Rehoboth preps for Surf Avenue widening projectCity officials hoping to begin work in November
Rehoboth Beach — Rehoboth Beach has begun soliciting bids on a project that would widen a 320-foot section of Surf Avenue by an additional seven feet.
The roadway will be widened between Pennsylvania and Park avenues, where Surf Avenue narrows. Commissioner Bill Sargent said the improvement will enable bicycles and cars to better share the road. Sargent said while there are no plans to add bike lanes to the widened road at this time, he believes there will be bike lanes there in the future.
The project will involve cutting into the sand dune on the beach side of Surf Avenue, Sargent said, as well as moving the sand fencing back 6-to-8 feet. He said Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which maintains the dunes, has asked the city to notify the department when the contractor is ready to go. Sargent said he is not sure what DNREC’s level of supervision will be, but that they will be observing.
Although the road is being widened, Sargent said he does not think there will be enough room for cars to park. He said parking on the beach side of Surf Avenue, at least in the area being widened, is illegal anyway.
Mayor Sam Cooper said a prebid meeting was held Sept. 12 with the bid likely to be awarded at the commissioners’ Friday, Oct. 18 meeting. Sargent said a bid could be approved as early as the commissioners’ Friday, Sept. 20 meeting, but that the Oct. 18 meeting was more likely.
Cooper speculated that construction could begin by mid-November.
Surf Avenue is maintained by the city up to Henlopen Avenue, where it becomes a state-owned road.