GEORGETOWN, Del.- A major construction project is slated to get under way in downtown Georgetown next month in the name of safety. Margaret Street is being rebuilt in order to add sidewalks, a gutter, and a drainage system in order to protect the hundreds of young children who use this street each week for school.
Town Manager Gene Dvornick said the town has been working on this project for eight years, and that he is thrilled to finally see the $400,000 project come to fruition. This cost covers the first two phases of a four-phase project meant to improve the entire street. Dvornick said that of the $411,916 allocated towards the project, the city will only be paying approximately $170,000. The remaining almost $250,000 is being paid for by the Community Development Block Grant Program.
"This is probably the largest infrastructure project in recent history," said Dvornick.
The project is being initiated because Dvornick said Margaret Street is currently unsafe for the many children who use the street every day. Without sidewalks or gutters, the passerby's are currently using the street to walk to the nearby school.
"Margaret Street is one of the most heavily traveled streets with younger children walking," he said.
The lack of drainage system also creates flooding problems for neighbors such as Mayda Velasquez.
"When it rains, it floods," she said.
Velasquez said she is also worried about the safety of her children. She has two young children who currently walk on the road, despite the heavy vehicle traffic as well.
"It's full of children coming from the apartments and from nearby roads," she said. "Cause the school is close. We don't have transportation there so they have to walk."
Margaret Street is just the beginning of the city's plan to expand their investments into road works. They just finished a project at North King Street. Dvornick said that after they finish the project at Margaret Street, they hope to move to other roads near the schools like West Pine Street, which he said is the most damaged in the city.
"We do have a priority list on our roadways," he said. "A lot of it comes down to when the funding is available. So what we do is a piece here. A piece there."
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