Portion of Sand Hill Road closing for roundabout construction

GEORGETOWN — A portion of Sand Hill Road will be closed later this month through early spring for installation of a roundabout as part of the Georgetown East Gateway Improvements Project.

The Delaware Department of Transportation announced the closure Tuesday. It is scheduled for 7 a.m. Jan. 25 to 7 p.m. April 16, weather permitting.

The temporary closure is Sand Hill Road between U.S. 9/East Market Street/Lewes-Georgetown Highway and Briarwood Road.

Only access to the Warren L. & Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center and CHEER Apartments will be maintained from U.S. 9.

Detour signage will be posted for motorists.

The detour routes are as follows:
• Northbound: Eastbound on U.S. 9/Lewes-Georgetown Highway, left onto Shingle Point Road, left on to Briarwood Road and return to Sand Hill Road.
• Southbound: Left on to Briarwood Road, right onto Shingle Point Road and continue to U.S. 9/Lewes-Georgetown Highway.

According to DelDOT, roundabouts encourage drivers to reduce their speed through the intersection. The design of a roundabout also reduces the need for direct left turns — which are a major reason for intersection crashes — thereby increasing the overall safety aspect of the intersection.