Delaware DOT opens bicycle, pedestrian pathway in City of Rehoboth Beach

The project included the connection of a 10-ft-wide asphalt trail and the development of a two-way buffered bicycle lane

June 25, 2021 / 1 minute read
Delaware DOT opens bicycle, pedestrian pathway in City of Rehoboth Beach
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The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) today marked the completion of the Junction and Breakwater Pathway Rehoboth Beach Extension—a major pathway for bicycles and pedestrians.

The $513,000 project—a partnership between DelDOT, DNREC and the City of Rehoboth Beach—included the connection of a 10-ft-wide asphalt trail from Canal Street to Rehoboth Avenue and the development of a two-way buffered bicycle lane along Rehoboth Avenue to Grove Park within the city. The work also included paving, a concrete sidewalk, signage, striping, site amenities, and fencing.

"Our mission at DelDOT is to provide excellence in transportation and we continue to focus on how we can help people move around without needing a car to get to where they want to go," Delaware Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski said in a statement. "This connector is the true definition of an alternative transportation facility available for all to enjoy whether for recreation or as a means of travel to connect people to the places they want to go. It not only increases mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians, but it provides them with a safer route as well."

This is the final link to the approximately 14-plus-mile Junction and Breakwater Pathway that follows a section of the former Penn Central railroad. The first portion of the trail opened in December 2003. Currently, from June through August, 800 to 950 people utilize it daily. The completion of the Junction and Breakwater Pathway Rehoboth Beach Extension concludes a nearly 20-year effort and now makes it possible to travel from the City of Rehoboth Beach to Lewes or vice versa on bike or on foot.

DelDOT says the state of Delaware has more than 500 miles of pedestrian and bike trails.

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SOURCE: Delaware DOT

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