The Delaware Department of Transportation encourages the public to participate in the development of the state's six-year Capital Transportation Program for fiscal 2019-24 and each of the counties' four-year Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal 2018-21 by attending public hearings in September.

The public hearings are jointly sponsored by the Council on Transportation, the Delaware Department of Transportation, Wilmington Area Planning Council, Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sussex County and Salisbury Wicomico MPO.

The hearings provide an opportunity to review current and suggested transportation projects. The hearings also include capital investments for DART First State public transit and will be used to satisfy the public involvement requirements of Federal Transit Administration Section 5307.

The public hearings will be held in an open format with a court reporter available to take public comments. Interested persons are encouraged to submit written comments during the public hearing process.

The first public hearing will be held in conjunction with the Wilmington Area Planning Council from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave. Project information will be displayed, and opportunities for discussion with DelDOT and WILMAPCO representatives will be available.

The second public hearing will be held in conjunction with Dover/Kent County MPO from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Camden Town Hall, 1783 Friends Way. Project information will be displayed, and opportunities for discussion with DelDOT and MPO representatives will be available.

The third public hearing in conjunction with both Sussex County and Salisbury/ Wicomico MPO from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at DelDOT's South District Administration Building-Conference Room, 23697 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown. Project information will be displayed, and opportunities for discussion with DelDOT and county and MPO representatives will be available.

Interested persons are encouraged to express their views in writing, giving reasons for support of or in opposition to the proposed projects. Comments will be received during the public hearing or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903.

For more, call 800-652-5600 or 760-2080.