The City of Milford will be celebrating National Public Works Week with two large events on Saturday, May 18. The first will be the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the Route 1, Route 14 overpass and the second is a Touch a Truck event at the Public Works building. Families are encouraged to join state and local officials at both events.
The Route 1, Route 14 overpass broke ground on March 26, 2018 and will be open to traffic three months ahead of schedule this May. A project that is estimated to cost $22 million from a partnership between the federal and state government, the infrastructure will create a long-awaited safe crossover for residents of the Greater Milford area, safer travel for students and teachers to Milford High School and Central Academy and create less congestion for travelers on Route 1. Working with DELDOT closely on this project, the City of Milford created a unique branding opportunity by placing the City logo on the wing walls and a stone facade across the bridge plate.
“I think the branding on the Route 14 overpass sets Milford apart from other exits and interchanges along SR1 and hopefully catches the attention of travelers along the Route 1 corridor,” said Milford City Planner Rob Pierce. “The SR1/Route 14 interchange is the main gateway into downtown Milford from SR1. The City appreciates DelDOT’s willingness to include input from the City’s elected officials and staff on the bridge aesthetics and allowing the script Milford to be placed on the overpass.” Pierce states that the City is also working with DelDOT on other transportation projects along Route 14 from downtown to SR 1 that will provide sidewalks, shared use paths and streetscaping in the downtown area.
On Saturday, May 18 at 9am City, State and federal officials along with community members that arrive at the event will walk and bike across the new overpass to ceremonially cut the ribbon on the large infrastructure project. The overpass will be open to traffic across Route 1 later this month.
Starting at 10am on Saturday, May 18, the City of Milford Public Works Department will host a Touch a Truck event at the Public Works yard, located at 180 Vickers Drive in Milford. This will be a family event for all ages that offer hands-on opportunities for children to explore, learn and climb on a variety of trucks as well as meet the people who build, protect and serve the Milford community.
“The idea actually came from the employees themselves. The Awards and Recognition Committee was looking at ways to celebrate National Public Works Week from May 19 through 24, and decided on doing the Touch a Truck event, to share our profession with citizens of the City,” said Milford Public Works Director Mark Whitfield. There will be a number of employees from all divisions of the Public Works Department including Electric, Water, Sewer, Solid Waste, and Streets as well as Milford Police and Parks & Recreation.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) hosts National Public Works Week from May 19 through 24 each year. This year, “It Starts Here” was chosen as the theme as it represents the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by the public works professionals across North America.
Whitfield is excited to have local families learn more about the impact Public Works employees have on their daily lives. Vehicles for exploration will include a wheeled loader, backhoe, snow plow truck, sewer jet truck, electric bucket truck, digger derrick truck and garbage trucks. City employees will talk about what their vehicle and equipment is used for and how important it is for the City to have and maintain certain pieces of equipment. Kids of all ages will be able to sit in the driver seat, kick the tires, blow the horn and get a feel of what its like to operate such pieces of equipment.
“Public Works employees are often never seen or heard from, but are an important part of the workings of the City. It is our hope that families will gain insight on what all happens in the City to help make sure that water and electricity get to their house, and waste is taken away,” said Whitfield. “There will be lots of give aways and flyers on how to be better stewards of the City, from being a better recycler to making sure what not to flush down the toilet. It will be both fun and educational.”
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