DelDOT Wants to Put Brakes on More Than 50 Projects - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

DelDOT Wants to Put Brakes on More Than 50 Projects

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Shoreline Under Repair Along NASA Wallops Flight Facility

    Shoreline Under Repair Along NASA Wallops Flight Facility

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:05:19 GMT
    For more than one year, the Atlantic Ocean has been chewing up a zone that protects NASA's most critical launch assets on Wallops Island. Hurricane Sandy is to blame. Now, a coastal restoration project is underway to fix the damage on the coastline.More
    For more than one year, the Atlantic Ocean has been chewing up a zone that protects NASA's most critical launch assets on Wallops Island. Hurricane Sandy is to blame. Now, a coastal restoration project is underway to fix the damage on the coastline.More
  • Second Public Hearing Brings More Opposition

    Second Public Hearing Brings More Opposition

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:24:04 GMT
    When Planning and Zoning held their public hearing on July 10, hundreds of people came out to voice their support and opposition to a country music festival in the Harbeson area. Approximately two weeks later on Tuesday afternoon about 100 showed up to voice their opinion, primarily in opposition. The County Council heard from dozens of neighbors who said they were staunchly against the festival, citing potential problems with noise, traffic, pollution, and crime.More
    When Planning and Zoning held their public hearing on July 10, hundreds of people came out to voice their support and opposition to a country music festival in the Harbeson area. Approximately two weeks later on Tuesday afternoon about 100 showed up to voice their opinion, primarily in opposition. The County Council heard from dozens of neighbors who said they were staunchly against the festival, citing potential problems with noise, traffic, pollution, and crime.More
  • Del. Police See High Crime Clearance Rate

    Del. Police See High Crime Clearance Rate

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:27:14 GMT
    The Dover Police Department says its criminal investigations unit could see its best clearance rate in five years.More
    The Dover Police Department says its criminal investigations unit could see its best clearance rate in five years.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
    Fire has destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church located on westbound Route 50 in Hebron.More
    Authorities are investigating a Tuesday fire that destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church at the corner of Memory Gardens Lane and Route 50 in Hebron, Md. Preliminary damage is estimated at approximately $500,000.More
  • Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:45:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek.More
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek. More
  • Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Law

    Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Law

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:46:35 GMT
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.More
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service