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One part of U.S. 301 toll road nearly compete ahead of schedule

Delaware Public Media

Construction of the new U.S. 301 toll road is making progress.

DelDOT says one piece of the 14-mile project is about to be finished earlier than planned.

The 1.8-mile stretch from south of Saint Georges to north of Middletown is nearly complete and about 40 days ahead of schedule

R.E. Pierson Construction Company is handling this portion of the roadway at a cost of just over $21 million .  It includes a pair of bridges,  one over Drawyer Creek and another over the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Construction on this piece of the toll road and six other segments began in February 2016.

When completed, the four-lane highway using electronic tolling will extend northeast from the Maryland-Delaware state line--just west of Middletown--up to Route 1, near the Biddles Corner Toll Plaza.

“With efforts underway such as the Port of Wilmington expansion, it is critical that freight traffic can move easily through the region, and the new US 301 will be a great asset as we look to grow businesses that are already here and attract new ones to invest and build in Delaware,” said Gov. John Carney in a statement.

The entire $636 million project is slated to be finished by the end of this year.  Tolls collected will help pay back $211 million in federal loans helping fund construction of the road.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.