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Rt. 26 Project Still Met With Opposition

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OCEAN VIEW, Del.- The years might have passed, but opposition to the Route 26 widening project in southern Sussex County has gone no where.

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation held a public workshop on the plans to add a center turning lane, bicycle lanes and sidewalks to Route 26 in Ocean View on Tuesday. More than fifty people attended the presentation.

However, on Route 26, several business owners are still convinced that the multi-year construction project will spell doom for their shop, and their neighbors.

"It's going to be devastating," said Ellen Rice, who owns an art gallery on the busy roadway. "When people see the flaggers, or the heavy equipment, they just keep going. We lose all the impulse buyers and casual shoppers."

Others though seem to think it's best for Sussex County in the long haul.

"There has been time to plan for this," said Bill Winkler Sr., who owns the Treasure Quest Shop next door. "It'll be good long term. Better safety, and more accessibility for shoppers."

DelDOT officials say they hope to begin construction by the end of 2013 and be finished by the end of 2016.

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