NEW PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS
Dam Preservation Program
Provides emergency planning, monitoring, engineering and maintenance repairs to state-owned dams in partner with DNREC/DelDOT.
New Castle County
Claymont Sidewalks: Myrtle Avenue
The project consists of proposed sidewalk construction along Myrtle Avenue from the Philadelphia Pike to the Route 495 overpass. The project will provide a safer pedestrian route from the Philadelphia Pike to the Claymont Train Station.
Claymont Sidewalks: Manor Avenue
The project consists of proposed sidewalk construction along Manor Avenue from the Governor Printz Boulevard to the Route 495 pedestrian overpass. The project will provide a safer pedestrian route from the Philadelphia Pike to the Claymont Train Station.
SR 299, SR 1 to Catherine Street
Create capacity improvements along SR299 from SR1 to Silver Lake Road by adding an additional through lane in each direction with a center median. Improve operations from Silver Lake Road to Catherine Street by adding a two way left turn lane. Bike and pedestrian improvements will be added throughout the corridor. Corridor Improvements along SR299 have been identified in the East Middletown Master Plan and have been adopted by the Town Council.
Wilmington Initiatives – Walnut Street, MLK to 16th Street
Walnut Street is a major in-bound route to the Central Business District. This project will provide for a new roadway pavement surface, which will then allow for new striping and pavement markings. As a result, lane assignments will be clearer and will facilitate a smoother movement of traffic. The streetscape improvement project’s goals are to improve pedestrian safety, provide low-level lighting, and generally beautify the area. This will be done with new sidewalks and decorative crosswalks/new lighting poles and street trees. New state-of-the-art decorative traffic signals will also be erected. These streets are the major transit corridors within Wilmington’s Central Business District. It is the project’s goal to improve the transit riders’ experience, thereby increasing usage. This will be done by installing state-of-the-art bus shelters, making sidewalk and crosswalk improvements and providing better lighting and streetscaping.
Wilmington Initiatives – 4th Street, Walnut Street to I-95
4th Street is an important vehicular and transit route. The goal is to improve pedestrian safety of the four-lane roadway and create a transit-friendly environment by constructing bus shelters, improving striping and crosswalk location, and re-constructing sidewalks. Improved signalization will also be done as part of the project. These projects will improve the multi-modal environment between city neighborhoods and employment centers; create a safer vehicular and pedestrian environment; and improve the visual appearance of the streets.
US 13, Duck Creek to SR 1
Implement improvements in accordance with the Town of Smyrna’s land use and transportation master planning effort. Improvements include controlled access, sidewalk, bike access, and other amenities. Create improvements on US13 that are consistent with the Town of Smyrna’s land use and transportation master plan.
Susquehanna River Bridge Replacement
The Susquehanna River Bridge is the longest movable bridge on the entire NEC, approximately three quarters of a mile long. Completed in 1906, the bridge connects Havre de Grace and Perryville, MD, offering riders stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay. Of the three major bridges in Maryland, the Susquehanna River Bridge is perhaps the worst bottleneck and arguably the most badly in need of replacement. The bridge constricts the NEC down to two tracks and restricts speeds to 90 mph in an otherwise 120-mph territory due to its design and aging components that cannot support faster trains. Susquehanna is required to open approximately a dozen times per year for boats to pass, but its current design is not suited for the task. A crew of over 30 workers is required to manually open the bridge, essentially de-constructing and re-constructing the railroad each time. The process of opening Susquehanna is much more expensive than opening a modern-day movable bridge, which would require just one bridge operator.
The state of Maryland and Amtrak are planning to replace Susquehanna. In 2011, the state was awarded a $22-million HSIPR grant to initiate preliminary engineering and environmental review of new bridge facilities. Plans may include a new two-track fixed bridge, serving primarily passengers trains, that would be high enough to let boats pass without opening and a second two-track bridge that would serve freight trains and other passenger service. The design of the second bridge would be coordinated with existing freight users. Investments in new bridge infrastructure over the Susquehanna would greatly increase speeds for Amtrak and MARC trains, improve reliability, lower operating costs, and support increased service for all passenger and freight operators.
MARC Maintenance Facility
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) received State and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds to advance preliminary engineering and to prepare a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental documentation for a proposed MARC Maintenance Facility in Cecil County, Maryland.
The project includes construction of a facility that will provide MARC with the capability of storing, servicing and inspecting complete commuter rail trainsets and performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair work on both locomotives and passenger cars. The general project area is a 115 acre site in Perryville, Maryland. More details on the required right-of-way and potential environmental impacts will be included in the environmental document.