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

Date Published: 
June 24, 2016

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.

“That’s greatly improved the flow of traffic … and should increase traffic flow, getting those left turns out of the mainline,” Cimino said.

Crews are finishing the wedge-and-level process to add layers of asphalt, and profile milling is about to begin.

In the next few weeks, workers will lay final 2 inches of hot-mix asphalt on all 4-plus miles of roadway, then paint the final striping.

Construction work will cross the Assawoman Canal, to tie the new three-lane road into the existing configuration in Bethany Beach. East of the canal, six sidewalk ramps will also be updated to be handicapped-accessible.

“Anytime you touch something, you have to update it to be ADA-compliant,” Cimino said of the roadwork there.

There are still sidewalks, driveways and intersections to pave, plus seeding work, topsoil and stormwater management plantings.

The new traffic signal at St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville has been slightly repositioned for better visibility, and the tree branches will be trimmed.

Moving forward, nighttime lane closures are permitted Monday nights to Friday mornings, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., although construction activities may occur anytime.

“We’ll be on the road till September,” Cimino said.

At last report, the project completion date was Sept. 1, but project contractor George & Lynch may still request to extend that date, due to rain dates from the past few months. Weather dates are permitted, as contractors can otherwise be penalized for finishing a project late. DelDOT offers no financial incentive to finish a project early, but the builders said it’s generally best to complete a project as swiftly as possible.

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact public outreach coordinator Cimino, who is available at (302) 616-2621, or Kenneth.cimino@aecom.com or at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2, in Ocean View. The project website is at www.deldot.gov/information/projects/sr26/index.shtml. People can also sign up for weekly email updates. Road closures and travel advisories are online at www.deldot.gov/information/travel_advisory. The “DelDOT” mobile app is available for Apple or Android phones.

Construction Advisory Group meetings are open to the public and held every other month, continuing Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall.