DelDOT Announces Business Process Improvements

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced several initiatives to streamline processes and contribute to fostering economic growth across the state.

“During my statewide business roundtable meetings, I asked business owners, “What can the state do better to help our businesses grow?” I received great feedback and I’m glad that we are already making changes and improvements based on that feedback. I appreciate DelDOT moving quickly to identify solutions that will help our business community thrive,” said Governor John Carney.

“Following Governor Carney’s request, DelDOT has taken a comprehensive look at how we can improve and in some instances expedite our processes to ensure we are not delaying economic development projects. I believe the actions we’ve outlined and committed to are a good step in assisting this effort,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

“These are encouraging steps forward,” said State House Minority Leader Danny Short, R-Seaford. “At the business forum we held at the Seaford Library earlier this year, many business owners expressed frustration in their dealings with DelDOT. These policy changes are a credit to Sec. Cohan and her agency. It demonstrates a good faith effort to take legitimate criticisms to heart and make needed enhancements. It is my hope they will continue this work, constantly reassessing the agency’s operations with an eye towards improvement.”

“The steps the Governor and DelDOT have taken to listen to the business community, and more importantly act on their comments is greatly appreciated!” Said State Representative S. Quinton “Quinn” Johnson, D-Middletown. “This is how our government and private sector should work together. There are reasons a process of approval is needed, however that process can at times be long and actually deter economic growth. I am thankful the Governor and DelDOT have come up with initiatives that will help speed up the process and further enhance economic development in the State. Economic development means jobs for Delawareans!”

“Jen Cohan and her leadership team have been outstanding in reaching out to the engineering community to improve the overall review process which is so critical for economic development within our state,” added Mike Riemann, President of ACEC Delaware.

The following are steps DelDOT has and will be implementing to promote economic development throughout the state:

Shorten DelDOT’s Review Time: 44 Days to 31 Days
Currently, the Department has a performance measure that staff must review and provide comments on development plans within 44 days of receipt. Understanding the role DelDOT has in the success of economic development in Delaware, we have shortened development plan review time to 31 days. In addition, DelDOT is working with the engineering community toward limiting the number of times a plan must be reviewed by staff, with the goal that approval will be given after no more than two reviews. In order to accomplish this, staff will require an in-person meeting with the developer and engineer after the first review if comments and outstanding items are present.

Expedite Small Business and Redevelopment Plans
The Letter of No Contention (LONC) approval process was created to process commercial projects that currently have an existing entrance in an expedited manner, rather than going through the formal process. The goal of this process is to grant approval within three weeks, and DelDOT has implemented this change effective immediately. DelDOT has been working with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and other stakeholders to expand the scope of those eligible for a LONC.

Expedited Review Team for Economic Development Projects
DelDOT has created and implemented the Expedited Review Team to work with the local land use agencies to identify criteria to use to expedite the approval processes for projects that will have a large economic impact to the state.

Helping Municipalities and Counties Identify Economic Development Areas
In the next year, DelDOT, in conjunction with the Office of Statewide Planning and the League of Local Governments and county governments, will continue to identify growth areas throughout the state where we can attract businesses to relocate and expand. This can be done through the creation of Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs) where the DelDOT and the Town or County are willing to make infrastructure investments in order to spark economic development growth. DelDOT has had success with the creation of a TID in southern New Castle County and the State is currently working with Sussex County on the development of the Henlopen TID.


Canceled: Patching Will Require Weekend Lane Closures on I-95 NB and I-495 NB

UPDATED: Due to inclement weather, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that the patching on I-95 and I-495 northbound has been canceled for this weekend. A new date will be announced later in January 2018.


PREVIOUS RELEASE: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that lanes will be closed for patching beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 15 until 5 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017. At all times, one lane will remain open to traffic. This work was previously scheduled to begin on Friday, December 11, however, it was postponed as a result of the snowy conditions.

This closure is necessary to patch the deteriorated concrete in the center lane of I-495 NB just past the split. Significant potholes have formed and  have elicited complaints from motorists. There is concern that these potholes could worsen over the winter with multiple freeze and thaw cycles. With colder temperatures approaching, multiple crews will be working this weekend to repair the worst potholes. Due to the potholes being in the center lane, it is necessary to close two lanes for the safety of the workers.

WHERE: I-95 northbound before the I-95 northbound/I-495 northbound spilt and I-495 northbound after the I-95/I-495 northbound split in Wilmington.


DelDOT Announces Five Points Working Group

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced a Working Group and kickoff meeting to address the infrastructure needs of the SR 1 and US 9 intersection (Five Points) and surrounding area.

With the formation of the Working Group, DelDOT is beginning the process of developing a transportation plan for the Five Points area. Phase I of this work will involve soliciting input from the community at large. The desired goal for Phase I is to engage the community in helping DelDOT and Sussex County with the development of conceptual transportation alternatives to improve this intersection and the surrounding area. The preliminary goal is to complete Phase I by the end of summer 2018.

The kickoff meeting for the Working Group will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lewes Senior Center located at 32083 Janice Road, Lewes, DE 19958. This meeting will be open to the public.

“As we all know, a long-term infrastructure solution is needed for the Five Points intersection and surrounding area, and I’m grateful to the members of our Working Group who have volunteered their time and talents to help lead this process,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan. “We’ve had several attempts to put forth solutions in the past that were met with public resistance so we want the community’s input at the outset this time around. We want to collaboratively develop a comprehensive plan for resolving the transportation issues in this area.”

The current Five Points Working Group members are:

  • IG Burton, Sussex County Council
  • Linda Best, Local Business Owner
  • George Cole, Sussex County Council
  • Robert Fischer, Resident
  • Dennis Forney, Publisher, Cape Gazette
  • Scott Green, Resident
  • Christian Hudson, Local Business Owner
  • DJ Hughes, Technical Advisor
  • Todd Lawson, Sussex County Administrator
  • Senator Ernesto B. Lopez, 6th Senate District
  • Lloyd Schmitz, Resident
  • Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, Representative 14th District
  • Rep. Steve Smyk, Representative 20th District
  • Ann Marie Townshend, City Manager, Lewes
  • Pat Woods, The Factory, Local Business Owner

The Working Group will determine the dates and times of subsequent public meetings to be held in 2018.

 

 

 

 


DelDOT is Preparing for the First Snow of the Season

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)  is monitoring this weekend’s weather and preparing for snow. According to the National Weather Service forecast, an inch to three inches of snow may occur Friday evening through Saturday evening. Motorists should be prepared for snow covered roadways and use caution while driving.

In advance of the snowfall predicted tonight and tomorrow, DelDOT crews are pre-treating major roadways with brine in all three counties.

During winter storms, motorists should maintain a safe distance from DelDOT vehicles and snow plows. Stay alert for snow plows that may be slowing down, stopping, turning or pulling over. Snow plows may travel over centerlines or along road shoulders to improve road conditions.

DelDOT will continue to provide updates on road conditions and motorists can tune to WTMC 1380 AM for real-time reports on road conditions.

Motorists may contact the Transportation Management Center (TMC) 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues at the following numbers: Dial #77 from any cell phone in Delaware; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.


Patching Will Require Weekend Lane Closures on I-95 NB and I-495 NB

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that lanes will be closed for patching beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 8 until 5 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017. At all times, one lane will remain open to traffic.

This closure is necessary to patch the deteriorated concrete in the center lane of I-495 NB just past the split. Significant potholes have formed and  have elicited complaints from motorists. There is concern that these potholes could worsen over the winter with multiple freeze and thaw cycles. With colder temperatures approaching, multiple crews will be working this weekend to repair the worst potholes. Due to the potholes being in the center lane, it is necessary to close two lanes for the safety of the workers.

WHERE: I-95 northbound before the I-95 northbound/I-495 northbound spilt and I-495 northbound after the I-95/I-495 northbound split in Wilmington.