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-t- 30 - CAPE GAZETI - Friday, February 8 - Monday, February 11, 2008 Letters Continued from page 28 idences scheduled to be built on Gills Neck Road...traffic added to a country intersection already sat- urated by' high school students, local residents, Lewes visitors and ferry patrons. Basic common sense would dictate that an upgrade of Kings Highway, now scheduled for 2018, would pre- cede the construction of Showfield, Breakwater, Hawkseye, senators and Governors...and would actually be paid for by the respective developers. Just imagine. Bob Slavin Lewes Keep open mind oh Western Parkway I would like to respond to the recent article regarding the pro-. posed Western Parkway project. The article on this issue featured two inaccurate assumptions. The article stated "DelDOT has pro- posed three alternatives it believes will lighten the load on Route 1 by diverting traffic around the high- way to Route 24 and then having cars take 24 to get back onto Route 1." This statement is not an accurate one. The main purpose of the Western Parkway is to provide an additional north/south road to connect the local roadway net- work in the area west of Route 1 and east of Love Creek between Routes 9 and 24. This area has several east/west roads (Route 24, Cedar Grove Road, Robinsonville Road, Beaver Dam Road and Route 9) but only has one north/south road (Plantation Road) that serves the local traffic. This area is projected to have sig- nificant development over the next five to 10 years. Development changes that DelDOT cannot control. Without road improvement, the existing road network will not be able to handle the amount of vehicles that will be using these local roads in the future. Under the Orange Alternative, the Western Parkway will provide existing local traffic - and the thousands of vehicle trips that future residents will make - an additional lane of travel in each direction along Plantation Road. A new north/south local road would be built if the Green or Yellow alternatives are selected. The belief that the purpose of the road is to divert traffic around Route 1 only to return it to Route 1 is not accurate. The purpose is not to divert through traffic from Route 1, but to provide current and future local residents the much-needed option of avoiding Route 1 to get to and from their destination. The article additionally states that, !'The other two alternatives, 'yellow' and 'green,' would divert traffic through the predominantly African-American and Native American neighborhood of Jimtown, again leading to Route 24." The fact is that the Yellow and Green alternatives are located to the east of the community and do not directly impact any prop- erty that is part of the historically significant area. The notion that the Western Parkway "would divert traffic through" the Jimtown community is incorrect. DelDOT has com- municated regularly with commu- nity representatives over the last year, has had a community meet- ing exclusively for-the Jimtown residents and has physically walked the potential alignment 'routes with members of the community. It is only natural that those most closely affected by a transporta- Free Initial Consultation 302.678.8815 You Have The Right To Recover: Medical Expenses Lost Wages Pain & Suffering Vehicle Damage Morris James DELAW.4LI00E 29 North State Street * 302.678.8815 Dover tion improvement would be the most concerned. This is common sense and DelDOT certainly appreciates the impacts projects have on some residents. With this said, it is hoped that the residents of the beach area can engage in a larger public discussion focused on how DelDOT should plan for future growth. What is the best way to inform people that their community of tomorrow will be vastly different than their commu- nity of today once the planned development occurs? Do beach-area citizens believe that if DelDOT leaves Sussex County and invests transportation funds in Kent and New Castle counties that somehow develop- ment will not occur in Sussex County? Do current coastal-area residents want to make the same mistakes that their predecessors made by telling DelDOT to "go away'? Because many of the transportation problems of today can be directly linked to public opposition to improvements of the past. I would ask residents of the Lewes, Jimtown and Rehoboth areas to keep an open mind and attend our next public workshop scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m., Feb. 11, at the Cape Henlopen High School. There will be a brief pres- entation scheduled for 4:15 p.m., and repeated at 5:15 and 6:15 p.m. Michael Williams Manager - Office of Public Relations Department Of TransPortatio n *50 OFF any order of $500 How do your electric rates stay so high? Power is bought by your power provider (Delmarva Power) on a computer-generated "energy auc- tion." 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