Rt. 54 widening project moving forward

Those who bike, walk or drive along Route 54 may soon have an easier time of things, with the awarding of a contract last week to widen the road to include a center left-turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks.

DelDOT’s Route 54 Improvements Project has come one step closer to reality with the announcement that Mumford & Miller Concrete Inc. of Middletown was the low bidder on the project. They submitted a bid of $8,111,451, which was the lowest of four bids received.

The major east-west route along the southeastern edge of the state is being widened primarily to accommodate a 14-foot center left-turn lane. DelDOT officials said this week that it will help to improve the safety of the roadway for vehicular traffic, as well as cyclists and pedestrians.

The road will still include two 12-foot through-lanes, but the improvements will also add 6-foot-wide bike lanes and 5-foot-wide sidewalks. The project area runs from the intersection of Routes 20 and 54, near the Bayside community, east to the Mallard Lakes development on the Assawoman Bay. Officials said the area was identified for safety improvements due to high development growth in the corridor over the last several years.

Construction is expected to begin this fall and to be completed before the summer of 2012.

For more information on the Route 54 Improvements Project, visit http://deldot.gov/information/projects/sr54_mainline/index.shtml online.