Striping and sidewalks indicate real progress on road project
Pedestrians have already benefited from new sidewalks along Route 26. Now, drivers are using some of the new turn lanes promised in the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.
New striping was painted on a one-mile stretch between Old Mill Road and Woodland Avenue, showing the ultimate traffic pattern.
Not including early utilities work, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) project began in January of 2013 and is expected to end in the autumn of 2016, eventually improving traffic flow from Clarksville to Ocean View.
Lane closures are still a regular part of life, with flaggers directing traffic through the construction zone, which is spread across more than 4 miles of Route 26.
The project’s transportation management plan is updated every year, said Ken Cimino, resident engineer with AECOM.
As part of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, Railway Road will have a one-week detour this coming week. Railway Road will remain completely open in Millville, except where it intersects with Route 26. The intersection needs to be rebuilt. Weather permitting, the closure will occur from Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that daily lane closures on the Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8, earlier than originally announced.
The denizens of Route 26 will have bear the brunt of another full summer of road construction, as the Route 26 improvement project’s construction end date has been pushed back to Sept. 7, 2016, for completion of the 4-plus-mile project to widen Atlantic Avenue from St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville to Ocean View’s Assawoman Canal bridge.
When Christian Heneghan was looking for a local roaster to supply the beans for Drifting Grounds, the new coffee shop on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, he had two main requirements: he wanted a roaster big enough to be able to offer high-quality, unique beans for his brews, but also wanted one that was small enough to be able to cater to his requests directly. That’s exactly what he found with Homestead Coffee Roasters.
“I wanted good and interesting beans, and then I wanted someone who would work with me,” Heneghan explained. “These guys are big enough that they can handle the summer rush, and they’re small enough where I won’t get lost in the shuffle.”
With the Delaware River Valley-based roasters bringing the beans, Heneghan has been brewing up the roasts from Guatemala, Columbia, Honduras and beyond — with one goal in mind.
Drivers are falling back into their summertime driving routine as night work continues on the Route 26 Mainline construction project. That means watching for lane closures late on Monday to Thursday nights, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
“Things have really died down. The phone doesn’t ring as much” since detours were completed, said project public outreach coordinator Ken Cimino of AECOM.
Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.
Late-night work is getting a little later this summer on Route 26. The Delaware Department of Transportation was already scheduled to begin a second year of overnight work on the road construction project, from May 15 to Sept. 30, in a schedule designed to accommodate summer traffic.
Morning commute may be impacted by lane closures
The recent mandatory detours along Route 26 are almost over, as the current phase of the project is right on schedule to reopen the road by Tuesday, March 31.