DelDOT Plan to Widen Route 1

Apr 9, 2013


The Delaware Department of Transportation held a workshop for the residents of the town of Bear to outline the options for an $180 million expansion of the nearby north-south interchange.

Many expressed concerns about potential noise and limitation on local access for through traffic needs.

The Delaware Department of Transportation wants to widen Route 1 from the I-95 interchange to the Roth Bridge.

WDEL radio reports that the $185 million project would add travel lanes in each direction and would widen existing bridges.

In addition, it would reconfigure the interchanges at routes 273, 40 and 72.

DelDot Project Engineer Jenna Frye says told the radio station that it would ease congestion and improve safety for travelers.

She says the first part of construction funding could begin in the 2016 fiscal year with 80 percent of the cost covered for by the federal government.