Officials to announce TIGER grant funding for improvements at U.S. 9 intersection


GEORGETOWN – Optimism has apparently become reality in efforts to secure major funding to relieve a traffic-flow migraine on Georgetown’s eastern town limits.

Local, county, state and federal officials will be on hand Tuesday, May 29 for the anticipated announcement: the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) for improvements at the intersection of U.S. 9, Airport Road and Sand Hill Road.

Next week’s announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road.

Coined by DelDOT as the Georgetown East Gateway improvements project, the improvements will consist of roadway realignment, additional turn lanes, signal improvements, pavement resurfacing, bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks, transit stops, and lighting improvements.

Intersection improvements were a key topic in discussion and Sussex County Council’s subsequent 3-2 approval to provide up to $1.5 million in loan funding in support of the Sussex Sports Center. This private/public partnership with the Sussex Sports Center Foundation is for a $4 million multi-faceted public sports complex on 56 acres off Sand Hill Road north of the CHEER Community Center.

At the May 29 announcement, Gov. John Carney and DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan will be joined by Delaware’s Congressional delegation along with state, county, and local officials.

DelDOT had applied for a $7.5 million TIGER grant for the intersection project.

During a DelDOT project update presentation last November, Sec. Cohan told county council and other county leaders there was optimism that Delaware would be a leading candidate for TIGER grant funding slated to be announced in April 2018.

If there is inclement weather, the event will be held inside the CHEER Community Center.

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