Lewes' Park Road makes progress

New link connects New, Pilottown roads
Park Road linking New and Pilottown roads is being built to improve access to the public boat ramp at the end of Pilottown Road in Lewes. The new road will branch off from the existing road, bottom right. BY HENRY J. EVANS JR.
December 2, 2013

Construction is on schedule for completion of a new section of Park Road connecting New and Pilottown roads in Lewes.

The road’s primary purpose is to reduce towed-boat traffic that currently goes through downtown Lewes to and from the public boat ramp.

The approximately half-mile extension passes the University of Delaware’s wind turbine and behind the university’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmosphere Hugh Sharp Campus.

Cindy Todd construction project administrator of the Division of Parks and Recreation design and development office, said the project is about one-third finished and should be completed in spring 2014.

Because of its condition, engineers determined it imperative to rebuild an existing causeway, which is expected to cost about half the project’s $1.8 million.

“The causeway is scheduled to be one of the last things to be done,” Todd said Nov. 25.

Todd said officials representing DNREC, parks and recreation, UD and the City of Lewes, are still discussing an agreement specifying who will be responsible for the road’s maintenance.

The extension is aligned to bypass the UD campus, and it creates a new intersection at Pilottown Road. Park Road will also provide access to the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Lewes Dairy, and residences along Pilottown Road.

The extension project has required closing Park Road to through traffic, but the closure will not affect residents of Canary Creek Villas, who will be able to enter via New Road.