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DelDOT Seeks Public Opinion on Intersection Improvements

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DOVER, Del. – The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will host a public workshop regarding plans to improve the intersection at Route 404 and Route 18 in Georgetown.

According to DelDOT, the project will install a second eastbound right turn lane along Route 404/Route 18 at U.S. 113, near the DelTech Campus.

This intersection was recognized as a hazard in DelDOT's Hazard Elimination Program in 2012.

“This location has a high crash rate, so it was nominated to become a project,” said Bryan Behrens, a DelDOT project manager. According to Behrens, there were 99 crashes at this location between Jan. 2008 and Dec. 2011.

DelDOT plans to host a public workshop next week to get public input.

“We want to see if people are interested and if this project is something the public is receptive to,” said Behrens.

DelDOT said the new turn lane will signalize right turning movement, while providing an overlap phase and allowing right turns on red from the rightmost right turn lane. They said they also plan to upgrade pedestrian facilities by extending the sidewalk that connects with the DelTech Campus and improving crosswalks at the intersection with U.S. 113.

Behrens said the project has already been approved, but is still in the early stages of design. The next step is the public workshop. DelDOT is encouraging residents to attend the workshop any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the DelDOT South District Office, 23697 DuPont Blvd. in Georgetown.

According to DelDOT, attendees will have the opportunity to check out display materials and give feedback to DelDOT representatives.

Behrens said this is a way to get the community involved. “It's a way for the public to comment and also a way for us to listen to concerns and see if there is something we haven't thought of.”

Though it is too early in the process to tell when the new improvements will be installed, Behrens said, “Things could get added into the plans or taken out based on public input, so the workshop is important to the design process.”

According to DelDOT, anyone interested in sharing their reasons for support or opposition can share their views in writing. Comments will be received during the workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903-0778.

DelDOT said the location for the meeting is accessible to persons having disabilities. Any person having special needs or requiring special aid, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, should contact DelDOT by phone or mail one week in advance.

For further information, please contact the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Public Relations at (302) 760-2080 or 1-800-652-5600 or write to the above address.

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