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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 Rehoboth Avenue Extended traffic concerns prompt pledge of cooperation By Michael Short Sam Cooper hopes it was a meeting of the minds Officials from the Delaware Department i0f :Transportation I I I ..... (DelDOT), the state planning of- rice, Sussex County and Rehoboth Beach Mayor Cooper met Friday, Dec. 4, to discuss development in the Cape Region. West Rehob th Stickels and to Sen. George O Bunting, D-Bethany Beach. "We need a way out...To me, this is our Continued from page 1 willing to work with the residents of West Rehoboth, regarding the design and location of the local road that we propose. At a recent meeting, they appeared to be di- vided concerning the relative ben- efits of connecting that road to Hebron Road," stated the letter. "From a transportation perspec- tive, we believe the connection is a good idea, but we recognize that there are other perspectives to consider. If the consensus of the community is that they do not want to be connected to the local road, we could avoid such a con- nection." The petition states "We the resi- dents of West Rehoboth and citi- zens concerned with the infra- structure and development of He- bron Road, Church Street and the area of West Rehoboth, hereby acknowledge our opposition to a proposed extension of Church Street into our community, to which we will be denied access..." The petition hag been sent to Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, to Sussex County Administrator Bob only chance," Smith said. Bill Lingo said that he believes the community concerns have been addressed by the Dec. 9 let- ter from DelDOT and added he will deliver a copy of the Dec. 9 letter to Smith in person. In other developments, Brock- enbrough also said that a decision has been made to add a traffic light in the area, a decision that has been opposed by Rehoboth Beach officials, including Mayor Sam Cooper. The Dec. 9 letter from Brocken- brough to Sussex County Plan- ning and Zoning Director Lawrence Lank reads, in part, "We have determined that the lo- cal road would draw enough traf- fic to warrant a signal where the road would tie into Rehoboth Av- enue." "As I said before, an exact alignment for the road has not been determined," the letter stat- ed. "However, our current think- ing is that it would ultimately in- tersect Rehoboth Avenue Extend- ed opposite Atlantic Avenue, but that it might temporarily follow THERTER CHRISTMAS Come celebrate the holidays, eat, drink and be merry and raise your spirits with the cast & crew of Baystar Dinner Theater. Nov 19th thru Dec 22nd Jordan's Rooftop Restaurant i38th St. Coas00 HD :/or reservations or Inlo00tlo n , call In particular, they met to dis- cuss Rehoboth Avenue Extended. In the wake of two major develop- ments planned for that area, con- gestion and traffic concerns for Church Street if we are delayed in acquiring the rights-0f-way need- ed to reach Atlantic Avenue. In that event, we would install the signal at Church Street first and then move it to Atlantic Avenue when we were able to build the road through...We understand that the city of Rehoboth Beach is op- posed to the traffic signal dis- cussed above and we are willing to take reasonable measures to ad- dress their concerns. Fundamen- tally, however, we believe that the signal would be necessary for tile local road we are proposing and that the effect of that signal on Re- hoboth Avenue traffic would be much less than the city believes." At a recent Rehoboth Beach Commissioners meeting, city offi- cials expressed concern about a potential signal. Commissioner Rich Sargent said, "There is just too much ingress and egress out of town on Route 1 already. I do not care to create more gridlock. The roads can't handle the cars we have." Cooper said that a traffic signal will just cause further backups of traffic, especially in the after- noons when people are leaving the beach. Church Street and Rehoboth Av- enue Extended have suddenly be- come a major issue. There were a lot of serious play- ers at the table, including DelDOT Secretary Anne Canby, State Planning Coorainator David Hugg and Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels. "We just wanted the opportuni- ty to pursue some intergovern- mental cooperation," Hugg said. "It was an extremely good first step," Cooper said, adding that he was impressed that the officials seemed so willing to listen. The bottom line of Friday's session was that everyone agreed on the need for more communication. Canby, in particular, argued that a plan where one hand does not know what the other is doing, is a very poor plan. The plan was hatched to devel- op a regional group to meet and discuss such issues for the Cape Region. 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