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Congestion a Concern on Main Street in Millsboro

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MILLSBORO, Del.- Town leaders in Millsboro are calling for action from the Delaware Department of Transportation to help find solutions to what they call a major congestion problem on Main Street. This road, which is a continuation of Route 24, is heavily congested in the summer months. This is creating major problems for commuters, according to Mayor Robert Bryan. 

The town was considering a ban on truck traffic through the area this year, but that was turned down by DelDOT this January. On Thursday, town leaders once again met with DelDOT to discuss alternatives. 

At the meeting, DelDOT officials said they would likely be able to synchronize the traffic lights to allow faster flowing traffic. As for a suggested road widening project, the town was told that it is too soon to tell, whether the finances are there for such a project. 

Tony Antonio, a mechanic at Millsboro Auto Supply on Main Street, said that something needs to be done to fix the traffic problems in the area. 

"I've seen a couple accidents on the corner," he said. "And a lot of traffic. Even when we pull up to try and test a car, we've got to wait, wait, wait. It gets real bad." 
Bryan said town officials agree. He said the truck traffic ban was suggested by Town Councilman Greg Hastings in an attempt to get DelDOT's attention. Now that they have it, he said they want to take action before it gets any worst. 

"It's just getting worse," he said. "You know, we just see it getting worse all the time." 

He said the traffic issue was more than just one of convenience. He said it is also about safety. 

"It can be serious," he said. "The fire company can't get to the houses on the other side. Ambulances - they need to go all the way around." 

Meanwhile Antonio said he's hoping for more drastic action. 

"They need a bypass somewhere," he said. "I don't know how they're going to do it. But they need a bypass someplace." 

There will be a followup meeting to discuss this and other options in the upcoming weeks, with other DelDOT officials. 

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