Safety improvements at Routes 40/72 still years away

More than 140 crashes have tied up traffic and injured dozens of people over the last three years at Routes 40 and 72 near Glasgow.

That's why DelDOT is striving to make the highway safer.

"We're going to add bike paths and pedestrian crosswalks on Route 72, going across the highway there, that's going to make it a lot safer, and that's one of the main priorities of this project," says DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff.

The busy intersection sees thousands of cars every day at a high rate of speed. DelDOT has plans to reduce traffic as well.

"We're going to add an additional through lane in each direction on Route 72 Additionally, we're going to add left-turn lanes on Route 40 at the intersection," he says.

Improvements will cost $14 million and will be 80-percent funded by the federal government. Construction starts in 2016.

To voice your opinion, attend a workshop at Keene Elementary School at 200 LaGrange Avenue in Glasgow. If you can't make it, you can make comments to DelDOT Public Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903.

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