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
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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