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Delaware to Invest $4B in Transportation

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Delaware Gov. John Carney, along with Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan, announced late last month that more than $3.2 billion will be invested in the state’s infrastructure and transportation networks over the next six years. When fiscal 2019 is included in the total, the amount tops $4 billion.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, notable projects include the widening of SR 1 north and south from Route 273 to the Roth Bridge in New Castle County, as well as the US 13 Camden Widening project in Kent County.

Capital Transportation Program

Each year, the Delaware Department of Transportation develops a six-year Capital Transportation Plan that identifies expected investments. The CTP is created in collaboration with the Wilmington Area Planning Council, Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Sussex County government. The Council on Transportation is tasked with providing final approval of the CTP by March 1 of the following year.

Office of Gov. John Carney

Delaware Governor John Carney, joining Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan, announced late last month that more than $3.2 billion will be invested in the state’s infrastructure and transportation networks over the next six years. When fiscal 2019 is included in the total, the amount tops $4 billion.

The CTP program covers different kinds of projects including: State of Good Repair projects, such as bridge management and rail preservation, which are often excluded from the prioritization process; projects with dedicated funding from agencies like the Federal Highway Administration; projects that allow for small improvements that contribute to better system management; and projects that DelDOT must complete under such criteria as a legislative action or judicial action, including environmental improvements.

“While we have many large infrastructure projects scheduled around the state, we are also investing more than $100 million in public transportation and rail, $80 million in road paving and rehabilitation projects, as well as $20 million in sidewalk improvements to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards,” said Cohan.

The CTP is developed through multiple steps: consideration of the project technical score, project readiness, funding eligibility and, the final step, putting the plan together—the goal is to fund the highest ranking projects within the first four years of the program.

“With these investments, we are modernizing our transportation system statewide,” said Governor Carney. “This is the kind of smart infrastructure investment that will create jobs, alleviate congestion and lead to real economic growth statewide. Thank you to members of the General Assembly for helping us fund these important investments.”

Projects proposed in the CTP also include: improving the intersection at Old Landing Road and Warrington Road in Sussex County, among others.

   

Tagged categories: Funding; Government; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Transportation

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