Route 26

Just a few finishing touches: Officials celebrate Route 26 improvements

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.The orange barrels are almost gone.

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project is so close to wrapping up that the dignitaries gathered on Sept. 19 to cut the ribbon for the expanded roadway.

Rain moved the Sept. 19 ribbon-cutting off the road and into the Millville fire hall, which DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan joked was perfect for testing the drainage.

Construction officially began in January of 2014, with an aim to improve drainage, traffic flow and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

But road crews had started working long before that, since utility lines were moved the preceding winter, and the surrounding side-roads had been renovated to create a smoother alternate route in the preceding years.

Route 26 a model for future construction projects

Questions or complaints? Please call!

That has been the Delaware Department of Transportation’s public message throughout their 2.5-year construction project on Route 26.

Get ready for the hot mix — Route 26 project ‘winding down’

This is the third and final summer of roadwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

“The job is going well. It’s winding down,” said AECOM resident engineer Ken Cimino at a June 14 Construction Advisory Group meeting.

Although the road isn’t completely paved, the final configuration is there, with a center turn lane and shoulders or sidewalks.

Night work to begin on Route 113 and 26 road projects

To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.

Clarksville intersection to close at Route 26

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: A house is demolished on Route 26 on Monday, April 18.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: A house is demolished on Route 26 on Monday, April 18.Road construction will partially close the traffic intersection at Route 26/Omar Road/Powell Farm Road, at St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville, for three weeks, starting on Monday.

As part of the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, a new traffic signal and intersection must be installed there, with a diagonal closure across the intersection during the work. Route 26 itself will be unimpeded from Atlantic Avenue to Vines Creek Road. Similarly, Omar Road and Powell Farm Road will still be connected. But Route 26 traffic cannot access Powell Farm or Omar roads during the closure.

Pending weather, the closure will last from Monday, April 25, until Friday, May 13.

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) suggests a detour route from Powell Farm Road to Burbage Road to Route 17 and back to Route 26. Signs will be posted.

Sidewalks, turn lanes start new year on Route 26

Striping and sidewalks indicate real progress on road project

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Route 26 is seeing new sidewalks being installed as part of the roadwork being done over the next few years.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Route 26 is seeing new sidewalks being installed as part of the roadwork being done over the next few years.Pedestrians have already benefited from new sidewalks along Route 26. Now, drivers are using some of the new turn lanes promised in the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

New striping was painted on a one-mile stretch between Old Mill Road and Woodland Avenue, showing the ultimate traffic pattern.

Not including early utilities work, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) project began in January of 2013 and is expected to end in the autumn of 2016, eventually improving traffic flow from Clarksville to Ocean View.

Lane closures are still a regular part of life, with flaggers directing traffic through the construction zone, which is spread across more than 4 miles of Route 26.

The project’s transportation management plan is updated every year, said Ken Cimino, resident engineer with AECOM.

Route 26 update includes another road closure at Railway

As part of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, Railway Road will have a one-week detour this coming week. Railway Road will remain completely open in Millville, except where it intersects with Route 26. The intersection needs to be rebuilt. Weather permitting, the closure will occur from Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).

Daytime lane closures on Route 26 to resume early — Sept. 8

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that daily lane closures on the Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8, earlier than originally announced.

It’s official: Route 26 construction will continue until September 2016

The denizens of Route 26 will have bear the brunt of another full summer of road construction, as the Route 26 improvement project’s construction end date has been pushed back to Sept. 7, 2016, for completion of the 4-plus-mile project to widen Atlantic Avenue from St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville to Ocean View’s Assawoman Canal bridge.

Drifting Grounds Café settles in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.When Christian Heneghan was looking for a local roaster to supply the beans for Drifting Grounds, the new coffee shop on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, he had two main requirements: he wanted a roaster big enough to be able to offer high-quality, unique beans for his brews, but also wanted one that was small enough to be able to cater to his requests directly. That’s exactly what he found with Homestead Coffee Roasters.

“I wanted good and interesting beans, and then I wanted someone who would work with me,” Heneghan explained. “These guys are big enough that they can handle the summer rush, and they’re small enough where I won’t get lost in the shuffle.”

With the Delaware River Valley-based roasters bringing the beans, Heneghan has been brewing up the roasts from Guatemala, Columbia, Honduras and beyond — with one goal in mind.

Moving right along: Route 26 construction project continues

Drivers are falling back into their summertime driving routine as night work continues on the Route 26 Mainline construction project. That means watching for lane closures late on Monday to Thursday nights, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

“Things have really died down. The phone doesn’t ring as much” since detours were completed, said project public outreach coordinator Ken Cimino of AECOM.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Route 26 moves to nighttime lane closures — for summer

Late-night work is getting a little later this summer on Route 26. The Delaware Department of Transportation was already scheduled to begin a second year of overnight work on the road construction project, from May 15 to Sept. 30, in a schedule designed to accommodate summer traffic.

Route 26 culverts right on schedule

Morning commute may be impacted by lane closures

The recent mandatory detours along Route 26 are almost over, as the current phase of the project is right on schedule to reopen the road by Tuesday, March 31.

Business owners voice frustration with project

After just one month with two localized Route 26 road closures, business owners are really feeling the pressure. As their small businesses suffer from being located on temporary dead-ends, they voiced their concerns at a Feb. 10 Construction Advisory Group meeting, saying they feel the contractor doesn’t feel their sense of urgency.

Route 26 detour begins Monday­­

Route 26 will close in two locations for construction, starting Monday, Jan. 5. The three-month closure is scheduled to end March 30.

Two bridge culverts must be replaced where Route 26 crosses water, just east of Millville Town Hall and just east of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Route 26 getting drastic changes for winter construction

See the PDF link below to view/download the full size map.See the PDF link below to view/download the full size map.Businesses remain open during road closures

It’s time to plan your Route 26 detour route. This winter, the major roadway will be closed in two spots, as part of the 2.5-year road-widening project.

Two bridge culverts must be replaced where Route 26 crosses water, just east of Millville Town Hall and just east of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

The road will only close in these two spots, but it will require a 24/7 detour through Millville and Ocean View.

“Vehicles will be able to get to every business on 26. No one will be cut off … customers will be able to get up and down the road,” said Ken Cimino, project manager for AECOM. “Customers will be able to get to your shop.”

OV holds workshop on Phase III Streetscape improvements

The Town of Ocean View held an informational workshop this week on Phase III of the town’s Streetscape improvements project.

“The more information we can provide to the public, the better informed they are. That’s why we’re having these workshops — to help provide information that they get from other sources,” said Jon Hermes of Century Engineering.

Ocean View to hold Phase III sidewalk workshop

Town invites public to Oct. 14 workshop

A public workshop on Ocean View Streetscape Improvements Phase III will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at town hall.

Route 26 construction ready to hit full swing on Oct. 1

As summer traffic flows away from Route 26, construction will kick into high gear. On Oct. 1, daytime lane closures are permitted to resume, and Ken Cimino wouldn’t be surprised if night lane closures continue, as well, leading to a combined 21-hour work shift, from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Carper on Route 26 project: Federal funding is key

Cars and trucks crawled through Millville on Aug. 28, an appropriate backdrop to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s visit to the Route 26 Mainline construction project. Carper toured the state Thursday to talk federal transportation funding in regard to Route 26, Milford’s new Route 1 overpass and Wilmington’s Christina River Bridge.

Route 26 workers continue to prepare for winter closures

The Route 26 Project Team met Aug. 11 for a quick update on the 4-plus-mile road improvement project running from Clarksville to Ocean View.

Locals, crews play catch-up with new Route 26 schedule

Drivers and business owners may get some relief on Route 26, as lane closures will now begin later each evening, although work on Sunday nights has been added. The project’s Construction Management Team tweaked the hours this week to improve travel but also give contractor George & Lynch the time it needs.

First responders face challenges on 26

During road construction, drivers can wait in traffic for a minute or 10. But what about fire trucks and ambulances that don’t have a minute to spare?

TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency night work for Route 26 early Saturday, July 12

Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.

From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 23 to 27

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between Central Avenue and Woodland Avenue (Fulton Bank to Café on 26).
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (Food Lion).

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for June 16 to 20

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• at the intersection of 26/Central Avenue (near Fulton Bank) between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
• at the 26/Old Mill intersection (by Food Lion).

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