October 20, 2020
DelDOT Traffic Alert: New traffic signal to become fully operational TOMORROW (October 21st) at the intersection of Route 20 and Bayard Road
Selbyville -- The Delaware Department of Transportation's (DelDOT) Traffic Signal Construction Section in conjunction with Byers Electric activated the new traffic signal to a flash operation after the morning rush hours yesterday (October 19th) at the intersection of Route 20 at Johnson Road and Bayard Road.

After the flash operation period, the signal will be converted into a full Stop and Go operation TOMORROW (October 21).

Variable message boards are in place to advise motorists in advance of the new traffic pattern.
News from Town of Bethany Beach: Beach replenishment to begin in November
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The United States Army Corps of Engineer’s beachfill operation will begin in mid to late November in Bethany Beach. It is estimated that once the project begins in Bethany Beach it will take 30 days to complete. The project is scheduled to begin in mid-October in South Bethany and when complete will move to Bethany Beach.

In mid-October the project contractor, Weeks Marine, will bring supply piping ashore on the oceanfront at Campbell Place, where it will remain until work begins in Bethany Beach in November. When the project begins in Bethany Beach it will pump sand onto the beach restoring width and height to the beach and repairing dune as needed.
 
Pumping will begin in Bethany Beach at Campbell Place and move north to Oceanview Parkway, and then return to Campbell Place and move south to Oakwood Street. The beach will be closed in 1000’ sections during the course of the project.
 
To read the Army Corp of Engineer's press release on the project, please click here.
News from DNREC: DNREC continues working to assess and clean up oil spill in Delaware Bay and southern beaches
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control continues working today to assess and clean up an oil spill that came ashore yesterday at Broadkill Beach and has now affected several more southerly coastal locations, including Beach Plum Island near Cape Henlopen, the Roosevelt Inlet, and Lewes. 

Some of the oil had been carried out into the Delaware Bay by last night’s high tide night and had dispersed elsewhere on the coast by noon today. DNREC and the U.S. Coast Guard were deploying environmental contractors in the Broadkill area this morning to clean up as much oil as possible before another tide carried more oil out into the bay. Cleanup operations were proceeding under the unified command between DNREC and the U.S. Coast Guard. More cleanup workers from Coast Guard contractors as well as mobilized DNREC staff were expected on the coast throughout the day.

Monday evening’s DNREC estimate of five barrels spilled may grow, but there is no further estimate on the spill’s size at this time, and the source for the oil has not been determined. The cleanup is expected to take multiple days, as globs and pools of oil must be removed from beaches manually.

DNREC Emergency Response has no reported or sighted impacts to wildlife, and also noted the vast numbers of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs that flock to the Bay coast each summer had departed on their annual migration elsewhere. DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin asked that the public continue to report any oil sighted on- or offshore to DNREC’s toll-free environmental hotline (800-662-8802).

While the source of the oil spill was still unknown, DNREC provided samples of the oil today to the U.S. Coast Guard to be analyzed for a “petroleum fingerprint” that might determine where it came from. The oil was described by DNREC Emergency Response as a “heavy fuel oil” likely leaking from an operating vessel, not crude oil from the hold of a tanker.

The spill, which spanned three-quarters of a mile of upper Delaware Bay coastline last evening, was estimated this morning to have spread to up to 7 miles of beach this morning, with DNREC noting that tide had fragmented the oil from larger pooling to smaller-size speckling on the beaches. DNREC’s Emergency Response Team environmental staff gauged the size of the spill Monday after collaborating with Delaware State Police’s Aviation Unit on a reconnaissance flight over the upper Bay. 

DNREC will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
A FREE recycling and paper shredding event will be held on Saturday (October 24th) in Long Neck
REMINDER: Pyle Center Road is closed until October 26th for the replacement of failing crossroad pipe
DelDOT is alerting motorists about a road closure that is needed to allow crews to replace a failing crossroad pipe.

Pyle Center Road will be closed between Daisey Road and Hickman Road. The closure is in effect NOW until October 26th at 11:45 p.m.

In the event of rain, notifications with new schedules will be provided when inclement weather occurs.
The next National Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday (October 24th) throughout Delaware
The next National Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday (October 24th) at area locations throughout Delaware.

You can safely drop off your old prescription medicines between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the following area locations:

• Selbyville Town Hall (1 W. Church Street, Selbyville, DE 19975)
• CVS (36252 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, DE 19975)
• Frankford Police Department (9 Main Street, Frankford, DE 19945)
• Ocean View Police Department (201 Central Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970)
 
For additional sites, please click here and click on "Locate a Collection Site Near You." 
Pop-up COVID-19 testing events this week in Sussex County
To contact Ron: Ronald.Gray@delaware.gov