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DelDOT Reveals New Plan For Relieving Millsboro Congestion

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Proposal for the new Millsboro Connecter Proposal for the new Millsboro Connecter

MILLSBORO, Del. - The Department of Transportation made a major announcement Tuesday, which they're hoping will lead to less congestion in downtown Millsboro. Years after a proposed bypass was greeted by major opposition, the agency is back with a smaller, simplified plan, that would construct a connector road between Routes 113, 24, and 30. The project would also call for a widening of Route 113 in Millsboro. 

Bryan Behrens, from DelDOT, said that there were major differences between the 2013 bypass, and the new proposed project. The 2013 proposal was a 16-mile bypass that stretched across multiple towns in southern Sussex County. The new connector road, only covers 2.7 miles, according to Behrens. 

Another difference is cost. Behrens said that the proposal would cost under $100 million, an amount that is far below the approximately $800 million from past proposals. 

"The intersection with 113 at 24 and downtown Millsboro," he said. "Is by itself one of the worst bottlenecks in the county. And this bypass - the connector from 113 to 24 will alleviate a lot of the congestion." 

The connector is being referred to as the "Modified Yellow Alternative." At a media briefing on Tuesday, Behrens was not able to say how much of the 2.7 mile road, will be on private property.

At the Rieley Farm, on Route 30, Lou Ann Rieley said that this will be a crucial piece of information. Rieley was vocally against past plans, because it would have impacted farm land.

"It's very good if it's going to be less intrusive," she said. "If it takes less acreage, and impacts less families. That would be good." 

DelDOT is holding a meeting Wednesday night from 4 to 7 at the Millsboro Town Center. 

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