Working group, kickoff set in addressing Five Points intersection needs

LEWES – Delaware’s Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced a working group and kickoff meeting to address infrastructure needs of the SR 1/US 9 intersection (Five Points) and surrounding area.

With the formation of the Five Points Working Group, DelDOT is beginning the process of developing a transportation plan for the Five Points area.

The 15-person working group includes Sussex County Council members George Cole and Irwin “I.G.” Burton, Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, State Sen. Ernie Lopez, State Representatives Pete Schwartzkopf and Steve Smyk, Cape Gazette publisher Dennis Forney, Lewes City Manager Ann Marie Townsend and several residents and business owners.

Phase I of this work will involve soliciting input from the community at large. The desired goal for Phase I is to engage the community in helping DelDOT and Sussex County with the development of conceptual transportation alternatives to improve this intersection and the surrounding area.

The preliminary goal is to complete Phase I by the end of summer 2018.

The kickoff meeting for the working group will be held on Monday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Lewes Senior Center located at 32083 Janice Road, Lewes, DE 19958. The meeting will be open to the public. Additional public meetings will be announced for 2018.

“As we all know, a long-term infrastructure solution is needed for the Five Points intersection and surrounding area, and I’m grateful to the members of our Working Group who have volunteered their time and talents to help lead this process,” said DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan. “We’ve had several attempts to put forth solutions in the past that were met with public resistance, so we want the community’s input at the outset this time around. We want to collaboratively develop a comprehensive plan for resolving the transportation issues in this area.”

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