Workshop set on Route 26 detour project

The long-awaited Route 26 Mainline improvements project can’t happen without some preliminary work first being done on the back roads that will be the detour routes while the larger project is under way. And while right-of-way acquisition for the Mainline project has started and will continue until the spring of 2012, the Route 26 Detour Routes Project is set to start this summer.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will host an informational public workshop on the detours project on Monday, June 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Millville Town Hall, located at 11 Clubhouse Road in Millville.

Four roadways will be improved during the project, which has been funded: Burbage Road from west of Roxana Road to Windmill Road; Windmill Road from Route 26 to Central Avenue; Central Avenue from Windmill Road to Beaver Dam Road; and Beaver Dam Road from Central Avenue to Muddy Neck Road. These roads are planned to be closed one at a time for the improvements while the work is completed.

The main project, which is not yet funded, has a projected construction start date of the fall of 2012 and stretches from 400 feet west of Saint George’s Church in Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal in Ocean View. Among other improvements, the entire stretch of the road in the project will be expanded to three lanes – two travel lanes and a center turn lane.

At the June 28 meeting, interested citizens will be able to learn about planned traffic patterns and the anticipated schedule for the Detour Routes project. DelDOT officials have confirmed that the contract for the Detour Routes project has been awarded and it will start this summer.

According to Jason Lang of DelDOT, maps and other information will be available for the public to view during the workshop and members of the public will be welcome to ask the project team any questions they may have throughout the evening. They are being encouraged to attend at their convenience, between 4 and 7 p.m., as there is no set schedule for the workshop.

At this time, Lang said, no further public meetings or workshops on the project are scheduled until the detour project begins construction.

For more information on the project or workshop, contact DelDOT Public Relations at (800) 652-5600 or (302) 760-2080 or visit