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Transportation
 News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

 

August 2013 

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WILMAPCO Meetings 

All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.   

 

In case of inclement weather, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements. 

 

Nonmotorized Transportation Working Group

August 6, 3 p.m. 

 

August 8, 10 a.m.

 

August 8, 1 p.m.

August 12, 10 a.m
(meeting tentative)

Technical Advisory Committee
August 15, 10 a.m.

WILMAPCO Public Workshop
Transportation Improvement Program
August 26, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
August 26, 7p.m.

Visit WILMAPCO at the following events: 


55+ Healthy Lifestyle Expo
August 8, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Elkton High School

Middletown Peach Festival
August 17, Main Street, Middletown
 


For updates or more information on upcoming WILMAPCO meetings, please visit www.wilmapco.org.

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WILMAPCO News

Member Agency News

Local News  

National News

 

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TIP 

Public Workshop - Transportation Improvement Program Amendments 

Draft amendments to WILMAPCO's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) have been released for public comment. The TIP is a four-year listing of transportation priorities and projects for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland based on available funding. The TIP is amended each year for New Castle County and for the State of Delaware based on the Delaware Bond Bill.  

  

WILMAPCO will hold a public workshop on Monday, August 26 at our office (850 Library Avenue, Newark) to offer an opportunity to review and provide feedback on more than two billion dollars worth of suggested road, nonmotorized, bridge, and transit projects. The public workshop will be an open house format and attendees may stop by any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. WILMAPCO and DelDOT staff will be available to discuss projects and answer questions. Information is also available online at www.wilmapco.org/tip.  

 

The draft TIP contains 19 percent more funding than the FY 2014-17 TIP, approved in March 2013. Newly added roadway projects include:

  • Cavaliers Mitigation - Build berms and vegetative walls around the Cavaliers Community parallel to I-95
  • SR 4, Christina Parkway: SR 2-SR 896 - Reconstruct existing concrete roadway to provide two eastbound lanes on Christina Parkway from SR 896, South College Avenue to SR 2, Elkton Road 
  • Nine new bridge preservation projects

The TIP public comment period will extend through September 4. Residents wishing to submit comments can:

  • Mail to WILMAPCO at 850 Library Ave., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19711
  • Attend the August 26 public workshop, anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at WILMAPCO
  • Submit comments via email to wilmapco@wilmapco.org 
  • Visit our "virtual public workshop" at  www.wilmapco.org/tip

BikeWIlmPublic Workshop - Proposed Bicycle Boulevard in the City of Wilmington

DelDOT, the City of Wilmington, and WILMAPCO invite you to attend a public workshop to learn about a proposed bicycle boulevard in the City of Wilmington. The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 N. French Street, Wilmington.

 

Members of the public are invited to comment on a proposed bicycle route that will include sharrow lane markings and bicycle directional signage through several neighborhoods across the city. The proposed project will implement recommendations that promote bicycle usage and safety from the Wilmington Bicycle Plan. DelDOT, the City of Wilmington, and WILMAPCO will be available to answer questions and solicit feedback on the project. For more information, please visit www.wilmapco.org/bikewilmington.

 

 

bikeMember Agency News

 

SHASHA Partners with Artscape 2013 to Promote Bicycle Safety

According to a Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) release, "SHA is partnering with Artscape in sponsorship of the Flying Bike Sculpture to raise awareness that bicyclists and drivers are on this road together. Artscape is America's largest free arts festival. This year thousands of Artscape attendees had the opportunity to experience bike riding in a whole new way - and gain an understanding of what bicyclists on the road face when traveling in traffic with much bigger vehicles." For more information on bike safety and access, please visit www.roads.maryland.gov or www.cycle.maryland.gov

 

 

trainLocal News 

 

IndustrialTrackTrlNew Castle Industrial Track Trail Phase Three Begins 

According to a recent East Coast Greenway News, "Completing the one-mile Phase 3 of the New Castle, Delaware, Industrial Track Trail will require a new bridge over the Christina River and a boardwalk over wetlands to link the existing Wilmington Riverwalk and Industrial Track Trail Phase 2. Funding is now in place to move Phase 3 into concept design. Governor Markell and Secretary Bhatt have directed DelDOT staff to move forward with the project as quickly as possible. The project includes the installation of a tunnel under U.S. 13 to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The tunnel will complete the four -mile route from the south bank of the Christina River to the historic City of New Castle. The tunnel is expected to be completed in 2015."  For more information, please visit www.deldot.gov/information/projects/trails/newcastleindustrialtrack/pdf/IndustrialTrackPhas%203-feasibilityStudy.pdf.

 

WalkingDeadDelaware Enlists Walking Dead in Pedestrian Safety Campaign

According to a July 6 News Journal article, "Delaware has joined the zombie bandwagon. The state's newest traffic-safety campaign has this message for pedestrians: 'Don't Join the Walking Dead: Cross at Marked Crosswalks.'  Inspired by the AMC television drama of the same name, 'The Walking Dead' ads are popping up on bus shelters and sidewalks, reminding pedestrians not to 'walk around mindlessly.' Ads will soon be running on and inside buses, and on TV messages playing inside Delaware's four DMV locations." To view the source article, please visit http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130707/DIALOGUE/307070051/State-enlists-walking-dead-pedestrian-safety-campaign.

 

 

car graphicNational News

 

FHWAWebinarNew Webinar Series to Help Transportation Agencies Enhance Their Projects

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) are sponsoring a webinar series on how transportation agencies can save lives, money, and time with innovations that address critical challenges, such as aging infrastructure, congestion, and safety. FHWA and AASHTO have turned some 100 research projects under the second Strategic Highway Research Program, known as SHRP2, into new, ready-to-deploy products called SHRP2 Solutions." For more information and a webinar schedule, please visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/goshrp2

  

SRTSSpendingState-By-State SRTS Spending Chart

According to a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership release, "This chart (Safe Routes to School Federal Program--State of the States As of March 31, 2013) details each state's progress on implementing the federal Safe Routes to School program." To view the chart, please visit http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/sites/default/files/pdf/State-of-the-states-March-2013.pdf.

 

CompleteStreetsCongress Begins Considering Complete Streets Bill

According to a July American Planning Association (APA) Policy News article, "At a briefing on Capitol Hill, representatives of the National Complete Streets Coalition made the case for national standards for complete streets policies. This is one of the central proposals of the Safe Streets Act of 2013 (H.R. 2468). The Safe Streets Act would require that each state and metropolitan planning organization adopt a complete streets policy within two years that ensures all new federally funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users."  To view the news article, please visit http://blogs.planning.org/policy/2013/06/21/house-bill-proposes-national-complete-streets-policy-standards/.

 

BikeEdVideosNew Online Bike Education Videos

According to a July 1st League of American Bicyclists Update, "The League recently released 19 education videos that cover topics from fitting a bike to riding in traffic. They are free and available to the public. They're a great tool for people wanting to learn more about riding in their communities."  For more information, please visit www.bikeleague.org/content/watch-video.

 

GPSGPS-Controlled Headlights Turn Before You Do

According to a June Wired article, "Audi was the first automaker to bring LED headlamps to the mass market, and now it's upping the game by incorporating GPS, pedestrian detection, and selective dimming on the headlights of its flagship A8 sedan. On the refreshed A8 due out later this year, Audi has incorporated 25 high-intensity LEDs into each headlamp, and linked them up with the front-facing camera and GPS system to adapt to a variety of driving scenarios on the fly. The new setup relays the path of the road ahead and begins bending the light around the corner just before the driver turns the wheel. Add in the night-vision assistance system that can detect pedestrians, and when the sensors notice a biped up ahead, it flashes the LEDs three times directly on the person in the car's path of travel. That makes them easier for the driver to spot and has the added benefit of getting the pedestrian's attention." To view the source article, please visit www.wired.com/autopia/2013/06/2013-audi-a8-leds.

 

About Us
The Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) is the regional transportation planning agency for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), WILMAPCO is charged with planning and coordinating transportation investments for the region based on federal policy, local input, technical analysis, and best practices.  For more information, please visit our website at www.wilmapco.org.

 

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