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Inclement Weather Leads to Project Delays on Route 26

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. - On Tuesday morning on Route 26 in southeastern Sussex County, there were quite a few cars passing through, and a plethora of puddles sitting stagnantly on the side of the road. But construction was nowhere to be found.. 

These days off, caused by inclement weather, have been common on Route 26. Since the widening project began, there have been 75 days off due to weather, according to AECOM , the engineering company responsible for the project. As a result, the Delaware Department of Transportation has awarded the construction company, George & Lynch, its second extension. 

Initially the project was supposed to be completed by June 24, 2016. In September of 2014, DelDOT awarded the company an additional 32 calendar days for lost weather during the period of January to August of 2014. 

But at Tuesday's monthly advisory group meeting, project managers announced that DelDOT has awarded an additional 43 calendar days for lost weather, during the period of September of 2014 and May of 2015. The new expected date of completion is Sept. 7, 2016. 

Project Manager Mike Delp from the construction company George & Lynch said that the extensions were expected since there were zero "weather days" allocated in the initial time-line. 

"It's unfortunate," Delp said. "We do the best we can to accommodate the businesses. But there are some things we can't do."

Bill Winkler from Treasure Quest Shoppe said he has seen nearby businesses suffer due to the project.

"There's a lot of locals here that will not use Route 26," he said. "I have an internet business which really keeps me going year-round. If I didn't have that, I probably wouldn't be here." 

The storefront next to Treasure Quest Shoppe, used to belong to the Ellen Rice Gallery, but it now sits vacant. Employees at the gallery told WBOC that the project was "100 percent" why they moved their operations to the boardwalk, where they would get more visitors.

Down the road at "All About U Salon and Spa," owner Cathy Lynn Lynch said her business has not been impacted too severely. She said the end result is worth the pain. 

"I feel like it is well needed," she said. "I mean - Route 54 was really bad. And they fixed it and everyone has forgotten about the torture of the construction. And Route 26 is well needed." 

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