Cape Gazette

Officials look at problem intersection in Harbeson

Aug 06, 2014
Photo by: Submitted photo Those attending the meeting in Harbeson are (l-r) State Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton; John Lingo of Harbeson Deli; attorney Richard Abbott; Beth Rosenbrooks, DelDOT right-of-way section; DelDOT Legislative Liaison Dawn Hopkins; and Rosemary Richardson, DelDOT right-of-way section.

State officials, business owners, and others met July 25 in Harbeson to explore approaches to fixing the often-congested intersection of Route 5 and Route 9 (Lewes-Georgetown Highway).

“As traffic volume has increased, so have delays,” said Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, who has been advocating for improvements at the site.  “There are no left-hand turn lanes on either road and the intersection was simply never intended to handle the number of vehicles it is experiencing daily.”

Delaware Department of Transportation engineers were at the meeting to look what difficulties they will face when widening the intersection, which is framed by a cemetery, four active businesses and an abandoned house.

“They recognize there is a problem and designing a solution will be a challenge,” Smyk said.  “We need to find a way to expand this intersection, improve traffic flow and increase safety in a way that will minimize the impact on the surrounding property owners.”

Smyk said the process of designing a solution, getting agreement from all the stakeholders (including the public) and appropriating the money will likely take several years.

“The sooner we start, the sooner we finish,” he said.  “This meeting was an important step forward towards doing what needs to be done.”





Comments (1)
Posted by: Peter Lucuk | Aug 06, 2014 17:38

I use this problem intersection multiple times during the week and am glad to see that planning for improvement is taking place.  However:

This Harbeson “problem intersection” may experience extreme gridlock next summer.  The proposed Music Festival by Coolspring LLC will unleash thousands and thousands of RV’s, cars, trucks and buses on this Harbeson intersection during the planned August events, which also coincide with peak summer traffic.

A DelDot Study (Sussex County Music Festival Conceptual Traffic Evaluation Summary) prepared by the Traffic Section and just presented by DelDot to the Sussex County Council on July 29th, proposes the Harbeson problem intersection as a major route during August Music Festival Events.   Music Traffic would be routed south down Route 5 from Milton and from the east from Five Points.

The Sussex County Council needs to read the DelDot Study they requested to see all of the other “problem intersections” that are proposed routes, and the potential for multiple gridlock situations that may take place next summer if the Music Festival is approved.

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