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Dewey Beach to Discuss Traffic Calming Devices

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DEWEY BEACH, Del.- The Dewey Beach Town Council will discuss putting traffic calming devices on West Street at its next meeting.

According to Town Councilwoman Anna Legates, the street sees a lot of speeders because it connects directly to Route 1. She spoke with the Delaware Department of Transportation about options such as speed bumps or making West Street a one-way street.

"We've had quite a few pets killed on this street, animals, cats and dogs and we don't want the next fatality to be a child," Legates said. "That's our fear so we really want to get something in place before the summer season."

Legates' neighbor, Shirley Grutkowski, has lived on that block for 15 years, and said she is ready for a change.

"The traffic down here is bad but our little street catches the fast drivers because it takes you right up to Route 1," she explained.

Just South of West Street is the intersection where Route 1 splits off from 1A. Often, drivers will take 1A, meaning to stay on the highway. West St. connects back to Route 1, and becomes a cut-through.

"It's the only street with a direct cut through without any traffic calming measure," Legates explained. "There are stop signs on all the other streets north of West Street."

Danielle Lehman of Rehoboth Beach said she often takes 1A when passing through Dewey Beach, and is worried any measure will add to the existing traffic.

"It will absolutely add to the congestion of route 1 and the side roads in general," she said. "Especially in the summer, like on Memorial Day weekend and that'll be a big one, that will cause major problems."

On Saturday, Legates will recommend that the Public Safety Committee review the options and potentially conduct a traffic study.

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