A briefing on several Delaware Department of Transportation and city traffic projects reported little to no progress at the July 29 meeting of Dover City Council’s Safety Advisory and Transportation Committee. The projects mentioned at the meeting were the West Dover Connector, South Governors Avenue, a light at Greenway Lane and Kenton Road, and Wyoming Mill Road.


    A briefing on several Delaware Department of Transportation and city traffic projects reported little to no progress at the July 29 meeting of Dover City Council’s Safety Advisory and Transportation Committee.
 
   Gary Laing, community relations officer for DelDOT, said no decisions have been made about the West Dover Connector and no timeframe has been set for when an alternative will be chosen. Until all of the environmental concerns are dealt with, DelDOT can’t move forward.

    “We are in a waiting pattern on some of the things and for other things we are preceding with the environmental impact study,” he said.
 
   The South Governors Avenue road widening and improvement project now is back on track, Laing also reported. The actual removal of the bridge over the Puncheon Run had to be delayed because a water main attached underneath the bridge had to be tied into a new water main.

    Some of the residents and businesses along Governors Avenue are meeting monthly as the project moves along to share concerns and help alleviate problems, he added. The meetings are the second Tuesday of each month, and the next will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at private dining room No. 3,  Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital.
 
   The committee had asked to be briefed about the possibility of a traffic signal at Greenway Lane and Kenton Road. Laing said as far as DelDOT is concerned a light at the intersection would be too close to Kenton Road’s intersection with Route 8 and therefore is not a possibility.
 
   However, they are considering several other options to alleviate the problems, he added.
 
   Finally, committee members wanted to know about the progress of the Wyoming Mill Road project, which would straighten out part of the road.
 
   City Manager Tony DePrima said they are still in the design stages and getting all the paperwork in order. The project, which is receiving federal funding, does have an engineering firm assigned to start design work, but everything was put on hold until the city receives more documentation from the original owner of the land.
 
   “It seems to be taking longer than it should,” he said.

In other business…
 
   • City council committee members voted unanimously to grant Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital air rights for a bridge that will be constructed on South Street.

    DePrima said the city received the request from engineers working on the hospital expansion project because a utility building will be located on the north side of South Street, while the hospital is located on the south side. The bridge will be used to get materials to the main hospital building and be able to handle forklifts, he added.
 
   The agreement, which will be reviewed by the city solicitor, will ensure the maintenance and demolition – if ever necessary – are the responsibility of Bayhealth, DePrima said.
 
   • Committee members referred a request for on street parking at Persimmon Park Place to the Dover Planning Commission.
 
   Residents never have been allowed to park on the streets, which are between 20 and 24 feet wide. City policy requires parking for streets less than 30 feet wide get a variance and waiver.

    DePrima said the planning commission would get comments from all the city departments as well as hold a public hearing.

    “We understand not all residents are of a like mind on the issue,” he said.

Email Jayne Gest at jayne.gest@doverpost.com.