Gov. John Carney was joined by Sens. Thomas Carper and Christopher Coons, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan and a gathering of local officials, veterans and families Sept. 15 to dedicate the completion of the POW/MIA Parkway in Dover.
The POW/MIA Parkway, also known as the West Dover Connector, provides direct connections for multiple recreational facilities, residential areas, commercial centers and medical facilities. In addition, nonmotorized recreational connections were created between Brecknock Park, Schutte Park, Kent County Parks and Recreational Center and the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club. This project comprises about 3.2 miles of newly constructed roadway that runs from North Street to U.S. 13.
Construction on the $67.9 million project began in February 2015. During the next six years, the Delaware Department of Transportation will invest more than $3.4 billion on infrastructure across Delaware.
Improvements were made at the U.S. 13 intersection with signal upgrades and additional turn lanes. Auxiliary connections to New Burton and Wyoming Mill roads will accommodate access to the new roadway with improvements to those existing roadways to facilitate turning movements. The existing intersection of North Street and Saulsbury Road was upgraded to accommodate additional through and turning lanes for projected traffic volumes.
Multi-modal facilities are provided on the parkway shoulders and an offset multi-use path. DART facilities also were installed to facilitate new bus routes along the roadway.
Additional infrastructure projects either in design or under construction include the new U.S. 301, Interstate 95 viaduct rehabilitation, the Camden Bypass, a new Christina River Bridge, improvements to the Claymont Train Station, improvements to the Newark Regional Transportation Center, improvements to the Wilmington Transit Center and the widening of Route 1 from Route 273 to the Roth Bridge.