DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Town leaders in Dewey Beach believe efforts to improve pedestrian safety are long overdue. Come this fall, town leaders said the Delaware Department of Transportation will begin work on a project to improve safety.
Rapid flashing beacons will be installed at several crosswalks where there is no traffic light. People press a button as they are about to cross, and the beacon will start to flash to alert drivers of pedestrians.
“In a town like this, I think it’s overdue,” said visitor Mark Spain. “Especially with all the night action down here.”
Dewey Beach Mayor TJ Redefer said the the sidewalk project will also address utility poles that sit in the middle of the sidewalk in some places by installing bump-outs.
“The bump-outs will be a little bit of an extension, a little bit of additional sidewalk. They could bump in or they could bump out. We need a landing area where people can pass by the utility poles with strollers or wheelchairs,” said Redefer.
Some neighbors expressed concerns about the bump-outs encroaching into bike lanes.
The mayor said the plan is to add visible markers to the bump-outs and narrow traffic lanes.
“Our traffic lanes on Route 1 are seven feet wide. We only need six feet for those traffic lanes, so if we capture the two feet of space, we’ll have more than enough room for pedestrians and for bikes and scooters,” said Redefer.
The mayor said DelDOT’s hope is to begin construction next month.