TRAFFIC ALERT - Route 1 Expansion Project Complete
Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Chief Engineer Robert Taylor was joined today by the Lewes and Rehoboth Chambers of Commerce, and various local officials to announce the completion of the Route 1 Expansion Project. The project, which widened Route 1 between the Five Points/Route 9 intersection and Route 24, is in its final days, with only striping and beautification work remaining.
The $9.7 million-Route 1 Expansion Project began on September 11, 2006, and increases capacity in the resort area by including a third lane southbound and a dedicated multi-use lane on both the northbound and southbound sides of Route 1 between the Five Points/Route 9 Intersection and Route 24.
Mr. Taylor noted, "This was a very challenging project for everyone involved, and we are pleased to be able to stand before you today with a new and improved Route 1."
Mr. Taylor explained that part of the project's complexity is that this specific corridor handles the most unique combination of traffic of any in our state. Not only does it draw tourists, it is used by north-south motorists, is home to hundreds of businesses and is used by cyclists, transit riders and pedestrians. With that quantity and variety of traffic, trying to improve and pave 2.7 miles is extremely difficult.
DelDOT believes that the expansion is a success, as there has already been a decrease in the number of traffic fatalities and accidents in this area, and an increase in the use of the multi-use lane for transit and cyclists, ultimately resulting in improved traffic flow in the other three lanes.
Because there is such a demand for efficient travel in and around the beaches, DelDOT wants to ensure that Route 1 is one of the safest corridors in our state. Therefore, earlier this year, we placed bike-friendly rumble strips along Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fenwick Island. Last year, we worked with the Department of Natural Resources to complete the Breakwater Junction Trail which provided recreational cyclists with a safe place to ride. And, a few summers ago, we widened and improved Route 1 between Lewes/Rehoboth Canal Bridge and Dewey Beach.
For more information on the Route 1 Expansion Project, visit DelDOT's Web site at www.deldot.gov, and click on Projects.