Information workshop planned for Route 26 improvements project

Construction to begin before end of year, according to officials

State officials will be holding a public workshop regarding the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which is set to begin construction later this year, at South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The project includes the reconstruction of Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal. The 4-mile-long project will widen the existing two-lane roadway to include two 11-foot travel lanes with 5-foot shoulder/bike lanes and a 12-foot wide continuous shared center left-turn lane.

The segment of Route 26 from Clarksville to west of Railway Road would be an open section with roadside drainage ditches. The section from west of Railway Road to the Assawoman Canal would be a closed section with curb, gutter and closed drainage. The majority of the closed section would also have a 3-foot grass strip behind the curb and gutter that will be used for utilities; and 5-foot wide sidewalks would be provided from Windmill Road to the Assawoman Canal.

Construction is scheduled to last for at least 2.5 years. DelDOT intends to complete construction before the beginning of the 2016 summer season. All interested parties are being invited to attend this informational workshop to learn about construction details, construction phasing, road closures and many other project-related specifics. No public comments are being solicited at this time.

For further information, contact DelDOT Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 (in Delaware) or (302) 760-2080.