Warwick roads get new layout as U.S. 301 work progresses
WARWICK — Southern county residents heading to Middletown, Del., now have a new direct route as a byproduct of the U.S. Route 301 bypass project.
The original intersection of Delaware Route 299, also known as Middletown-Warwick Road — which is an extension of Maryland Route 282, also known as CeciltonWarwick Road — and U.S. Route 301 has been closed off and moved north. A spur road now connects traffic at a new intersection at Levels Road in Middletown, near the Westown movie theater.
Completed on July 15, the new Middletown-Warwick Road will run alongside the U.S. Route 301 bypass to an overpass that would allow traffic to enter and exit the bypass or continue onto the existing roadway at the Levels Road intersection.
The reopening of Middletown-Warwick Road, following Middle Neck Road in June, means most of the local interstate roads affected by the U.S. 301 bypass have now been reoriented and reopened.
The biggest such remaining project is a new Wilson Street-Strawberry Lane overpass, which runs from Warwick southeast toward Townsend, Del., over U.S. 301. According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, that project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
“Of course it is still August, so if it rains for 40 days and 40 nights we’re going to feel it,” said Ken Cimino, public outreach coordinator for the U.S. 301 project.
In total, all projects connected to the bypass are on or ahead of schedule for a December 2018 completion, Cimino added.
“We had a very favorable, warm winter where we were able to move a lot of dirt,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the rate of progress we’ve been able to make so far.”
Once completed, the Strawberry Lane overpass will appear like this, running over two separate lanes of northbound and southbound U.S. Route 301 near the Maryland border.