The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is holding a Public Workshop to obtain comments from surrounding businesses and the general public for the intersection improvement project on Route 72/Wrangle Hill Road west of Route 1. The project limits will extend from Route 1 to Willamette Drive and will include work on McCoy Road, Route 71/Red Lion Road and several other intersecting roadways. The workshop will be held on Monday, January, 23, 2012 at Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School, 3942 Wrangle Hill Road in Bear. The public is invited to attend.
The project is currently proposed to add an additional travel lane in each direction of Route 72. The rehabilitation and reconfiguring of the intersections of Route 71 and Route 72, Route 72 and McCoy Road and Route 72 and Wilson Boulevard, will also be included. These modifications are proposed to address capacity issues of Route 72 as well as to address safety concerns. New pedestrian and bicycle facilities will be added the length of the project. The Department will be presenting several alternatives at this workshop and is looking for the public to provide feedback to the various alternatives. [Read the full workshop notice …]
Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School
3942 Wrangle Hill Road, Bear DE 19701
Monday, January 23, 2012 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Above: A Google Maps Streetview of Rt.72 at Wilson Blvd, facing north, with the Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School on the right. Parts of this area have already been improved, with new curbing, pedestrian refuge islands – even bike lanes in this particular location. Does this area really call for an ‘improvement’ to a 4 lane highway, in light of DelDOT’s budget situation and the leveling off of our nation’s VMT? Bike facilities are certainly welcome, however, these may be 5′ wide bike lanes as opposed to the 8-10′ wide shoulders along the existing 2 lane configuration. Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop and have an opinion, as this route is a popular choice for rides to Delaware City.