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$26 Million Route 26 Project to Begin


MILLVILLE, Del. - After years of discussion and preparation, the Delaware Department of Transportation's road-widening project of Route 26 will begin next week. On Jan. 6, DelDOT will begin the project that is expected to take three years to complete, widening the road between the Assawoman Canal and the St. George's Church in Clarksville.

The project will cost the state about $29 Million, including approximately $1.5 Million from the county for accompanying facilities. The majority of people agree the project will be helpful when it is completed, but many have concerns about the long process which will surely lead to increased congestion.

Greg Sperbeck said he was concerned. He along with his wife opened up a women's clothing store on the highway, but decided to shut it down this year. He said the decision was made due to the expected congestion coming from this project. 

"We've decided to close the store because the women aren't going to be putting up with the traffic congestion," he said. "And it just wouldn't be profitable. It'd probably just end up costing money. So we closed it." 

The road-widening project has been discussed for decades. In the mid-90s, DelDOT built the road from the eastern coastline to the Assawoman Canal. Now the newest project will extend it from this location all the way to Clarksville.  

County Engineer Joe Wright showed WBOC the blueprints for the project on Monday afternoon. he said the benefits would be tremendous.

"I think if you ask the traveling public that go through that area," he said. "In particular through the summer months, almost all of those would agree that there is a need for some improvements to traffic flow."

Sperbeck who drives on this road often admitted that the need for an expansion was great, despite the fact that it hurt his wife's business.

"I think it's great for the economy," he said. "And the area to have 26 redone. It's just a shame that we aren't going to sustain through it."    



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