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Kennett Pike (SR 52) Widening

Location: Wilmington, Delaware Client: Delaware Department of Transportation

JMT provided a full range of engineering and design services for improvements to the first road in the state of Delaware to receive Scenic Highway designation.

SR 52 (Kennett Pike) was experiencing increasing volumes of traffic, particularly from commuters living in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, commuting through the historic village of Centreville into downtown Wilmington.  This increase in traffic volume created numerous operational and safety issues for Centreville residents, as SR 52, a two-lane roadway with bike lanes and on-street parking in each direction, is the main street through the village.  In response, DelDOT had installed temporary bulb-outs at key intersections throughout the village center until a more sustainable and effective solution could be reached.

As the primary consultant for this project, JMT was tasked with conducting a series of interviews with stakeholders, identifying issues and concerns and developing goals and objectives for transportation improvements along with developing a set of concepts for discussion and refinement.  These concepts were designed to coordinate with ongoing efforts  with New Castle County and the Centreville Civic Association to create a new overlay zoning district for this National Register Historic Village.  

The recommended alternative included a variety of traffic calming measures including curb extensions, narrowing of travel lanes, landscaping, roundabouts, creation of on-street parking instead of open shoulders, installation of curb and gutter and wider sidewalks in the village center area, and enhancements to existing gateway treatments north and south of the village.

JMT developed these construction plans, details and specifications, and provided construction oversight and coordination during the construction of the improvements.   Other services included data collection; field surveys and survey plans; ROW plans; highway, drainage and landscape design; E/S control; traffic control / calming; maintenance of traffic during construction, signing and striping; utility test pits; quality assurance / quality control; and public meetings.

JMT's success during this particularly challenging planning study led to a preferred improvement alternative which was approved for final design.  The project won an Outstanding Project Award from DelDOT.


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