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DOVER/KENT MPO ANNOUNCES KENT COUNTY EAST-WEST TRUCK FREIGHT ROUTE FEASIBILITY ANALYSIS

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

                       

Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Helen Wiles, Public Outreach Manager

302-387-6026

helen.wiles@doverkentmpo

 

 

 

DOVER/KENT MPO ANNOUNCES KENT COUNTY EAST-WEST TRUCK

FREIGHT ROUTE FEASIBILITY ANALYSIS

 

Dover Kent MPO is pleased to provide a new study and corresponding publication, The Kent County East-West Truck Freight Route Feasibility Analysis Phase 1. Funded by FHWA, FTA, DelDOT and Kent Economic Partnership, this resource is intended to examine the existing conditions of east-west routes in Kent County, Delaware, and determine the most beneficial and effective improvements to east-west freight routes. The study also offers potential alternatives to the existing conditions; through these examples, municipalities may then consider changes in local infrastructure that will benefit both truck drivers and the community.

 

Linda Parkowski, Executive Director of the Kent Economic Partnership speaks to why the Partnership asked the MPO to do the study, as well as look to the future for freight in Kent County. “The East/West Freight Routes Study Phase 1 is a crucial step towards enhancing Kent County’s travel infrastructure and making it a more attractive location for major employers in the warehouse, distribution, and logistics industry. The Rockport 2.0 study highlighted the importance of access to travel infrastructure, and this Phase 1 study will serve as a beginning to guide the county in addressing those concerns.”

 

This study is one of two phases, consisting of the feasibility aspects of east-west freight in Kent County. It proposes both short-term and mid-term solutions that alleviate some of the challenges associated with truck movement in Kent County. It also proposes a viable east-west route that trucks will be able to use in the coming years, and in doing so, bypass downtown areas. The second phase, which will include the required engineering analysis, will be completed at a later date.

 

The complete study document is available on the MPO website: https://doverkentmpo.delaware.gov/projects/ 

 

Comments may be submitted on the website under suggestion box, by email helen.wiles@doverkentmpo.org or by phone (302) 387-6030. Any questions or concerns can be directed to James Galvin, Principal Planner at james.galvin@doverkentmpo.org.

 

For more information on Dover Kent County MPO, please visit www.doverkentmpo.org or call Helen Wiles at 302-387-6026.

 

The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization is a federally funded not-for-profit that works with local, state and federal governments along with local transportation organizations to ensure that transportation planning and projects are done in compliance with Federal mandates.

 

The Dover/Kent County MPO is committed to Title VI compliance. Title VI states “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

 

 

 

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