Rep. Briggs King shares status update on Millsboro Bypass project

MILLSBORO – State Representative Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, has provided an update on the Millsboro Bypass project.

According to Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan, the Federal Highway Administration confirmed this month that DelDOT can move forward with its plan to create a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that describes the change in the department’s path forward.

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In April, DelDOT announced a scaled-down plan as part of the Millsboro Bypass project.  A two-lane connector road that would begin at U.S. 113 north of Millsboro (near the Route 20 intersection) and run eastward to tie into Route 24 east of Millsboro (near Hollyville Road/Jersey Road) is now being proposed.

Sec. Cohan, in written communications with Rep. Briggs King, stated that the next step will be for environmental agencies to comment on a revised Purpose & Need statement before DelDOT starts putting together the SEIS.

Sec. Cohan also said that after the SEIS is complete, a public hearing will be scheduled in either late summer or the fall.  After comments from the hearing are addressed, DelDOT stated that it can then pursue the combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration.

“In my continuing effort to keep constituents informed about the Millsboro Bypass project, I appreciate DelDOT’s prompt response to my ongoing inquiries about the status of this project,” Rep. Briggs King said. “As soon as information becomes available about where and when the upcoming public hearing will be held, I will certainly pass it along.”

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