News from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)

December 2015  

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WILMAPCO Meetings 
All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.   
In case of inclement weather, please call (302) 737-6205, or toll free from Cecil County at (888) 808-7088 for cancellations or postponements. 
Congestion Management Subcommittee

Data and Demographics Subcommittee
December 14, 1 p.m.

Public Advisory Committee
December 14, 7 p.m.

Joint Air Quality Subcommittee and Technical Advisory Committee
December 17, 10 a.m.

Other Events

WILMAPCO will be closed on December 24, 25,  and January 1.

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In this issue...
DelmarvaDelmarva Goods Movement Taskforce
The Delmarva Goods Movement Task Force winter meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15th from 9am to noon at the Duncan Center, 500 Loockerman St., Dover, DE. This taskforce is comprised of area DOTs, economic development groups, private sector representatives, county officials, ports, and members of the public. It is charged with overseeing and helping implement future actions and policy recommendations that result from the WILMAPCO Freight and Goods Movement Analysis. The meeting is open to all trucking, railroad, port, airport, shipper, freight logistics, economic development, and community representatives. To register, please visit

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US301Delaware Approves U.S. 301 Toll Road for Construction
According to a DelDOT release, "DelDOT announced construction to commence in January on the new U.S. 301 toll road in southern New Castle County. In awarding the $69.842 million contract, DelDOT said it expects to complete final financing for the approximately $470 million project, including closing on a direct, federally-backed loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation not to exceed $211.35 million under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), and the initiation of approximately $240 million public offering of toll-backed revenue bonds.

As the start of construction nears, DelDOT will convene a Construction Information Meeting on December 9 at the Middletown Fire Hall at 27 West Green Street from 4 to 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the various phases and impacts of the construction project throughout its expected three-year duration."  For more information, please visit

SR299DelDOT Public Workshop - SR 299, Catherine Street to SR 1 
DelDOT will hold a Public Workshop to present proposed roadway improvements to SR 299 from Catherine Street to SR 1. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at Brick Mill Elementary School, 378 Brick Mill Road, Middletown.  The public is invited to attend anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Proposed improvements include the reconstruction of SR 299 to address present operational and safety issues. As part of these proposed improvements SR 299 will be widened to two lanes in each direction separated by a raised median from SR 1 to Cleaver Farm Road, a two way center turn lane section will be added between Cleaver Farm Road and Catherine Street, and a multi-use path extending the entire length of the project along the south side will also be constructed.  For more information, please visit
SR273DelDOT Public Workshop - SR 273 and Harmony Road Intersection Improvements
DelDOT has announced a public workshop for proposed improvements to the SR 273 and Harmony Road intersection. The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 3 at the Gallaher Elementary School at 800 N. Brownleaf Road, Newark. The public is invited to attend any time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this project is to improve the safety and operational function of the SR 273 corridor in the vicinity of the SR 273 and Harmony Road intersection, including the weave condition along the I-95 southbound off-ramp onto SR 273. This is the second workshop associated with this project. Using feedback from the first, the number of alternatives was reduced and further analysis of those alternatives was performed. This workshop is to present the remaining refined alternatives for public comment. For more information, please visit

MillCreekDelDOT Public Workshop - Mill Creek Road and Stoney Batter Road
DelDOT is holding a Public Workshop to present refined proposed roadway improvement alternatives to the Mill Creek Road and Stoney Batter Road intersection. The workshop will be held at Thomas McKean High School, 301 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington on Tuesday, December 8.  The public is invited to attend anytime between 4 and 7 p.m.

The purpose of this workshop is to present design refinements and alternatives to previously presented proposed improvements that included the reconstruction of the Stoney Batter Road and Mill Creek Road intersection to address operational and safety issues.  For more information, please visit

Local News 
Planning202Planning 202: Walk this Way! Creating ADA-Accessible Communities with Walk Appeal 
The University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration (IPA) has announced the new training course Walk this Way! Creating ADA-Accessible Communities with Walk Appeal ("Planning 202"). Planning 202 highlights the benefits and barriers to walkable communities and presents IPA's Walkability Assessment Tool for evaluating your community's pedestrian friendliness.

DelDOT's ADA Coordinator John McNeal will explain why ADA matters. Matt Carter will provide an overview of the ADA Title II requirements and the legal implications of failing to design, construct, or maintain pedestrian facilities for accessibility. Weather permitting, participants will go outside to evaluate the walkability and ADA accessibility of nearby pedestrian facilities in downtown Dover.

The course will take place on Friday, December 4 at the Dover Public Library, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Meeting Room A, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  To view the course flyer, please visit  To register, please visit .

APADEAPA Delaware 2015 Annual Meeting
The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Assocation (APA) will hold its annual meeting on December 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Frazier's Restaurant, 9E Loockerman Street, in Dover, DE. The meeting will include dinner and a year end summary.   Speakers will include Sarah M. Pragg, Policy Specialist, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware, who will discuss the Delaware Complete Communities Planning Toolbox; and Lewis D. Schiliro, J.D., former Secretary, Department of Safety and Homeland Security, who will discuss Planning for Large Event s .  For more information, please visit

I95Holiday Travel Tool: I-95 Coalition Real-time Multistate Map
According to an I-95 Corridor Coalition email, "The I-95 Corridor Coalition website provides a corridor-wide Real-Time Travel Information Map ( TrafficView) - a highly useful tool for travel planning, especially surrounding holidays and major events.  This publicly-available map integrates and displays - in a one-stop shop - traffic speeds and congestion, accidents and events, work zones,  traffic cameras, overhead signs, weather and more from state agencies."  To view the information map, please visit

SEPTANew Late-night SEPTA  Service Coming Soon to Wilmington
According to the News Journal, "A new late-night round-trip SEPTA train will begin to run in Wilmington on Dec. 14. The new weekday southbound train will arrive in Wilmington from Philadelphia at 12:26 a.m. and the final northbound weekday train will leave Wilmington at 12:48 a.m. Both will be two-hours later than the current arrival and departure times for the final Wilmington trains."  To view the source article, please visit
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National News  

ObamaObama Signs Two-week Highway Bill with Autopen
According to The Hill, "President Obama has signed into law a bill that extends federal transportation funding through Dec. 4. White House officials said Obama signed the measure using an  autopen, 'given the need for this extension and given the fact that the President is on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.' The bill, passed this week by both the House and Senate, buys time for Congress to agree to a long-term deal. Obama has railed against short-term transportation funding patches, but he signed the bill that was sent to him to prevent an interruption in the nation's road and transit funding ahead of the busy holiday travel season. "  To view the source article, please visit

TransStatsState Transportation Statistics 2015
According to a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) release, "The U.S. DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released the 2015  State Transportation Statistics   (STS)   - a reference guide to transportation data for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. STS 2015 includes a wide range of state-by-state information. The 13th annual STS consists of 116 tables of state data on infrastructure, safety, freight transportation, passenger travel, registered vehicles and vehicle-miles traveled, economy and finance, and energy and environment."  To view the statistics, please visit

CarsComedic History of How Cars Took Over Cities
According to a Better! Cities & Towns blog post, "The TruTV show Adams Ruins Everything ran an episode on cars that is a good history of American favoritism toward automobile transportation and why that hurts people. The show stars Adam Conover, who mixes comedy and education on real issues-in this case the form of cities and the impact on how we get around." To view the episode on YouTube, please visit

HealthToolNew Transportation and Health Tool
U.S. DOT and the CDC have launched a new Transportation and Health Tool to help states and regions consider public health issues in transportation planning. The online tool provides data on a range of public health and transportation indicators for U.S. states and metropolitan area 
showing how transportation may be affecting human health  across the country,  and making it possible to compare health outcomes in different locations.  To learn more, please visit   .

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