Transportation news and events from the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
September 2020
Southern New Castle County Master Plan Transportation Element Virtual Workshop
WILMAPCO in partnership with the New Castle County Dept. of Land Use, and DelDOT will present a draft of the Southern New Castle County Master Plan Transportation Element for your review and feedback during a Virtual Public Workshop that will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. During the workshop, you'll have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft transportation recommendations of the plan. Registration is required for this event. Public comment on the draft document will be accepted through September 9. To learn more, please visit
Churchmans Crossing Plan Update - Virtual Public Workshop
You are invited to attend the first Virtual Public Workshop for the Churchmans Crossing Plan Update on Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. The Workshop will provide an overview of the project, including the schedule, goals, and background information. The workshop will also explain what a Master Plan is and why it is important in shaping the future of a community. By participating in this planning process, you can help shape the way people live, work, and play in the Churchman’s Crossing area.
Governor Printz Blvd Corridor Study - Virtual Public Workshop
You are invited to participate in a Virtual Public Workshop for the Governor Printz Boulevard Corridor Study on September 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. During the workshop, planners will unveil several ideas for improving the corridor based on previous community input. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the ideas presented during this event.
WILMAPCO seeks feedback on its Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan
WILMAPCO's Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan, which serves as a guide for residents to navigate the public process, is available for public review and comment through September 9. The Plan has been updated to include recommendations of the agency’s recently adopted 2019 Transportation Justice Report, which identified inequities in the region, including that neighborhoods with concentrations of Black residents were found to be chronically underfunded with transportation dollars and that low-income communities are much less likely to be aware of WILMAPCO, and thus participate in the planning process. To begin to correct these and other inequities uncovered, several outreach recommendations have been incorporated into the Draft Public Participation Plan.
Route 9 Paths Plan Online Survey
An online public survey is now available for the Route 9 Paths Plan to ensure that the plan meets the needs of the community. This plan will expand on and refine the bicycle and pedestrian recommendations in the Route 9 Corridor Master Plan. Respondents who complete the survey can be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card.
Local News
Virtual Public Workshop for Pedestrian Improvements to the Route 9 Area
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will be presenting a Virtual Public Workshop for proposed pedestrian improvements as well as other safety measures along the Route 9 (New Castle Avenue) Corridor on September 9 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The workshop will provide the opportunity for input on pedestrian safety projects near Eisenberg and McCullough Schools, and Bizzarre/Anderson Drive, Morehouse Road, and Hillview Avenue. Comments will be accepted through October 20.
Delaware’s Climate Action Plan Virtual Public Workshops
Identifying specific strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change Delaware is experiencing will be the topics of a series of virtual public workshops planned for September and October. Delaware is developing a Climate Action Plan aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change while maximizing the state’s resilience to the current climate impacts we’re already experiencing, including sea level rise, temperature increases and flooding. The workshops will be presented as a series of four virtual public input sessions designed to solicit feedback on specific strategies Delaware can take to address climate change.
Join the NCC2050 Comp Plan Update Stakeholder Advisory Committee
The first phase of the New Castle County comprehensive planning process, forming the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, is underway. This diverse group will be composed of community members representing a wide range of perspectives important to the development of a successful comprehensive plan. If you are interested in serving as a member, or would like to suggest a representative to serve on the NCC@2050 Stakeholder Advisory Committee, please email the county at
Jennifer Cohan is stepping down as DelDOT Secretary
As reported in the Delaware Public Media, "Gov. John Carney’s office has announced that DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan is leaving his cabinet in October. Cohan has spent 31 years working for the state in a variety of capacities. Cohan was appointed DelDOT secretary in 2015 by then-Gov. Jack Markell after 8 years as Director of the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicle. Cohan is moving on to become CEO of Leadership Delaware - a nonprofit year long program for Delaware’s future leaders. Carney intends to nominate Deputy DelDOT Secretary Nicole Majeski as Cohan’s replacement. The State Senate needs to confirm that pick.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Free Virtual Event
The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) invites you to a free virtual event on Thursday August 27 from 6-8 p.m. Please join DE APA for a special presentation of author Richard Rothstein discussing his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. In partnership with the Urban Land Institute and The Newark Partnership, a free viewing of a recorded webinar conversation with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America will be shown. If you are interested in registering for this event, please click the link below or email with questions on the event.
Repair work on Delaware Memorial Bridge set to start next month
As reported by Delaware Public Media, "The Delaware River and Bay Authority’s deck overlay pilot project on the Delaware Memorial Bridge starts soon. The five week project begins following Labor Day Weekend and will affect the New Jersey-bound span. The Ultra High Performance Concrete deck overlay pilot project will cost six-point-two million dollars. Two lanes will be shut down to traffic during the project with an additional third lane shut down overnight."
National News
Google Maps update adds more colorful images and sidewalk info
As reported in C/Net, "In addition to helping you find your way, the latest Google Map update will help you know more details about any given area at a glance. The map will shade areas with colors based on satellite imagery so you can easily tell the difference between forests and beaches. While the refined color palette is meant to help you understand regional features, a future update will offer more detail on a much smaller scale. Google will roll out more granular info on streets so you can see their exact size at scale in addition to the locations of sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian islands."
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