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Improvements Made to Prime Hook Road

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PRIME HOOK, Del. - Officials from across Delaware came together for a ribbon-cutting on Friday, marking improvements to Prime Hook Road.

Improvements to the road included a new 70 foot bridge. The bridge was designed to keep residents from being flooded in and also to restore the wildlife refuge's saltwater marshes.

"A lot of water can go under the road and it's going to be salt water that can go back into this marsh," said Sen. Tom Carper. "It'll restore it to the way God made it all those years ago."

DelDOT says the bridge was made with sturdier concrete than normal bridges, with a strength of up to 30,000 PSI. Normal concrete is 3,000 to 4,000 PSI, DelDOT says.

Another aspect of the bridge is a pedestrian walkway, which will help more people enjoy the refuge, said DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats.

"There's an ability to walk off the bridge and go crabbing and fishing," she said. "And there's a spot for bird watching. The wildlife here is amazing and as the habitat continues to improve, we'll get more and more birds."

DelDOT worked with DNREC, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers on the $1.4 million project. At the ribbon-cutting, Senator Tom Carper applauded the level of teamwork.

"Delaware actually could be a good model for the rest of the country," he said. "We like each other, we work together, we communicate, we compromise, we collaborate, we build consensus. And when you do that, good things can happen for everybody.


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