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Civil | DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - U.S. 301 TOLL ROAD
A Vital Connection
DELDOT'S LATEST PROJECT WILL IMPROVE SAFETY AND SERVE AS A LEARNING TOOL. BY BIANCA HERRON
team proceeds with
construction of the new Levels
Delaware Department of
Transportation - U.S. 301
Road Bridge in July 2016.
elaware's Department Of Transportation (DelDOT) is responsible for 90 percent of the roads in
the state. Maintaining everything from interstate highways to neighborhood streets, DelDOT strives to make every
trip taken in the state safe, reliable and
convenient for travelers not only via roads,
but also by rails, buses, airways, waterways,
bike trails and walking paths.
"We have regional traffic coming through
from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey," Chief Engineer Robert McCleary says. "We
have 1,600 bridges and maintain about 13,000
lane miles of highway. We have an agency of
about 2,800 employees and our total operating budget is nearly $1 billion. It includes
the Department of Motor Vehicles as well as
the Delaware Transit Corporation, which are
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both subsidiaries of our agency. Additionally,
we're the 49th state in terms of size, but we
rank near 17th in lane miles. So we have a real
robust program for a small state."
McCleary notes that DelDOT was "fortunate" to get a revenue package in the fiscal
year of 2016. "The state gave us an extra $55
million annually to invest in our capital
program," he explains. "We've been doing
more work since then. So we're working on
great projects right now all over the state."
One of those projects is the U.S. 301 Mainline Project, a new four-lane highway using
all electronic tolling.
"The U.S. 301 Toll Road is a vital connection between Route 301 in Maryland,
which is a four-lane, dual divided highway,"
McCleary says. "It will now connect to Route
1 in Delaware, which is also a four-lane,
* Construction cost: $460 million
* Location: New Cas e, Del.
* Scope: Four-lane highway e-alignment
"This project is a big benefit to
e local area of ou ern New
Cas e County."
- Robert McCleary, chief engineer
dual divided controlled access highway.
Prior to this project, traffic would come to
the Delaware line and narrow down to a
two-lane rural roadway that contributed
to many accidents, safety and congestion
issues on that 301 corridor in Delaware."
This project will create a brand-new
alignment, McCleary adds, including 13
miles of four-lane controlled access high-