Wilmington Initiatives

Wilmington Initiatives

Your feedback is needed!  You are invited to attend
a Public Open House Workshop!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Stop by anytime from 4 PM to 7 PM
Wilmington Library (10 E. 10th Street), first floor

Representatives from DelDOT, DART, the City of Wilmington, WILMAPCO, and the project design teams will be on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback.

For more information, please contact Dave Gula at (302) 737-6205 ext. 122 or dgula@wilmapco.org.



Christiana River Bridge Crossing Project:

This project proposes a new multi-modal crossing over the Christina River in order to add another access point to Wilmington Riverfront attractions and to improve access to US 13, I-495 and I-95. The project includes the bridge approaches and connections to the existing street grid. The presentation will include the alternative bridge locations under consideration, as well as the traffic modeling and analysis for the project.

Please visit DelDOT’s Christina River Bridge Crossing project website for more information and future updates:  www.deldot.gov/information/projects/crb/


Wilmington’s Transportation Enhancement (TE) Projects:

DelDOT and local programs provide the funding needed to support the TE program, which emphasizes the development and implementation of a variety of projects that highlight cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the transportation system. Information will be available for the following TAP projects in Wilmington:

  • 9th Street Enhancements, Phase II
  • 11th Street Enhancements
  • Brandywine South Pedestrian & Trail Improvements
  • City of Wilmington Bicycle Improvements
  • Concord Avenue Streetscape Improvements, Phase II
  • Old Brandywine Village Streetscape Improvements
  • Southbridge Streetscape Improvements, Phase II

Concord Avenue Streetscape Improvements

What is Wilmington Initiatives?

The Wilmington Initiatives projects are designed to promote a balanced transportation system by incorporating improvements to all modes of circulation.  We enhance livability in Wilmington by making better connections between development, transportation, and public spaces. They also strive to promote additional residential and commercial development in the city as a result of these proposed environmental and transportation enhancements.  Because of our efforts, circulation in Wilmington continues to improve with the implementation of sound transportation and quality of life enhancements.


Wilmington Initiatives projects are possible due to the continued efforts of a multi-agency partnership between the City of Wilmington, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC, operating as DART First State), and WILMAPCO.


 The objectives of the Wilmington Initiatives are:

  • To provide a well-balanced transportation system for local and regional access, including walking, bicycling, transit, and private vehicles
  • To promote economic development related to community objectives
  • To improve the visual quality of the corridors for residents, workers and visitors in keeping with community character
  • To enhance safety for all modes of travel and environmental quality within the corridors
  • To support coherent and viable neighborhoods in sync with other community goals

The Wilmington Initiative projects, totaling $45 million, are possible due to the continued efforts of a multi-agency partnership between DelDOT, the City of Wilmington and WILMAPCO committed to investing in Wilmington.


Project Examples Include:

  • Creation of the Wilmington Riverwalk
  • Establishing a Brandywine Rail to Trail
  • Renovation of the B&O Rail Station and the Wilmington Transit Center
  • Redesign Market Street
  • Streetscaping for numerous streets, roads and boulevards
  • Providing connector roads to improve Riverfront access

NEW: South Wilmington Wetland Restoration and Conservation Project

A wetland park is being designed in South Wilmington.  This $23.9 million project will create a high functioning wetland to handle excess stormwater runoff.  The project, designed with the  support of the Southbrige Civic Association,  promises to reduce chronic flooding in the Southbridge neighborhood, provide new green space and recreational opportunities, spur economic and housing development, and restore damaged natural habitat.  In addition, the project will create important transportation connections between Southbridge and the Riverfront – including new streets and a walking and bicycling trail. The new wetland park will be located in an existing wetland east of Walnut Street.

If you would like more information about this project please contact:


Leah Kacanda, City of Wilmington Planning Department
(302) 571–3104


Other Studies

  • Pedestrian and Transit Corridor Enhancements to King and Orange Streets, Draft Design, 1999 (PDF  38mb)

Learn more

Wilmington Area Planning Council

850 Library Avenue, Suite 100

Newark, Delaware 19711

Phone: (302) 737-6205

Toll Free From Cecil Co: (888) 808-7088

Fax: (302) 737-9584