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SR 141, Centre Road, Kirkwood Hwy to Faulkland Road

Location: New Castle County, Delaware Client: Delaware Department of Transportation

JMT developed final design plans for the reconstruction and widening of SR 141 from Kirkwood Highway to north of Faulkland Road. 

Centre Road (SR 141) had been widely acknowledged as needing improvement for nearly 40 years but consensus could not be reached among stakeholders on how to develop it.  Existing conditions included a four-lane, undivided principal arterial roadway with no shoulders or turn lanes, approximately one mile in length, which traversed a heavily developed residential area, with an expressway to the south and a boulevard to the north.  Through the years this section of roadway suffered from traffic congestion and a high rate of crashes.  In addition, pedestrian facilities were limited along the corridor.

The project included improvements along Faulkland Road from Wagoner Road to East Willow Run Drive.   The project addressed safety, capacity and multimodal deficiencies.  Safety issues were addressed by dividing the highway with a 16-foot wide landscaped median, dedicated left turn lanes and a new signal at Lowry Drive.  Capacity deficiencies at the Faulkland Road intersection were addressed by adding additional left turn lanes.  Multi-modal issues were resolved with the addition of a new shared use path on the east side of SR 141, cross walks and pedestrian signals at the signalized intersections. 

Due to the complexity of the project, it was divided into 3 contracts.  The first contract was developed to advance numerous utility relocations required for the project.   This contract involved designing a common utility trench for communication, DelDOT fiber optic, water and sewer lines and relocation of overhead utilities. JMT's Water Resources staff utilized stream bank stabilization techniques to enhance the stream and protect the utility crossing.  JMT utilized its Facilities Group to design a modification to an existing shopping center to accommodate a partial demolition.

The second contract addressed roadway construction.  JMT's design incorporated complete roadway reconstruction, bridge reconstruction and bridge rehabilitation, and well as the installation of new pedestrian and bicycle facilities. 

The third contract involved providing new landscaping along the corridor.  JMT's Landscape Architects worked with community representatives to develop a plan that will provide a sustainable, maintainable and aesthetic enhancement to the roadway.

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