Route 26

Drifting Grounds Café settles in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Christian Heneghan and Erin Dresler-Looper behind the counter of Drifting Grounds, Bethany Beach's newest coffee house.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.

Moving right along: Route 26 construction project continues

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.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

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.

Route 26 moves to nighttime lane closures — for summer

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.

Route 26 culverts right on schedule

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.

Business owners voice frustration with project

After just one month with two localized Route 26 road closures, business owners are really feeling the pressure. As their small businesses suffer from being located on temporary dead-ends, they voiced their concerns at a Feb. 10 Construction Advisory Group meeting, saying they feel the contractor doesn’t feel their sense of urgency.

Route 26 detour begins Monday­­

Route 26 will close in two locations for construction, starting Monday, Jan. 5. The three-month closure is scheduled to end March 30.

Two bridge culverts must be replaced where Route 26 crosses water, just east of Millville Town Hall and just east of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Route 26 getting drastic changes for winter construction

See the PDF link below to view/download the full size map.See the PDF link below to view/download the full size map.Businesses remain open during road closures

It’s time to plan your Route 26 detour route. This winter, the major roadway will be closed in two spots, as part of the 2.5-year road-widening project.

Two bridge culverts must be replaced where Route 26 crosses water, just east of Millville Town Hall and just east of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

The road will only close in these two spots, but it will require a 24/7 detour through Millville and Ocean View.

“Vehicles will be able to get to every business on 26. No one will be cut off … customers will be able to get up and down the road,” said Ken Cimino, project manager for AECOM. “Customers will be able to get to your shop.”

OV holds workshop on Phase III Streetscape improvements

The Town of Ocean View held an informational workshop this week on Phase III of the town’s Streetscape improvements project.

“The more information we can provide to the public, the better informed they are. That’s why we’re having these workshops — to help provide information that they get from other sources,” said Jon Hermes of Century Engineering.