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Bethany Streetscape Project Set to Resume

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. - The Bethany Beach streetscape project has been set to resume October 20th, after the original date of October 14th. 

The project started in February of 2013, and took a break for summer. Then, after this past winter, there were many delays, leading it to not be complete by Memorial Day of 2014. Now after the summer hiatus, the Delaware Department of Transportation is gearing up for the final stretch, which will close Atlantic Avenue. DELDOT officials say it should be complete before 2015.

Joyce Moore and her husband Lonny said they trust it will be completed by the end of the year.

"It really has added to our community," she said. "We certainly appreciate the wider walks and the beautification of the flowers, it's just really nice."

The project did not resume on the 14th like residents were told because construction workers were completing another project. The delay is causing concern for some business owners. According to Amanda Zirn, the assistant manager at Bethany Beach Books, whenever the streets are closed it hurts her business.

"They didn't really want to come into town because they thought the town was closed and they didn't know where to go despite all the great signs that the town and construction put up," she explained. "It was a bit intimidating especially for older drivers."

The project calls for widening sidewalks, adding pedestrian crossings, updating landscaping, improving lighting and making better signage for bicycle lanes.

"After what we saw in the spring and how they really hustled towards the end, I believe that it will be done when they say," Zirn said. "But I mean what if we have a lot of bad weather again this winter? I mean there's so many factors, we just want it to be done, it looks beautiful but we're ready for them to be finished."

And that is what DELDOT and city officials want as well.



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