MILLSBORO, De. - For a few years, the Delaware Department of Transportation has been planning to address major safety concerns on Route 113, and this month they have issued a bid solicitation. Essentially this process calls for contractors to provide bids for the project, which is estimated to cost approximately $5.3 million, according to engineers.
The project will focus on four intersections along Route 113, three of which that are in Millsboro, and the fourth which is in Ellendale. They are as follows:
. Intersection of Route 113 and Hardscrabble Road (Millsboro, DE).
. Intersection of Route 113 and Sheep Pen Road (Millsboro, DE).
. Intersection of Route 113 and Dagsboro Road (Millsboro, DE).
. Intersection of Route 113 and Staytonville Road (Ellendale, DE).
told WBOC that these areas were selected through the Highway Safety Improvement Program, through federal and state funding, in order to address safety and traffic concerns. Project Manager Bryan Behrens said that traffic analysis showed these areas to be at high risk for accidents.
Nearby business Sussex Lumber, which is in the lot adjacent to the Dagsboro intersection, said that they have been in contact withDel DOTT throughout the planning process. Co-manager Dickie Burgess said that the goals of the project were two-fold.
"Safety," he said. "But also to get people to the beach faster coming from Baltimore and Washington. This is one place that does become a bottleneck... In turn it will prevent people from going south on 113."
Behren told WBOC that the Dagsboro Road portion of the project will take the majority of the cost and time to complete. This section of the project will add a second left turning lane on Route 113, leading towards Dagsboro Road.
The engineers' plan calls for 355 calendar days, but this is subject to change with the incoming bids. Del DOT said that night work is available, but that this would not necessarily be the only time work would be done.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:04:24 GMT
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