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4 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 NEWS Cape Gazette Harbeson residents say planned fixes insufficient By Ron MacArthur cutting the corner too close. Cemetery board members said they have spent thousands of Plans to upgrade the Route 9- dollars over the years to repair Route 5 intersection drew com- the wall. ments from residents who say Residents wanted assurances planned improvements are not the project would alleviate the likely to fLx all of the problems at problem. the intersection. DelDOT representative The project is part of a George Spadafmo said the proj- Delaware Department of Trans- ect was designed specifically to portation plan to improve Route allow a wider turn radius for 9 intersections through the state trucks, many traveling to and and federal Hazard Elimination from the nearby Allen's process- Program. This intersection was ing plant. not included in a series of three "We are moving away from the Route 9 projects scheduled to be- cemetery as much as we can by gin construction in 2013: inter- shifting the intersection to the sections at Gravel Hill Road, east," Spadafino told a group of Hudsor and Fisher roads, and residents. Looking at the plans, Sweetbriar and Dairy Farm many said they disagreed that roads, trucks had enough room to make It's not that the project is going the turn. "We need something to get under way anytime soon. there to keep tractor-trailers DelDOT project manager Mark from jumping the curb," one resi- Harbeson said construction is dent said. not slated until at least the spring Spadafmo said an 8-inch curb of 2015. Harbeson said the Route was proposed, but a barrier 9-Route 5 intersection is last to could not be constructed there get improvements because it was because of safety concerns. ranked lower than the other "When we get the project three from a safety standpoint. In done, it will not be a problem," addition, he said, needed up- Spadafmo said. Another resident grades are more complex than said he wanted that in writing. making upgrades at the other After the meeting, Harbeson three intersections, said residents' comments would Many of those attending the be taken under advisement. Nov. 13 workshop were con- "Several property owners were cemed about the right-hand turn concerned about losing pieces of off Route 9 onto Route 5 heading their property, so we will look at into Harbeson. Because of heavy reducing the impact because we truck traffic at the turn, a wall have some flexibility in the plans. along the Harbeson United It's a balancing act," Harbeson Methodist Church cemetery has said. been hit and damaged by trucks Currently, the intersection has DelDOT has plans to provide turning lanes on Route 5 as well as Route 9 at the Harbeson intersection. travel lanes in both directions on Route 9 and Route 5. DelDOT has plans to widen the intersec- tion to provide tuming lanes. On Route 9 looking west, there would be two, 8-foot shoulders, eastbound and westbound travel lanes and a left-turn lane. On Route 9 looking east, there would be one, 8-foot shoulder, eastbound and westbound travel lanes and left-hand and right- hand turn lanes. Plans do not include bicycle lanes at the intersection along Route 9. DelDOT representatives said they were trying to mini- mize the width of the roadway. On Route 5 looking south, there would two, 5-foot shoul- ders, southbound and north- RON MACARTHUR PHOTOS TRUCK TRAFFIC AT THE ROUTE 9 ! Route 5 intersection is heavy with most trucks forced to make a tight right-hand tbm south onto Route 5. The cemetery wall in the foreground has been damaged by !rucks several times. DelDOT's George Spadafino explains th~ proposed residents. . [ bound travel lanes, and a left- hand turn lane. On Route 5 look- ing north, there would be an 8- foot shoulder, northbound and southbound travel lanes and right-hand and left-hand turn lanes. The intersection's stormwater management system would be constructed on a lot on the northwest comer of the intersec- tion. Ernest Hyett, who owns prop- project to some Harbeson-area erty at the intersection, said there is a problem with the pro- posed DelDOT right-of-way along the northeast comer of the intersection. There is an under- ground septic system near the road that serves two properties he owns. "There is nowhere that can be moved," he told DelDOT representatives. Harbeson said that specific sit- uation would need more study by the DelDOT project team. LEWES BUILDING COMPANY COOKS WITH NAGE STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTOS THE LEWES BUILDING COMPANY and Southern Living Magazine are hold- ing a weeklong showing of the Lewes Building Company's Southern Living Show- case House in the Hawkseye development in Lewes from Nov. 23 through Dec. 1. Lewes Building Company is Delaware's exclusive Southern Living Custom Home Builder member. On Nov. 23, Nage Executive Chef Ted Deptula did a cooking demonstration in the showcase home in the Hawkseye development on Gills Neck Road located at 35568 Peregrine Road, Lewes. The demonstration als0 raised funds for the Tun- nell Cancer Center from the proceeds of the cooking demo. Shown is the home, Kousa Creek, with protected woods in the back. For more information about the Southern Living Showcase House go to www.tewesbuild: or call 302-797-8700. 'o Chef Ted Deptula talks with gathered. home viewers as he roils up a porchetta demo dish: Shown in the loft area ofthe Kousa Cre~k home are (I-r) Lewes' Building Compa- ny Principal John Leebel, home viewers ~essica and Jason DelCollo and Kathleen Leebel. | " /