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Dover/Kent County MPO Hires New Executive Director

Date Posted: Friday, October 20th, 2017

Dover/Kent County MPO has new executive director Reed Macmillan hired to take on role as agency leader CAMDEN — The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization has hired a new executive director. On Oct. 18, the MPO Council voted to approve the hire of Reed Macmillan. Macmillan’s first day at the MPO will be Monday, Oct. 30. “I am happy to have been selected as the next executive director for the Dover/Kent MPO and look forward working with the MPO staff and council as we continue to perform regional transportation planning services and transportation planning coordination within the region,” Macmillan said. Macmillan, of Middletown, comes to the MPO from New Castle County government where he has worked since 2002. Most recently, he worked in New Castle County’s Department of Land Use as the assistant land use general manager. There, Macmillan performed high level management duties overseeing the department’s various operations and functions. These duties included comprehensive planning, licensing and building inspections, permitting, land development plan review, zoning, transportation, historic preservation, administrative hearings and more. Prior to his employment with New Castle County, Macmillan worked for Kent County’s Department of Planning Services, and in Aberdeen, Md. for the Aberdeen Proving Ground in its environmental conservation and restoration division. He also served as an environmental specialist for the Maryland Military Department, Fifth Regiment Armory, located in Baltimore. Macmillan is a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer whose last assignment was in 2015 for the First Mobilization Support Group in Fort Totten, N.Y. During his service, Macmillan was deployed twice overseas with the military to Kuwait in 2004, and to Iraq in 2008. “As chairman of the Dover/Kent County MPO, I am pleased to welcome Mr. Macmillan on board,” Dover Mayor and MPO Council Chairman Robin R. Christiansen said. “As  Kent County continues to grow, we need to not only plan for all modes of transportation today, but anticipate the needs of a growing and prosperous community in the future. Mr. Macmillan his staff will help make that vision  a reality.”  Macmillan has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Environmental Planning, both from Towson University, and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. The Dover/Kent County welcomes Macmillan to the team. He will be the MPO’s third executive director in its 25-year existence. The first was Juanita Wieczoreck from 1994 to 2011, followed by Rich Vetter who served as executive director from 2011 to earlier this year.



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MPO Regional Bike Plan update approved

Date Posted: Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Dover/Kent County MPO has a new Regional Bicycle Plan. On Sept. 13, the MPO Council approved an updated plan regarding bicycle amenities around central Delaware.  The MPO first published its Regional Bicycle Plan in 2011. Work started last year to set new goals and objectives for bicycling in central Delaware based upon existing infrastructure and what’s been accomplished in the last few years. A copy of the revised plan is available here  and under the Publications tab on this website’s home page.



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Downtown Dover Parking Study: Photos and Links

Date Posted: Friday, August 25th, 2017

Thank you to all who attended the Aug. 24 meeting for the Downtown Dover Parking Study. We had a good crowd due to your attendance. If you were not able to make the meeting, a link to a presentation and a survey for the parking study are available here.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DoverParkingStudy http://clients.langan.com/lph/default.aspx?postTransaction=498074968  



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Approved FY 2018 TIP is available for view

Date Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The new Transportation Improvement Program for FY 2018 to 2021 is available to view.  Click here to view.



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Take DelDOT’s Bike Survey

Date Posted: Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Our friends at the Delaware Department of Transportation have a new bicycle survey. Here’s the link: www.tinyurl.com/bikefriendlyde



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Jan. 31 is Next MPO Regional Bike Plan Meeting

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

MPO Regional Bicycle Plan working group to meet in January  CAMDEN — A working group for the Dover/Kent County MPO’s Regional Bicycle Plan will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the council chambers of Camden Town Hall, 1783 Friends Way, Camden. The meeting agenda includes the review and discussion of project prioritization for central Delaware as well as a review of maps that are a part of the Plan4Health campaign. Anthony Aglio of the Delaware Department of Transportation is set to discuss bicycle and pedestrian stress level criteria. The meeting’s agenda also includes recommendations for intersections, signs and sharrows, which are street markings to indicate areas where bicycles and cars are meant to share the road. If there is time in the meeting, the group is set to discuss Delaware’s Bicycle Route 1, one of the area’s designated bicycle routes. The meeting is open to the public, which is encouraged to attend. For more information, call the Dover/Kent County MPO office at (302) 387-6030.



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MPO Council Approves Three TIP Amendments

Date Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

The council for the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization recently approved three amendments to the MPO’s FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program. Council approved the amendments at its Jan. 4 meeting, pending public comment. A comment period for the proposed amendments began on Dec. 7, 2016, and ended on Jan. 6, 2017. Two of the amendments were for the purchase of  battery electric DART buses and the installation of charging stations for the buses. The third amendment approved additional cost to the construction contract for the POW-MIA Parkway (formerly known as the West Dover Connector). Although these are Delaware Department of Transportation projects and purchases, they include federal funding and meet the financial criteria for amendments to the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP amendment for the POW-MIA Parkway is due to a project cost adjustment from approximately $62 million to approximately $68 million. The extra cost is to add improvements to North Street, which is adjacent to one of the entrances to the Parkway. The improvements involve the patching of cracked or broken concrete sections, sealing smaller cracks, and finishing with an ultrathin hot-mix overlay on the existing pavement. The Parkway project is still on schedule and construction is expected to finish next year. A DelDOT representative the MPO Council meeting explained that adding the cost for the North Street improvements to the Parkway project would be less costly and take less time than treating the improvements as a separate project. Another amendment approved the purchase of six, 35-foot zero-emission battery electric powered DART buses. The Delaware Transit Corporation was awarded a FY 16 Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Bus and Bus Facilities Grant. The purpose of buying the buses is to reduce emissions, and provide clean, quiet expanded service in Kent County. These zero-emissions buses will be used to expand fixed route services for Kent County in alignment with DTC’s business plan. Total cost for the purchase is approximately $5 million. The third amendment is tied to the purchase of the battery-powered buses, as it approves the purchase of five charging stations for the new electric-powered buses. DTC would use money from the same federal grant for the bus purchases to buy three 500kW fast charging stations and two 50kW charging stations. Total cost for this project is approximately $1.9 million.    



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MPO Council approves Vision 2040 long-range plan

Date Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2017

  The long-range plan for the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization is now approved. On Jan. 4, the MPO Council approved the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, called Vision 2040. The plan will next go to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for approval. The MTP is one of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s core projects. The plan examines how central Delaware could take shape, transportation-wise, over the next 23 years and how transportation projects in central Delaware will be funded. In addition, the MTP provides measurable goals for the region’s transportation system. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires the MPO to update its plan every four years as a prerequisite for federal funding.   A copy of Vision 2040 is available to view on this website by going to the home page and looking under Resources, then Publications. For more information, contact Public Outreach Manager Kate Layton at kate.layton@doverkentmpo.org, or by calling the MPO office at (302) 387-6026 or (302) 387-6030.



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MPO’s FY 2017-2020 TIP approved and available to view

Date Posted: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

On Sept. 7, the Dover/Kent County MPO Council approved the FT 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program. You may see the TIP here: FINAL FULL FY2017-2020 TIP 9-7-2016 V2 , or go to the home page and see it on the TIP page.



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Read the MPO’s Spring/Summer newsletter

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

  Newsletter June 2016



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