After years of planning and eight months of construction, Wyoming Mill Road has been realigned, with a four-way intersection and traffic signal. The intersection recently opened, an event officials celebrated at a Tuesday press conference.


THE ISSUE

Wyoming Mill Road’s intersection with Hazlettville Road has long caused traffic snarls on Dover’s west side. Wyoming Mill used to dead-end at the intersection that had a stop sign and no traffic signal, which made left turns a headache.

Adding a traffic signal was impossible because of the road’s curvature leading up to Hazlettville Road, and because another traffic signal was a few hundred feet away.

WHAT’S HAPPENED

After years of planning and eight months of construction, Wyoming Mill Road has been realigned, with a four-way intersection and traffic signal. The intersection recently opened, an event officials celebrated at a Tuesday press conference.

“At a time when we’re going to have heavy traffic and visitors to our community, this is going to make the roads a lot safer,” said Rep. Darryl Scott (D-Dover).

The project includes both safety and drainage improvements. The intersection now has dedicated turn and bike lanes and a four-way signalized intersection with Westover Drive.

The changes will mitigate some drainage issues with a potential pond on Wyoming Mill Road. Some ditches have already been dug along Hazlettville Road, with more in progress.

Sen. Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) said the changes should improve the flow of traffic on not only Wyoming Mill Road, but also on nearby Mifflin Road and points west.

The Wyoming Mill Road realignment also frees up seven acres potentially available for a Schutte Park expansion. The land has been largely unused for the last seven years, according to City Manager Scott Koenig. Once the Wyoming Mill Road portion near Schutte Park is milled out and the added land is leveled and graded, the seven acres will likely be used for playing fields.

The Boys & Girls Club also has expressed interest in the land, but the group has not presented an official plan, Koenig said.

Sen. Thomas Carper congratulated the city, DelDOT and state officials for collaborating on the project.

He also noted the federal government’s role in funding the $3.9 million project. Carper helped earmark federal funds for design and construction, including the Wyoming Mill project, for the city of Dover. DelDOT took over the project with a balance of $2.25 million. An additional $1.8 million came in from the federal stimulus bill of 2009.