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DelDOT Wants to Put Brakes on More Than 50 Projects

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DOVER, Del.- Road projects in Delaware are coming to a potential road block as 56 projects could be put on hold.

Delaware's transportation secretary says the state is carrying a little more than $1 billion in debt. And DelDOT is looking to keep that number in check.

This plan puts off spending about $46 million in state and federal money on capital projects. They are projects at various stages, various sizes, projects in numerous communities.

Clarence Street in Dover currently bends into Slaughter Street and Jim Fullerton lives right near that bend. He says on the other side of the woods at the end of Clarence is Forrest Avenue. He would love to see Clarence extended to Forrest.

"It would be convenient for everybody," Fullerton said.  It would stop so much of the traffic going through Slaughter Stereet. They're all coming through and speeding through this road."

But that construction is one of the 56 projects potentially on hold. There are $4 million in projects for Kent County, $21 million in New Castle County and the same amount in Sussex County.

That money in Sussex would have gone to projects like looking at putting an overpass on U.S. Route 113 as it goes past Ellendale.

The postponement plans don't effect any projects currently under construction. The ones that might be delayed are all in the pre-construction phase. And the holds on could last a few months, even a few years.

"They need to find another way to (deal with these places)," said Kenya Riley. "I think they need to create a safe environment for drivers."

Fullerton says, though, he gets why DelDOT says the project by his house has to wait.

"I can see their point if they're that far in debt. I just think it would be a lot better."

Some lawmakers at the bond bill hearing where DelDOT announced this plan wondered if the department should push ahead instead - considering how low interest rates currently are. But DelDOT says taking on even more debt is just not a good idea right now.

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