community College

“A career in construction provides paid training, room for advancement, a good paycheck, and solid benefits. Regardless of age or experience, we are always seeking hardworking men and women who are looking for a career opportunity,” said Alisha Wayman Bryson, Vice President of Wayman Fire Protection. “We look forward to welcoming students and Delawareans at this year’s Expo, where they will get a firsthand look at all the construction industry has to offer them and their families.”

“Governor Carney’s Construction Career Expo is an opportunity for our Unions to showcase the contributions made every day by the working men and women of our state, and how big of a role they play in Delaware’s economy,” said James Maravelias, President of the Delaware State AFL-CIO. “We are pleased to be partnering with the Governor again on this event, which will also introduce young Delawareans to careers in construction. We look forward to working together to promote good-paying careers in the Building Trades Unions.”

“This career event exposes our students to people, programs, and equipment that they otherwise wouldn’t see and experience either at home or in school,” said Dr. Mark Holodick, Superintendent of Brandywine School District. “They also get to interact with folks who actually do the work, gaining a better understanding of the skills they are going to need when they enter the workforce. It helps make the connection between what’s happening in the classroom and what they are aspiring to do as adults.”

Learn more and sign up to receive updates about the Governor’s Construction Career Expo.

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DNREC announces extension of Augustine Beach Boat Ramp intermittent closure for maintenance dredging through Aug. 1

DOVER – The intermittent closure of the Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing rock groin has been extended through Thursday, Aug. 1 to complete maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel that has been delayed due to equipment issues, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

During this time period, the boat ramp will be closed from 8 a.m. each Monday until 5 p.m. each Thursday, reopening from 5 p.m. each Thursday until 8 a.m. each Monday. The site parking lot will remain open for the duration of the dredging project.

Weather permitting, the project is expected to be complete, with full access restored, by Friday, Aug. 2.

Boaters who regularly use the Augustine Beach Boat Ramp may opt to use the Fort DuPont Boat Ramp, located approximately five miles north in Delaware City.

For more information, please call the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

Follow the Division of Fish & Wildlife on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/DelawareFishWildlife.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No. 192


Killens Pond Road near DNREC’s Killens Pond State Park to be closed for construction July 22 – Aug. 16

FELTON – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation announced today that Killens Pond Road, from Paradise Alley Road to Scrap Tavern Road, will close to through traffic July 22 – Aug.16 for construction. Work will include repair and replacement of the bridge deck at the spillway adjacent to Killens Pond State Park.

Detour signs will be placed by DelDOT to route traffic from the day-use side of the park to the campground throughout the construction period. Visitor access from Route 13 to the campground entrance on Paradise Alley Road and to the main park entrance from Killens Pond Road will not be impacted. DelDOT flaggers will be on hand during the construction to direct pedestrian access to and from the Pondside Trail.

The park will remain open during the construction period.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No. 179


DNREC’s Bellevue State Park Summer Concert Series affected by construction project requiring detours to the park

WILMINGTON – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s Bellevue State Park has announced that visitors who travel to the park for the Bellevue Summer Concert Series need to be aware that an ongoing road construction project near the park will require using detour routes to get into the park via the entrance at 800 Carr Road, Wilmington, DE 19809.

The I-95 northbound and southbound ramps for Marsh Road, Exit 9, are closed for repairs until the end of August. Due to ongoing construction, motorists are prohibited from turning left onto Carr Road from Marsh Road southbound. A recently-updated GPS navigation system and the Google Maps mobile app can provide accurate turn-by-turn directions to navigate the construction detours and enter Bellevue State Park entrance at 800 Carr Road.

Visitors without GPS or Google Maps mobile app access can follow these directions to navigate safely to the Bellevue park entrance:

  • I-95 northbound: Continue northbound on I-95 past exit 9 (Marsh Road) and exit the interstate at Exit 10 (Harvey Road). Turn right onto Harvey Road, then right again onto Philadelphia Pike. Turn right onto Silverside Road and then left onto Carr Road. The park entrance will be approximately one mile ahead on the left.
  • I-95 southbound: Exit the interstate at Exit 9 (Marsh Road) and turn left onto Marsh Road southbound. Continue past Carr Road and turn left onto Washington Street Extension. Turn left onto Philadelphia Pike, left onto Bellevue Parkway, and left again onto Carr Road. The park entrance will be just ahead on the left.
  • I-495 Northbound and Southbound: Exit the interstate at Exit 4 (Edgemoor). Turn right onto Edgemoor Road, turn slightly right onto State Route 3 (Marsh Road), then turn right onto Carr Road. The park entrance will be just ahead on the right.

The summer concert series has 23 dates, scheduled every Thursday and Sunday now through Aug. 25, with the exception of Thursday, July 4. Visitors who require assistance with navigating to the park to attend concerts can call the park office at 302-761-6963.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No.147