Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Dover

DOVER – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 220, Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901. More information about the WIAC meeting, including the agenda, can be found on the Statewide Meeting Calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/61416. For more information about Delaware’s Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, please visit the DNREC website.

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ICYMI: Governor Carney Highlights $4 Billion Infrastructure Investment Plan

DOVER, Del.— Governor John Carney joined Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan on Monday to highlight infrastructure investments that will be made throughout the state as part of the FY20 – FY25 Capital Transportation Program. Currently, more than $3.2 billion in infrastructure work is planned for Delaware’s transportation network over the next six years. When including FY19 in the total, the investments total $4 billion.

Notable projects include the widening of SR 1 north and south from Route 273 to the Roth Bridge in New Castle County, the US 13 Camden Widening project in Kent County, and the SR 1 Minos Conaway Grade Separated Intersection in Sussex County.

“With these investments, we are modernizing our transportation system statewide,” said Governor Carney. “This is the kind of smart, infrastructure investment that will create jobs, alleviate congestion, and lead to real economic growth statewide. Thank you to members of the General Assembly for helping us fund these important investments.”

 
“While we have many large infrastructure projects scheduled around the state, we’ll are also investing more than $100 million in public transportation and rail, $80 million in road paving and rehabilitation projects, as well as $20 million in sidewalk improvements to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards,” added Secretary Cohan.

“Today’s announcement sends a clear to message to Delawareans: our state is growing and improving rapidly and all of us in state government are serious about making the kinds of infrastructure investments to support that growth,” said Senator Stephanie Hansen, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Our state prides itself in working together to get things done, and infrastructure is one of the key tests of how well a government functions. I think we are passing that test here and it will make for a safer, more efficient state and a stronger economy in the years and decades to come.”

“These infrastructure investments will impact communities throughout Delaware, creating jobs, easing congestion and improving the lives of Delawareans by fostering an efficient transportation system,” said Representative Ed Osienski, Chair of the House Transportation, Land Use and Infrastructure Committee. “These investments are substantial, and I look forward to seeing the continued progress.”

Each year, DelDOT develops a 6-year Capital Transportation Plan (CTP) that identifies anticipated capital investments. This plan is developed in cooperation with the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO), Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Sussex County government. The plan provides information on the actual cost expenditures for each project phase that are anticipated in each specific fiscal year. The Council on Transportation provides final approval of the CTP by March 1st of the following year. For more information visit the DelDOT website.

Video from Monday’s event can be found here.

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DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation to hold July 10 open house on buildings, infrastructure for White Clay Creek State Park

DOVER – The second of four open houses to gather public input on creating a master plan for the future of White Clay Creek State Park in Newark will be held 4-7 p.m., Tuesday July 10, at Deerfield, 507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, DE 19711.

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin announced last month that DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation is beginning the process of creating a master plan for the future of the park and will be holding four open houses this summer to gather public input for the plan. The open houses are an opportunity for the public to convey what they enjoy about the park, and what concerns or ideas they might have for the future, to aid in developing a draft plan.

The July 10 open house will focus on buildings and infrastructure, for public input on topics such as the Nature Center, the park office, use of buildings, and current/future concessionaires. Information and opportunities to ask questions will be available during the entire open house, with presentations at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

White Clay Creek State Park is the second-largest park in DNREC’s park system. The park hosts more than 322,000 visitors each year and contains the most trail miles. The park also holds popular summer concerts, a well-attended summer camp program, the high school cross-country state meet, and other events. Visitors enjoy birding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.

The next two open houses are tentatively scheduled from 4-7 p.m. at Deerfield, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Focused on roads, trails, and connectivity.
  • Monday, Aug. 20: Focused on recreation topics such as golfing, fishing, visiting historic sites, and events.

In addition to the open houses, the public is encouraged to participate in a brief online survey to provide initial comments. A second survey with more specific questions will be developed later. To submit general comments, please email DNREC_WCCmasterplan@delaware.gov, or write to DNREC-DPR, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, Attn: WCCSP Master Plan.

The public is also encouraged to visit www.destateparks.com/whiteclaymasterplan for the latest information and updates, and to check back frequently for the latest news and draft documents for review once developed. In addition to the webpage, announcements will be made by DNREC press releases, signs in the park, and other means.

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

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DelDOT Receives TIGER Grant Award for Georgetown

Dover, Del. – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has received a $7 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Georgetown East Gateway Project in Sussex County.

The project will construct a multi-modal improvements at the intersection of Route 9, Airport Road and Sandhill Road in Georgetown. Improvements will include roadway realignment, additional turn lanes, signal enhancements, pavement resurfacing, bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, transit stops, and lighting. The current projected cost is $14.6 million and is estimated to begin in spring 2020.

“Improving infrastructure in Sussex County continues to be a priority, and Route 9 is one of our most heavily traveled east/west arteries,” said Governor John Carney. “This project will modernize and improve safety for all those traveling in and around our county seat of Georgetown.”

TIGER grants are fiercely competitive, and are awarded to projects that do more than just fix a problem, they enhance the community,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper. “As we have more people coming to Sussex County to enjoy our tax free shopping, world class beaches, and a great way of life, we will need to maintain and improve our infrastructure to keep up, and this TIGER grant-a first for Sussex County-will help us do just that.”

“This TIGER grant is a perfect example of how federal investment can help local communities. This funding will provide better access to the Delaware Coastal Airport, CHEER Center and future development of the area while ensuring motorists in Sussex County will have safer travel to their homes and work,” said U.S. Senator Chris Coons. “It’s time to build more of these needed projects in America to help repair our aging infrastructure, get new projects off the ground, and get Americans back to work.”

“The continued investment into Delaware’s roads and infrastructure is not only necessary to ensure our roadways are paved and free of hazards such as potholes, but also in keeping Delaware’s infrastructure modern and up to date with the latest technology and engineering,” said Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. “This new TIGER Grant funding will allow the Delaware Department of Transportation to deliver the Georgetown East Gateway project several years earlier than expected, while supporting roadway resurfacing and realignment improvements. Once completed, the Georgetown project will ease traffic flow, enhance roadway lighting, and add additional turn lanes and bike lanes to the area.”

“DelDOT identified this existing intersection for significant pedestrian and traffic improvements as part of our Hazard Elimination Program. We are very excited to receive this federal grant that will help us deliver this needed project for Sussex County,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

“Sussex County is pleased to see DelDOT and the federal government’s investment in the Georgetown East Gateway project. The US 9/Airport Road/Sandhill Road intersection serves as a critical link in the local transportation system, and is the main entrance to the Delaware Coastal Airport and the County’s Emergency Operations Center. Unfortunately, over the years, this intersection has become a confusing, inefficient, and, frankly, frustrating mess. We believe the TIGER grant will assist in improving access to both eastern Georgetown and the County’s facilities at the airport; which is greatly needed; and make travel to, from and through Georgetown much easier for our local and visiting motorists.” said Sussex County Administrator Todd F. Lawson.


DNREC Environmental Finance, DPH Office of Drinking Water extend due date to Feb. 28 for FY2018 water revolving funds’ project notices of intent

DOVER – DNREC Environmental Finance and the Division of Public Health Office of Drinking Water have extended the notice of intent (NOI) submission due date to Feb. 28 for all municipal governments, privately-owned businesses, wastewater and drinking water utilities, consultant engineers, and other interested parties.

Notices of intent for wastewater, drinking water, stormwater, and related infrastructure projects opened for solicitations Jan. 3 in preparation of the FY 2018 Project Priority Lists (PPLs). The NOI submissions are critical to the development of Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) FY 2018 Project Priority Lists (PPLs), as projects must be listed on PPLs to be considered for funding.

Detailed information about how and when to submit projects for funding consideration, project ranking criteria, project construction requirements, and how to apply for infrastructure planning grants is available on the DNREC Environmental Finance website.

For more information, please contact Greg Pope, DNREC Environmental Finance, at 302-739-9941 or Heather Warren, Office of Drinking Water, at 302-744-4817.

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