Construction of a center island public safety project aimed at reducing jaywalking on Coastal Highway is nearing completion in Dewey Beach.
Workers were busy the morning of April 19 installing landscaping throughout the post-and-rope barrier system from Saulsbury Street to Read Avenue designed to deter mid-block pedestrian crossing and encourage the use of crosswalks.
The town partnered with the Delaware Department of Transportation on the project slated for that stretch of Coastal Highway based on pedestrian activity and historical pedestrian crash data.
Portions of the concrete in the center island were removed to make way for the installation of 6-by-6-inch timber posts, which will have courses of rope bolted through them.
The Town of Dewey Beach funded about $30,000 of the $480,000 project, DelDOT accounted for $400,000, and Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, secured the remaining $50,000 in Community Transportation Fund monies.