DelDOT slates lane closures with U.S. 113/SR 20 project

MILLSBORO – Delaware Department of Transportation announced Thursday that its contractor Daisy Construction Company will begin work to install a double southbound left-turn lane with 700 feet of vehicle storage to accommodate the heavy southbound U.S. 113 left-turn movement onto SR 20/Dagsboro Road on Monday, June 1 – weather permitting.

This improvement will require closing the median opening located approximately 600 feet north of U.S. 113 at Dagsboro Road/Handy Road intersection. This project will also include the following: widening of Route 20/Dagsboro Road within the curve located east of U.S. 113 to accommodate two receiving lanes; installation of bicycle lanes and crosswalks; and the upgrade of the traffic signal.

Intermittent lane closures will occur from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., Monday evening until Friday morning on U.S. 113 northbound.  U.S. 113 southbound intermittent lane closures will occur from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday evening until Thursday morning.

Intermittent lane closures will occur on SR 20/Dagsboro Road from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., Monday evening until Friday morning. Road closures will be announced at a later date.

This intersection has historically experienced high crash rates and as a result was included as part of DelDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).  This intersection improvement project will minimize conflicts at the intersection while accommodating the heaviest turning movements and diverting traffic volumes to nearby intersections.

The Highway Safety Improvement Program included improvements at the following intersections: U.S. 113 at Hardscrabble Road/Betts Pond Road; U.S. 113 at Sheep Pen Road/Patriots Way; and U.S. 113 at Staytonville Road/Fleatown Road. U.S. 113 at Handy Road/Dagsboro Road is the final location for this project.

Signage and variable message boards will be posted to alert motorists of the closure. The construction of this project is anticipated to be complete by March 2016.


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