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Millsboro Committee Formed to Fix Truck Traffic

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MILLSBORO, De. - The Millsboro Town Council created a committee this week after the Delaware Department of Transportation turned down a proposal to restrict trucks on a portion of Route 24.

The part of Route 24 that runs through Millsboro creates what residents call "severe" traffic. They say during rush hour when route 24 turns into Main Street, it becomes a bottleneck.

Councilman Greg Hastings and the rest of the town council proposed an idea to reroute large trucks north onto Route 30 towards Zoar Road. DELDOT says they won't sign off on the plan because research shows it is not an efficient or safe alternative.

In a letter to Delaware Senator Brian Pettyjohn in November, DELDOT's chief engineer Mark Luszcz said they "do not expect there to be any compelling reasons found that would permit the approval of truck restrictions."

The Millsboro Town Council hopes the newly formed committee will find a better approach to keep the truck restriction on the table.

"Sadly to say, if this resolution in detouring the truck traffic would not work and DELDOT's not willing to cooperate," Hastings said. "Then from my standpoint, we're dead in the water."

DELDOT already has plans in the works to create a bypass, but it could take over a decade to complete. Until then, Millsboro's only option is to accept the truck traffic.

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