Plans in place since 2009 may be completed this year

Representatives from DelDOT are scheduled to talk about a long-standing project to install sidewalks along a bridge on Old Lancaster Pike at the Monday, Jan. 18 Greater Hockessin Area Development Association meeting.

Although it was announced at the January 2015 GHADA meeting that the two small bridges – one between Valley and Yorklyn Road by William and Merry, one further up Old Lancaster Pike behind the Goodyear dealer – were on the slate for last year, GHADA vice president Mark Blake said that funding for the project is finally in place.

“(DelDOT) has actually been doing a lot in our area so far in 2016, with respect to patching potholes and resurfacing,” Blake said.

According to New Castle County Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick said the original plans for Old Lancaster Pike date back six or seven years, when the county was looking for shovel-ready projects that would qualify for stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

According to the DelDOT website, the original project – with the bid amount listed at $1.7 million – included the replacement and repair of sidewalks, ADA curb ramps upgrades, decorative crosswalks, drainage improvements, decorative lighting, upgraded signage and landscaping.

The GHADA meeting is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 at the Hockessin Memorial Hall.