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Construction Underway in Downtown Lewes

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LEWES, Del.- Downtown Lewes is in the midst of three construction projects, something the Board of Public Works hopes does not keep shoppers away.

"Downtown is still open for business," says Board of Public Works Director Darrin Gordon.  "There will be on street parking. All of the signage is up required so we can get the work done as quickly and efficiently
as we can, but please don't let it chase you off." 

The city finishing a sewer line and installing a new water line on Savannah road as well as redoing the 1812 parking lot on Front Street. It's the second phase of multiple projects that Lewes Puzzles owner Tim Southerst has had a front row seat to.

"I think that we know from experience from the first phases or phase of this project, that whenever a visitor or even a local sees heavy equipment or they see the signage which talks about closures, etcetera, many of them are scared and say 'Oh I'll come back in the future sort of thing," he explains. "Our plea would simply be please understand that the businesses do remain open year round that the restaurants, retailers such as ourselves, that we are here we are trying to eke out a life for ourselves and our family too so it's absolutely vital that people do accept the disruption that's going on here."

Southerst's business neighbor, Sand N Stones owner Michele Buckler, echoes his sentiments.

"It's really easy to support your community while it's going great," she says. "It's easy to get here in the hustle and bustle of things. However when it's a little bit more challenging we still need your support even more so."

The work's contract is scheduled to end on May 1, but Gordon says the city has created incentives for workers to complete the projects by April 1st. Buckler says she's optimistic.

"I've definitely lived through many constructions down here including the one on Second Street and we always come back stronger and better than ever," she says. "It's just kind of a hiccup while it's going on."

The city says the projects will complete necessary improvements for the city's water systems, as well as repave the roadways in the area. 

Detour signs are currently in place. 


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