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Subdivision Road Maintenance Funding Debated in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. -- A program intended to allow lawmakers to use money on road projects in their districts has received criticism from at least one lawmaker in northern Delaware, though the current policy is being defended by others who believe it serves a purpose.

According to the Delaware State News, Rep. Sean Matthews of Brandywine Hundred believes DelDOT should be responsible for handling the paving and maintenance of roads in subdivisions.

Currently, lawmakers can use up to $275,000 apiece through the Community Transportation Fund to fund road work or improvements, though Matthews argued, among other things, that it places primarily-suburban districts---like his own---at a disadvantage because of the amount of maintenance required to keep them functional.

Officials say CTF was created to help lawmakers expedite road projects in subdivisions and other places that would otherwise fall very low on DelDOT's priority list. 

Rep. Sean Lynn (D-Dover) said he's content with the way the funding is used in his district because it has allowed him to put money into the City of Dover's operating budget for road repairs and improvements.

"Without CTF money there's a lot of crucial projects in the city that just wouldn't get done. It's an extra quarter million dollars, or half a million, or million over four years that the city just wouldn't have," he said.

Lynn said there is the potential for political abuse with CTF money, but believes it's not currently an issue. Blinking speed limit signs and construction on a new traffic-calming road pattern on State Street are among the recent CTF-funded projects in his district.

Marty Hinspeter of Dover lives along State Street in Dover and said he can't tell if the new upgrades are making the street safer but is happy they were placed in the area.

"I'd rather see something here than nothing. Because at least they're trying to help," he said.

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