‘Forgotten Mile’ paving process to begin Monday
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The heavily traveled road on coastal highway stretching from Washington Street in Rehoboth to Swedes Street in Dewey Beach, commonly known as the ‘forgotten mile’, will be getting an upgrade that residents say is long overdue.
“They should have done this year’s ago,” said resident John Walls.
DelDot officials say for the next couple of months they’ll be paving and patching the road, and upgrading curb ramps and sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety. And those who frequent the area say the improvements are critical as the roads see more and more travelers each year.
“I don’t really think these roads that we have here in the state of Delaware especially here on the coast highway were ever meant to handle the volume of traffic they’re handling today,” said Walls.
DelDot says drivers should expect lane closures as they begin the pavement process, and the potential traffic has business owners worried if it will deter customers from coming to their stores.
“They’re a little concerned about the traffic flow and who’s going to be able to come in and who’s going to be able to go out,” said Jeanne Birsette.
But DelDot officials are reassuring business owners. They say traffic will remain as free flowing as possible, and entrances to their businesses won’t be blocked off.
“As long as they can kind of control traffic out here I think it’s great because we do need the roads to be redone we don’t want potholes,” said Birsette.
Officials add that everything goes as planned and the weather is manageable, they hope to compete construction by the spring 2020. The first phase of the pavement process is expected to finish on May 19th–before the peak of the summer season begins. DelDot officials add that once the summer is over they’ll start up the second phase of the process in the fall of 2020 and work through the winter.