Work Begins On Capital City Trail Phase Two in Dover

July 7, 2014
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July 07, 2014

Trail is vital link in Governor Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative

Dover — Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Shailen Bhatt and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary David Small proudly announce the start of construction on Phase Two of the Capital City Trail in Dover.

Phase Two of the Capital City Trail project will begin this week with DelDOT’s contractor, Grassbusters Landscaping LLC, breaking ground on the project, which will extend 700 feet from Legislative Hall to Loockerman Street, behind the Delaware State Archives. Work on this phase of the project includes replacement of the current five-foot-wide brick sidewalks with a ten-foot-wide shared-use path. It will also include the construction of a 300-foot-long retaining wall alongside the path, as well as the installation of benches and landscaping. Phase Two of the project is expected to be completed by mid-September and will cost approximately $251,489, paid for by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality fund.

“With Phase Two of the Capital City Trail, we will continue to fill gaps in the transportation network of Delaware’s capital city. Phase Two, and the trail as a whole, will reduce automobile traffic on city streets, will reduce vehicle emissions, and will provide more opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian users. Most importantly, as it improves alternative modes of transportation, phase two of the project will improve safety for everyone who travels through the heart of Dover,” said DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt.

The first phase of the project was completed last November. Phase One created a walkway from Public Safety Boulevard that runs along the west side of U.S. Route 13, to the south side of Martin Luther King Boulevard, and crosses in front of Legislative Hall. Phase The third and final phase of the project is expected to begin in 2015.

The Capital City Trail in Dover’s pathways and trails system connects to the existing Silver Lake Trail at Division Street, continuing to Legislative Hall and along Court Street to the Public Safety Boulevard Pathway and the Isaacs Branch Trail. When completed, this trails and pathways system will extend 4.5 miles in greater Dover – safely connecting city residents, visitors, and workers to parks, historical attractions, government offices, Dover Air Force Base, schools, and businesses.

“Through the Governor’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative, we’re working to make Delaware the First State in trails,’ said DNREC Secretary David S. Small. “The Capital City Trail will connect to existing trails and pathways and make the city of Dover more bikeable and walkable. With the ongoing construction of the trail, we are improving air quality, providing transportation alternatives, expanding recreation and tourism opportunities, spurring local businesses and promoting healthier lifestyles. This is going to be a real step forward for Dover.”

The Capital City Trail is part of the Governor’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative, which is creating a world-class statewide network of new and enhanced trails and pathways for residents and visitors to enjoy walking, biking, hiking, and active living. The Initiative has far-reaching advantages – boosting Delaware’s economy, benefitting local businesses, and promoting the continued growth of the state’s recreation and tourism industries. By offering people a place to walk, run or ride, trails and pathways allow them to connect with the outdoors and encourages healthier, more active lifestyles.

Governor Markell’s First State Trails and Pathways Initiative is a partnership led by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control with regional and local organization and government partners.

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