Repeating on Thursday, 9/1 due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene
If you have any plans to be in Newark this Thursday (between 4PM and 7PM) – and if you have 10 minutes to spare – be sure to drop by the Workshop (WILMAPCO, 850 Library Avenue in Newark) to show your support for the bicycling projects in the TIP. Sign in and fill out a comment form at the Workshop on the proposed amendments to this year’s TIP (“Transportation Improvement Program”), which are the most pro-bicycling in quite a while because of a lot of effort by a lot of people:
Castle, Coons and Item 56:
Item 56, otherwise known as the C&D Canal Trail
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is the result by a lot of effort by former Congressman Mike Castle and, more recently, Senator Chris Coons. Congressman Castle secured the federal earmarks that will allow this project – a path along the C&D Canal between Delaware City and Chesapeake City – to advance.
Carper and Item 85
Item 85, otherwise known as the Pomeroy Trail, will be an off-alignment bikeway extending north in Newark from the Hall Trail to White Clay Creek State Park. We owe this TIP amendment to a federal earmark secured by Senator Tom Carper, and to the WILMAPCO Council, which identified the Pomeroy Trail as one of its top priorities back in 2005. (The remarkable thing about this project is that the federal earmark to fund it is from 2005! It’s taken 6 years to actually get it started. But construction finally began last week.)
Venables, Markell, O’Mara and Item 84
Items 56 and 85 are in the TIP because of federal earmarks. But Item 84 is different. It is the result of a state initiative called Walkable, Bikeable Delaware. Item 84, also known as the final phase of the Wilmington-to-New Castle Industrial Track – a six mile off-alignment bikeway between Wilmington and New Castle – is the first (but not the last) project that will benefit from this state program. Senator Bob Venables (D-Laurel), Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary O’Mara all share the credit for this proposed TIP amendment.
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