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Del. ranked 49th in passenger fatalities in car crashes

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Delaware ranks 49th – and it’s better to be at the bottom of this list – of the most dangerous states to be a car passenger. The ranking comes from looking at data on fatal crashes from 2017 to 2021 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, specifically the number of passengers involved in fatal crashes and the number of …

TSD Review Jan 18

TownSquareLIVE Weekly Review – January 18, 2024

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include DSO guest conductor chose a life of the baton in high school Children’s Theatre seeks its tribe to help mark 50 years Businesses: ACLU loitering lawsuit could affect our sales DelDOT has no plans to end its humorous road signs Smyrna Volleyball team is DSBA Team of the Year Click on the image below to …

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DelDOT has no plans to end its humorous road signs

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

It wasn’t considered funny when the feds told the states that their road signs can no longer be humorous. The new standard – described on Page 519 of the 11th edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways – made the front page of The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 11. Ever since, writers have …

train A study starts in 2024 to resume passenger rail service from Wilmington (shown in this photo) or Newark to downstate Delaware. (David Wilson photo from Wikimedia Commons)

DelDOT to study restoring passenger rail service downstate

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

A Delaware Department of Transportation unit has received a federal grant of up to $500,000 to study bringing back passenger rail service to the Delmarva Peninsula. “The Diamond State Line will provide rail service south from Wilmington or Newark through Dover to Harrington, and then continue southbound along one of two potential routes, based on the presence of existing railroad …

A new study will focus on traffic and development along and near Kirkwood Highway. (Photo by Dough4872 from Wikimedia)

Planners: How would you like Kirkwood Highway to change?

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

A regional planning agency wants your opinion on the future of Kirkwood Highway in its first comprehensive review of eight miles of the retail and business corridor. “We have never looked at the full Kirkwood Highway/Capitol Trail Corridor for both transportation and land use, in this way,” said Dave Gula, principal planner for the Wilmington Area Planning Council. “To our …

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SEPTA train service starts Dec. 4 at new Claymont station

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

SEPTA commuter train service to the new Claymont Transportation Center starts Dec. 4, increasing the community’s attractiveness to businesses and residents and reducing hassles for commuting into – and just visiting – Philadelphia The new station is a centerpiece of redevelopment of 425 acres on Philadelphia Pike, just south of the Pennsylvania line, that for decades was a steel mill. …

Construction has begun to eliminate the last traffic light on Route 1 between Dover and Nassau. (Ken Mammarella photo)

Last light on key Route 1 section going away

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

An overpass now under construction near Milton will eliminate the last traffic light on Route 1 between Dover and Nassau. When the interchange with Route 16 (also called Broadkill Road) is expected to be completed in late 2025, Route 1 should be able to more safely handle more traffic. The work is part of the Corridor Capacity Preservation Program, piloted …

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Commuter rail link between Newark and Perryville advances

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

The long-desired commuter rail service between Newark and Perryville, Maryland, is inching forward. A new agreement between the Delaware Transit Corp. and the Maryland Transit Administration calls for studying the expansion of MARC train service 20 miles to Newark and hence into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority system into Philadelphia and points beyond. “The recently announced agreement by the MTA …

Multiple intersections are being addressed. (DelDOT)

DelDOT rethinking area around Augustine Cut-Off bridge

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

Plans are under way to make roadways around the Augustine Cut-Off bridge over the Brandywine safer and better for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. And slower for drivers. The Delaware Department of Transportation project  extends from Brandywine Hundred down to Lovering Avenue in the northern edge of Wilmington. The most prominent change involves reconfiguring the triangular intersection of Lovering Avenue and N. …

St. Georges Bridge (EaglesFanInTampa photo from Wikimedia)

St. Georges Bridge to close, starting Tuesday, for 18 months

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

The St. Georges Bridge, which carries U.S. 13 over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, will close starting Tuesday, April 4, for approximately 18 months for major repairs. A $45.8 million contract, awarded to J.D. Eckman, Inc., involves demolishing and replacing the bridge decking, median barrier and drainage features; replacing bridge approaches and roadways; and repairing other bridge structural features. Work …