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Claymont transportation center to start construction in April

Feb 21, 2019

A long-awaited transportation project in Claymont is moving forward.

 


State officials say construction on the Claymont Regional Transportation Center will begin in April.

The $71 million project has been in the works for years and is part of the  redevelopment of the former Evraz Claymont Steel site.

It will replace the existing SEPTA station in Claymont, with new platforms, a station building with restrooms, bicycle amenities and more parking. It is also planned to include a pedestrian bridge, bus and trail connections and public art.

“It’s not just going to be a transit station. It’s going to be a beautiful addition to this community,” said DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan at a press event Thursday.

A map of the planned Claymont Regional Transportation Center, across I-495 from the current Claymont SEPTA station.
Credit Courtesy of DelDOT

  Senator Tom Carper paints the project as a win for sustainability.

“The biggest source of carbon in the air is our cars, it’s our trucks. And one of the great things about this project, as far as I’m concerned, is it’ll have charging stations,” he said. “And God willing it will have fueling stations—  not for gasoline and diesel— it’ll have fueling stations for hydrogen.”

Gov. John Carney notes the Evraz site is part of a federal Opportunity Zone. He frames the transportation center project as part of broader economic development efforts in Claymont.

“It’s going to be a real catalyst for the redevelopment of this whole area of our state,” said Carney.

The $54 million design-build contract was awarded to Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc. and Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) last month. The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2021.