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6. TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 Viewpoints Cape Gazette Letters )) The truth about DelDOT funding for Sussex I'm not sure where rumors start, but when they generate phone calls to representatives and senators, and letters to the editor, it is time to address them. The latest rumor is the percep- tion that Sussex County does not get its fair share of road construction dollars; that we're shunned in favor of "upstate." I have even heard that Sussex County was only getting $1.2 million for road construction this year. That is definitely not true! Unfortunately, sometimes perception becomes reality as it is passed around from person to person. I want to set the record straight with facts so everyone knows exactly where we stand when it comes to funding for Sussex County road projects. In fiscal 2013 (which just concluded on June 30), DelDOT spent $411.9 million (federal and state dollars) on road projects. Of that, $71 million (17 percent) was in Sussex, $207.7 million (51 per- cent) was in New Castle County and $36.4 million (9 percent) was spent in Kent County. Another $88.2 million (21 percent) was spent on statewide transporta- tion projects. Broken down on a per-resident basis, we wereYight behind New Castle County in spending ($380 per person versus $374 per person). However, out of the state dollars we spent on transportation projects ($188 mil- lion), Sussex received 28 percent, or $45.7 million plus $7.1 million for paving projects. For this fiscal year, DelDOT is budgeting $588.4 million, with $68 million earmarked for Sus- sex and another $225 million for statewide transportation proj- ects. Look at some of the large projects that are on the schedule: Route 1/Route 30 overpass U.S. 113/Route 16 overpass Route 1 pedestrian improve- ments from Rehoboth to Five Points U.S. 13 intersection improve- ments in Seaford U.S. 113 at Millsboro Towne Center Indian River Inlet bridge improvements and park enhance- ments Route 24 improvements U.S. 9 and Route 5 intersection improvements More than a dozen small bridge repairs/replacements SR 26 improvements from Bethany to Clarksville Plantation Road, Postal Lane and Cedar Grove Readrealign- ment and signalization. I think you can see that Sussex is getting its fair share of road construction dollars. This might still not seem like a lot to some, but all you have to do is look at some of the larger road projects that we were able to fund in east- ern Sussex County and mostly Continued on page 7 Soon you will be a man. You must take responsibility for your actions! You must use common sense! Remember...you will be fighting forces far greater than yourself in the life-and-death struggle... ...of walking across ,. Route One! Editoriai'00 ....................... Route 1: A highway in search of a plan wo meetings were held last week trolled crosswalks. about safety on Route 1, but don't think that means government has the answers yet.. .. If anything, the meetings demonstrate the state's inefficiency in attacking urgent prob- lems and its reluctance to develop construc- tive, long-term solutions. The problem is Route 1 itself, both a gate- way to Cape Region beaches and the region's Main Street for shopping and entertainment. Outlets; eateries and offices line both sides of the road, yet to date there are only two crosswalks in a stretch from Five Points to Rehoboth Beach. In the past year, the accidents waiting to happen began happening. Despite calls for action, no new crosswalks were added this summer; officials didn't even install a temporary sign urging drivers to slow down, not to mention better lighting at key intersections. Instead, at the first of last week's meetings, DelDOT officials promised that after years of. delays, they finally obtained needed rights of way and are set to install 14 pedestrian-con- Then at the second meeting, officials an- nounced an average of 80,000 cars now use Route i daily, and we all know daily counts don't describe summer weekend events. Even so, do officials really believe 80,000 drivers will patiently navigate 14 pedestrian-con- trolled crosswalks? Officials offer twoviews of Route 1: It's ei- ther a beach boulevard, with two traffic lanes and wider pedestrian and cycling lanes, or it's a highway, with access roads instead of direct access to shopping from the highway. The Cape Region's primary artery is in serious trouble, but these visions are both too limited to fix it. Officials should throw out old models and piecemeal plans - crosswalks, a transportation hub, Destination Station outside Rehoboth to name a few - and bring in a bold, new, comprehensive design for this thoroughfare. Cape Region tourism plays an essential role in Delaware's economy, but that will continue only if the state invests in critical infrastruc- ture so tourists will continue to choose to come here. Cane Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cane Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, ublisher: Trish Vernon editor. Dave Frederick. snorts editor; Laura Ritter. news editor and Jen Ellingsworth. arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keen letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- room capegazette.com RON MACARTHUR PHOTO FRUIT SLICES, including watermelon, line a fruit stand on Savannah Road in Lewes, ) For local weather, induding highs and lows see page 43 Web Poll )) Majority of responders have maintained weight Since January I have: Lost weight 3716% Gained weight 21.7% Stayed the same 40.7% The total of votes counted was 221. To participate in the current wee Doll, visit CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 20 No. 21 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dennisforney@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 laura@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@capegazette.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kara Nuzback, Ext. 317 knuzback@capegazette.com Rachel Swick Mavity, Ext. 321 rachel@capegazette.com Nick Roth, Ext. 335 nickroth@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 melissasteele@capegazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood ChrisWildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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