Milford

Wilkins Road Overpass on Route 1 Now Open

DelDOT has officially opened the new Wilkins Road overpass in Milford Friday morning to travelers on Route 1.

Wilkins Road Overpass on Route 1 Now Open

DelDOT has officially opened the new Wilkins Road overpass in Milford Friday morning to travelers on Route 1.

“It is the goal of the Department of Transportation to provide the traveling public the safest, most up-to-date highway system possible,” Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt said. “With safety as our major objective, we are aggressively pursuing ways to improve the flow of traffic along Route 1 from Dover to Rehoboth and other resort towns south. Now vehicles will be able to either enter or exit Route 1 here without having to cross active traffic lanes. This overpass is only one of several either already constructed or being planned to ensure safe passage along this heavily traveled route.”

The former intersection was the scene for many fatal wrecks as traffic has increased on Route 1 over the years.

“I am so happy to see this project finally come to a successful conclusion,” added State Senator F. Gary Simpson. “This intersection was an acknowledged safety hazard, and through the combined efforts and input of the Carlisle Fire Company, the Milford Police Department, members of Milford City Council, the Department of Transportation, and local legislators, this hazard has been eliminated making our roads safer, and also making our community more accessible to the public. I also want to thank those living daily with the inconvenience of traveling out of their way during the past several months while the project was under completion. All in all, it’s a great day.”

“Accidents at this intersection have claimed about a dozen lives over the years,” said State Representative Harvey Kenton, who represents the district. “This project is an investment in the safety of all the residents passing through this high-traffic area. Fast access to Route 1 will also help speed the response of police, fire, and ambulances service. Additionally, completion of this work will alleviate traffic congestion on Rehoboth Boulevard, which has been used as a relief route during construction.”

City officials are also satisfied with the project’s completion.

“The City of Milford is excited to see the completion of the overpass at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 30; not only will it provide a safe exit for residents of Milford to connect with Route 1, but it will also create an accessible entranceway for visitors to discover what the City of Milford has to offer,” commented Bryan Shupe, Mayor of Milford. “My office is looking forward to working alongside DelDOT to complete the details of our entrance sign that will highlight our city’s branding “River Town, Art Town, and Hometown.”

The project cost $9.5 million with 80% funded with federal funds.

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