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Some Construction Delayed, Others On Track for Route One Safety Project

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- The Delaware Department of Transportation was planning on starting a two-month construction project Monday morning, after some delays, to replace curbs and sidewalks on Rehoboth Avenue but is delaying until summer.

This refurbishment project is part of the larger Route One corridor pedestrian safety project.

Kathy Nave, Nora Williams and Pat Burton walk in Rehoboth Beach every morning, and said there are dangers when it comes to walking along the busy avenue.

"I think it has to be maintained the traffic," Nave said. "They fly down this road even though it's only 25, but it's a lot of pedestrians and bikes, but pedestrians, sidewalks [that] need to be maintained."

According to DelDOT officials, city leaders requested a postponement until after the busy summer season because it would close the right lane of traffic and restrict parking.

"Thank God, for them to start a project now, in May," Nave added. "We're just getting ready for tourist season that would be the worst thing they could do."

"That would put the tourists on the road so this is a good thing," Burton added.

DelDOT has been working on providing continuous sidewalks and signalized pedestrian crossings along Route One from Lewes to Rehoboth to enhance pedestrian safety in the beach area.

Although the Rehoboth Avenue portion will not be done this summer, the actual Coastal Highway construction is set to finish in the next couple months as planned.

The Rehoboth Avenue construction will resume this Fall.

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