US113 North/South Study
Project Update (This site last updated October 7, 2013)
The US 113 North/South Study is examining potential improvements throughout the entire length of US 113 in Delaware, from the Maryland state line in Selbyville to SR 1 north of Milford. The study is divided into four geographic areas from south to north: Millsboro-South (including Millsboro, Dagsboro, Frankford, and Selbyville), Georgetown, Ellendale, and Milford.
For each of these areas, environmental studies are required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NEPA ensures that proper study of potential human, cultural, and natural environmental impacts is conducted for each alternative under consideration. The studies describe the impact of the proposed US 113 alternatives, as well as ways to minimize and mitigate negative environmental impacts.
Environmental studies for the US 113 North/South Study continue to advance. The Millsboro-South Area Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published and made available to the public on August 16, 2013.The Georgetown Area and Ellendale Area Environmental Assessments (EA) were approved, and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued for the Ellendale Area.The current status of activities in each of the four areas is summarized below:
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Millsboro-South Area was published and made available to the public on August 16, 2013.
Review the Millsboro-South Area DEIS.
See the public notice.
Two public hearings were held to review information and to request testimony and comments on the Millsboro-South Area DEIS. They were held at the Millsboro Civic Center on September 18, 2013 and at the Selbyville Fire Hall on September 19, 2013. Public hearing materials may be found here. The public comment period ended on October 4, 2013.
Learn more about the Millsboro-South Area.Georgetown Area
The Georgetown Area Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed in 2012. The EA contains the environmental analysis of the Refined On-Alignment Recommended Preferred Alternative that DelDOT announced in June 2007. Approval by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with a Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the natural and human environment is pending. The issuance of a FONSI by FHWA will conclude the environmental process for the Georgetown Area. Elements of the Refined On-Alignment Alternative will transition into preliminary engineering as funding becomes available.
Learn more about the Georgetown Area.Ellendale Area
The Ellendale Area Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on September 28, 2010 with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the natural and human environment. The approved EA contains the environmental analysis of the selected On-Alignment Alternative. The issuance of a FONSI by FHWA concludes the environmental process for the Ellendale Area. Elements of the On-Alignment Alternative will transition into preliminary engineering as funding becomes available.
Learn more about the Ellendale Area.
As of July 1, 2007, the General Assembly removed funding for the Milford and Lincoln portion of the US 113 North/South Study and requested that DelDOT work to achieve consensus on an alignment. After further analysis and consultation with local leaders, DelDOT informed the General Assembly on January 23, 2008 that "there is no community consensus for a compromise alternative." No work is currently underway in the Milford Area.
Learn more about the Milford Area.