Short briefs in and around the Dover area


Dover signalization project complete

With a ceremony held Friday morning in front of Dover City Hall, work on upgrading 18 signaled intersections in Dover was declared complete.

The last intersection of the project, at South Queen and North streets, should be open by May 30, said state Department of Transportation Manager of Public Relations Darrel Cole. Some minor items still needed to be finished, Cole said.

The project began in 2004, after the General Assembly authorized the Department of Transportation to upgrade and assume responsibility for the downtown Dover traffic signal system. After a period of survey and design, construction began in November 2006.

In addition to the benefits of improved capacity and lessoned congestion, the project resulted in the replacement of each signal with ornamental mast arms and pedestrian poles. Pedestrian facilities (curb ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian signals) were upgraded to meet current American with Disabilities Act requirements.

Police cite minors for alcohol violations

Delaware law enforcement officers cited 22 individuals statewide, most of them minors, for a variety of alcohol violations over the last two weeks during prom time enforcement activities.

The safety initiative was coordinated by the Office of Highway Safety and funded by a federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s “Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws” program.

The alcohol violations include 10 occurrences of unlawful entry into a package store by a minor, one underage possession of alcohol arrest, four false IDs confiscated, one underage DUI and six other arrests including a Dover open container violation, three possessions of fake ID and two charges for selling alcohol to minors.

For information on Delaware’s underage alcohol penalties as well as to see resources parents can use to help their children abstain from alcohol use, visit the OHS website at www.ohs.delaware.gov and click on the icon for underage prom enforcement activities.

Plymouth Road closed for paving
A 2,500-foot section of Plymouth Road, between Routes 13 and 15, will be closed for milling and repaving beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 29, and ending at approximately 5 p.m., Monday, June 2, weather permitting.

Local residents, school buses and emergency vehicles will have local access, and motorists are asked to observe local detour signs.