Urban joined Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt, and members of the project team and local community to celebrate the completion of the Carter Road-Sunnyside Road to Wheatleys Pond Road Reconstruction.
“Carter Road was once a narrow roadway with no shoulders and minimal pedestrian facilities,” said Bhatt. “But the many improvements will greatly accommodate both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. While many of our projects benefit interstate traffic, I am pleased to say this is a project for Delawareans. More specifically, this will benefit the people of Smyrna economically, and by enhancing their safety and improving their quality of living.”
“Not only is this a project for Delawareans, it is a project by Delawareans,” Governor Markell added. “All of the contractors involved with this project are either Delaware-based or have a local office within Delaware. In addition, this project helps implement, supports, and advances the town’s comprehensive plan where they plan to expand both housing and employment by making it safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, while increasing capacity for the additional cars that come with more houses and jobs.”
The rehabilitation work for this $4 million project began in August 2012. Utilizing both Federal (80 percent) and State (20 percent) funding, improvements included widening Carter Road to two 11-foot travel lanes; two five-foot shoulders; installing curbs and sidewalks for pedestrians; drainage system for stormwater; relocation of utility poles; street lighting; bicycle lanes; ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps; and a new signal at the Sunnyside Road intersection.
Urban was responsible for project development, public outreach, concept through final design and plans, specifications and estimates, and construction consultation. The design incorporated LED lighting and best management practices in stormwater management. Additionally, the Delaware Department of Transportation requested that the pavement be reconstructed using full-depth reclamation, a process that uses the old asphalt and base material for the new road. This technique limits waste and reduces truck traffic, a more sustainable solution than conventional methods.