• Public Meeting: SR 2 and Upper Pike Creek Road

    by  • April 22, 2010 • Events • 3 Comments

    In order to address motor vehicle safety issues at the intersection of Old Harmony Road/Upper Pike Creek Road, DelDOT is proposing to close the median on Kirkwood Highway (Rt.2) and provide left-turn access to these roads only through U-turns at the signalized intersections of Green Valley Circle and Harmony Road. This will also include lengthening the left-turn lanes at Harmony Road and Green Valley Circle, and modifying the signal timing.

    Many examples already exist throughout Delaware, often dividing neighborhoods and breaking safe connections for the non-motorized. We believe this proposal, if implemented, will see many Harmony Road bicyclists continue straight across Kirkwood Highway, and turn right illegally against traffic to a blind left on Upper Pike Creek.

    Please consider attending the following meeting on April 28th, to encourage DelDOT to consider other options allowing safe, direct, multi-modal access to both Upper Pike Creek Road and the adjacent Richardson’s Lane townhouse community.

    Hosted by: Senator Karen Peterson and Representative Mike Ramone, with Shante Hastings and Mark Tudor of DelDOT in attendance.

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    Shue-Medill School Cafetorium
    1500 Capitol Trail (Rt.2, just east of Red Mill Road)
    Newark DE

    Project Description HERE.
    Virtual Workshop (closed) HERE.

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    3 Responses to Public Meeting: SR 2 and Upper Pike Creek Road

    1. Pardes
      April 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      Does someone has an alternative plan for revamping that area that will be bike-friendly and practical for DelDOT?

    2. Frank Warnock
      April 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      The primary cause is limited sight distance. Nancy Rohr, a resident of Richardson's Lane, came up with a 3 part solution to improve safety:

      1) Where (eastbound) Kirkwood Hwy turns onto Upper Pike Creek Road: Lengthen the Krkwd Hwy median to force the left turn traffic to move forward creating the ability to see into the low spot between Green Valley Rd and Upper Pike Creek Rd. This will also stop south bound traffic from Upper Pike Creek Road from turning Left onto eastbound Krkwd Hwy.

      2) Build triangular median or curbing on Upper Pike Creek Rd to force the traffic to turn right (and stop the left hand turns onto Krkwd Hwy.)

      3) Put a blinking light at that intersection which warns drivers to slow down.

      There are other alternatives.

    3. John Boyle
      April 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      This is a great opportunity to ask for a complete streets solution.

      Looking at the proposal the right turn lanes should be eliminated as they are very hazardous for bikes. A pedestrian refuge in the new center median, crosswalk and HAWK signal would enable cyclists and pedestrians to cross the highway on demand.

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