Bunting considers Route 1 issues

August 29, 2013

Years ago, Rep. Jay Wingate of Rehoboth Beach, a professional engineer and owner of Wingate and Eschenbach Surveyors, proposed an overpass at Five Points intersection near Lewes and the same at the entrance to Rehoboth.

Both of these overpasses would allow the traffic free flow on Route 1. Jay recommended there be service roads along the Route 1 corridor to benefit all concerned, as the popularity of our area would steadily increase.

Unfortunately, there has been loss of life annually as pedestrians, bikers and cars use the Route 1 corridor.

Years ago as a member of the Capital Bond Bill we were trying to help Delaware State University solve an issue of students crossing Route 113 in Dover to shop and eat. The net result of the studies was to build a low wall and funnel walkers and bikers to a traffic light intersection to cross Route 113 safely.

As a property owner at Route 1 and Sea Air Avenue, I have seen accidents from my office, and watched people running across Route 1 at their own peril and traffic mixing with bikers.

Without safe service roads along the Route 1 corridor, installing more traffic lights will exacerbate the traffic issue and discourage people from coming to our area to live, visit and shop.

Retired Sen. George Bunting

Bethany Beach

Daily user of the Route 1 Rehoboth/Lewes corridor

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