Traffic issues take center stage at Rep. Steve Smyk’s inaugural coffee meeting

Rep. Steve Smyk, standing, chats with several of the people who stopped by Surf Bagel near Five Points to take part in the first of his monthly coffee meetings. The second meeting is slated for Dec. 10. SOURCE SUBMITTED
November 20, 2013

About two dozen people came to discuss issues of local concern at state Rep. Steve Smyk’s first monthly coffee meeting. The Nov.12 event mainly centered on traffic issues, especially situations connected to Delaware Route 1 and New Road.

One participant suggested using a portion of the railroad right-of-way under the Nassau bridge to construct an improved trail running beneath Delaware 1. The proposal would allow hikers and bikers traveling between Lewes and areas west of the highway to avoid crossing the busy artery.

New Road has been a subject of growing concern because of increasing traffic volume and its popularity as a route between Lewes and the northbound lanes of Delaware 1. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control recently began a $1.8 million road construction project to help vehicles towing boats travel between New Road and a public launch facility at Roosevelt Inlet.

Other topics discussed at the gathering included the impact of the Affordable Care Act, the need for job creation, and electricity rates paid by Delmarva Power customers.

“People are busy, so I was really pleased to see so many local residents invest a portion of their mornings to discuss some of the challenges we’re facing,” Smyk said.

The Coffee with Steve meetings will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Surf Bagel, 17382 Coastal Highway, Lewes. The public is invited to attend and the coffee is free.