The Department of Transportation announced the Route 1 and Route 30 grade separated intersection opened July 25. The project is located along the Route 1 corridor, just south of Milford at the intersection of Route 1 with Route 30, Wilkins Road and Cedar Neck Road.
This project replaced the existing at-grade intersection with a grade-separated intersection, and was accomplished by the installation of an overpass with a connecting ramp system for access. The northbound access will now be achieved via a loop ramp to the southeast, and southbound traffic will access the overpass via an access ramp that ties into Route 30 to the south of the overpass. Improvements have also been made to the existing intersection of Wilkins Road and Cedar Creek Road to include the installation of a signal and auxiliary lanes to accommodate the various turning movements that occur at this location.
“It is the goal of the Department of Transportation to provide the traveling public the safest, most up-to-date highway system possible,” Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt said. “With safety as our major objective, we are aggressively pursuing ways to improve the flow of traffic along Route 1 from Dover to Rehoboth and other resort towns south. Now vehicles will be able to either enter or exit Route 1 here without having to cross active traffic lanes. This overpass is only one of several either already constructed or being planned to ensure safe passage along this heavily traveled route.”
In addition to constructing the bridge crossing over Route 1, the project consisted of erosion and sediment control work; embankments, construction of ramps and acceleration/deceleration lanes, and milling and paving the roadways.
“Accidents at this intersection have claimed about a dozen lives over the years,” said State Representative Harvey Kenton, who represents the district. “This project is an investment in the safety of all the residents passing through this high-traffic area. Fast access to Route 1 will also help speed the response of police, fire, and ambulances service. Additionally, completion of this work will alleviate traffic congestion on Rehoboth Boulevard, which has been used as a relief route during construction.”
The construction of the Grade Separated Intersection of Route 1 and Route 30 began in November 2012. With 80 percent of the $9.5 million project funded through federal funds, the work was performed by George & Lynch Inc., of Dover.