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|After many years of discussion and consideration
involving several different Town Councils, our current Town Council
voted to begin our Streetscape Project the first stage of which is to
remove all utility poles and cables from Route 1 to the Bandstand.
The electrical, telephone and cable television lines will all be
re-routed down the alley behind the businesses. The Town is
absorbing the cost to move these lines from the front of our businesses
to the rear.
The initial phase of the construction work began in early November, 2010
and was expected to be complete in the Spring of 2011. This phase
will include the installation of concrete utility poles
and new light fixtures. Unfortunately, the work did not progress
as hoped/expected and the original wood utility poles will not be removed
until the Fall of 2011 as we did not wish to perform such work during
the summer season. This of course delays the installation of the
new concrete poles and light fixtures.
We received a
letter on December 8, 2010 from the Delaware Department of
Transportation providing us with a grant for $447,094.51, which if
accepted by the Town will require a 10% match ($44,710) from the Town.
This grant will be used to pay for all consulting and engineering
services needed for the preparation of a bid package and design work for
the sidewalks and street. Great news - we will be able to expand
the sidewalk on both sides of Garfield Parkway by about 3' on each side.
This expanded area plus the removal of the large wood utility poles and
support cables, etc. will provide a much more open sidewalk for
On April 15, 2011 during our monthly Town Council meeting various
concepts for parking on Garfield Parkway were discussed after which a
vote was taken and Concept 3
was selected. Council was able to approve this design even though
we lost a number of parking spaces as the Town was able to negotiate
previously unavailable parking via revenue sharing with the Bethany
Beach Volunteer Fire Company for their easternmost parking area and with
the property owner of the lot east of the Atlantic Book Store. At
this time additional negotiations are ongoing which when accomplished
will provide another 25 to 30 parking spaces in the downtown area.
|During the spring of 2012, the installation of all
new street lighting was completed as was the removal of the wooden
utility poles and above ground wiring. All wires are not
|On June 19, 2012 during a Town Council Special Meeting
with both Town Council and the Delaware Department of Transportation
present, the public was able to receive all available information
regarding the plans for further development of our downtown area.
engineering drawing of the area was displayed and discussed as was a
display showing all
features of the design as well as the
construction schedule. The next state of the project is
scheduled to begin in September, 2013. Please review the
construction schedule for details.