Delaware beach goers can expect sun, sand, and traffic jams

Most beach travelers in lower Delaware know Lighthouse Road as their little secret.  It’s the road they use to avoid the traffic of Route 1.  Now the secret is out.

Delaware’s Department of Transportation (DelDOT) says road construction will go on through the summer.  The primary focus is an approximately 5 mile stretch from Route 20 to the Mallard Lakes Development.  When the work is complete, there will be a center turn lane as part of the 14 foot road widening project.  The road will be able to handle more bike and pedestrian traffic.  Old drainage pipes are being torn up and replaced with new pipes to better handle increased water run off.

Route 54 has seen a boom in new development over the last 10 years.  New shopping centers have gone in to support many new housing projects on what was once agricultural land.

Businesses will keep signs up reminding tourists and residents they are open during the construction period.  Residents will continue to get used to having construction and other equipment in their front yards.  Everyone will face one lane traffic patterns at certain times of the day.

DelDot says the $8.1 million project will wrap up next summer.

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