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Cyclists, DelDOT at on Route 1 plans Department of Transportation Pezone noted DelDOT officials He didn't like the answer he project," said Joel Leidy, the Construction zone is off limits to bicyclists By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff An ongoing struggle for a desig- nated bike lane on Route 1 took center stage as DelDOT officials updated progress on the Route 1 expansion project. Tony Pezone, president of Sussex Cyclists, asked Delaware Cape board, taxpayers head to court Trial to determine legality of construction contracts: By Georgia Leonhart : Cape Gazette staff The Cape Henlopen Taxpayers for Fair Elections won the right to have its day in court against the Cape Henlopen school board and two firms it hired to design and build a new high school and four elemental, school additions ......... ........ ViceChanceltor John W. Noble:-,: ruled Wednesday, Jan. 3, that a trial will begin March 12 todecide whether contracts between the school board and architect Buck Simpers Architect and Associates and construction managers EDiS are legal. ' Taxpayer group members ", say they are celebrating the victory. "We are excited and we now feel that we are vindicated. People still say that we only brought suit because we were bad sports and poor losers. But now Vice Chancellor Noble has said that we have enough to go to trial," said taxpayer group member Joe LoBiondo. SchooI board President Gary Wray said he doesn't understand what the fuss is about. "The reali- ty is that there is no win: When we left the courtroom on Dec. 20, the trial date and date for discovery cutoff had been tentatively set. This ruling just confirmed those dates," Wray said. The taxpayers filed a lawsuit April 18, one month after a March referendum authorized construc- tion of a new high school and ele- mentary school additions at an Continued on page 17 (DelDOT) officials if they could work some magic and get a tempo- rary bike lane added to accom- modate bicyclists during the Route 1 expansion project. Pezone asked the question dur- ing the Jan. 3 gathering at Grotto Pizza Grand Slam restaurant. were able to modify plans and find _f a way to create a bike lane during ii !i : construction of the Indian 00ver i!i bridge. You were able : i!:7 :: . ':::i:!7:!;: ,,!, to work some iitl magic there. Can t you find a few feet for a bike lane on Route 1?" he asked. received, although it's what DelDOT officials have been say- ing since the project started in September. The $9.7 million fed- eraUy funded project includes the addition of a third southbound lane and shared lane for buses, bicycles and right-hand turns on a 2.7-mile stretch of Route 1 from the Five Points intersection toRoute 24. "We don't.have the same real estate to take space out of in this DelDOT engineer in charge of the project. "We are working on other options to get bikes through the project limits." DelDOT officials announced at the start of the project the con- struction zone would be closed to bicyclists. Free bus tickets and the use of alternative routes such as Plantations Road were suggested. Even so, Pezone said bicyclists, Continued on page 18 Ron MacArthur photo Dewey Beach blaze destroys two houses, damages another Rehoboth Beach volunteer firefighter Kevin Postlewait As of Thursday afternoon, the State Fire Marshal's Office puts water on hot spots earlY Thursday, Jan. 4, following a had not determined the cause of the blaze. fire that destroyed two homes and severely damaged a third  on Bayard Avenue and St. Louis Street in Dewey Beach. ! See anbtherphotographand story on page 20. Citizens group opposes wastewater plans Spray irrigation on public lands to dispose of treated to expand sewer capacity only water disposal. The proposed leg- wastewater, invites more development. Deaver islation states the public has sup= public land under attack Joan Deaver, president of CBS, and her group are supporting a ported the acquisition of these By Rachel Swick said her grOup is opposing plans petition by the Civic League for lands for conservation and reCre- Cape Gazette staff that could expand the Wolfe Neck New Castle County, which they ational use, and the land should be The Citizens for a Better Sussex treatment plant and use public hope will lead to legislation pro- kept as pristine as possible. has joined a New Castle County land for spray irrigation. She said hinting the use of state-owned "Civic groups all over the state citizens group in opposing plans the public lands should remain for parks, wildlife areas, forest lands are upset by this suggestion, fear- that would use spray irrigation on public use and using public land or historical property for waste- Continued on page 19