• DelDOT assessing Limestone Rd/SR7 for Bike Lane potential

    by  • December 20, 2010 • Traffic Control • 4 Comments

    Pave & rehab activities on Limestone Road in Hockessin include the possibility of bike lanes on the graded section between Lantana Square and Sheringham Drive. The shoulder on the northbound side (downhill) must contain a certain level of integrity to sustain regular traffic. If it does, it’s possible the lanes can be shifted to create room on both sides of the road. It is particularly important on the southbound (uphill) side where there is currently no shoulder space along the guardrail. Currently, construction has stopped just north of this section. Core samples must be drilled in order to find out.

    Few possibilities exist for bicyclists riding from Hockessin to points south toward Newark. Among those is Valley Road to North Star, involving a climb on a busy, narrow lane that is steeply banked on both sides. In one case, a member of the White Clay Bicycle Club was sideswiped by an SUV as she attempted to climb up to Little Baltimore Road. So the importance of a safe route between these areas is key for Delaware cyclists.

    The view facing down the hill toward Hockessin. Riders often climb up this way en-route from Hockessin to points south, including Newark. There is a possibility shoulder space can be created if the shoulder on the opposite side can take the weight of steady traffic.

    Bike Delaware thanks Anthony Aglio, our Bicycle Coordinator, for making this request to DelDOT Traffic on our behalf.

    4 Responses to DelDOT assessing Limestone Rd/SR7 for Bike Lane potential

    1. Michael Tyler
      December 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      This is great news. I used to bike on Limestone Road back in the 1970 when the shoulder was in poor condition but the traffic was light (I biked from Hockessin to the Louviers building.) My return went up Paper Mill Rd. to Limestone and down Mendenhall Mill to Millcreek Road. A great ride but one that I wouldn't think of riding today. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I now live in Sussex County where cycling safety on Route One has been ignored by DelDOT because buses take up what should be the bike lane. And in the rural areas we have to ride on tar and chip roads. Anthony Aglio has been a great asset to the biking community and he deserves great credit for his efforts on our behalf.

      Mike Tyler, Sussex Cyclists advocacy chairman

    2. Frank Warnock
      December 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      The fact he put in the request and construction is on hold is, in itself, a superb effort. I'm not sure what the chances are, but it's going to come down to the base layers below the NB shoulder. If it's firm and stable, there's a good chance. Otherwise, it becomes a reconstruction project and we know the shape the transportation budget is in.

    3. Andrew Jacob
      December 28, 2010 at 5:55 am

      Hope this time they respond in positive way & as soon as possible they make a safe way for the cyclists. by doing this they not only safeguarding some of the community but also encouraging the environmental friendly transportation model.

      Clark County Traffic School

    4. Advanced Driver Improvement Course Florida
      August 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Now gov should learn & feel the importance of greener way transportation like cycling, and encourage it by providing needed road structure, safety standards for them.

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