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Bethany Streetscape Project Won't Make Summer Deadline

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. - The Bethany Beach Streetscape Project to reconstruct Garfield Parkway will go on hiatus from mid-may to October 14th, 2014. The Delaware Department of Transportation announced the project will not make the Memorial Day deadline because of the unusually wet winter. It will finish the construction on the 100 and 200 blocks of Garfield Parkway and then start on the loop by the boardwalk in the Fall.

Jackie Inman, owner of Bethany Beach Books, said she is glad the city is halting the project during the busy summer months.

"They were expecting to have it finished in the middle of May, but because of the situations, they are not going to be doing the extra horseshoe loop which would be right in front of my business," she said. "I really appreciate them taking consideration of the parking issues and what we need after Memorial Day."

Some however, like Matt Whelan, are upset that the promised deadline was not met.

"If you know for a fact it's going to be done you should say it, but if it's not going to be done then it's not going to be done," he explained. "Just announce it when it's done."

Melissa Booth, a resident of Ocean View who spends her summers on the beach, said she didn't think the project needed to be done at all, but is grateful for the hiatus as well.

"It would really be a disaster if people who have been coming here for years expecting to have a great vacation and you cant even drive down the center of town and park for a few minutes," she said.

The construction called for widening sidewalks, adding pedestrian crossings, upgrading curb ramps, installing lighting, landscaping and improving signage for bicycle lanes. It started in February 2013 and took a break last summer as well.

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