This December, a two-week road closure will impact traffic south of Millsboro.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that Dagsboro Road (Route 20) will be closed between Cricket Street and U.S. Route 113, from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. Poor weather could prolong the closure.
The one-third of a mile closure is necessary to construct a new concrete roadway. The curve of State Route 20 (Dagsboro Road) will be widened just east of U.S. Route 113 to accommodate two receiving lanes.
Detour signage will be posted.
The official detour route is via Route 26/Clayton Street, located about two miles south of the construction area. From Route 113, drivers should turn east onto Route 26/Clayton Street. Then turn left to access downtown Dagsboro and the detour areas, or turn right onto Route 20/Main Street to head toward Route 26 and Bethany Beach.
However, “Cricket Street will remain open the entire duration of the road closure. Drivers will be able to access Cricket Street from U.S. 113 and from Route 20,” DelDOT engineer Sarah Criswell stated.
“Access to homes and businesses west (north) of Cricket Street will be maintained at all times,” Criswell said. “Those needing to access the houses and businesses just west (north) of Cricket Street will be allowed to go around the ‘Road Closed to Thru Traffic’ barricade because they would be considered local traffic.”
Sussex Lumber can be accessed from Mitchell Street, to the north. But other homes, businesses and the daycare can be accessed from the east (south) side of the closure.
Overall intersection improvements at Dagsboro Road and Handy Road are expected to finish by March of 2016. That includes installation of a second Route 113 southbound left-turn lane, with 700 feet of “storage” to accommodate beach traffic entering Dagsboro Road.
Dagsboro is the fourth and final piece of the U.S. 113 Intersection Improvements Project, addressing areas with high rates of accidents, part of the overall the DelDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The contractor is the Allan Meyers company. (The project is unrelated to the Route 113 North/South Study, which may result in a third lane on Route 113 and a downtown Millsboro bypass to Route 24.)
Details are available online at www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sussex_county_us113 or by calling DelDOT Community Relations at (302) 760-2080.