Millville closer to streetscape

To many who visit the area, Millville is that little town on Route 26 that has some grocery stores, several banks and an enormous liquor store. It appears to be based solely on the retail of Route 26, just like many people from other areas consider Selbyville and Dagsboro to be towns that exist only along Route 113.

However, to those who live here, it’s known as a quiet little town without the drama of some of the other little towns in the area, and home to many year-round residents. Which ever way you view Millville, the fact of the matter is that much of life around the town does indeed focus on Route 26, be it in the form of frequenting the retail shops and local restaurants, or as a sole road in and out of town from other locations.

For the past several years, town officials have been making plans for a streetscape project, which would not only beautify the central part of town on Route 26, but also increase the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists along the busy road and Cedar Drive, which hits Route 26 at the Millville Town Center, and Old Mill Road, on the opposite side of Route 26.

On Tuesday night, representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) met with residents and officials from the town at Millville Town Hall to discuss the preliminary plans for the first phase of the project.

DelDOT officials said they hope to begin construction on the project — which will include porous concrete to reduce ponding and icing of the pavement, walkways to aid pedestrians and a generally-cleaner look to the town, in the fall of 2011.

Millville Mayor Donald Minyon has been particularly active in this project, and all the town’s other officials appear to be fully on-board with this project, as well. It appears to be a “go.”

We applaud all those involved in getting this project to a point where it is looking more and more like a reality. Of course, we’ve all seen other projected DelDOT projects be shelved or delayed because of finances or other concerns, but this one looks pretty good to move forward at this time.

If you get a chance, swing by Millville Town Hall during regular business hours and take a look at posters from DelDOT’s presentation. It’s an impressive display.