MILLVILLE, Del. - Bad weather has put the Route 26 widening project slightly behind, according to those in charge of the project. An official from AECOM, the engineering firm overseeing the project, said they have made less progress than they had hoped because of the bad weather.
With more than 2.5 years left in the project, Ken Cimino from AECOM told WBOC that it is still far too early to tell if they will need more time to complete the project.
The $35 million project began on Jan. 6, and will widen a stretch of road between the Assawoman Canal and the Clarksville area. In total, the project will widen 4.14 miles of road, adding a turning lane, a bike lane, and in many areas sidewalks.
On Monday, there were two areas with lane closures. The first was on Route 26 in between the Assawoman Canal and Town Drive, where the construction company is relocating the sewer. The second location was in between Roxana Road and Whites Neck Road, where they were expanding the sewer line. In both places, there were some lane closures, resulting in congestion.
Louise Reardon of Crazy Ladyz, a woman's clothing store on Route 26, said that the weather delays will hurt their business. "Mother nature is always messing up your plans no matter what you try to do," she said.
She said the construction caused major congestion on Route 26. She said she didn't want it to proceed any longer than it already is allocated to last.
"They're under the gun because of weather," she said. "And every day like this where it's cloudy and about to rain any second - it's a downer for business."
Mary Price, a manager at the store said that the sooner the flagging can be finished, the better it would be for businesses.
"I would love to see it be sunny and 70 degrees from now on so these guys can get out here and finish this road," she said. I just don't want to see it go on indefinitely. And I know the people around here who own businesses really want it finished."
Cimino told WBOC that any additional time will be made up for at the end of the project, and not during any summer months.