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Del. Group Working to Improve Kent County Roads

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Route 13 in Dover. It's the subject of a widening project proposal. (Photo: WBOC) Route 13 in Dover. It's the subject of a widening project proposal. (Photo: WBOC)

CAMDEN, Del.- The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization is planning ways to improve and update roads across Kent County. 

It is all part of the organization's metropolitan transportation plan which goes through the year 2040.

The organization has a council working specifically on these issues of transportation, and they met Wednesday for a regularly scheduled meeting. Members of the council include people like Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, according to Layton. 

The group gets together to update the plan every few years, and a smaller part of that plan is then focused on.

It is called the transportation improvement program. Kate Layton, the outreach manager for the MPO said it focuses on the first few years of the work.

Rich Vetter, the MPO executive director, said the plan focuses on busy areas like US 13 and Route 10 in Camden and Wyoming. 

He said the plan for US 13 is a widening project to provide more lanes for people traveling there. The Route 10 project includes a bypass to clear up congestion on the route, according to Vetter.

The plan also highlights some areas that are outdated and were not originally intended for the traffic they see today.

"They were obviously agricultural roads you know, built 100 years ago potentially," said Vetter. 

The projects cost money, and they are sourced through local communities and groups, Layton says.

The MPO itself is a federally funded organization, but its members say they work with local governments and municipalities to make the projects happen. 

Layton said the organization invited members of the public to the meeting Wednesday and that a survey will be sent out soon in an electronic form. 

"They're the ones that drive it every day. Bringing the kids to school, going to work," she said. 

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