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DELDOT Proposes New, Simpler Millsboro Bypass

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MILLSBORO, Del. -  At a meeting Monday night the Delaware Department of Transportation presented a new proposal for a less expensive and expansive Millsboro bypass. Since 2003, DELDOT has discussed more than 30 options for a bypass to accommodate projected growth in the area.

In 2013, a proposal was set forth that would build a four lane highway between South Millsboro and the Maryland border. However, DELDOT officials said this would be expensive ($800 million) and impact many property owners.

Now, the proposal is closer to $50-$60 million and would be a lot simpler. For instance, it would do alignment improvements and build a two-lane highway between Routes 24 and 113.

Alvin Richardson is a host at Blue Water Grill on the busy Main Street and said the traffic definitely needs to be alleviated."The congestion in the area with the cars is definitely a big problem," he said. "I don't know where they would put parking at or where they could build another street or another light but we definitely are getting busy around Millsboro."

DELDOT's newest solution makes some property owner's happy, like Lou Ann Rieley of Rieley Brother's Farm. The old proposal would have gone right through one of her chicken houses.

"Our family farm is here, so this not just land to us, this is our children's inheritance and what was passed down to me," she said. "Anytime you have less disruption of the native population then you're going to win favor."

This is still at the initial stages. DELDOT said they hope to bring the idea to a public workshop this summer, then it will need approval from regulatory agencies like DNREC.


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