This is the third and final summer of roadwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.
“The job is going well. It’s winding down,” said AECOM resident engineer Ken Cimino at a June 14 Construction Advisory Group meeting.
Although the road isn’t completely paved, the final configuration is there, with a center turn lane and shoulders or sidewalks.
To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.
Road construction will partially close the traffic intersection at Route 26/Omar Road/Powell Farm Road, at St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville, for three weeks, starting on Monday.
As part of the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, a new traffic signal and intersection must be installed there, with a diagonal closure across the intersection during the work. Route 26 itself will be unimpeded from Atlantic Avenue to Vines Creek Road. Similarly, Omar Road and Powell Farm Road will still be connected. But Route 26 traffic cannot access Powell Farm or Omar roads during the closure.
Pending weather, the closure will last from Monday, April 25, until Friday, May 13.
The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) suggests a detour route from Powell Farm Road to Burbage Road to Route 17 and back to Route 26. Signs will be posted.
Striping and sidewalks indicate real progress on road project
Pedestrians have already benefited from new sidewalks along Route 26. Now, drivers are using some of the new turn lanes promised in the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.
New striping was painted on a one-mile stretch between Old Mill Road and Woodland Avenue, showing the ultimate traffic pattern.
Not including early utilities work, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) project began in January of 2013 and is expected to end in the autumn of 2016, eventually improving traffic flow from Clarksville to Ocean View.
Lane closures are still a regular part of life, with flaggers directing traffic through the construction zone, which is spread across more than 4 miles of Route 26.
The project’s transportation management plan is updated every year, said Ken Cimino, resident engineer with AECOM.
As part of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, Railway Road will have a one-week detour this coming week. Railway Road will remain completely open in Millville, except where it intersects with Route 26. The intersection needs to be rebuilt. Weather permitting, the closure will occur from Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that daily lane closures on the Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8, earlier than originally announced.
The denizens of Route 26 will have bear the brunt of another full summer of road construction, as the Route 26 improvement project’s construction end date has been pushed back to Sept. 7, 2016, for completion of the 4-plus-mile project to widen Atlantic Avenue from St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville to Ocean View’s Assawoman Canal bridge.
When Christian Heneghan was looking for a local roaster to supply the beans for Drifting Grounds, the new coffee shop on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, he had two main requirements: he wanted a roaster big enough to be able to offer high-quality, unique beans for his brews, but also wanted one that was small enough to be able to cater to his requests directly. That’s exactly what he found with Homestead Coffee Roasters.
“I wanted good and interesting beans, and then I wanted someone who would work with me,” Heneghan explained. “These guys are big enough that they can handle the summer rush, and they’re small enough where I won’t get lost in the shuffle.”
With the Delaware River Valley-based roasters bringing the beans, Heneghan has been brewing up the roasts from Guatemala, Columbia, Honduras and beyond — with one goal in mind.
Drivers are falling back into their summertime driving routine as night work continues on the Route 26 Mainline construction project. That means watching for lane closures late on Monday to Thursday nights, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
“Things have really died down. The phone doesn’t ring as much” since detours were completed, said project public outreach coordinator Ken Cimino of AECOM.