DelDOT's pavement and rehabilitation project on Delaware Avenue began Monday, November 29, with the contractor performing storm sewer upgrades and exploratory work ahead of the planned improvements. The majority of the work is scheduled during the day, but will require some night work to minimize traffic impacts. The overall project duration is 390 calendar days with a planned completion date of December 2022. As with all construction projects, the completion date is subject to change and is weather dependent.
The project extends from Orchard Road to Library Avenue and consists of bicycle and pedestrian improvements, drainage improvements, signalization upgrades, milling, hot mix paving, striping, and signage upgrades. The project eliminates the existing bike lane on the south side of the road to allow for the addition of a two-way separated bicycle facility along the north side of Delaware Avenue. The existing curb ramps will be upgraded to comply with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design standards and the intersections will receive new pedestrian pushbutton pedestal signal poles and striping improvements.
Similar to the Main Street Improvements, the Newark Police and Public Works and Water Resources Departments will work closely with the DelDOT project team and their contractor to help facilitate these improvements, protect existing infrastructure and minimize impacts to City residents and special events planned throughout the downtown area. After completion, and in conjunction with the Main Street Improvements and ongoing upgrades to Cleveland Avenue, downtown Newark will be safer for all drivers, pedestrians, and bikers.
For more information and to follow construction progress, visit the DelDOT project page.