Ellendale Area

Overview (This site last updated October 5, 2010)

The Ellendale Area portion of the US 113 North/South Study Area is located between the City of Milford and the Town of Georgetown in Sussex County. It includes approximately seven miles of US 113 from north of Hudson Pond to south of the US 113/East Redden Road/Deer Forest Road intersection. The Ellendale study area generally follows a north-south direction.

Project Purpose

The purpose of the Ellendale Area project is to:

  • Identify, select and protect a limited access highway alignment that will address existing and future transportation deficiencies along the US 113 corridor
  • Improve safety
  • Accommodate future land development and economic growth

The result will be a highway that meets future local, regional and seasonal traffic demands. Separating local from through traffic will help meet the needs of current and future area residents as well as of those people traveling through the area.

Project Need

  • Between 1990 and 2005, average daily traffic volumes on US 113 in the Ellendale Area doubled from 8,000 to 16,000 vehicles per day (vpd)
  • By 2030 average daily traffic is projected to increase to about 30,000 vpd (nearly twice the amount of traffic in 2005)
  • Peak seasonal traffic will add an additional 12,333 vpd in 2030 for a total of over 42,000 vpd during the peak season
  • Regional and local traffic are expected to increase as a result of new development, which will have direct access onto US 113 creating additional conflict points, greater occurrence of accidents and delays for local travelers
  • Approximately 21,000 new households and 7,500 additional jobs are projected between 2008 and 2030
  • Approximately 50 percent of the additional traffic generated from these new homes and jobs will be carried by US 113
  • Available land and right-of-way for the needed roadway improvements will become scarce