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Proposed Millsboro Bypass Could be Moving Forward

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MILLSBORO, Del.- The Millsboro Pond is the front yard of Michael Potter's family home, it's also where part of the Millsboro Bypass is supposed to go.

"I've lived here my whole life and this is irreplaceable," Potter said. "I know they say the area north is irreplaceable also but this is seen and used by tourists, this is seen and used by the people of Millsboro."

Potter, along with state Rep. John Atkins, wants to see the bypass go through a federal nature preserve, in exchange for preserving more land somewhere else.

"We would actually be putting the bypass through already state owned land saving the taxpayers millions of dollars with minimal destruction to private property," Rep. Atkins said.

The move would cost the Delaware Department of Transportation millions of dollars in critical funding, but the state is willing to try and make a deal.

They are willing to go back to the federal government and do a deal where they would basically say, 'OK, we're going to go through part of the nature preserve, still north of the Doe Bridge area but in the nature preserve in exchange for creating a nature preserve elsewhere'," Potter said.

There is no timetable yet for the state to discuss changing the route of the Blue Alternative Plan for the proposed Route 113 bypass in Sussex County.

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