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Savannah Road Bike Lane Improvements

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LEWES, Del. - Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has plans for new bike lanes on Savannah Road that are expected to cause daytime lane closures. Driving lanes will become narrower to make more room for cyclists. 

Jordan and Angela Santos frequently ride their tandem bike through Lewes when they visit from Pennsylvania. "We usually stick to the trails just because we don't like riding on the streets because they are so close," Angela says. "With him riding on the back I am just not comfortable riding on the street."

DelDOT has plans to give cyclists more room. A project is set to begin on September 30th to install a dedicated bike lane on Savannah Road from the drawbridge to American Legion Road. As a result daytime lane closures will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vehicular travel lanes will shrink from 11 feet wide to 10 feet wide to make room for a five-foot bike lane on the north side of Savannah Road. A second bike lane will be added to the already existing 8-foot bike lane on the south side.

"I think the roads here are pretty good so I think taking a little away should still be okay," Angela says.

Stephen Shugarts says shrinking lanes would be a hazard for drivers. "I'm all about having alternative transportation and biking, but at the same time I think the driving lanes are already very tight," he explains.

Lewes Cycle Sports Mechanic Howard Huntley thinks this project is on the right path to fix several issues for his customers. "People get nervous going up those thin lanes, so if you widen them it's going to decrease the amount of jitters people have and obviously the cars are too close to the people right now," he says.

Pedestrian safety improvements are also coming to Savannah Road. DelDOT says a decorative brick crosswalk will be added across Savannah Road at the Intersection of American Legion Road and Massachusetts Avenue. 

Construction is expected to be complete mid-December, pending weather.

 

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