DelDOT Says Funding Needed for Milton Overpass - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

DelDOT Says Funding Needed for Milton Overpass

Posted:

MILTON, Del. - Tuesday afternoon police say a fatal accident took the life of 25-year old Daniel Murray of Newark. The collision happened at the intersection of Routes 1 and 16, after police said Murray failed to stop at a red light. In the aftermath of this accident, the Delaware Department of Transportation said they can make the road safer with a new overpass.

The overpass would cost the state $30 million between planning, land acquisition and actual construction. Planning would begin Fiscal Year 2015 if the revenue can be gathered with the intention of starting construction by fiscal year 2020. Between Lewes and Dover, DelDOT has marked four intersections as places where they hope to build overpasses, including this one at Route 16.

The problem comes down to funding. DelDOT said the only way it will be able to build these overpasses in the near future, is with the passage of the gas tax proposed by Governor Jack Markell.  

The governor's proposal would call for a 10-cents per gallon gas tax hike, which along with $250 million in borrowing, would create $500 million for transportation projects. DelDOT officials told WBOC that without passage of this bill, many projects such as the overpass in Milton would be delayed until they have the revenue. 

Wayne White, who lives just a couple dozen feet from the crash site said an overpass would be a good idea. He said he's seen many accidents at this intersection, and said it makes him worry for his family.  

"I worry a lot," he said. "Not just for her (his mother). But my brother and sister and all that. I think an overpass would be good for us."

Bob Wardwell of Lewes said the nature of this intersection in particular makes an overpass important. He said there are many miles of open road north of this stoplight. He said this leads to accidents as people unintentionally cross into the intersection.

"I's a long distance from the previous light to this light," he said. "People get in highway hypnosis, and they come running down that road and it's a frequent place where people have accidents." 

The project is ranked number 32 in DelDOT's prioritization list. Officials from DelDOT said this means they will likely have to delay the project if the gas tax proposal fails. Ken Talley said the loss of life is tragic, but that it doesn't mean they should raise gas taxes to pay for a new overpass. 

"I don't think they should raise the gas tax," he said. "And the over-passes are good for beach traffic and people but it's not good for local traffic." 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • UPDATED: Lewes Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Assault

    Lewes Man Wanted for Alleged Assault, Kidnapping

    07/19/2017 17:17:00 -04:002017-07-19 21:17:00 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 12:05 AM EDT2017-07-21 04:05:03 GMT
    Delaware State Police are searching for Michael H. Debarr of Lewes.Delaware State Police are searching for Michael H. Debarr of Lewes.
    UPDATED: Delaware State Police found and arrested the Lewes man wanted for kidnapping and assault from earlier this week on Thursday.More
    UPDATED: Delaware State Police found and arrested the Lewes man wanted for kidnapping and assault from earlier this week on Thursday.More
  • Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"

    Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:15:39 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:15:39 GMT
    Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"
    The town of Ocean City prepares for "College Beach Weekend". The three day event starts today and according to the events organizer, the town is expected to see an influx of about 40,000 college students.More
    The town of Ocean City prepares for "College Beach Weekend". The three day event starts today and according to the events organizer, the town is expected to see an influx of about 40,000 college students.More
  • Delaware State Fair Kicks Off Under Hot Temperatures

    Delaware State Fair Kicks Off Under Hot Temperatures

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-07-21 00:53:43 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-07-21 00:53:43 GMT
    HARRINGTON, Del. -- The Delaware State Fair kicked off on Thursday at the fairgrounds near Harrington as brutal temperatures and sunlight bared down on early visitors in the afternoon and early evening.The fair runs through July 29. It features a numberMore
    HARRINGTON, Del. -- The Delaware State Fair kicked off on Thursday at the fairgrounds near Harrington as brutal temperatures and sunlight bared down on early visitors in the afternoon and early evening.The fair runs through July 29. It features a numberMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATED: Lewes Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Assault

    Lewes Man Wanted for Alleged Assault, Kidnapping

    07/19/2017 17:17:00 -04:002017-07-19 21:17:00 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 12:05 AM EDT2017-07-21 04:05:03 GMT
    Delaware State Police are searching for Michael H. Debarr of Lewes.Delaware State Police are searching for Michael H. Debarr of Lewes.
    UPDATED: Delaware State Police found and arrested the Lewes man wanted for kidnapping and assault from earlier this week on Thursday.More
    UPDATED: Delaware State Police found and arrested the Lewes man wanted for kidnapping and assault from earlier this week on Thursday.More
  • Delaware Woman Arrested for Dorchester County Stabbing

    Delaware Woman Arrested for Dorchester County Stabbing

    07/20/2017 15:30:00 -04:002017-07-20 19:30:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 3:30 PM EDT2017-07-20 19:30:50 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    A Delaware woman has been arrested in connection with a Dorchester County stabbing, according to Maryland State Police.More
    A Delaware woman has been arrested in connection with a Dorchester County stabbing, according to Maryland State Police.More
  • Updated: Pilot Critical After Small Plane Crashes into Kent County Field

    Small Plane Crashes in Kent County Field

    07/19/2017 10:49:00 -04:002017-07-19 14:49:00 GMT
    Wednesday, July 19 2017 3:42 PM EDT2017-07-19 19:42:11 GMT
    Wednesday morning's crash scene in Sandtown. (Photo credit: Delaware State Police)Wednesday morning's crash scene in Sandtown. (Photo credit: Delaware State Police)
    Delaware State Police have released the name of a man critically injured after the crop duster plane he was flying crashed into a field in Kent County on Wednesday morning.More
    Delaware State Police have released the name of a man critically injured after the crop duster plane he was flying crashed into a field in Kent County on Wednesday morning.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices