Delaware Public Media

Gov. Carney highlights infrastructure investments

Nov 7, 2017

Gov. John Carney (D-Delaware) took a tour of transportation projects in progress across Delaware Tuesday.

He visited two construction projects and a public transit center. They’re part of the $3.4 billion Delaware expects to spend on infrastructure projects over the next six years.

In Kent County, Carney visited the South Frederica Rd interchange project across from DE Turf Sports Complex. Work there is scheduled to be completed next summer.

DE Turf Executive Director Chris Giacomucci said the interchange will help with traffic flow around their busy facility.

“This weekend coming up, we’ll have teams, 88 teams on Saturday, 92 teams on Sunday," he said. "We’ve got hotel blocks scheduled with over a dozen hotels all over the county and state right now. So, the engines are really starting to move.”

Carney said it’s an example of how infrastructure projects create jobs and foster economic development.

He also said some projects, like a planned bypass around Millsboro in Sussex County, have been needed for a long time and will make a big improvement when finished.

“Well, it’s a big bottleneck right now and it will open that up, it’ll create more economic development opportunities along the corridor, in the existing corridor,” he said.

But drivers will have to wait for that relief around Millsboro. The bypass still in the planning stages.

DELDOT held a public workshop in February to present its latest proposal. It may take several years for construction to begin once a plan is approved by the federal highway agency.

Carney also announced 17 future transportation projects for the Route 113 corridor in Georgetown.

DelDOT will present its budget request for fiscal year 2019 later this week.