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24 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 Plows called it the "mosf state- Entrance of-the-art models today." The model takes into account Continued from page 1 the transient, resort-driven traffic According to the DelDOT that the whole Delmarva study, alternative 5 diverts the Peninsula, including the Cape most traffic. An estimated 17 per- Region, faces every summer as cefit of inbound traffic and 59 per- motorists from Pennsylvania, cent of outbound traffic would use Maryland and other locales flood it instead of Route 1, modeling onto the roads. shows. The next closest option, Plows said this model used alternative 4, diverts 19 percent of delay times within the total study inbound traffic but only 36 per- area as the measure of effective- cent of outbound traffic, ness of each alternative. Within Alternative 5 is an extension of the study area, the total network alternative 4, which diverted traf- travel delay - comprising the walt tic only through the formbr Ames time for all cars at all intersec- parking lot. The other alternatives tions - is currently approximately have n O impact on inbound traffic 630 hours a day. If none of the atall, alternatives is built, the "no- "Personally, I think alternative build" condition, the delay "almost 5 would, have even more of an doubles to approximately 1,075 improvement on traffic going into hours a day in 2030. Alternative Rehoboth" than models predict 5, in 2030, reduces the delay from said DelDOT engineer Don Plows the no-build condition to approxi- said. mately 825 hours a day. DelDOT officials said they In addition alternative 5 also used a new traffic model, known offers safety improvements for - as the Peninsula Travel Demand bicyclists and pedestrians enter- : Model, to project traffic counts to ing and exiting Rehoboth. Recent i the year 2030. accidents on Route 1 spurred the Western parkway hearing set By Karl Chalabala public concerns. The need for a proposed This effort, in conjunction with Western Parkway, a limited- the Route 113, Route 1 and , access highway to relieve conges- Rehoboth Beach Entrance : tion on Route 1, is the topic of a Improvements, is part of workshop session next week at DelDOT's overall plan to easo Cape Henlopen High School. traffic on the Route 1 corridor, Delaware transportation offi- where drivers face long backups cials invite Sussex County resb and delays during the summer dents to attend the hearing to dis- months. cuss transportation problems "We are just following the rec- along Route 1, from Five Points to ommendations of the SR1 Land Rehoboth Beach. Use Study," said DelDOT South The project is in its preliminary Region II Group Engineer Don planning stages and the road Plows. "This isonerecommenda- alignment has not been deter- tion to come out of that because of mined, but the Department of the growth west of Route 1. This Transportation (DelDOT) study is the initial meeting on the area for the road extends from Western Parkway.." Red Mill Pond in the north, west Plows said DelDOT projects . and south to Love Creek and ends must identify the purpose and slightly north of Bay Vista Road. need of each project. The project will consider exist- The public workshop is from 4 ing" roads as well as possible new p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22, road alignments as well as traffic in the Cape Henlopen High concerns, including bicycle and School cafeteria. Interested par- pedestrian issues, ties are also invited to express DelDOT officials said the loca- their views in writing, giving sup- tion and type of transportation port of or opposition to, to the improvements needed in the area proposed project to DelDOT would be determined based on Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, engineering, environmental and Dover, DE 19903.  D el DOT will hold a public.hearing on the Western Parkway, a:..!kew lim/ted-access highway west of Route 1, at Cape Hen- , 1 High School next week. . .  ........... .... Submitted graphic ' The map above shows alternate 5, the proposed bypass (heavy gray line at top of graphic) from the entrance of Rehoboth Beach to Kmart, presented by DelDOT officials. committee to advocate different safety improvements to DelDOT. Alternative 5 will have a 10-foot bike path as a safety measure. "It would be crazy to go into Rehoboth any other way," meet- ing facilitator Bob Kramer said, Besides alternative 5, a second major concept presefited during the meeting was an overpass into Rehoboth north- or southbound. Plows said the model indicates an overpass would not significantly improve traffic flow. During the meeting, DelDOT officials repeatedly stressed, that while alternative 5 is the best option from an operational stand- point, other factors do come into the equation, such as cost. As alternative 5 needs the most land and construction, it will be the most expensive. Plows said the Delaware Economic Development Office would help study not only the cost of building the improvements, but also the cost of not improving Rehoboth's entrance. "Down here, the most important cost is time," Plows said. "People do not want to wait to arrive for vacation or go to the store. Plows also said the time until the next meeting, which is in early February, will be spent meeting with regulato agencies. Fortunately, Plows said the project does not have any impact on any federal or state wetlands. "You have no idea how impor- tant that is," he said. "About 75 percen t of the projects DelDOT works on have wetland impacts." Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth, who considers traffic issues one of the most important issues in the area, said he is pleased with the results of the study. "I do not speak for the whole committee," he said. "But I kn some of them agree with me. I pleased that alternative 5 is lend- ing the way. It is going to be expensive, but we need to do something now. I wish I could jumpstart the process to make :it go faster. The beach area is so important to the state's economy. Theyneed to do something about the roads. By doing so, we are ensuring our economic growth." 100"/, Finma:i00 Check daily rates and apply on-line at: V00nN.FirstAtlanticMtg.om rst lantic gage 16678 Kings Highway Lewes, De 19958 302.645.9181 800.990.9181 (out of area) emafl: lnfo@FirstAtlanticMtg.com 24 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 Plows called it the "mosf state- Entrance of-the-art models today." The model takes into account Continued from page 1 the transient, resort-driven traffic According to the DelDOT that the whole Delmarva study, alternative 5 diverts the Peninsula, including the Cape most traffic. An estimated 17 per- Region, faces every summer as cefit of inbound traffic and 59 per- motorists from Pennsylvania, cent of outbound traffic would use Maryland and other locales flood it instead of Route 1, modeling onto the roads. shows. The next closest option, Plows said this model used alternative 4, diverts 19 percent of delay times within the total study inbound traffic but only 36 per- area as the measure of effective- cent of outbound traffic, ness of each alternative. Within Alternative 5 is an extension of the study area, the total network alternative 4, which diverted traf- travel delay - comprising the walt tic only through the formbr Ames time for all cars at all intersec- parking lot. The other alternatives tions - is currently approximately have n O impact on inbound traffic 630 hours a day. If none of the atall, alternatives is built, the "no- "Personally, I think alternative build" condition, the delay "almost 5 would, have even more of an doubles to approximately 1,075 improvement on traffic going into hours a day in 2030. Alternative Rehoboth" than models predict 5, in 2030, reduces the delay from said DelDOT engineer Don Plows the no-build condition to approxi- said. mately 825 hours a day. DelDOT officials said they In addition alternative 5 also used a new traffic model, known offers safety improvements for - as the Peninsula Travel Demand bicyclists and pedestrians enter- : Model, to project traffic counts to ing and exiting Rehoboth. Recent i the year 2030. accidents on Route 1 spurred the Western parkway hearing set By Karl Chalabala public concerns. The need for a proposed This effort, in conjunction with Western Parkway, a limited- the Route 113, Route 1 and , access highway to relieve conges- Rehoboth Beach Entrance : tion on Route 1, is the topic of a Improvements, is part of workshop session next week at DelDOT's overall plan to easo Cape Henlopen High School. traffic on the Route 1 corridor, Delaware transportation offi- where drivers face long backups cials invite Sussex County resb and delays during the summer dents to attend the hearing to dis- months. cuss transportation problems "We are just following the rec- along Route 1, from Five Points to ommendations of the SR1 Land Rehoboth Beach. Use Study," said DelDOT South The project is in its preliminary Region II Group Engineer Don planning stages and the road Plows. "This isonerecommenda- alignment has not been deter- tion to come out of that because of mined, but the Department of the growth west of Route 1. This Transportation (DelDOT) study is the initial meeting on the area for the road extends from Western Parkway.." Red Mill Pond in the north, west Plows said DelDOT projects . and south to Love Creek and ends must identify the purpose and slightly north of Bay Vista Road. need of each project. The project will consider exist- The public workshop is from 4 ing" roads as well as possible new p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22, road alignments as well as traffic in the Cape Henlopen High concerns, including bicycle and School cafeteria. Interested par- pedestrian issues, ties are also invited to express DelDOT officials said the loca- their views in writing, giving sup- tion and type of transportation port of or opposition to, to the improvements needed in the area proposed project to DelDOT would be determined based on Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, engineering, environmental and Dover, DE 19903.  D el DOT will hold a public.hearing on the Western Parkway, a:..!kew lim/ted-access highway west of Route 1, at Cape Hen- , 1 High School next week. . .  ........... .... Submitted graphic ' The map above shows alternate 5, the proposed bypass (heavy gray line at top of graphic) from the entrance of Rehoboth Beach to Kmart, presented by DelDOT officials. committee to advocate different safety improvements to DelDOT. Alternative 5 will have a 10-foot bike path as a safety measure. "It would be crazy to go into Rehoboth any other way," meet- ing facilitator Bob Kramer said, Besides alternative 5, a second major concept presefited during the meeting was an overpass into Rehoboth north- or southbound. Plows said the model indicates an overpass would not significantly improve traffic flow. During the meeting, DelDOT officials repeatedly stressed, that while alternative 5 is the best option from an operational stand- point, other factors do come into the equation, such as cost. As alternative 5 needs the most land and construction, it will be the most expensive. Plows said the Delaware Economic Development Office would help study not only the cost of building the improvements, but also the cost of not improving Rehoboth's entrance. "Down here, the most important cost is time," Plows said. "People do not want to wait to arrive for vacation or go to the store. Plows also said the time until the next meeting, which is in early February, will be spent meeting with regulato agencies. Fortunately, Plows said the project does not have any impact on any federal or state wetlands. "You have no idea how impor- tant that is," he said. "About 75 percen t of the projects DelDOT works on have wetland impacts." Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth, who considers traffic issues one of the most important issues in the area, said he is pleased with the results of the study. "I do not speak for the whole committee," he said. "But I kn some of them agree with me. I pleased that alternative 5 is lend- ing the way. It is going to be expensive, but we need to do something now. I wish I could jumpstart the process to make :it go faster. The beach area is so important to the state's economy. Theyneed to do something about the roads. By doing so, we are ensuring our economic growth." 100"/, Finma:i00 Check daily rates and apply on-line at: V00nN.FirstAtlanticMtg.om rst lantic gage 16678 Kings Highway Lewes, De 19958 302.645.9181 800.990.9181 (out of area) emafl: lnfo@FirstAtlanticMtg.com