DelDOT details new construction projects

A dump truck travels by historic homes on Camden-Wyoming Avenue in Camden. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

A dump truck travels by historic homes on Camden-Wyoming Avenue in Camden. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — The Camden Bypass once again is the top Kent project on the Delaware Department of Transportation’s proposed construction inventory for the next six years.

The work, which is intended to allow vehicles to pass through the area without having to travel through the main section of historic Camden, is scheduled to be in the preliminary engineering phases for the next two years with construction set to start in four years.

Dump trucks travel on Camden-Wyoming Avenue in Camden.

Dump trucks travel on Camden-Wyoming Avenue in Camden.

The project sits at No. 3 on DelDOT’s proposed Capital Transportation Program, which was discussed by the Council on Transportation Tuesday. The list now goes on to the public, with hearings scheduled in each county over the next six weeks.

The program, which covers fiscal years 2018 to 2023, contains 102 items, the majority in New Castle County.

The list is developed by DelDOT in cooperation with the Wilmington Area Planning Council, Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Sussex County.

The top-ranked Kent projects are the Camden Bypass extension from South Street to Rising Sun Road, the Del. Route 1-Thompsonville Road interchange and the Camden Bypass North Street extension to Del. Route 10.

Near the bottom of the list is an access road to the Dover Mall, something the department is studying despite its ranking.

“In last year’s bond bill we were directed to do a feasibility study on a potential interchange access off of Route 1 near the Dover Mall, and so we have completed that technical feasibility study,” planning director Drew Boyce said. “We are evaluating what a toll structure might look like in order to potentially create maybe a toll-backed revenue project, where it might pay for itself. We’re still in the very early stages of that toll revenue study, but the idea would be to provide an interchange that could provide direct access into the mall.”

The project is very low based on safety and traffic congestion, sitting second to last on the CTP.

“It’s strictly driven by the economic development portion of it at this point,” Mr. Boyce said.

Four new projects in Kent County are on the list, focusing on Northeast Front Street and Rehoboth Boulevard at Route 1; Commerce Way at Del. Route 8; Irish Hill Road and Fox Chase Road at McGinnis Pond Road; and the mall access road.

While there is currently a great deal of work along Route 1 in the Milford area, it is expected to lessen. Thompsonville should be finished by November, with South Frederica scheduled to be completed next summer and Little Heaven planned to be done by fall of 2018, according to DelDOT.

In Dover, the West Dover Connector, which stretches from Rodney Village on U.S. Route 13 to the intersection of North Street and Saulsbury Road, is set to be finished within a year.

Once done, congestion in west Dover should be reduced and the area will be easier to get around.

Public hearings will be held:

•Aug. 31, at the Newark Free Library

• Sept. 13, at Camden Town Hall

• Sept. 28, at the DelDOT Georgetown Administration Building

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