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6. TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 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 weredght 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 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 Roadrealign- 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! E. Remember you will be fighting forces far greater than yourself in the life-and-death struggle of walking across Route One! Editoriai' Route l: highway in search of a plan wo meetings were held last week trolled crosswalks. 1 about safety on Route 1, but don't Then at the second meeting, officials an- 1 think that means government has nounced an average of 80,000 cars now use the answers yet. . Route 1 daily, and we all know daily counts If anything, the meetings demonstrate the don't describe summer weekend events. Even state's inefficiency in attacking urgent prob- so, do officials really believe 80,000 drivers lems and its reluctance to develop construc- will patiently navigate 14 pedestrian-con- tive, long-term solutions, trolled crosswalks? The problem is Route 1 itself, both a gate- Officials offer twoviews of Route 1: It's el- way to Cape Region beaches and the region's ther a beach boulevard, with two traffic lanes Main Street for shopping and entertainment, and wider pedestrian and cycling lanes, or it's Outlets, eateries and offices line both sides a highway, with access roads instead of direct of the road, yet to date there are only two access to shopping from the highway. crosswalks in a stretch from Five Points to The Cape Region's primary artery is in Rehoboth Beach. serious trouble, but these visions are both too In the past year, the accidents waiting to limited to fLx it. Officials should throw out happen began happening, old models and piecemeal plans - crosswalks, Despite calls for action, no new crosswalks a transportation hub, Destination Station were added this summer; officials didn't even outside Rehoboth to name a few - and bring install a temporary sign urging drivers to slow in a bold, new, comprehensive design for this down, not to mention better lighting at key thoroughfare. intersections. Cape Region tourism plays an essential role Instead, at the first of last week's meetings, in Delaware's economy, but that will continue DelDOT officials promised that after years of. only if the state invests in critical infrastruc- delays, they finally obtained needed rights of ture so tourists will continue to choose to way and are set to install 14 pedestrian-con- come here. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Caoe Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, ~ublisher: Trish Vernon editor. Dave Frederick. 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