Ocean View to hold Phase III sidewalk workshop

A public workshop on Ocean View Streetscape Improvements Phase III will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at town hall.

“This is a preliminary plan that is going to be presented to those people whose properties abut the pathway, or anyone else who’s interested in coming to the meeting, so they can gather input from these people to try to make sure of any area where the sidewalk is going,” explained Charles McMullen, Ocean View’s director of Public Works.

In past years, the town council had voted in favor of moving forward with Phases I and II of the project. The Town splits costs of the project with the federal government, under the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program, 80/20. Each phase may not exceed $1 million.

The proposed third phase will connect to the sidewalks built in Phase I on Woodland Avenue, and according to the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), improve pedestrian access and safety along the corridor.

Specifically, if approved by the council, Phase III would add sidewalks along the east side of Central Avenue from Woodland Avenue to Atlantic Avenue and continue on the west side of Central Avenue from Atlantic Avenue to John West Park.

McMullen said that those attend will have the chance to look at displays of the proposed sidewalk project, as well as ask questions.

“There will be a little presentation in the beginning to try to explain some of the issues that arise with such a project,” he said. “We’re going to try to explain what an easement is — that it’s not a taking of your land, it’s that you’re giving permission to an entity to use that portion of the land. It doesn’t diminish property value, because it’s still part of your property.”

Town and DelDOT officials recommend that those who will be affected by the proposed phase, or who are interested in learning more, attend the meeting. Those who are unable to attend but wish to comment may send comments to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email to dotpr@state.de.us.