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More Opposition to Millsboro Bypass

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MILLSBORO, Del.- A group of concerned neighbors in Millsboro and their local state representative are speaking out against plans to build a new bypass route in Sussex County.

State Representative John Atkins, D-Millsboro, said the Delaware Department of Transportation is considering to build the major roadway over the Millsboro Pond. That route requires two bridges and land owned by Millsboro residents.

Jimmie Johnson, who lives off Route 30, owns a home on Millsboro Pond that is at risk because of the bypass project. His land has been in his family since 1954 and is in the way of DelDOT's proposed route.

"It doesn't matter for the amount of money they'd give me. They said that they would put everything I have here on another waterfront property, but I wasn't born and raised there, I was born and raised here," Johnson said.

Johnson and his neighbors want DelDOT to reroute the project further north, away from their homes and onto state-owned land. Atkins is pushing for that proposal in the state capitol.

"We already own the land. We would save the taxpayers millions of dollars, and we wouldn't be disturbing the pond by building two bridges across. It has to be more expensive to build bridges across ponds than just building roads through state-owned grounds," says Atkins.

Atkins says once the plan is finalized, the project won't begin construction for at least a few years.

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