Overview (This site last updated April 30, 2014)
The Georgetown Area study area is 10.4 miles long and extends from 0.5 miles south of the Avenue of Honor (north of the Town of Millsboro) to 0.2 miles north of the intersection with East Redden Road (south of the Town of Ellendale). Except at proposed intersections and interchanges, the study area closely follows US 113 and is 0.2 miles wide. The study area is widest along Wilson Road where a proposed interchange causes the area to expand to approximately one mile.
The purpose of the Georgetown Area project is to:
- Preserve mobility and access for local residents and businesses
- Provide highway improvements that reduce congestion, decrease accidents, and accommodate anticipated growth in local, seasonal and through traffic
- Accommodate economic growth in the Georgetown Area
The goal is to identify, select and protect a highway alignment that meets the future needs of local, seasonal and through traffic in a safe manner with limited property and environmental impacts.
- In 2003, average annual daily traffic along US 113 in the Georgetown Area was between 21,000 and 23,800 vehicles per day and peak season average daily traffic varied between 26,900 and 28,500 vehicles per day. Peak season traffic is between 20 and 28 percent higher than non-peak season traffic.
- In 2030, off-peak season traffic will increase and resemble 2003 peak season traffic and 2030 peak season traffic will increase by 35% above what it was in 2003 to between 36,300 and 38,500 vehicles per day.
- In 2008, US 113 carried 3,560 vehicles during the peak hour in the Georgetown Area. Peak hour traffic will increase by slightly over 100% to 7,300 vehicles in 2030.
- Three of the four US 113 signalized intersections will operate at an unacceptable level in 2030.
- Travel times will increase in the future which will be inconvenient for beach-bound drivers and even more disruptive for local residents and business owners.
- Population and employment in Sussex County are projected to increase by 60% by 2030 and the number of households by 67%.
- Escalating land costs and diminishing availability of land in the Sussex County resort area will push development west toward the US 113 corridor.
The combination of these forces will lead to added access points and traffic signals along US 113 in the Georgetown Area resulting in greater conflicts, reduced safety and increased traveler delay. Therefore, this project is needed because of the extraordinary growth that is anticipated to occur along the US 113 corridor and the burden it will place on the local and regional transportation network.