Cape Gazette

Bennett says choose modified alignment for 113

By Carrie W. Bennett | Sep 04, 2013

Following a head-rolling scandal at DelDOT three years ago featuring developer payouts at pre-recession levels for the much-maligned and unapproved U.S. 113 Eastern Bypass, citizens and legislators were assured that the portion affecting Dagsboro, Frankford and Selbyville was "dead in the water."


Meanwhile, DelDOT has surreptitiously continued to spend millions more on this same flawed plan that does nothing to relieve congestion except to dump it back onto the same bottlenecked thoroughfares of Routes 24 amd 113. Our legislators, Rep. John Atkins and Sen. Gerald Hocker, have pledged not to fund this "road to nowhere," but instead to opt for the modified alignment option to upgrade existing U.S. 113 as the citizens of Georgetown have done.


This will reduce the impact of the reprehensible Deja Vu Alternative Blue, which features six new interchanges including one dangerously close to our local rural high school. The 113 bypass also calls for nine overpasses and five new bridges. I couldn't make this stuff up. Most disturbing are the plans to bisect two historic African-American neighborhoods with a superhighway but informing none of the residents. The path of least resistance has been targeted for these communities, and for pristine farmland and fragile wetlands.


Citizens must voice opposition at two upcoming public hearings by requesting the much lesser impact of the modified alignment instead. It has become painfully clear to citizens in southeastern Sussex County that we are being asked to support a project that will "legitimize" all of the millions of dollars that have already been wasted on developer payoffs, thus tying up things nicely for DelDOT and a developer-friendly administration. Down here, we call that "throwing good money after bad."


Carrie W. Bennett





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