Press Release -- October 27, 2008
Route 1 and Route 9 Overpass Groundbreaking Event

Interchange Project First of 7 on Route 1, Between Route 9 and Route 30

Dover -- Today, Governor Ruth Ann Minner, along with Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Chief Engineer Robert J. Taylor, Colonel Steven B. Harrison, Commander of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base (DAFB), local officials and guests, celebrated with a groundbreaking event for the almost $9 million Route 9 and Route 1 overpass, just south of Dover.

As the winning bidder, Richard E. Pierson Construction Company, Inc., will help the Route 1 and Route 9 grade-separated interchange accomplish many things. By constructing the overpass, the most difficult and unsafe turning movements will be greatly improved. Currently, traffic on Route 9 that wants to turn left onto Route 1, must wait for a break in the Route 1 traffic - which travels at relatively high speeds. Similarly, traffic on Route 1 that would like to turn left onto Route 9 must do the same. When this project is completed, motorists will be able to utilize the overpass to make the same movement - at a much safer condition. This project will also help in improving security at DAFB. Essentially, by 2010 there will be a new overpass and access ramps to replace this crossroad.

"The completion of this project is another significant step to improving the safety and traffic flow in the Route 1 Corridor," said Governor Minner. "This is one of seven planned interchange construction projects, and the goal is for most of them to be completed by the year 2015."

The Route 1 and Route 9 project is just the beginning of a series of projects on Route 1 that will make the Route 1 Corridor a much safer transportation facility. Accidents along a corridor such as this typically occur at intersections. Route 1 is no exception. Construction of the six additional interchanges along the Route 1 corridor will begin between now and 2012. These locations in order of construction include:

North Frederica - Construction scheduled for summer 2009.
Little Heaven - Construction to begin spring 2011.
Route 1 and Route 30 - Construction set for summer 2011.
Thompsonville Road - Construction set to begin spring 2012.
South Frederica - Construction scheduled to begin in spring 2012.
Barratts Chapel Road - Construction scheduled for summer 2012.

The department has taken on these ambitious, forward thinking efforts because together, they will
provide a transportation corridor that is much more efficient, and more importantly, much safer.

For more information contact DelDOT Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 (in DE) or 302-760-2080. Or visit the Web site at www.deldot.gov.