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Bethany Streetscape Deadline Still Memorial Day

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. - Bethany Beach's Garfield Parkway is almost completely blocked off in the final stages of construction. The streetscape project to make the main road more accessible and safe for pedestrians started more than a year ago and is getting close to being done.

However, bad weather has caused delays, making some worried the project won't be done by the Memorial Day deadline.

According to both the Delaware Department of Transportation and Bethany Beach Vice-Mayor Jack Gordon, the construction is still on track to be completed on time. If further weather or other unpredictable delays occur and the project is not finished by Memorial Day, Gordon said they would stop construction for the summer season and pick up again later.

Conor Rix works on Garfield Parkway and is worried the project is not moving along fast enough.

"I've been told that it'll be done by Memorial Day but who knows for sure," he said. "I mean progress seems to be pretty slow."

But another resident, Nancy Santos, is more optimistic.

"I've walked here just about everyday and the progress for the streets is going well," she explained. "I do predict we will be ready for Memorial Day."

When the project first started, there was a chance it would be done by the end of 2013.

Nancy Fanning works at Bethany Beach Books which is open year-round unlike many other businesses, and says an earlier end would have helped them a great deal.

"It has disrupted what little business there is this time of year," she said. "Things are pretty slow but we do rely on at least a slow trickle of business to maintain us through the slow season."

DelDOT officials and the Town of Bethany Beach say there is no need to worry.

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