LEWES, Del.- Savannah Road is set for some bicycle improvements this fall.
The Delaware Department of Transportation is proposing to shift westbound Savannah Road to create a five foot bike lane east of the canal. The project would also include an eight foot minimum shoulder on eastbound Savannah Road and install a crosswalk at American Legion Road.
DelDOT says the $300,000 project would help make Savannah Road safer for bicyclists, a thought affirmed by local cyclists.
"I know from personal experience riding with two kids with the trailer pulled behind me, you feel unsafe," says Lewes Cycle Sports
owner Brian Kellman. "Cars are passing you, usually they give you some safe distance but there's a lot of people out there who aren't paying attention like they should be."
DelDOT says the work was requested by the city of Lewes and will help connect new trails on decommissioned railroads. That's something that will help tourism, says Sea Green Bicycle
co-owner Frank Cole.
"You are taking obsolete infrastructure and turning it into something the residents and the visitors to Delaware can actually enjoy," Cole tells WRDE.
owner Chris Jacona says twenty percent of his restaurant's summer clientele are pedestrians, so the new bike lanes should have an economic impact as well.
"It definitely will bring in the tourists as well because they are living and staying miles from here," he says. "So it'll definitely help us out."
DelDOT is hosting a public workshop Tuesday March 12th at Lewes City Hall from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the proposed project, view the attached PDF.