Route 9: It’s About Time
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Monitoring Committee – May 19 at 4:30 PM
Health Subcommittee – June 14 at 4:30 PM
Small Business and Workforce Development Subcommittee – TBD
Outreach Subcommittee – TBD
*All meetings are currently being held virtually due to the pandemic. Please email Bill Swiatek at email@example.com to receive meeting notifications and call in details.
The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has written a Route 9 Health Needs Assessment. To read the assessment, click here.
DelDOT has installed a flashing beacon on Route 9 at Ryan Avenue to make it safer to cross: To find out more click here.
The Route 9 Paths Plan will further develop concepts for new walking and biking neighborhood pathways. For more information about the plan, click here.
About the Plan
The Route 9 Corridor Land Use and Transportation Master Plan (What is the Route 9 Corridor Master Plan?) identifies the best reinvestment and redevelopment strategies for the Route 9 Corridor between the cities of Wilmington and New Castle, Delaware. This Master Plan was requested by New Castle County. It was funded and executed by the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) as of May 2017 under the close guidance of a Steering Committee comprised of local civic and agency partners.
The Route 9 Corridor Master Plan has been endorsed by the WILMAPCO Council in May 2017. Click the cover image below to view the low resolution version (15mb) or view the high resolution version here (122mb).
The mission of the Route 9 Corridor Transportation and Land Use Master Plan Monitoring Committee is to oversee and fulfill the recommendations of the Route 9 Corridor Transportation and Land Use Master Plan, which established a shared vision for the transportation and land use redevelopment of the corridor. This work will be accomplished through a collaborative dialogue between its membership, which includes implementing agencies, local civic and community leaders, other key stakeholders, and the communities they represent.
The Route 9 Corridor Transportation and Land Use Master Plan Monitoring Committee envisions the redevelopment and revitalization of the Route 9 Corridor through the implementation of the Route 9 Corridor Transportation and Land Use Master Plan.
The committee and its subcommittees include the following active participants:
- Rt. 9 / Rt. 13 All Civics
- Clean Air Council
- Collins Park Civic Association
- Colonial School District
- Christiana Care
- Delaware Center for Horticulture
- Delaware Division of Public Health
- Delaware Help Initiative
- Delaware Transit Corporation
- Dunleith Civic Association
- Everyone Can Achieve, LLC
- Hamilton / Eden Park Civic Association
- London Addison
- New Castle County
- New Castle Prevention Coalition
- Overview Gardens / Garfield Park Civic Association
- ProRank Business Solutions, LLC
- Rep. Frank Cooke
- Rosegate Civic Association
- Rose Hill Gardens Civic Association
- Simonds Gardens Civic Association
- Southbridge Civic Association
- University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
- University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities
- YWCA of Delaware
Organization & Work Plan 2022
To view the Route 9 Corridor Monitoring Committee’s Organization & Work Plan 2021, click on the cover image below.
From the Monitoring Committee
The following letters were written in support of the Monitoring Committee’s Mission. To read the letters, please click on the name of the recipient organization.
- Delaware Department of Transportation, April 2022 – recommending prioritization of projects from the Route 9 Master Plan
- U.S. Department of Transportation, April 2022 – supporting RAISE grant funding for the Route 9 Corridor
- New Castle County Department of Land Use, January 2022 – suggesting additional recommendations from the Route 9 Master Plan for inclusion in the New Castle County @ 2050 Comprehensive Plan
- Response from the Department of Land Use, March 2022
- New Castle County Department of Land Use, September 2021 – supporting the inclusion of the Route 9 Master Plan in the 2012 Comprehensive Development Plan with listed changes
- New Castle County Department of Community Services and Public Works, November 2021- recommending improved lighting along the Tri-Park Trail.
- New Castle County, August 2021 – calling for discussion about improving lighting along the Tri-Park Trail.
- Delaware Emergency Management Agency, June 2020 – calling for more COVID-19 community testing along the corridor
- New Castle County Department of Land Use, February 2020 – offering recommendations for the New Castle County Comprehensive Plan
- Everyone Can Achieve, February 2020 – support for a pilot local hire initiative.
- Clean Air Council, February 2020 – support for a grant to study resident air monitoring data and a door-to-door community health/environmental survey
- University of Delaware, January 2020 – support for a grant to assess contamination in coastal Delaware, including the Route 9 corridor
- News Journal, January 2020 – concern for a false depiction of the Master Plan in an article about the Dunleith community.
- DNREC, August 2019 – concern for limited DNREC participation on the Health Subcommittee
- New Castle County, July 2019 – support for County efforts to implement the Plan and ideas for future collaboration.
From the Health Subcommittee
The following letter was written in support of the Health Subcommittee’s Mission. To read the letter, please click on the name of the recipient organization.
- Delaware Transit Corporation, August 2021 – in support of DART’s Grant Application “Connecting Route 9 Corridor Communities”.
Meetings and Workshops
Community Development Corporation Feasibility Study
With a grant from Healthy Communities Delaware (HCD), we studied the feasibility of establishing a Community Development Corporation (CDC) along the Route 9 Corridor, including Southbridge. A new CDC, which could both absorb ongoing community development work and better drive equitable redevelopment, is feasible here. We plan on using the next round of HCD funds to work on establishing the CDC in 2021.
Transportation Project Prioritization
The Route 9 Transportation Project Prioritization was endorsed by the Route 9 Monitoring Committee in July 2018. This process helps guide DelDOT to rank, design, and construct projects in order of priority.
Safer Crossing at Ryan/Revis Avenue at Rt. 9
Following the tragic death of Mr. Lynch at this intersection in November 2019, DelDOT and Rep. Frank Cooke have worked closely with the Rt. 9 Monitoring Committee on a safety upgrade. After considering different options, in March 2021 DelDOT installed a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon here. Activated by a walker when they are ready to cross, the beacon flashes — signaling motorists traveling in both directions to stop and allow for the walker to cross. Find out more about how the beacon works here and tell a friend!: RRFB Information.
Memorial Drive Road Diet
DelDOT is implementing a road diet (What is a road diet?) along Memorial Drive, as proposed in the Master Plan and supported by the McCullough Safe Routes to School Program. More info:
Project website (link: https://deldot.gov/projects/archived/MemorialDriveRdDiet/)
Final Resident Survey Report
A residential survey was performed on January 25, 2019 to evaluate environmental concern and attitudes towards relocation, rezoning, and revitalization in two New Castle County, DE communities: Eden Park and Hamilton Park.
For more information, please see the Final Resident Survey Report.
Interview on the Josie Roy Show – June 2018
To watch Bill Swiatek’s interview on the Josie Roy Show, please click on the graphics below.
Bill Swiatek, AICP, Project Manager
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- Phone: (302) 737-6205 ext. 113
- Address: WILMAPCO, 100 Discovery Blvd., Suite 800, Newark, DE 19713