DelDOT Marks Completion of Multiple Projects in First Half of 2020

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is pleased to share that it has completed a variety of infrastructure projects across the state in the first half of 2020 totaling nearly $100 million in infrastructure investments.

“This has been an unusual year, but we continue to press forward on the largest infrastructure program in Delaware’s history,” said Governor John Carney. “Investments in our public infrastructure create good jobs, make our roadways safer, reduce the time we all spend in traffic, and generally improve quality of life for all Delawareans. Thank you to DelDOT and workers across our state for continuing to make progress.”

“While the pandemic presented unexpected challenges, our employees and contractors continued to innovate and find ways to not only continue working but expedite work by taking advantage of the significant decline in traffic volumes statewide,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

Brian Bolender, President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)/Delaware offered, “Infrastructure in our state is critical to the economy. We are grateful to the leadership at DelDOT for being innovative during unprecedented times. Working hand in hand with the Department, we have been successful in getting many of these projects completed ahead of schedule.”

“Although this spring presented unprecedented challenges to Delaware, DelDOT saw opportunity to expedite public works projects while keeping Delawareans employed,” commented Bryon Short, Executive Vice President of the Delaware Contractors Association (DCA). “Working together, DelDOT and DCA’s highway contractors pushed to ensure projects were expedited for the convenience of the travelling public while protecting both the safety of workers and taxpayer investments.”

Projects completed to date this calendar year include:

  • Milton Rails to Trails Phase II Project This project included the installation of 1,600 feet of trail and the conversion of a railroad trestle to a pedestrian and cyclist bridge.
  • Marl Pit Road Roundabout – This project reconfigured the previously existing four-way stop controlled intersection to a roundabout. Improvements included new asphalt roadways, curbs and gutters, shared-use paths, median islands, a drainage system and street lighting.
  • Main Street Newark The entire roadway between Washington Street and the Trabant Parking garage was rebuilt, as well as constructing new bump-outs, needed drainage improvements, as well as traffic and pedestrian signals upgrades.
  • Wilmington Transit Center The new transit center, which opened in May, has the capacity to have up to 10 buses stage at one time allowing bus layovers without blocking city streets, and offers riders a smoke-free covered, seated waiting area, real-time bus displays, ticket sales, WiFi, USB charging stations, vending machines, and bike racks with a bike repair station.
  • Paper Mill Road Bridge Rehabilitation – Replaced a failing bridge culvert ranked fourth worst by the Department over the Middle Run Tributary with a new precast concrete box culvert.
  • SR 1 Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Bridge Rehabilitation – This was a significant rehabilitation project that involved replacing the bridge’s concrete decks, approach slabs, joints and bearings; correcting the vertical alignment; realigning the beams; repairing concrete chipping; strengthening concrete piers; sealing concrete abutments and piers; and stabilizing the canal banks.
  • Dewey Beach/Forgotten Mile Route 1 Paving and Improvements – This project included repaving Route 1, from the canal bridge to just south of Dewey and pedestrian improvements at intersections.
  • SR 1 Paving from Odessa to Smyrna – A ten-mile section of Route 1 between Middletown and Smyrna was paved in both directions to improve the road surface.
  • Christina River Bridge and Approach Roads – This project built a new 470-foot multi-modal bridge over the Christina River that includes two 12-foot travel lanes and a separated 14-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian path, and more than 1.5 miles of new and improved roads, sidewalks, and parking.


DelDOT Announces Opening of New Christina River Bridge and Approach Roads at Wilmington Riverfront

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that the new Christina River Bridge and approach roads at the Wilmington Riverfront has opened to pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle traffic as of 2:00pm today. The new access roads and bridge improve multimodal traffic flow around the Wilmington Riverfront and provides direct access to Route 13 and the southeastern side of Wilmington.

The nearly $50 million project, which broke ground in June 2017, includes a 470-foot multi-modal bridge over the Christina River that includes two 12-foot travel lanes and a separated 14-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian path, and more than 1.5 miles of new and improved roads, sidewalks, and parking. The new access road for the Russel W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge will begin construction later this summer.

An opening event will be announced in July.


Main Street Newark Project Completed

The Delaware Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that the Main Street Newark rehabilitation project has been completed ahead of schedule by the project’s contractor, A-DEL Construction.

The nearly $12 million project began construction in April 2019 and involved 10 phases of work to perform a complete reconstruction of a mile-long section of Main Street from Washington Street to the Trabant parking garage.

“The finished product we have today will ensure Main Street is a safe and modern thoroughfare for many years to come,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan. “I know this was not an easy project for businesses and residents, and I am grateful for the cooperation and patience of everyone over the past year. While complex, this project went extremely well.”

State Representative Paul Baumbach offered, “At the start, we knew two things–this was a project that was absolutely necessary now, and it would be massively disruptive. Fortunately, DelDOT and its contractor AECOM worked very hard to listen to the Main Street merchants, Newark city staff and residents, incorporating the best ideas and make adjustments where they could, to control the painful impact of such a massive project. We all really appreciate the true partnership behind this project, which we all celebrate today.”

“Few of Delaware’s downtown thoroughfares are as commercially vibrant or as heavily trafficked by vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists alike,” said Senator David Sokola. “That’s what made this project so desperately needed and incredibly complex. Secretary Cohan and the Delaware Department of Transportation deserve a lot of credit for working with the community to get this project finished ahead of schedule. The look and safety of our Main Street has been dramatically improved by this project and, like most Newark residents, I’m thrilled it’s finally over.”

City of Newark Mayor Jerry Clifton commented, “I’m really proud of the businesses that demonstrated fortitude and kept their faith in the City and also of the exceptional work that was done by the DelDOT team. Newark’s Main Street will continue being the pride of Delaware when it comes to main streets.”

In addition to rebuilding the roadway, the project added 31 curb extensions commonly known as “bump-outs,” improved drainage infrastructure, upgraded traffic and pedestrian signals, addressed ADA compliance issues, made necessary utility repairs and upgrades, and the installation of a new kiosk parking system to replace meters.

For more information, visit mainstreetimprovements.com

 


Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Council Makes First Recommendations

The Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund (TIIF) Council, an initiative announced by Governor John Carney in 2019, has made its first recommendations for project funding to Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan and Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.

The council has recommended eight projects receive a total of $8.8 million in grant funds that will go toward infrastructure investments providing a public benefit and assist in the creation or relocation of more than 1,300 jobs in the state.

“We greatly appreciate the council’s work in reviewing the merits of each applicant and look forward to reviewing their recommendations,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

“The TIIF is a unique opportunity to offset infrastructure costs that may have prohibited these companies from expanding here in Delaware and is another tool now available to us to support our business community,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.

State Representative and council member Bill Bush added, “As chair of the House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance & Commerce committee, I continue to advocate for helping businesses grow across our state and I am very pleased with the process we’ve created with TIIF to do just that.”

“The grants provided by TIIF will create a real public benefit and an immediate impact on businesses that are eager to expand and add good jobs in Delaware,” commented Joe Westcott, market president for Capital One and chair of the TIIF Council.

The recommendations put forth by the council are:

APPLICANT RECOMMENDED GRANT NEW/RELOCATED JOBS
CHRF LLC $250,000 18
FMIIV (Project Cape) $600,000 159
RIG Acquisitions LLC (Fort DuPont RV Resort)  $1,350,000  5
Incyte Corporation  $1,092,154 952
Lakeshore Motor Corporation  $521,929.10 25
Miller Metal Fabrication $313,000 6
N.K.S. Distributors  $1,151,816.90 4
Peninsula Regional Health System  $3,570,000 150

TIIF was established to provide economic assistance for renovation, construction, or any other type of improvements to roads and related transportation infrastructure in order to attract new businesses or expand existing businesses in this Delaware, when such an economic development opportunity would create a significant number of direct, permanent, quality full-time jobs.

The members of the TIIF Council appointed by Governor Carney are Rob Book, Martin Nunlee, Cornelia Johnson, Mona Parikh, John Riley, Bill Strickland, and Joe Westcott, who serves as chair. Representative Bill Bush and Senator David Sokola were appointed by their respective chambers to represent the General Assembly on the council.

More information on TIIF can be found at de.gov/TIIF.


DART Launches “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive to Support Food Bank of DE June 22 – June 26

DART has announced their “Stuff The Bus” Food Drive in support of the Food Bank of Delaware’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Food Bank of Delaware has distributed nearly 5 million pounds of food to residents in need. The food drive will be collecting non-perishable donations in support of those continuing efforts during this time of increased demand. We are looking for the public’s help by stopping by one of the drop off locations with their non-perishable donation.

“Stuff The Bus” will be collecting food at five sites throughout the state. The drop off locations, collection dates and times are:

Monday, June 22: Safeway, 19283 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, 9 AM – 4 PM

Tuesday, June 23: Safeway, 190 John Hunn Brown Rd., Dover, 9 AM – 4 PM

(Corner of S. Bay Rd. at S. Little Creek Rd.)

Wednesday, June 24: ShopRite of Four Seasons, 700 Plaza Dr., Newark, 9 AM – 4 PM

Thursday, June 25: ShopRite of Brandywine Commons, 1300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, 9 AM – 4 PM

Friday, June 26: ShopRite of First State Plaza, 1600 W. Newport Pike, Stanton, 9 AM – 4 PM

In support of the food drive, on Monday, June 22, The Vault 103.5/106.1 will be live from 12 PM to 2 PM at the Rehoboth Safeway.

DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware, if they are unable to visit any of the “Stuff The Bus” collection sites. For more information on donating food, contact the Food Bank at 302-292-1305, or visit their website at www.FBD.org. The Food Bank of Delaware is a nonprofit agency committed to ending hunger in Delaware.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).