Businesses remain open during road closures
It’s time to plan your Route 26 detour route. This winter, the major roadway will be closed in two spots, as part of the 2.5-year road-widening project.
Two bridge culverts must be replaced where Route 26 crosses water, just east of Millville Town Hall and just east of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.
The road will only close in these two spots, but it will require a 24/7 detour through Millville and Ocean View.
“Vehicles will be able to get to every business on 26. No one will be cut off … customers will be able to get up and down the road,” said Ken Cimino, project manager for AECOM. “Customers will be able to get to your shop.”
The Town of Ocean View held an informational workshop this week on Phase III of the town’s Streetscape improvements project.
“The more information we can provide to the public, the better informed they are. That’s why we’re having these workshops — to help provide information that they get from other sources,” said Jon Hermes of Century Engineering.
A public workshop on Ocean View Streetscape Improvements Phase III will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at town hall.
As summer traffic flows away from Route 26, construction will kick into high gear. On Oct. 1, daytime lane closures are permitted to resume, and Ken Cimino wouldn’t be surprised if night lane closures continue, as well, leading to a combined 21-hour work shift, from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Cars and trucks crawled through Millville on Aug. 28, an appropriate backdrop to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s visit to the Route 26 Mainline construction project. Carper toured the state Thursday to talk federal transportation funding in regard to Route 26, Milford’s new Route 1 overpass and Wilmington’s Christina River Bridge.
The Route 26 Project Team met Aug. 11 for a quick update on the 4-plus-mile road improvement project running from Clarksville to Ocean View.
Drivers and business owners may get some relief on Route 26, as lane closures will now begin later each evening, although work on Sunday nights has been added. The project’s Construction Management Team tweaked the hours this week to improve travel but also give contractor George & Lynch the time it needs.
During road construction, drivers can wait in traffic for a minute or 10. But what about fire trucks and ambulances that don’t have a minute to spare?
Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.
From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.
Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:
• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.