RV park will create traffic nightmare

January 25, 2013

The proposed RV city development at Love Creek is going to be disaster for locals. Instead of locating on a major artery, the developer proposes to put this large RV park on Cedar Grove dumping onto Plantation, the center of the back roads we use to get around when the summer population is flooding Route 1.

In the peak months with its 600 RV sites and cabins, this development will dump perhaps 1,800 vehicles on Cedar Grove Road and Plantation Road. I’m sure they will quickly learn to avoid the congestion on Route 1, as we do. After all, the development location virtually forces them to use Plantation.  There are other ways out through Robinsville, Jimtown,  Mulberry Knoll, Kendale and Dairy Farm roads, but Plantation leads where they will want to go.

The developer estimates an average of 2,400 (4,800 one-way) trips daily from this project.  Given the seasonal nature of traffic in our resort area, and likely RV visitors in particular, the likely peak summer traffic from this project will probably be in excess of four times the year average.

According to DelDOT’s 2011 Annual Traffic Summary, the Annual Automobile Daily Traffic for Plantation at Cedar Grove was 8,177. This means that the peak months’ traffic, from this project alone, will be 19,200 one-way trips, over twice DelDOT’s existing traffic count, at the worst possible time.

DelDOT’s new light at Cedar Grove, Plantation and Postal will further delay everyone but the RVers.  The main bypass used by locals to get around during tourist season is going to be packed.

Coming into RV city, these large vehicles will wander around the back roads from the west, often lost, and impossible to safely pass. From Georgetown and Millsboro east, the back roads will see lots of these vehicles. This ill-located, overly dense and congesting project should not be granted zoning changes and variances, and should be disapproved.

Noel Goyette

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