Press Release -- June 16, 2006
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates the Completion of the Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape Project

Rehoboth Beach -- Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks, U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper, and representatives from U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Congressman Michael N. Castles' staff joined City of Rehoboth Beach officials to cut the ribbon marking the completion of the three-phased Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape Project. The event kicked off a city-wide celebration, which invited attendees, business owners and patrons, as well as the day's beach goers to join in the festivities.

The Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape project originated in the spring of 2000, when the City of Rehoboth initiated a project to promote a year round "Main Street" environment along Rehoboth Avenue. This included strengthening the social, aesthetic and overall value of the transportation system by improving pedestrian, bicycle and transit facilities. To accomplish these goals, various improvements were made to the Avenue, including new sidewalks, pedestrian amenities and lighting, landscaping, utility relocation, traffic calming, traffic operational enhancements, parking reconfigurations, bicycle and transit facilities, and handicap accessibility.

Governor Ruth Ann Minner says, "The results of this streetscape project have clearly brightened Rehoboth Avenue with a new look. This revitalization of Rehoboth's downtown core will reinforce why so many people choose Delaware as the ideal location for their vacations and as their year-round home." The Governor further commended the Department of Transportation and the City of Rehoboth for their partnership on the project.

Secretary Wicks, who was Master of Ceremonies for the celebration, stated, "I am pleased that the Department of Transportation partnered with many entities to play a major role in paving the way for visitors, businesses and residents to access, utilize and ultimately enjoy their trip to the beach." Overall, the Department of Transportation financed 48%, or $16.3 million, of the total project cost, while the City of Rehoboth Beach contributed $10 million and Delaware's federal delegation contributed $7.75 million.

The project was realized through a combined effort of the City of Rehoboth, the Department of Transportation and federal entities, and was built in four seasonal phases as to lessen the impact to summer vacationers. October 2002 through May 2003 represented Phase 1, and marked the start of the project with utilities placed underground, sidewalks widened, pavement reconstruction, parking areas reconfigured, as well as the addition of new lighting and landscaping from Second Street to Fifth Street on Rehoboth Avenue. This phase of construction cost $10.1 million.

Phase 2 of the project had Fifth Street north to the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal under construction between October 2003 and May 2004. In this phase the streetscape enhancement really took shape, as the gateway into the city was made complete with a roundabout and a replica of the former Cape Henlopen Lighthouse. This phase cost $8 million.

The final phase of the project, from the famous Rehoboth Boardwalk to Second Street on Rehoboth Avenue has been under construction since October 2004, and will be officially completed by June 28, 2006. New sidewalks, a new public pavilion, new restroom facilities, as well as utilities placed underground and various other streetscape enhancements will mark the completion of the project. The star of this $15.95 million phase is the new public pavilion, which will delight vacationers with various forms of entertainment for years to come.

The $34.05 million project was planned and overseen by Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson (JMT), a Maryland-based engineering consultant group. Local Delaware contractors Daisy Construction, Corman Construction and DiSabatino Construction, along with many subcontractors brought the paper concept to concrete reality.

A comprehensive fact sheet is included with this press release that shows the breakdown of the project. For more information, please visit the Department of Transportation Web site at www.deldot.gov, or contact the Office of Public Relations at (800) 652-5600 or (302) 760-2080.


Rehoboth Streetscape Fact Sheet


Phase 1
Rehoboth Avenue from Second Street to Fifth Street
Work completed: Utilities placed underground, sidewalks widened, total pavement reconstruction, parking areas reconfigured, new lighting and landscaping
Contractor: Daisy Construction
Engineering Consultant: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
Dates of Construction: 10/02 to 5/03
Financing: DelDOT: $6.5 million
City: $3.6 million
Federal: $0
Total Cost for Phase 1: $10.1 million

Phase 2
Fifth Street north to the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal along Rehoboth Avenue
Work completed: Gateway into the city with roundabout, complete with replica of the former Cape Henlopen Lighthouse in the center, streetscape enhancements and utilities placed underground
Contractor: Corman Construction
Engineering Consultant: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
Dates of Construction: 10/03 to 5/04
Financing: DelDOT: $4.8 million
City: $2.2 million
Federal: $1 million
Total Cost for Phase 2: $8 million

Phase 3
Boardwalk to Second Street on Rehoboth Avenue
Work completed: New sidewalks, new public pavilion, new restrooms, streetscape enhancements and utilities placed underground
Contractor(s): Daisy Construction, Corman Construction, DiSabatino Construction
Engineering Consultant: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
Dates of Construction: 10/04 to 5/06
Financing: DelDOT: $5 million
City: $8.3 million
Federal: $6.75 million
Total: $15.95 million

Total Project Financing
DelDOT: $16.3 million (48%)
City: $10 million (29%)
Federal: $7.75 million (23%)
Total: $34.05 million

In the spring of 2000, the City of Rehoboth Beach initiated a project that would create a year-round "Main Street" environment along Rehoboth Avenue. This included strengthening the social, aesthetic and environmental value of the transportation system. With support from the Delaware Department of Transportation and federal entities, they made that vision a reality. Today, and for many tomorrows, pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists will enjoy this new streetscape.