• Reedy Point Bridge Closing – Take Action!

    by  • March 10, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    By Amy Roe, Sierra Club Delaware Chapter

    Please contact our Elected Officials and Request that the Reedy Point
    Bridge repair work be done in a way that minimizes the damage to our
    local Communities!

    Options for Bicycling over the C&D Canal reduced

    The communities of Delaware City and Port Penn recently learned of the
    immediate intention of the United States Army Corps of Engineers to
    shut down the Reedy Point Bridge for repairs for a period of 270 days.
    This came without notice and the project was awarded to a contractor
    without ANY public input.  As a result, the Corps did not include the
    request of specifications in the work contract to avoid detrimental
    impacts to the community such as keeping one lane open continuously,
    limiting the road closure to night work hours, and many other options.

    In addition, the community learned that insufficient funds were
    allocated to complete all the necessary bridge repairs, so additional
    work will need to be done in the future that will again have a
    negative affect on the community.

    As we work to develop the Delaware City/Port Penn area as a hub for
    eco tourism along the Delaware Bay Shore area, it is imperative that
    we avoid a full closure that is expected to have devastating impacts
    on numerous local businesses that depend on tourist traffic during the
    summer season.  It is likely that this federal project will cause the
    loss of local jobs, and will create severe hardship to numerous local
    small businesses to provide services to those traveling through the
    scenic coastal by-way.

    Please contact your Federal Elected Officials and the Governor and insist that:

    1.  The Corps of Engineers modify the contract to avoid the
    detrimental impacts to the communities of Delaware City and Port Penn.

    2.  If the Corps cannot reach mutually agreed upon contract amendment
    terms that avoid these community impacts with their selected
    contractor and the community leaders,  the contract must be terminated
    and put out for a new bid with specification requiring that the
    community concerns be addressed.

    3.  Request that Senator Carper, Senator Coons, Representative Carney,
    and Governor Markell work to find new funds or that they redirect the
    existing $16.9 million in federal dollars they set aside for the
    Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project to adequately fund the
    Reedy Point Bridge project.  Tell them our local communities, local
    jobs, and maintenance of existing failing infrastructure are a much
    higher priority than speculative hope of benefits from the Main
    Channel Deepening Project.

    Senator Carper: (302) 573-6291  (via on-line form)
    Senator Coons: (302) 573-6345  (via on-line form)
    Representative Carney: (302) 691-7333  (via on-line form)
    Governor Markell: (302) 577-3210

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