War­wick roads get new lay­out as U.S. 301 work pro­gresses

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JA­COB OWENS jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DELDOT

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.

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