Grubb Road pedestrian improvements: Councilman Weiner's email to our area state elected officials
Dear area elected state officials, The good news is that the Grubb Road Pedestrian Improvement Project is one of the few projects which remains funded because of the high priority ascribed it by the community, WILMAPCO, DELDOT and area elected officials. The understandable bad news is that the construction dollars slipped away in the out years in the proposed TIP. The challenge is for our area elected officials to make sure that the funding for project development, preliminary engineering and right of way acquisition does not also slip away during the State Legislature’s upcoming review and approval of the CTP.
We all understand that construction dollars are tight and were therefore removed. However, Tigist Zegeye at WILMAPCO made the observation to me to pass on to you that the preliminary funding is relatively small but keeps us on track to restore construction dollars when funds are available. She said the best advice she could give is to protect the proposed modest pre-construction funding currently proposed.
I have appended below the project description and funding charts for FY 2008-2011 TIP and the Draft FY 2009-2012 TIP. FY 2010: $ 500, 000 Project Development [stayed the same in proposed TIP]FY 2011: $ 800,000 Preliminary Engineering [a substantial increase is proposed in the draft TIP from $100,000 last year]FY 2012: $400,000 Right of way acquisition [remained the same]FY 2013: $ 0 Construction [eliminated $2.3 million previously projected construction dollars] The Grubb Road Pedestrian Project is described by DELDOT as an approved project with High Priority, defined as the “greatest need for improvement”. Grubb Road is described as a two lane road with the “country feel” and no mostly shoulders. Based on the Steering Committee’s comments, a decision was reached to provide sidewalks only on one side and the design would be meandering where possible to provide an aesthetically pleasing walk that contributes to the country feel of the roadway corridor. High visibility crosswalks would be provided across side streets and Grubb Road to make connections between housing developments and the proposed sidewalk. Thank you for your collaborative support for the benefit of all Brandywine Hundred residents.
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