Bethany Beach Streetscape Project christened just in time for summer

BETHANY BEACH – A ribbon cutting officially finalized the Bethany Beach Streetscape Project Friday, just in time for the summer season.

DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Congressman John Carney, Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon, State Sen. Gerald Hocker, State Rep. Ron Gray, Sussex County Councilmen George Cole and Robert Arlett, and Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kristie Maravalli, proudly cut the red, white and blue ribbon.

“This project is a great example of what we can achieve when officials from the federal, state, county and municipal governments all work together for the same goal,” said Sec. Cohan. “We are only here today because in Delaware we have a Governor and federal elected officials who work tirelessly to make projects like this possible,” she said.

The project, 2 ½ blocks long, consists of upgrades to make the road and sidewalks more accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, the other goals of the project were to provide traffic calming measures, improved bicycle facilities, and wider sidewalks to improve pedestrian mobility and streetscape amenities to improve user experience.

Total cost of the project: $2,352,444.04.

“The Bethany Beach Streetscape provides a safe and welcoming environment for our residents and for those who visit the beach,” Gov. Markell said. “It is a great example of how investing in our infrastructure benefits us all, making Delaware a safer, healthier, more inviting place.”

Sen. Carper said that he was proud the federal government was able to help fund such an important project for the beach resort region. “The Bethany Beach Streetscape Project used federal and state dollars to make walking, biking and driving around this world-renowned beach town safer and easier,” Sen. Carper said. “Infrastructure improvements not only help keep our residents and tourist safe, but they improve the flow of business, adding to the economy. That’s what I call a win-win.”

Congressman Carney also spoke about the partnerships that made this project possible. “The Bethany Beach Streetscape Project will bring much needed improvements to infrastructure and pedestrian safety on the Garfield Parkway, while also creating a healthier and more enjoyable environment for residents and visitors,” he said. “This project will be a major improvement to Bethany Beach, and I’m very excited that partners from the municipal, state and federal governments have come together to make this possible.”

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