For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 22, 1999
Contact: Michelle Reardon 302-577-8701
Subject: AstraZeneca - Blue Ball Committee Unveils Conceptual Transportation Plans for Route 141, Augustine Cut-Off and Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE - The AstraZeneca - Blue Ball Transportation Committee today unveiled plans to improve the roads surrounding what has come to be known as the AstraZeneca Triangle. The committee will review and comment on 23 possible transportation designs for Route 141, Augustine Cut-Off and Foulk Road over the next two weeks. A revised plan will be presented at a Town Meeting on Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 7pm at the AstraZeneca corporate building at the Route 141/Route 202 intersection.
Among the options presented at the committee's 4:30pm meeting at Bellevue Hall today were options to create an alternate Route 141. This alternate route would run behind the Ronald McDonald House and connect to Rockland Road prior to intersecting with Route 202. Other possibilities could include: closing Route 141 to through traffic between Route 202 and Children's Way; reconfiguring Foulk Road to ease the congestion at the intersection of Foulk and Route 202, and altering the intersection of Augustine Cut-Off at Route 202.
"It is important to understand that at this stage in the process, these road plans are merely a presentation of ideas, not a definitive path forward," Darrell J. Minott, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office and Chairman of the Blue Ball Project, said today. "When completed, this project is going to recreate the look and feel of the Brandywine community through the addition of vast parklands, open space and improved infrastructure. It's going to be something to see, and I encourage anyone with an interest to get involved."
The AstraZeneca - Blue Ball Transportation Committee is a 44-member advisory group composed of local residents, community associations, area legislators and representatives of the Delaware Economic Development Office, the Parks Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the State Department of Transportation. The goal of the committee is to provide a transportation plan that will accommodate new traffic patterns expected when AstraZeneca completes its new campus and to coordinate the infrastructure development with the new park to be located on the Blue Ball properties.
The Blue Ball Project is part of the landmark AstraZeneca proposal that is bringing the world's third largest pharmaceutical company's U.S. headquarters to the State of Delaware. As part of the proposal, AstraZeneca and the State of Delaware agreed to join with local officials and residents to preserve approximately 244 acres of land in North Wilmington and provide necessary infrastructure improvements to the Route 202 corridor from Route 141 south to the I-95 entrance ramps.
The 23 transportation options are available for the public to view at the Blue Ball Project web site: www.blueball.net. Comments can be left on the web site's bulletin board. For further information or to find out how to get involved in the Blue Ball project, contact the committee through the web site or call Jim Lisa at: 577-8477.
Completion of the final Blue Ball plan is anticipated for spring 2000 with work beginning as early as summer 2000.