More than $3.2 billion in infrastructure work is planned for Delaware’s transportation network over the next six years.
Gov. John Carney joined Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan on Oct. 29 to highlight infrastructure investments that will be made throughout the state as part of the FY20–FY25 Capital Transportation Program. Currently, more than $3.2 billion in infrastructure work is planned for Delaware's transportation network over the next six years. When including FY19 in the total, the investments total $4 billion.
Notable projects include the widening of SR 1 north and south from Route 273 to the Roth Bridge in New Castle County, the U.S. 13 Camden Widening project in Kent County, and the SR 1 Minos Conaway Grade Separated Intersection in Sussex County.
"With these investments, we are modernizing our transportation system statewide," said Carney. "This is the kind of smart, infrastructure investment that will create jobs, alleviate congestion, and lead to real economic growth statewide. Thank you to members of the General Assembly for helping us fund these important investments."
"While we have many large infrastructure projects scheduled around the state, we also are investing more than $100 million in public transportation and rail; $80 million in road paving and rehabilitation projects; as well as $20 million in sidewalk improvements to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards," said Cohan.
"[This] announcement sends a clear message to Delawareans: our state is growing and improving rapidly and all of us in state government are serious about making the kinds of infrastructure investments to support that growth," said Sen. Stephanie Hansen, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. "Our state prides itself in working together to get things done, and infrastructure is one of the key tests of how well a government functions. I think we are passing that test here and it will make for a safer, more efficient state and a stronger economy in the years and decades to come."
"These infrastructure investments will impact communities throughout Delaware, creating jobs, easing congestion and improving the lives of Delawareans by fostering an efficient transportation system," said Representative Ed Osienski, chair of the House Transportation, Land Use and Infrastructure Committee. "These investments are substantial, and I look forward to seeing the continued progress."
Each year, DelDOT develops a six-year Capital Transportation Plan (CTP) that identifies anticipated capital investments. This plan is developed in cooperation with the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO), Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Sussex County government. The plan provides information on the actual cost expenditures for each project phase that are anticipated in each specific fiscal year. The Council on Transportation provides final approval of the CTP by March 1st of the following year. For more information visit deldot.gov/Publications/reports/CTP/index.shtml.