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Through Traffic Closures On Route 26

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OCEAN VIEW, Del.- If you are driving in the Millville or Ocean View areas, you are going to want to add some extra travel time. A new phase of construction started Monday, which will mean potential delays for three months. The closures are caused by a pair of bridge culverts, which are being replaced in two locations along Route 26.

The first repair is happening just east of Club House Road in Millville. The second area where work is being done is east of Old School Lane, which is next to Lord Baltimore Elementary. A detour will be provided to go around the stretch of road between these two construction sites.

The detours will be on Central Avenue and on Windmill Road. Local traffic will still be passable on Route 26, up until the actual sites of construction. All of this can be seen on the map provided on this page.

In this stretch of road, where through traffic is closed, there are various businesses, some of which could see some decreases in sales. At Banks Wines and Spirits, co-owner Kami Banks, who is also the former president of the Fenwick-Bethany Chamber of Commerce, said that she expects to lose about 75 sales per day, due to the construction.

"I think the people that are maybe doing day trips to Bethany," she said. "They won't be able to know we're going to be here. Because they're just going to keep on going to wherever their destination is."

Kenneth Cimino, of AECOM - the engineering firm, overseeing the project - told WBOC that the closing was absolutely necessary at some point in 3-year, $35 million widening project. Cimino said that this is the best time of year to do this type of work.

"This probably will be the most disruptive part of the project..." he said. "The Department of Transportation picked this time of year because our visitor generally - our visitor numbers are usually way down. It's usually just local folks that live here year round."

At Fox's Pizza Den, Manager Lisa Welling said that it will likely hurt business, although she said she was hopeful that people would maneuver the detours to get a slice.

"It's going to take patience," she said. "People shouldn't get upset. Just relax. It's going to take a little longer to get from point A to B. But what are you going to do? Just take a deep breath and go with it."

If all goes according to plan, Cimino said that this phase of the project should be finished by March 30.

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