November 2016

All meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the WILMAPCO Conference Room.

WILMAPCO's 2016 Our Town: The Future of Transportation
November 2, 4-7 p.m., Chase Center o n the Riverfront - Click to register

November 10, 10 a.m.

November 10, 1 p.m.

November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Technical Advisory Committee
November 17, 10 a.m.

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Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
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OurTownOur Town 2016: The Future of Transportation
Just a few seats remain for WILMAPCO's Our Town Conference: The Future of Transportation, on Wednesday, November 2 from 4 - 7 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The event will highlight transportation innovations and technologies of the future including driverless cars, alternative fuels, unmanned aerial vehicles, WiFi connected cars, and other innovations of the future. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.  2.5 Certificate Maintenance (CM) credits are pending for this event.  For more information, please visit  

ArdentownArdentown Paths Plan Public Meeting 
The Ardentown Paths Plan seeks to identify, preserve, and enhance Ardentown's network of paths. This plan is being developed by town officials, residents, and WILMAPCO with additional guidance from county and state officials to support making Ardentown a more walkable community. Please join us at the town meeting for more information and to share your thoughts. The town meeting will be held on Monday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown.  To learn more, visit 
Local News
FreightDelmarva Winter Freight Meeting
Mark your calendar and register for the 2016 Delmarva Winter Freight Meeting on Tuesday, December 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Duncan Center, 500 West Loockerman Street, Dover.  Join Dover/Kent County MPO, DelDOT, Salisbury/Wicomico MPO, UD's Institute for Public Administration, and WILMAPCO for a continental breakfast and learn about global freight trends and their local impacts, FAST Act implications for freight, and much more. For certified planners, one CM credit is pending. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.  To register, visit

DelDOTWorkshopDelDOT Public Workshop - Walnut Street
DelDOT will hold a public workshop on proposed improvements to Walnut Street and East Front Street to 4th Street.  The workshop will be held on November 15 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Wilmington Amtrak Station, 100 French Street. The project is designed as a traffic mitigation measure associated with the Wilmington Viaduct project. The project consists of the removal of the sweep, the widening of East Front Street to provide two additional lane widths and compliant sidewalk installation along portions of East Front Street, French Street, E 2nd Street, and Walnut Street. The public is invited to attend anytime between 4 and 7:00 p.m. You can learn about the project, share ideas, and ask questions. DelDOT welcomes your input and encourages you to identify and discuss project related issues throughout the design process. To learn more, visit

HarmonyRdDelDOT Public Workshop - SR 273 and Harmony Road Intersection Improvements
DelDOT will hold a public workshop for SR 273 and Harmony Road intersection improvements on November 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Gallaher Elementary School, 800 N. Brownleaf Road, Newark. The purpose of the project is to improve the safety and operation of the SR 273 corridor in the vicinity of Harmony Road and the I-95 Interchange. You are invited to attend anytime between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.   Meeting materials will also be posted on DelDOT's website at .
AsthmaAsthma Awareness Evening at the Delaware Children's Museum
Visit the WILMAPCO and Air Quality Partnership of Delaware exhibit table during this asthma awareness evening filled with fun activities.  Learn about air quality, staying active and keeping your lungs healthy. The event will take place on November 16, from 5-7 p.m.  This event is open to everyone and costs $2 per person (museum entry fee). For more information email:

BridgeWork on a the new Christina River crossing to start soon
According to the News Journal, "A 345-foot wooden bridge across the Christina River is set to break ground. The $18.5 million project includes the arched crossing just east of I-95, a smaller bridge across Little Mill Creek leading to the Wilmington Riverfront and 2,300-foot boardwalk across marshland to link the two. To the south, it will connect with a 1.4-mile path opened in 2014, which leads to another trail system that stretches to Old New Castle. The bridge is the last link of a system that has been built gradually and creates a nearly uninterrupted pathway between Wilmington and New Castle.The opening of the span is planned for late 2018."  To learn more, visit
DartDART Launches 19th Annual "Stuff The Bus" Food Drive
DART announced that it will hold the 19th annual "Stuff The Bus" Thanksgiving Food Drive throughout the State starting on November 7 and ending on November 12.  New this year, DART will be at the Suburban Plaza Acme in Newark on Saturday, November 12.  The public is invited to help "Stuff The Bus" by donating nonperishable food items such as canned goods, boxed cereal, and household products such as paper products, laundry detergents, and side dishes.  Site locations, collection dates, and times include:
  • Wednesday, November 9, Acme, Fairfax Shopping Center, US 202 in Wilmington 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday, November 10, Rodney Square (Market Street side) in Wilmington 7 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday, November 11, Rodney Square (Market Street side) in Wilmington 7 AM - 1 PM
  • Saturday, November 12, Acme, Suburban Plaza, 100 Suburban Dr. in Newark 9 AM - 3 PM
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National News
RemembranceWorld Day of Remembrance
The World Day of Remembrance (WDR) for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year (November 20) - to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world's roads. This special Remembrance Day is intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering. To learn more, visit

SafetyToolsTwo New Tools for Improving Road Safety Reporting
The U.S. Department of Transportation has developed two tools to help states: a national definition for serious injuries and State Serious Injury Conversion Tables. In the past, state transportation departments have used varying definitions to report serious injuries. This has led to inconsistent reporting which resulted in poor data quality. Poor data can lead to ineffective countermeasures and that can lead to lost lives. Getting the best crash countermeasures in place requires getting the most accurate and consistent data available. With that in mind, U.S. DOT developed a standardized definition for reporting serious injuries to the federal government based upon the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC), which can be found at States are required to be compliant with the new serious injury definition by April 15, 2019.