Discussion on Route 113 improvements begins

DelDOT will hold a public workshop on Monday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. so citizens can receive an update on the status of proposed improvements south of Georgetown.

The improvements are to address safety at two median crossovers along Route 113, south of Georgetown, on Route 113 at Almshouse Road/Speedway Road and on Route 113 at Wood Branch Road / Kruger Road

The workshop will be held at the DelDOT South District Administration Building (23697 DuPont Boulevard) in Georgetown. Attendees will have an opportunity to review display materials and provide comments to DelDOT representatives.

“This is an opportunity for us to show the public conceptual drawings and for them to come and give their opinions and feedback — good, bad or otherwise,” said Jason Lang of DelDOT Public Relations.

Specifically, the proposed project involves reconstructing the median crossovers to install islands to restrict turning movements, said Lang.

According to DelDOT, the access to the median area at Almshouse Road/Speedway Road will be reconstructed to limit Route 113 northbound and southbound left-turn movements only. The access to the median area at Wood Branch Road/Kruger Road will be reconstructed to limit eastbound and westbound left-turn movements only.

Intersections on Route 113 – specifically ones farther south, near Millsboro and Frankford – have been an issue several local lawmakers, including state Rep. John Atkins and state Sen. George H. Bunting, have expressed an interest in and talked about in depth. After lawmakers banded together last year to tell the State they did not think a bypass portion of the planned Route 113 North/South Project was needed south of Millsboro, they noted that there were more pressing issues regarding the highway that needed to be looked at sooner.

Bunting said specifically that dangerous intersections, such as one in Frankford that was the site of a fatal accident, needed to be addressed “yesterday” and that they could be addressed without a lot of engineering work or expense.

Interested members of the public are being invited to express their views in writing, giving reasons for support of, or in opposition to, the proposed project. Comments will be received during the workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903-0778.

For further information, contact DelDOT Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 (in Delaware) or (302) 760-2080 or write to the above address. A map of the proposed projects can also be seen online at http://deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=4118.