DelDOT proposing interim projects on Del. in Milford

MILFORD — Responding to citizens concerns for safety and crossing mobility, the Delaware Department of Transportation likely will make interim improvements at two Del. 1 intersections in the Milford area.

Using operating budget money, DelDOT is set to install signs and striping in the areas of Northeast Front Street/Wharf Road and Northeast 10th Street, along with adding tubular orange markers in the vicinity.

DelDOT will hold a public workshop to discuss those plans from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Milford High School cafeteria at 1019 N. Walnut St. Also, DelDOT hopes to receive public input about the potential improvements.

Already registering their concerns during a March 27, 2014, meeting with DelDOT were Woods Haven neighborhood residents, along a local business, church and town government.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP DelDOT is holding a workshop today soliciting public input on proposed interim road improvements on Del. 1 at the N.E. 10th Street and N.E. Front Street/Wharf Road crossovers in Milford. The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Milford High School Cafeteria at 1019 N. Walnut St. For more information, call DelDOT at (800) 652-5600 in Delaware or (302) 760-2080.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP
DelDOT is holding a workshop today soliciting public input on proposed interim road improvements on Del. 1 at the N.E. 10th Street and N.E. Front Street/Wharf Road crossovers in Milford. The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Milford High School Cafeteria at 1019 N. Walnut St. For more information, call DelDOT at (800) 652-5600 in Delaware or (302) 760-2080.

A traffic study ensued, and DelDOT recommended the improvements, project manager Naa-Atswei Tetten said.

DelDOT proposes closing left and U-turn capability at Del. 1 southbound at Northeast 10th Street, and Del. 1 northbound at Northeast Front Street.

DelDOT will take the community’s pulse on the proposed safety upgrades, then proceed accordingly. If the public has no significant objection, the improvements could be made within several months or less, Ms. Tetten said.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to review display materials for the potential improvements that will channelize both median crossovers to help improve safety and mobility along this area of (Del, 1),” a DelDOT news release stated.

A public outcry could cause DelDOT to re-evaluate its plans, Ms. Tetten said.

“If the public is highly opposed there’s a possibility that the project will not get done,” she said.

Eventually, a grade-separated intersection project at Del. 1 and Northeast Front Street could allay current fears of traveling through the area. The project process has not been scheduled to begin yet.

DelDOT said written opinions about the improvements can be mailed to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903. When applicable, an online questionnaire is available and will be forwarded to the Public Relations department.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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