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Route 26 Improvements Complete in Sussex County

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MILLVILLE, Del. - It is only a four-mile stretch of road, but that is a critical four miles to businesses along Route 26.  As more people flock to coastal towns in Sussex County, it became necessary to make one the main drives there safer and more efficient.
Monday, local dignitaries and businesses celebrated the completion of improvements to Route 26.
It has been many years in the making, but the primary east-west route to Bethany Beach should now be an easier and safer drive.

"I'm happy it's done. It was a long time but we think it looks good," said Caryn McIntyre, Owner, Mac's Catering. "The turning lane really helps. It helps expedite the traffic getting in an out of all the areas, so we're happy to see that and it seems to be really helping."

There is a new center turn lane as part of the widening project, one of the many changes made to the road. There were also six traffic signals added. They are located at the intersections of Powell Farm Road, Route 17, Old Mill Road, Central Avenue, West Avenue, and Central Avenue.
One business owner said the construction was only a minor inconvenience.

"I won't be missing getting stuck in traffic when I only have two minutes to meet a client get caught behind a stop sign," said Erik Schreiber, Custom Fit 360


Construction was delayed by several months, meaning the improvements weren't ready on time for the busy summer season. Several business owners didn't think the inconvenience was as bad as they anticipated.

"I really was stressed out about it. I'm going to have to start delivering, what are we going to have to do? But, it was great, it seemed like they cared about the businesses," said Al Casapulla, Millville restaurant owner.

Monday's rain was a good example of why Deldot says the road needed work.

Route 26 is prone to flooding. Thus, a new drainage system was installed. Since many people walk or ride bikes to the beach, sidewalks were installed for a portion of the route and there is a new bike path along the entire route.

The project cost 30-million dollars.





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