Route 1 Group to Study, Recommend Improvements for Pedestrian Safety

REHOBOTH BEACH – A legislative task force created to study and recommend pedestrian safety improvements along Route 1 will hold its first meeting next week.

Under House Resolution 22, sponsored by House Speaker Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, the Route 1 Corridor Task Force will meet on Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center along Rehoboth Avenue. The task force will consist of 14 members, including local elected officials, Delaware State Police, Rehoboth Beach Fire Co. and members of the public. Rep. Schwartzkopf will co-chair the task force.

The panel is tasked with examining the Route 1 corridor from the Nassau Bridge just north of Lewes to the southern town limits of Dewey Beach, which is heavily used by pedestrians throughout the year. Traffic along that corridor has steadily increased during the past decade, while pedestrians continue to use the roadway as well.

Under the resolution, the group will study and make recommendations for pedestrian safety, engineering, infrastructure, education or lighting improvements along the corridor. A report is due to the House by January 31, 2014.