East William Street Improvement Project
The East William Street widening project will reduce congestion for motorists and neighbors, and increase safety for the 20,000 vehicles that travel the route daily. Activity began in February 2018 and construction will take place in 2019.
Accidents and delays occur on East William Street because of stopped vehicles waiting to make left turns. Widening the street to add a center lane will separate turning vehicles from the traffic stream and improve safety during all hours. The project has been under development for several years and has been discussed at city council meetings and through a public involvement process.
Private utility relocation is taking place. The road widening will then start and last approximately 18 months.
The East William Street widening project will provide left turn slots at Richardson, Cheshire, Channing, Anne, Moore and Wade streets, as well as businesses and Conger Elementary School with direct William Street access. It also includes a new Cheshire-William St. signal, improved property drainage and traffic signal operations, as well as new street lighting, trees and sidewalks.
The project also will make it easier for vehicles to move through a widened William Street-Lake Street intersection. The overhead bikeway bridge there will be replaced.
The cost is $4.65 million, 80 percent of that in state and federal transportation dollars. The City of Delaware is responsible for the rest.
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