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.
Tree removal along William Street is complete and was well received by property owners who mentioned improved visibility from side streets and driveways, the removal of tree limbs hanging over homes, and elimination of tree roots damaging sidewalks. All tree stumps will be removed as part of the main project in 2019. Property Acquisition continues with ongoing negotiations occurring with affected property owners. The City in March made temporary repairs to sidewalks along William Street to reduce tripping hazards until new sidewalks are constructed with the main project. Private utility relocation work by AEP, Frontier, Spectrum, and Columbia Gas will continue through the end of 2018.
Consistent with City code and City Council practices, each caliper tree inch removed will be replaced in kind along the roadway, city owned property, or other nearby locations as deemed necessary when construction is completed. Landscaping will include a mix of ornamental trees, selected in collaboration with the city arborist.
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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