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DelDOT to hold hearings on Route 113 bypass plans Sept. 18, 19

Sep 12, 2013

The Delaware Department of Transportation will hold two public workshops and hearings to obtain comments from surrounding businesses and the general public for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Route 113 North/South Study - Millsboro - South Area. The meetings will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Millsboro Civic Center, 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro; and 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Selbyville Fire Hall, 30 North Main St., Selbyville.

The purpose of the Route 113 North/South Study is to establish a continuous limited-access facility to address the severe traffic congestion in this study area, particularly during the summer. All build alternatives identified in the draft impact statement also include bypass alternatives for Route 24 in Millsboro and SR 26 in Dagsboro.

The Federal Highway Administration and Delaware Department of Transportation recently completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Route 113 North/South Study, Millsboro - South Area. In conjunction with the release of the DEIS, DelDOT has identified the Blue Alternative as the Recommended Preferred Alternative. The comprehensive document is available on DelDOT's website for viewing and downloading at www.deldot.gov/information/projects/us113/ and appears in the Federal Register as well. Public comment will be taken through Friday, Oct. 4.

The DEIS is a federally required document that examines the impacts of proposed transportation projects to be built with federal funds in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The DEIS is a key step in the project planning phase and includes input from state and federal resource and regulatory agencies, extensive public involvement, in-depth engineering studies and detailed environmental analyses. Members of the project team will be on hand to explain the information presented and to receive public testimony. Comments from the public and environmental resource and regulatory agencies will be considered in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

Interested parties may request a free CD of the DEIS by calling DelDOT Public Relations at 302-760-2080. The DEIS can also be viewed online at www.deldot.gov/information/projects/us113/ and at the following locations: DelDOT, 800 Bay Road, Dover; DelDOT, South District Administration Building, 23697 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown;, FHWA, DelMar Division, 1201 College Park Drive, Suite 102, Dover; Millsboro Town Hall; Millsboro Public Library; Dagsboro Town Hall; Frankford Town Hall; Frankford Public Library; Selbyville Town Hall; and Selbyville Public Library.

Comments may be submitted by Friday, Oct. 4, in writing via the DelDOT website, or written comments may be sent to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903.

For more DelDOT information, visit www.DelDOT.gov.

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