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Dewey Beach Officials Talk Pedestrian Safety

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Sidewalks in Dewey (Photo: WBOC) Sidewalks in Dewey (Photo: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Town officials in Dewey Beach are suggesting new safety updates to protect pedestrians on Route 1.

There aren't many pedestrians making their way down Route 1 in Sussex County in mid-February, but come summer the Coastal Highway has its fair share of foot traffic. For the town of Dewey Beach, Councilman Dale Cooke said it can get rather dangerous.

"People tend to want to quickly get off the street so they don't want to wait for the traffic light," he said. "And they don't want to go to the crosswalk. They want to go right where they're standing so it's a safety issue that people have to pay more attention to."

The town reached out to the Delaware Department of Transportation to deal with this issue, suggesting brighter, more prominent sidewalks, more signage for drivers and even a deterrent in the center of the highway to force people to use a crosswalk.

DelDOT has had a Route 1 safety project in place for years, and is currently set to finish one part of it. Construction is set to be complete this summer on crosswalks all the way from Route 9 in Lewes to the Rehoboth Canal. However, this ends just north of Dewey.

"It's sort of a different issue and I don't blame them for dealing with it like it is now," Cooke said. "But we need their help on this issue to and they've been very helpful, the state has."

He said DelDOT has been open to the ideas and the town hopes to get started as soon as possible.


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