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New Dover High School Facing Possible Construction Setbacks

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DOVER, Del.- Construction of the new Dover High School is facing a setback that board members in the Capital School District say is going to cost more than half a million dollars.

The new school, located along Route 8 near Heathfield Way, still needs funding for the East entrance, a softball and baseball field, two extra parking lots and extra stadium seats.

One of the biggest concern among board members is the East entrance leading into the school.

"It's vital that we have that road for safety issues. There's no way you're going to be able to get emergency vehicles in during congestion," said Brian Lewis, vice president of the board.

The new school has a West entrance only. According to board members, the original blueprints included and East entrance, along with what developers still need funding for. The project was also slated to have a traffic signal at the East entrance. Board members say DelDOT did a study and found that an East entrance did not warrant a traffic light. Instead, a Hawk light, a light for pedestrians to cross, was approved.

During a Wednesday night board meeting, project manager Brad Cowen with EDis Company gave members an update on where the $114 million project stands.

Cowen says $600,000 is needed to construct the East entrance.

"Our concern is we're paying them (EDis) a substantial amount of money and they should have been prepared for this," said Lewis.

Cowen says he's requesting more time to wait on three bids packages, for furniture, technology and signage, that could help bring in more money for the project.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Thomas said the road will be built.

"We're going to know in January a better dollar figure of what is remaining to do this East entrance road. Our intent is to do the road. We've never said we're not going to do the road," said Thomas.

The question is will it be built when the school is slated to open next Fall.

Tracey Marshall-Underwood lives in a development across from where the new high school is being built. She and others are concerned about safety issues.

"Hopefully they'll be able to get the bids they need in order to finish because I would like to know what the alternatives would be, as far as if they are not complete by the time school opens," said Marshall-Underwood.

Lewis says the big question board members are wondering is where the money will come.

Thomas says he will continue to work with all parties involved until a solution is found.

"We're going to continue to engage with the city and with DelDOT and evaluating that road. Is there a way to build that road in a less expensive way? That's a very expensive road to build right now if we're not going to even be able to bring buses in and out because there is no light there," said Thomas.

Lewis says board members have put a lot of money and a lot of faith into the construction company in charge of this project.

He adds, the people just want what they voted for and what their tax dollars are helping to pay for.

Cowan said he will address the Dover's Planning Commission on Oct. 21.

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