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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 Milton truck committee unaware that DelDOT honors commitment trates that there is an optional, vol- untary route around town. He said another consideration is that Route 5 be rerouted to coin- cide with routes 30 and 319, and Route 5 through town lose its state road status and be taken over by the town. If Milton maintains the road, then it coukt be closed to truck traffic. "I can't just close a state road to truck traffic and leave it open to other traffic," Lit- tleton said. "Anything we do while keeping Union and Federal streets a state road gives trucks the right to use the road." He said that a memo issued by Jeff Hitchens of the Milton Truck Traffic Committee referred to the option of rerouting Route 5 and redesignating Union and Federal streets as a business route. How- ever, as pointed out in the memo, that could cause downtown busi- nesses to suffer from decreased traffic. Littleton said these are is- sues that Milton needs to address and residents need to know their options. "If Milton does not want to move Route 5, I don't want to move it. But, if they want to move it. it can't be just for trucks," he saJ. "It has to be permanent Route 5 for all traffic. "That's why it's important'to go through a public information process before such a decision is made." Evidently members of the truck traffic committee were not aware that the department of transporta- tion is ready to move forward with designating the voluntary alter- nate truck route. At the March 23 meeting, Kathy Thumel, Milton building code enforcement offi- cer, volunteered todraft a propos- al to send to DelDOT. The pro- posal is to recommend that what DelDOT is in the process of doing be done. Thumel said that it ap- peared that enough research has been done to show that routes 30 and 5 are adequate to support truck traffic; evidently DelDOT agrees. She said one issue that res- idents would like to act on imme- diately is designation and marking of crosswalks at several locations on Union and Federal streets. Sev- eral months ago, DeIDOT repre- sentatives suggested that the town look for grant money or bond bill money to help pay for painting crosswalks and purchasing signs. Leah Betts, town council mem- ber and traffic committee mem- ber, will contact area elected rep- resentatives to see if funds are available now for paint and signs. Even though the truck commit- tee seems to be unaware of action being taken by DelDOT regarding the alternate truck route, what might still remain at issue is ex- actly how the route should be des- ignated and appropriate wording for signs to mark the route. What most Milton residents do By Rosanne Pack A recent Milton Town Truck Traffic committee meeting in Mil- ton saw members discussing an ongoing search for alternatives to the heavy truck traffic that annoys those who live and work along the main streets through town. In the meantime, evidently un- known to committee members and town officials, the Delaware De- partment of Transportation (Del- DOT) is carrying on with a com- mitment to mark and upgrade Route 30 and Route 319 as an "al- ternate truck route" that will skirt the downtown area and residential neighlorhoods along Route 5 as it passes through Milton. Bruce Littleton, DelDOT plan- ner, said that the department made a commitment to the town for the designation, and there is a com- mitment to the truckers to ade- quately stripe the alternate route and post a "narrow bridge" sign. "That is a given; we will have this accomplished very soon," he said. "We are getting back into our painting season and there are some remaining questions about whether additional wording is needed on the alternate truck route signs, but we are going to honor our commitment to Milton." Littleton said that Milton resi- dents have to realize that posting alternate truck route signs does not prohibit trucks, rather it illus- Q How often shouldl wax my hardwood floor? Never! Today's protective coatings for hardwood floors last a long time and never require waxing. In fact, if you do wax the floor, you will not be able to wet-mop it, and you will have re-wax every six - twelve months. The only way to remove wax thoroughly is to sand the floor back to raw wood. We can make floor-care suggestions, and can also make old floors new again with finishes that will hold up for many years with no more care than an occasional light mopping. ! 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We do not want to discour- age tourist and other visitor traffic downtown. "The key is wording. Use the term historic district for Route 5 if you want, mark direc- tions to Route 30 as Alternate Truck Route. Many of us agree, congestion is not the issue, but rerouting truck traffic is." Post said he thinks the town should help DelDOT move on with marking the alternate truck route, get the cooperation of town police in encouraging trucks to use Route 30 and go from there. Thumel agreed with the general direction Post and other commit- tee and council members seem to favor. Even without knowing that DelDOT has alternate truck route plans in motion, she said, "We should not delay rerouting any longe. We need an immediate ac- tion plan. We need to ask for co- operation of the police chief and we need to see how the state can cooperate with us." Thumel said that Chief Donald Mills should be asked if he will in- struct his officers to cooperate, so that Milton police can stop trucks that are traveling through on the main street of town. Officers can encourage truckers to skirt down- town on the alterhate route. Upon learning of Littleton's re- cent comments, Post said he is glad that the department of trans- portation is already taking action, but he thinks that the committee should still attempt to set up a Milton public meeting with Del- DOT Secretary Ann Canby. "I think a public meeting would be good, and I think the secretary will be glad to hear from us and talk to us," he said. Members of the committee include Robert Blayney, Hitchens, Noreen Broadhurst and Post. 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