Phase 8 of Georgetown to Lewes Trail Completed

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Councilman Penuel Barrett, President Georgetown Little League Lance Mears, Anthony Aglio (DelDOT), Secretary of Transportation Nicole
Majeski, Mayor Bill West, Senator Brian Pettyjohn, Representative Ruth Briggs King, Jeff Niezgoda (DelDOT) and Brad Saborio (DelDOT)

It is official. Phase 8 of the Georgetown to Lewes Trail is complete.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) marked the completion of this low-stress bicycle connection from downtown Georgetown to Sussex Academy and all points in between with a ribbon cutting on Friday, November 19, 2021 with special guests Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski, State Senator Brian Pettyjohn, State Representative Ruth Briggs King, Mayor of Georgetown Bill West and local officials.

The $913,294 project, a partnership between DelDOT and the Town of Georgetown, included the construction of a 10’
wide shared-use path approximately one mile in length from the Georgetown Little League Park to Airport Road along the north side of the existing active railroad line. The Georgetown to Lewes Trail is now approximately 8 miles in length. There are four additional phases. Once complete the multi-modal pathway will be almost 17 miles in length.

“Over a decade ago, the State of Delaware and the Department began to lay the groundwork for the creation of a network of trails and pathways not only for recreation, to better the environment, and to relieve congestion on our roadways, but to help connect those who travel by foot or by bike out of necessity to their daily destinations. Each segment completed plays an integral role in bettering the lives of those who live near it and contributes to the goal of building an alternate transportation network across our three counties,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski.

“This is a great day in Georgetown because we have become part of the growing group of people that enjoy the
outdoors. This bike/walking path will bring people to the community to enjoy what we have to offer. We need to thank
DelDOT and the Georgetown Little League for joining us in this great project,” said Town of Georgetown Mayor Bill
West.

Phase 1 of the Georgetown to Lewes Trail opened in October 2016 creating a safe alternate mode of transportation for
both bicyclists and pedestrians from Gills Neck Road to Savannah Road in Lewes. Phase 2 through 4 followed extending the trail from Savannah Road to Cool Spring Road.

Over the past three years, 1.2 million people have utilized the Georgetown to Lewes Trail to reach their various destinations. Once complete it will be the longest multi-modal pathway in Delaware. Construction on the next phase, Cool Spring Road to Fisher Road is scheduled to begin in Spring 2022 and will provide the only at grade crossing of US 9.

The State of Delaware has more than 500 miles of pedestrian and bike trails that allow users to meander through
historical towns, experience our beautiful outdoor spaces and appreciate all that makes our State so unique. DelDOT
encourages residents and visitors to explore all modes of transportation and continues to make improvements in all
three counties to make bicycling and walking safer and more pleasant. For more information, trail maps or details on
upcoming projects, visit DelDOT.gov.

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