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Roadway to Alleviate Traffic in west Dover

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DOVER, Del. - A long-awaited road project to alleviate traffic in Dover is progressing. The West Dover Connector is a roadway fifteen years in the making. Two-lane road will connect Route 13 to the west side of Dover, from approximately the Rodney Village Shopping Center to the intersection of North Street and Saulsbury Road.

"We'll be able to get traffic from going through the city of Dover and causing a lot of gridlock, get them over to Route 13 to access State Route 1 a lot more quickly, and without the gridlock," said Mark Buckalew, DelDOT Area Engineer.

 

The 3.2 mile road will what is called "shared use", which means it will accommodate cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. Some Dover residents will welcome the new driving convenience.

"Having a connection to Route 13 is good for people like me who need a quicker route to where they need to be," said Quiyana Molina, Dover.


DelDOT says it is trying to be sensitive to surrounding areas in building the two-lane roadway.

"We have several environmentally sensitive areas like Puncheon Run and Isaac Branch," said Buckalew. "We've gone through using a lot of new innovations, using composting logs and flocculents to try and help reduce impacts to the environment."   

There will be occasional single-lane closures. The project is budgeted at 32 million dollars, with the federal government paying 80-percent, and the state picking up the rest. The project is being built in two phases, and is expected to be finished next summer.

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