More improvements are coming to Route 1.
A series of improvements coming to Route 1 north of Lewes over the next five years was the topic of a recent public workshop held by Delaware’s Department of Transportation (DelDOT).
“Beginning with the planned overpass to be constructed at the Route 1 and 16 intersection. That intersection has been on our radar for more than a decade as part of our Hazard Elimination Program due to the high number of crashes we’ve seen occur there,” said C.R. McLeod - the director of community relations for DelDOT.
He says the traffic light at the Route 1 - Route 16 intersection in Milton will be removed to allow for the overpass - which will be similar to one built recently between Milford and Dover, “‘That’s one that we’re very, very high on and think it’s going to make a difference in terms of improving safety there. And we currently have that slated to begin in 2021.”
McLeod says the overpass should be completed by 2023 at an estimated cost of $20 million.
He says at the recent public workshop - many expressed their concern about an overpass, arguing the current traffic signal there already serves as a safety valve.
McLeod says the overpass is better suited to the area because it will keep traffic flowing towards the beach rather than back up traffic when the signal is red.
He says other planned Route 1 work includes a grade-separated intersection at Minos Conaway Road, which will involve eliminating all the crossovers - south on Route 1 to the Nassau Bridge Bridge.