From a comment received on December 21, 2005
Q: Our house backs up to Matson Run and the new ponds along Carruthers Lane. Our view of the woods from our back yard has been replaced by that of construction and the water treatment plant. We are excited about having the park so close to our house, but would like to know what the plans are for restoring the wooded area around Matson Run surrounding the ponds and the trees on Weldin Road that have been cut down during construction.
A: It is an unfortunate reality that in order to build the Matson Run flood control features, expand the Rock Manor Golf Course, and construct portions of Northern Delaware Greenway, trees needed to be cleared. As detailed in the project Master Plan, the State is committed to providing attractive, sustainable landscaping throughout the project area. Therefore, the project will be planting areas along the golf course and bike path to address areas that require additional screening, where possible, as part of the enhanced landscape plan for East Park.
From the May 17, 2004 Public Workshop
Q: Has noise abatement been considered in the project area?
A: A noise analysis was performed for the Blue Ball Property Improvements Project, as documented in the Environmental Assessment. Noise monitoring and modeling was performed at noise-sensitive land uses throughout the project area and project level noise impacts were predicted. Noise levels were predicted to exceed the Noise Abatement Criteria at several noise-sensitive land uses within the project area. A noise mitigation analysis was performed for each of these impacted areas to determine the feasibility and reasonableness of potential noise mitigation. The Ronald McDonald House was identified as a very sensitive receptor because of the close proximity of the SR141 Spur to the Ronald McDonald House. However, due to the close proximity of SR141 to the building, DelDOT had been working with the Ronald McDonald House to design a privacy wall to address the privacy concerns that would at the same time address any noise mitigation issues.
Q: Is it possible to have "red-light running" cameras installed on some of the proposed traffic signals?
A: Right now, only intersections where past accident history and/or reports from police indicate that drivers have frequently been running red lights qualify for the cameras. Since the transportation infrastructure of the Blue Ball site is being significantly altered with the establishment of new roadways, the separation of local and commuting traffic, and the repositioning or addition of traffic signals, there is no justification for adding cameras at this time. Once the project is completed, and if there is a demonstrated need for the inclusion of the cameras, a study will be done to see if such a course of action is warranted.
Q: Will the multi-purpose fields be available for all sports, including rugby?
A: Yes, DNREC confirms that the field will be large enough to accommodate such sports as rugby, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. Once the fields are developed, Wilmington State Parks (which may potentially manage Alapocas Run Park) will meet with reps from each sport to discuss the existing permitting process for reserving sports fields. Each sport will have an equal opportunity to reserve the fields.
Q: Is it possible to have the traffic signals at Murphy and Thomas Roads operate as a traffic calming device?
Q: Traffic control devices such as traffic signals or stop signs are not considered to be traffic calming devices.
Q: Do you think the project improvements will attract more traffic onto Weldin Road?
A: No additional traffic is expected on Weldin Road as a result of the transportation improvements. However, traffic is still expected to increase due to continued development.
Q: Is it possible to have two lanes of east and west traffic flow on Powder Mill Road?
A: Lane configuration throughout the project is consistent with what was developed as part of the Blue Ball Master Plan, and meets the project's "no degradation" criteria. Powder Mill Road is two lanes per direction, except near the new intersection of relocated Childrens Drive and the Route 141 Spur, in the westbound direction only. At this point, Powder Mill Road traffic must make a right-turn in one lane. However, the one lane is not part of the traffic signal, and has a full acceleration lane. Therefore, it is a free movement lane (without even a yield sign).
From the June 9, 2003 Public Workshop
Q: Why do we need the two round-abouts at West Park Drive and Weldin Road? Why can't they just be eliminated?
A: Several traffic control options were considered at both intersections, including stop control, signal control, and roundabouts. Stop control was found to be infeasible for the West Park/East Park intersection, as it would be over-capacity. Therefore, that intersection would either need to be signal controlled or a roundabout (both are calculated to be under capacity). The roundabout was chosen because it was more conducive to the park setting, and would help reduce speeds through the park area.
For the Weldin Road/East Park intersection, either stop control or a roundabout would operate acceptably. The roundabout was chosen as a traffic calming measure to help reduce speeds through the park area. Also, the two roundabouts frame a "gateway" to the park areas from the local roads.
Q: Can the existing culverts be improved upon which go under Weldin Road just east of New Weldin Road traffic circle? Can't you make this improvement just like the improvement made further down Weldin Road (parapet walls with faux limestone and concrete cap)?
A: A new culvert design is in the East Side Road Improvements Contract. Click here for more details.
Q: Will the traffic signal at Foulk Road & US 202 solve the traffic problem at this location? Since the southbound US 202 traffic from PA will not decrease, won't there continue to be a build-up?
A: Consider traffic today at the US 202 intersection with Powder Mill Road/Murphy Road - there is a very high northbound left-turn movement and eastbound right-turn movement. All of this traffic must travel through the US 202 signal with Foulk Road. In the proposed design, this traffic is shifted to the Route 141 Spur and does not travel through the signal between US 202 and Foulk Road. Northbound left-turning traffic utilizes a proposed ramp and travels under the US 202/Foulk Road signal, while eastbound right-turn traffic merges onto US 202 south of the Foulk Road signal.
Furthermore, the proposed two-phase operation of the traffic signal is more efficient than the existing four-phase operation. Having two phases rather than four is important because each separate signal phase has an associated "lost time" - time that traffic is not efficiently using the intersection - at the beginning and end of each phase (e.g., during the yellow interval between phases).
Q: How do we find our way home when the construction is completed? Please provide s.
A: Click here to see the 'Choose Your Route' section of the web site.
Q: Why doesn't the US 202 southbound to Powder Mill Road right turn have an accelerated lane? It seems to be forcing drivers to stop causing more accidents.
A: Southbound US 202 to Westbound Powder Mill Road does not have an acceleration lane today, nor is one proposed. These lanes are rarely designed to full acceleration lane length standards, and therefore still require Yield signs. Because there is some confusion with the public on how to use these lanes, DelDOT is generally not including them on new projects.
Q: Can we see actual samples of what the stone veneer will look like on the underpass walls before you complete the work on Phase I?
A: The stone veneer will be done like the existing Rockland Road bridge. Please see this bridge for reference.
Q: Will the pathways through tunnel (underpasses) be well-lit?
A: Yes. Lighting is already a part of the design.
Q: Will there be mile markers on the Greenway path?
A: This is currently being considered as a design feature.
Q: Wouldn't the new parking lot entrance/exit (servicing East Park soccer fields) be better off on Carruthers Lane, not Weldin Road?
A: There are some grading issues along relocated Carruthers Lane that prevent this driveway access.
Q: Will the 18 holes at the Rock Manor Golf Course be preserved?
A: Yes. An 18-hole golf course re-design is proposed. Click here to see proposed re-design.
Q: Can the greenway have a temporary connection to Carruthers Lane to be used in the interim?
A: No. There are too many safety concerns and is not allowed in construction areas.