Committee formed to make recommendation to senate on traffic issues throughout the region

The special truck traffic committee will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m., at the Hockessin Memorial Hall, 610 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin.

The 11-member committee was created by Senate Resolution 10 (SR10), which mandates the formation of the committee to study and make recommendations regarding truck traffic movement along Routes 41, 48, and 7 (Lancaster Pike, Newport-Gap Pike, and Limestone Road).

Members of the committee include employees of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOt), the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO), the Delaware State Police, the Wilmington Port Authority, and residents from along the three routes.

The resolution was put forth last winter following the addition – and subsequent removal – of signs by DelDOT directing all truck traffic destined for I-95 to take Route 48, sparking a reaction and a petition from residents protesting the move.

This is the committee’s third meeting, with its recommendation to the state senate due on Jan. 12, 2017.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the committee is expected to review data from an extensive signage review as requested last month by DelDOT secretary Jennifer Cohan during the August session.

Cohan requested that DelDOT undertake a comprehensive sign inventory along all three routes, including speeding, lane, and other traffic guides.

“We don’t do an excellent job of keeping track,” Cohan said at the Aug. 9 session.

The committee will also give presentations on what the members perceive as the “top five” problems confronting the region with regards to traffic.

All presentations and reports will be made available on the WILMAPCO website the following day.  

To read more information on SR10, and to view previous presentations, visit wilmapco.org/SR10.