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New Plans for Proposed Route 113 Bypass in Sussex County

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MILLSBORO, Del.-For years state officials have talked about building a bypass around Route 113 in Sussex County. This month, the Delaware Department of Transportation released new plans for the proposed bypass that would skirt around Millsboro, Dagsboro and Frankford.

The nearly 17-mile project would include six interchanges, nine overpasses and five water crossings.

People in the area say every weekend, the road is backed up as people head to the beach.

"[Route] 113- both northbound and southbound- turns into a parking lot come Friday afternoon til Sunday night," Bob Ricker said.

Ricker said the traffic makes it hard for customers to visit his store, Baker's Hardware. He said a bypass would help with the traffic, but could possibly hurt his business.

"When you put a bypass around your town it has a tendency to not only take the traffic away, takes the traffic problems away but it also takes away the traffic in front of your store that sees your wares and sees what's going on in your store," he said.

The bypass could also help with the congestion in the town of Millsboro and some say businesses there would be fine.

"We're pretty well-known with a lot of the people who do vacation at the beach so I think it might hurt the first couple of years but I don't think it would be detrimental much longer than that," Joyce Graves said.

But Graves is doubtful a project that will cost $839 million will come anytime soon.

"It's got to happen sooner or later, I just worry where the money would come from," she said.

Earlier this year WBOC reported the state was looking into buying land from homeowners for the bypass project. But opponents says Delaware should use land they already own in Sussex County.

Regardless, DelDOT said the bypass is decades away from construction.

DelDOT will be holding two meetings for the public to give comment on the proposed bypass. The first meeting with Sept. 18 at the Millsboro Civic Center and then on Sept. 19, a meeting will be held at the Selbyville Fire Hall. Both meetings will begin at 4 p.m.

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