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News » US » Grant opens the way for Delaware road upgrade » published 31 May 2018

Grant opens the way for Delaware road upgrade

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has been awarded a US$7m grant towards its Georgetown East Gateway project in Sussex County.

The money comes from a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (Tiger) grant award from the US Department of Transportation.

"DelDOT identified this existing intersection for significant pedestrian and traffic improvements as part of our Hazard Elimination Program,” said DelDOT secretary of transportation Jennifer Cohan. We are very excited to receive this federal grant that will help us deliver this needed project for Sussex County.”

The project will construct multi-modal improvements at the intersection of Route 9, Airport Road and Sandhill Road in Georgetown. Improvements will include road realignment, additional turn lanes, signal enhancements, pavement resurfacing, bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, transit stops, and lighting. The current projected cost is US$14.6m and work is expected to begin in spring 2020.

"Improving infrastructure in Sussex County continues to be a priority, and Route 9 is one of our most heavily traveled east/west arteries," said Governor John Carney. "This project will modernize and improve safety for all those traveling in and around our county seat of Georgetown."

“Tiger grants are fiercely competitive, and are awarded to projects that do more than just fix a problem, they enhance the community," said US Senator Tom Carper. "As we have more people coming to Sussex County to enjoy our tax-free shopping, world-class beaches, and a great way of life, we will need to maintain and improve our infrastructure to keep up, and this Tiger grant - a first for Sussex County - will help us do just that."

"This Tiger grant is a perfect example of how federal investment can help local communities,” said US Senator Chris Coons. “This funding will provide better access to the Delaware Coastal Airport, Cheer Center and future development of the area while ensuring motorists in Sussex County will have safer travel to their homes and work. It's time to build more of these needed projects in America to help repair our aging infrastructure, get new projects off the ground, and get Americans back to work.”

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester added: “The continued investment into Delaware's roads and infrastructure is not only necessary to ensure our roadways are paved and free of hazards such as potholes, but also in keeping Delaware's infrastructure modern and up to date with the latest technology and engineering. This new Tiger grant funding will allow the Delaware Department of Transportation to deliver the Georgetown East Gateway project several years earlier than expected, while supporting roadway resurfacing and realignment improvements. Once completed, the Georgetown project will ease traffic flow, enhance roadway lighting, and add additional turn lanes and bike lanes to the area.”

 

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This article was published on 31 May 2018 (last updated on 31 May 2018).

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