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DelDOT Considers Adding Bike Lanes in Rehoboth Neighborhood

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Munchy Branch and Wolfe Neck roads in Rehoboth Beach may have bike lanes in the not too distant future.

The Delaware Department of Transportation is considering adding a 10-foot-wide mixed-use path that both bikers and pedestrians could use. At a recent public workshop, DelDOT presented the plans it came up with after conducting a feasibility study in the neighborhood. DelDOT Bicycle Coordinator John Fiori says local legislators reached out to them after a number of residents complained about dangerous conditions, especially in the summer.

"This time of year, we have a lot of international students. And a lot of those students live off Munchy Branch Road," Fiori says. "A lot of those students when they get off work 11, 12 o clock at night, and they're walking and riding their bikes on a roadway that's only two lanes. It's not well lit [...] so hopefully this will address the concerns from the community as well as helping out the international students."

Fiori says they are still in the concept phase of the project, and it must get approval from legislators before it can become a reality. With that in mind, Fiori says that if approved, construction wouldn't begin for at least another two years. Some in the neighborhood say they hope it happens as soon as possible.

"For the people who go to work in the morning [...] you have bicycles going in the same direction, you have cars trying to get around them and there's just not room for either one of them," Bob Dunbar, who lives off Munchy Branch says. "There is no place else for them to go. So they need some protection." 

DelDOT says there's not an accurate cost estimate for the project yet, as it's still in the very early stages, but similar bike path projects have cost around $4 million. The project will also include widening the roadway and adding ADA-compliant sidewalks.

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