Now that the master plan has been adopted, how will the public be informed of specific design decisions regarding each phase?
DelDOT and DEDO have committed to an extensive public involvement program, consisting of this website, newsletters, and public meetings. This website will be revised and updated on an ongoing basis as new information is made available. Newsletters should come out periodically and announce the latest developments for the project. As each phase of the project is being developed, three public meetings will be held at key decision points. These meetings will be announced via the website, newsletters, direct mail, advertisements in the local papers, and public service announcements.
What are the salient features of the Transportation Plan?
- A new four lane Route 141 spur gives access along the south side of AstraZeneca campus.
- The existing Route 141 remains open to all traffic.
- A grade separated interchange at the Route 202/Foulk Road/Route 141 interface permits all traffic movements while minimizing environmental impacts.
- A local road network serves the new parkland and local traffic on both the east and west sides of Route 202.
- A partial signal at the Route 202/Augustine Cutoff Intersection reduces the traffic impact to local residential streets.
- Rockland and Weldin Roads are integrated into the local road network, assuring system continuity.
- Improving Route 202 at Murphy Road permits an additional through lane in each direction and a dedicated left turn lane from Murphy Road onto southbound Route 202.
- Route 202 underpass south of Foulk Road completes the Delaware Greenway System and permits local road continuity.
- Connector Road between Route 202 and Foulk Road allows City traffic to access the Route 141 Spur and Foulk Road.
- Four way intersection links Children's Drive, the route 141 Spur, and Route 141.
How does this road network separate local from regional traffic?
The proposed road network has been designed specifically to separate local from regional traffic. The entire Route 202/I95/Route 141/Route 141 Spur traffic can function completely separate from the East and West Side Park Roads network, although they also have points of connection. Therefore, someone in Alapocas may travel to Weldin Road via the West Side Park Road, under Route 202 and on the East Side Park Roads. That same resident may also access the regional road network via the West Side Park Road to the Route 141 Spur to Route 202.
What are the stated goals of the Transportation Committee?
The stated goals of the Transportation Committee are:
- Level of Service must remain the same or better-this is the "no-degradation" criteria.
- The local street system should be minimally impacted.
- The park, transportation and AstraZeneca improvements are linked and should proceed together.
- Environmental impacts must be minimized.
- The schedule must be maintained.
Why must Route 202 be 12 lanes?
To satisfy the "no degradation" criteria, twelve lanes of traffic are necessary at one location on Route 202. US Route 202 just south of Murphy Road requires four northbound through lanes, two northbound left-turn lanes, and four southbound through lanes. Additionally, a southbound acceleration lane for the eastbound right-turn from Route 141 is required, and a northbound shoulder/right-turn lane is preferable. This is based on traffic projections and design criteria. Route 202 transitions back to 6 lanes north and south of the intersection.
When will the community know if noise barriers are warranted?
The noise analysis is underway, and will be presented at a public meeting in the spring. The results of the noise analysis will also be presented in the draft EA that will be available for public comment.
I've heard the residents and institutions on Rockland Road prefer to cul-de-sac it. Why not respect their wishes?
This would not be consistent with the project criteria of "connecting local roadways" nor would it be consistent with the plan recommended by the Transportation Committee and endorsed by Governor Carper and New Castle County Executive Gordon. Additionally, the no degradation criteria at two intersections on the Route 141 Spur would not be satisfied if Rockland Road were made into a cul-de-sac.
How do you know the proposed roadway network is adequate to handle the forecasted traffic?
Traffic projections were prepared for a design year of 2010, consistent with the full build out of AstraZeneca. The proposed local and regional roadway network was developed to accommodate the projected traffic while functioning no worse than today (no degradation criteria). Additional considerations included rectifying any known safety problems, and allowing all traffic movements at each intersection, if possible (i.e., don't restrict the southbound left-turn from US 202 to Foulk Road). Based on these criteria, each alternative was studied using standard traffic analysis methods. This led to some alternatives being dropped, while others were refined. The proposed design satisfies the "no degradation" criteria, provides a safe transportation system, and allows as many movements as possible at each intersection.
Why are there so many traffic signals on the Route 141 Spur?
The Route 141 Spur is proposed to have five signalized intersections within 1.25 miles. They include the intersections with Childrens Drive, AstraZeneca Driveway, West Side Park Road, the northbound ramp from I-95, and Relocated Weldin Road. Two of these intersections replace existing signalized intersections (Childrens Drive and Weldin Road). Traffic signals are required at the AstraZeneca Driveway to provide efficient access in and out of the southern campus of AstraZeneca.
The remaining two signal locations are part of the US202/Foulk Road/Route 141 Spur interchange design. This configuration is similar to a "diamond" type interchange, with several project specific modifications. Like other "diamond" type interchanges serving heavy traffic volumes, the "minor street" (in this case, the Route 141 Spur and Foulk Road) will have traffic signals at the end of each ramp from the "major street" (US 202 and I-95). This configuration was preferred by the Transportation Committee to designs that included less traffic signals, but restricted certain traffic movements or required more land which would otherwise be available for park development. Traffic analyses indicate that the five signalized intersections along the Route 141 Spur can be successfully coordinated to minimize delay to vehicles traveling this route.
How will this design affect traffic on Murphy Road?
Without the proposed improvements, traffic on Murphy Road would be expected to increase due to the AstraZeneca and DuPont expansions, in addition to the general "background" growth of traffic in the area. With the proposed improvements, traffic projections indicate volumes along Murphy Road will remain approximately the same in 2010 as they were in 1999. This is due to some traffic being diverted from Murphy Road to the new Route 141 Spur.
How will this design affect traffic on Augustine Cut-Off, Rockland Road, and/or Weldin Road?
Traffic projections indicate no difference in anticipated project traffic volumes along these roads with the proposed improvements compared to the expected traffic growth along these roads without the proposed improvements.
What plans have you made for mass transit?
Mass transit is an integral part of the master planning for this project. Planned transit components for fiscal year 2002 include: park and ride lots in Pennsylvania and an express bus route from this lot; improved DTC bus stops and shelters in the Route 202 corridor; enhanced marketing of transit services by DTC and the TMA; and AstraZeneca corporate shuttles to and from the train station and throughout their campus.
Concepts being considered for the future are flexible route neighborhood shuttles; shuttles to the Claymont Station along Foulk Road, and the development of a Transit Center in the area.
What measures are being taken to develop integrated transportation management systems (ITMS) in the area?
There are several ITMS measures planned for the short and long term. ITMS measures already in existence include: electronically coordinated signal systems, video and aerial monitoring systems; traveler advisory radio systems; and real time web site information. Proposed short term improvements include: information kiosks and transit stop information systems. ITMS planned for the future includes: transit priority treatment systems, electronic lane use signing system; weather/flood/road monitoring systems, electronic toll collections; and a transportation channel on cable television.
What are the salient features of the Recreation Plan?
- East Side Park features multipurpose fields, a children's playground and garden, picnic areas and shelter, a dog park, re-use of the Weldin Plantation, and improvements to the Rock Manor Golf Course, including a new golf driving range.
- West Side Park features restoration of the Blue Ball Dairy Barn and associated programs, the development of park paths that provide diverse experiences for hikers, bikers and joggers, and a system of bio-swales and basins to manage stormwater runoff. There are opportunities for environmental education associated with the stormwater management system.
- A greenway trail system will connect the East and West Parks via a passageway under Route 202, provide bicycle and pedestrian linkages to surrounding neighborhoods, and connect the Blue Ball parkland with Brandywine Park and other county and state parks.
Who will own and operate the new park system?
The East Park will be operated by New Castle County Parks Department. They will manage all the active recreational facilities. The West Park, in which the Blue Ball Dairy Barn forms the primary focus of activities, will be owned and operated by the Delaware Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Rock Manor Golf Course will continue to be owned and operated by the City of Wilmington.
Why are all the active recreation uses on one side of US Route 202?
The Recreation and Historic Preservation Committee directed the planners to allocate the active recreation program to the east side of the park. The road system was designed to minimize impacts of both park and regional traffic on adjacent communities and local roads. In fact, the road system separates regional from local traffic for this purpose.
All transportation facilities are designed based on peak hour traffic projections, which coincide with typical morning and afternoon commuter peak traffic periods. Peak recreation times are typically morning and afternoon commuter peak traffic periods. Peak recreation times are typically after the afternoon commuter peak, and on weekends. Therefore, although traffic volumes during those times will be modestly increased, the transportation system will be sufficient to handle those loads.
What are the stated goals of the Recreation Committee?
- Preserve and design open space as signature spaces for the State of Delaware.
- Address the ongoing recreational needs of the local residents.
- Provide a means of re-using the historic structures in the area.
- Maximize active recreation components.
- Ensure high design standards to provide the highest quality resources for the area.