Press Release -- May 20, 2010
****Revised*****DelDOT Awarded $1.79 Million In Funding For Indian River Inlet Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Paths

Rehoboth Beach -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is pleased to announce that it has received $1.79 million to support the bike and pedestrian paths on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge and Roadway Approach contracts. U.S. Congressman Michael N. Castle, U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper and Senator Edward (Ted) Kaufman each worked on DelDOT's behalf to secure the funding.

Representative Mike Castle explains, "I am pleased to have worked with the delegation to support nearly $1.8 million in federal funding for DelDOT to construct the pedestrian and bicycle path on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge. This new path will help both residents and tourists save gas money while increasing safety for all who utilize the bridge. I applaud DelDOT for encouraging green transportation and enhancing walking and cycling safety."

Senator Thomas R. Carper noted, "I am pleased we were able to secure this funding to make bike and pedestrian travel safer than ever on the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Our beaches are a popular destination for many and our roads can become congested. Giving people more transportation options once they arrive will help them make healthy decisions for themselves and our environment. Getting people out of their cars, trucks, and vans will reduce congestion and pollution, which is a winning solution for all."

Senator Ted Kaufman further added that, "Delaware's beaches are intrinsically important to the state's tourism industry and economy. Our visitors want to think about having fun at the beach and enjoying the local restaurants and shops, not worrying about how to get from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach. The new sidewalks and bike paths on Indian River Inlet Bridge will encourage more people to walk or bicycle instead of drive, which will decrease congestion and improve their health."

DelDOT will utilize $300,000 for bike and pedestrian improvements on the SR 1 for the roadway approaches and will use the other $1.49 million to supplement the cost of bike, pedestrian and sidewalk improvements on the contract currently being executed to build the new Indian River Inlet Bridge.

"This funding award exemplifies the collaboration between federal and state agencies, and furthers Delaware's commitment to providing infrastructure designed to promote alternative modes of travel, such as bicycle and pedestrian paths. We are very thankful for the federal delegation's support," said Carolann Wicks, Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

For the latest on the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge Replacement Project, visit the website at www.irib.deldot.gov.