The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) started work today to convert 19 existing tar & chip roads in Sussex County to asphalt.

The work includes pavement overlays with wedging and patching, guardrail upgrades, ADA upgrades, pipe replacements, striping, top soiling, seeding, mulching, and restoration.

The contractor began work on Deep Branch Road in Milton today (8/5). Work hours will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

After the work is completed on Deep Branch Road, the contractor will proceed to the next roadway. All of the road work is estimated to be completed by November, depending on weather.

Variable message boards will be displayed to notify motorists of the upcoming work. Motorists should use caution in the work zone.

The following roadways in our area are among those being converted:
— Deep Branch Rd from Route 14 to Reynolds Rd, Milton
— Draper Rd from Reynolds Rd to Union Street Ext, Milton
— Reynolds Rd from Broadkill Rd to Rt 1, Milton

DelDOT officials say the decision to convert the selected roads was based on an average daily traffic volume of at least 500 vehicles; the current condition of the road; and the frequency of maintenance required on the road.

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