With the assistance of Governor Jack Markell and U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Jennifer Cohan – shovel in hand – broke ground on the South Frederica Grade Separated Intersection project today. They were joined by Kent County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange, DE Turf Complex Executive Director Rob Smith, Jr., and other federal, state, and local officials to help ceremonially kick off the project.
“The South Frederica Grade Separated Intersection is our latest project to improve safety and the flow of traffic on Route 1 through Kent County,” said DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan. “This project will benefit local drivers as well as tourists travelling to and from Delaware beaches. As an added benefit, it will provide access to the DE Turf regional sports complex, which is expected to boost the economy by attracting thousands for athletes and their families to Kent County.”
The project will realign Frederica Road and Tub Mill Pond Road to connect with ramps and accelerations/deceleration lanes providing access to southbound Route 1. It will realign Milford Neck Road to access northbound Route 1 via new ramps with acceleration/deceleration lanes. An overpass will allow traffic from Milford Neck Road to access Frederica Road via ramps and vice versa.
“Projects like this demonstrate the many benefits of investing in our roads and bridges by improving safety, reducing congestion, increasing economic development prospects, and creating jobs for construction workers,” said Governor Jack Markell. “I’m proud that we have increased state infrastructure funding by $400 million during the next six years to help grow our economy and enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans.”
“Good things are happening around Kent County, especially up and down Route 1,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “Here, we have a transportation project that will not only ease congestion, but also provide access to the much-anticipated Sports Complex. Kent County is poised for growth, and one way to encourage economic development is by offering safe and reliable roads, highways and bridges. This project’s funding is shared by the state and federal government and is a great example of what we can do when we work together to improve our transportation infrastructure.”
Work has begun on the DE Turf Complex, adjacent to the grade separated intersection. During the first phase of construction, access to the complex will be provided via temporary ramps to and from Route 1, about 1,000 feet north of the current crossover for Frederica. Eventually, these ramps will be removed and both northbound and southbound travelers will access the Sports Complex using the interchange and a permanent entrance on Milford Neck Road.
“The South Frederica Interchange is a public improvement of critical, strategic importance to Central Delaware”, said County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange. “It will eliminate a hazardous intersection within the Route 1 Corridor, and will provide safe and efficient access to our essential infrastructure at the Kent County Resource Recovery Facility to the east, and to a vast segment of the Kent County Growth Zone that is poised for growth to the west. As this portion of southern Kent County transitions from a rural to suburban landscape, this new interchange will play a big role in the effective movement of people, goods and services.”
“When the South Frederica Overpass opens in 2017, it will unlock the Kent County Regional Sports Complex and provide increased access to the residents of the county and beyond, as well as provide a significant economic driver for Kent County and the State of Delaware,” said DE Turf Executive Director Rob Smith Jr. “While not built specifically for the DE TURF Complex, the overpass will make it safer and easier for athletes and their families to get in and out of the DE TURF Complex, giving us another competitive advantage within the Mid-Atlantic region to bring sports travel to Kent County.”
A-Del Construction will build the $18 million project. During the construction of these new alignments, the local roads will have lane closures, and in order to complete tie-in work, full road closures for a short time. Impacts to Route 1 will be minimal during construction, with some lane and shoulder closures during off-peak hours. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2018.