News Briefs 10/09/20

October 9, 2020
Lane closures on Route 1 start Oct. 12

Route 1 northbound and southbound between Broadkill Road and Hudson Road near Milton will have lane closures with lane shifts over the next five months. This project is for advance construction of median crossovers for the bridges over the Broadkill River on Route 1. Work will take place Monday, Oct. 12, through February 2021: nighttime from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday until the end of October. Then, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Nov. 1 through February 2021. The bridges will have the bridge deck replaced, beam replacement, joint replacements and substructure repair starting next year in October 2021 through February 2022. The rehabilitation of the bridges will require the closure of one bridge at a time during the off-season, switching traffic to the other bridge in a configuration including one lane in each direction on Route 1. For more information, go to

Special Rehoboth meeting set Oct. 13

Rehoboth Beach commissioners have scheduled an online special meeting for 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13. The agenda calls for a discussion on strategies and the path forward in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone wishing to speak must preregister with City Secretary Ann Womack at least two days prior to the meeting by emailing

Rehoboth City Hall closed Columbus Day

In observance of Columbus Day, Rehoboth Beach City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave., will be closed Monday, Oct. 12. There will be no residential trash pickup. City-wide trash pickup will be Tuesday, Oct. 13. Visit for a trash collection schedule. For more information, contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181, Ext. 522 or

Lewes Mayor and City Council meet Oct. 12

Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, for its regular monthly meeting. The group will consider approval of an ordinance to create a wetland buffer requirement as well as set a public hearing for adding fill to properties within the flood plain. Council will announce the recipient of the 2019 Elaine Bisbee Service Award, consider amendments to city code related to gas-powered landscaping equipment, and discuss a contract for dredging of the Canalfront Park marina. The full agenda and a link to the meeting can be found at

Bridge testing in Lewes Oct. 12-13

A DelDOT contractor is planning to perform nighttime and early-morning operational testing of the Lewes drawbridge. In between the bridge openings, traffic and pedestrians will be able to cross. Times and dates for Lewes drawbridge testing are: 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, until 6 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, and 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, until 6 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14.

RD20 Dems to meet virtually Oct. 15

The RD20  Democratic Committee will hold its regular monthly business meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, via Zoom. The guest speaker will be Brandon Nitsche, regional field director for the Sussex County coordinated campaign. He will update meeting participants on the concentrated effort to turn out Democratic voters in Sussex County. Any registered Democrats are welcome; registration for non-committee people is required by emailing including legal name and street address for verification purposes. Registrants will receive instructions for joining the Zoom meeting via email 24 hours before the meeting. For more information, go to or Facebook at Delaware’s 20th RD Democratic Committee & Friends Group. To join RD20’s email list, email RD20 is the local Democratic Party organization for residents in the Lewes, Milton, Belltown, Cool Spring, Jimtown, Pinetown and Harbeson areas of Sussex County.

DMHOA monthly meeting set Oct. 26

The Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association will hold a general membership conference call meeting Monday, Oct. 26. The dial-in number is 978-990-5000, and access code is 907460#. For best reception use a land line. The meeting call starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. and is open to anyone living in manufactured housing on leased land.  For more information, visit, check out the Facebook page dmhoahu or call 302-945-2122. DMHOA is a nonprofit organization and the only legislative advocate representing the interests of manufactured housing homeowners living on leased land in Delaware. 

Drainage repairs on Milton’s Front Street

Front Street in Milton will be closed  through Friday, Oct. 23, for removal and replacement of a failing drainage pipe. Work will be conducted between Collins Street and Walker Drive. Delaware Department of Transportation officials said eastbound motorists will be detoured to Federal Street and turn left onto Atlantic Street/Cave Neck Road before returning to Front Street. Westbound motorists will continue west onto Atlantic Street/Cave Neck Road to Federal Street and then turn right onto Front Street. Detour signs have been posted. The work will be done to remove and replace a crossroad pipe, a large drainage pipe that runs perpendicular to and under the road surface, used primarily for stormwater, according to DelDOT spokesman C.R. MacLeod. He said many years ago, these pipes were converted from wood to corrugated metal, and the failing metal pipes are now being replaced by concrete culvert pipes. “We have to dig up the whole section of the road, remove the old pipe and put the new one in, which is why these require full closures,” he said.


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