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Cedar Grove Road Closing at Lewes Intersection

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LEWES, Del. - Cedar Grove Rd. is set to close December 4th for six months, to align the intersection with Postal Ln. at Plantation Rd. in Laurel, Delaware.

According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, this project will cost $3.2 million, and take about a year to complete. DelDOT officials said there have been a number of car accidents at the intersection and aligning the crossroads as well as adding traffic lights will help the problem. This intersection was identified in this year's Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Pat Brogdan lives in Sandy Brae, a neighborhood on Postal Lane. He said many people use the road as a shortcut to bypass Route 1, which causes a great deal of traffic. He said he is glad the infrastructure will now keep up with the amount of people.

"The population growth has been astronomical in the past ten years and it's getting worse or better depending on your perspective," he said. "I think it may alleviate some traffic on Postal Lane, hopefully, because it backs up particularly in the summertime all the way down to the shopping center."

DelDOT engineer, Brad Saborio, seconded that notion.

"There's been a lot of increase of traffic at this intersection as well as all of Sussex County with the growth of the beach areas, and that increased traffic made it more necessary for the improvements to be done," he explained.

However, the closure of Cedar Grove caused concerns for Beau Dorrell, the general manager at Coastal Towing. He said he is worried his business will take a hit because it is on the end of Cedar Grove.

"This is a well-traveled road. This is the way they're used to, and if you start putting them out on 24 where there's no light there... I think it's going to be dangerous for them," he said. "I think they might not come down here."

The detour for eastbound traffic on Cedar Grove Rd. is to travel east on Robinsonville Rd. and then south to Plantation Rd. Westbound, drivers should travel north on Plantation Rd., west on Robinsonville, and then return to Cedar Grove Rd.

The Cedar Grove closure is expected to be done by June/July, while the entire project is set to take a year.

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