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Route 9 Construction to Take a Year to Complete

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Route 9 is one of the most traveled roads in Delaware, and for this reason DelDOT has begun a construction project that will cost more than $5 Million, and will take approximately a year to complete. The project will focus on three intersections, one in Georgetown, one in Milton, and one in Lewes. 

In Georgetown, the road will be expanded by the intersection of Route 9 and Route 30. Meanwhile, in Milton, work will be done on the corner of Route 9 at Hudson and Fisher Roads. Finally, in Lewes, construction will be done at the intersection of the major highway at Sweetbriar Road and Dairy Farm Road. 

As of Friday evening, only Georgetown had begun the construction process, but Brad Saborio of DelDOT tells WBOC that soon all three will be full of construction. Saborio said the project is expected to have a very minimal effect on drivers, because the road closures will only occur overnight. 

However nearby residents like Pete Lorah have some complaints about this project in Sussex County. He lives by the Georgetown location on Route 9, and said his property line is being altered because of the construction. He walks with WBOC across the edge of his property. Approximately 20 feet away from the road, a wooden plank stick out from the ground. He said the project would "eat up" his property from the road to that plank. 

"I don't like having extra construction," he said. "And then the taking of the land. It's already pushed us back a couple of feet. We and our neighbors are having problems because it's getting closer and closer to our front yards."

Across the street the Burns Pet Shop said they are encountering a similar problem. The owner tells WBOC that they will be losing about two dozen feet due to the project. She said she will have to remove her company's sign and move further onto her property. 

Despite these objections, Saborio said the project is essential for safety reasons. 

"The three locations of the project were designated by the highway safety improvement program as locations that needed to be reconstructed to improve driver safety," he said. "As well as to reduce accidents at the those locations."

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