Clock ticking on public input for county’s CTP submittal to DelDOT

GEORGETOWN – The suggestion submittal clock is ticking.

Several more days remain for residents to submit online their input on road/transportation related issues and projects that could be packaged in Sussex County’s annual submittal to the Delaware Department of Transportation for consideration in DelDOT’s Capital Transportation Program.

The county’s website features a rotating window banner link – “Sussex County wants your transportation ideas” – for suggestions for the 2020-2025 Capital Transportation Program request, which county council will submit to the DelDOT in September.

The online input process is new this year.

“What’s different this year is our interface with the public. Staff county staff has created this website, which will be our avenue for folks to go online and make specific requests that will be submitted to the county,” said Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson at the July 31 county council meeting. “Now through Aug. 10, county staff will review all suggestions and then compile the draft report for council’s review before submitting the final recommendation to DelDOT for their public hearing in September.”

County leaders stressed the importance and value of public input.

“If you are not in this CTP pipeline you will not get funded with federal or state funding … road construction, safety improvements, mobility improvements you see throughout the state,” said Mr. Lawson.

“I think it’s really important that the public become familiar with this spreadsheet. If it’s not on this spreadsheet it’s not getting done,” said county councilman Irwin “I.G.” Burton. “This is a CTP 2020 to 2025. We’re in 2018. It’s important that we pay attention to this spreadsheet. This is how DelDOT funds the projects that we all want. I think it’s time to get real priorities and work with DelDOT.”

Mr. Lawson summarized the online suggestion submittal process.

“This isn’t pass or fail. You are not going to get graded on the information. Nothing will be rejected unless a field is not filled out that is required,” Mr. Lawson said. “We ask: address, closest intersection, detailed description. Tell us what you’re thinking about. Is there an intersection, turning lane, potholes?”

Photos can also be uploaded to the website.

The idea is to give the county “a better understanding of where the actual project is located,” Mr. Lawson said. “If you say, ‘Please improve Lewes/Georgetown Highway,’ that doesn’t give us much idea of what the project should look like. But if you specifically say, ‘Lewes/Georgetown Highway at the intersection of Park Avenue,’ we know exactly what you are talking about.”

Mr. Lawson added this process is borne out of the county’s ongoing work with DelDOT “to improve our relationship with that agency. That is again borne out of our conversations in the comp plan, in the mobility element where this council needs to be better informed on the projects that are in their pipeline. The goal is to have a better county understanding of what DelDOT is doing for their road projects.”

Website navigation

To visit the suggestion page on the county website go to: https://sussexcountyde.gov/news/sussex-county-wants-your-transportation-ideas and click on “feedback.”

The link is in the rotating window at the top of the main/home page at www.sussexcountyde.gov.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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