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Safety Improvements Sought for Kenton Road in Dover

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DOVER, Del. -- A number of crashes along Kenton Road in recent months have prompted calls for improved safety measures along the road, particularly near a pair of residential communities.

City council members and a Kent County Levy Court Commissioner have asked DelDOT to review a number of recent crashes to determine 

“This is an area that needs to be addressed. Thankfully, no one has been injured while in their yard during these accidents but it could easily happen. We all are looking forward to hearing any suggestions from DelDOT and are hoping it could be something as simple as placing guard rails or another safety deterrent in the area," said Levy Court Commissioner Jim Hosfelt (R-District 2).

Many homes in the Fox Hall communities are separated from Kenton Road with only a fence or trees. 

Carole Maximo, a longtime resident of Fox Hall East, said the number of vehicles traveling along Kenton Road as a pass-through to other communities has made it difficult to even drive on the road at some times of days.

"It's just unbelievable," she said.

The area has been targeted by DelDOT for a road-widening project, though it is years from being started. Some homeowners like Jackie Mahee, a Fox Hall West resident, said she would not want to see the trees she and her husband planted as a natural fence be removed for the project.

Mahee was also skeptical how the plan could be achieved without buying up a number of homes or properties along the road.

"I don't understand how they're going to do it. Unless, they're going to make it so there's no longer a road. It's just a park. You go in this end and you go out that end and that's it."

Jenna Starke, the daughter of Commissioner Hosfelt who police say was ran off the road and into a backyard during an April hit-and-run on Kenton Road, said DelDOT should consider installing barriers to prevent people from running into backyards.

"If kids were playing in her backyard, I could have easily struck a child with the hit and run accident," she said.

 

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