US113 North/South Study
Project Update (This site last updated October 2, 2012)
In June 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) agreed with DelDOT's recommendation to divide the US 113 North/South Study into four (4) geographic areas rather than three (3). Since the start of the project, the three geographic areas had been the Milford Area, the Ellendale Area and the Georgetown South Area.
The Georgetown South Area was divided into the Georgetown Area and the Millsboro-South Area. This decision allows DelDOT to complete the necessary environmental documentation in a more efficient and timely manner. Environmental studies are required by FHWA as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NEPA ensures that proper study of potential human, cultural, and natural environmental impacts is conducted for each alternative under consideration. The studies describe the impact of the proposed US 113 alternatives, as well as ways to minimize and mitigate negative environmental impacts.
The current status of activities in each of the four areas is summarized below:
The Ellendale Area Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on September 28, 2010 with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the natural and human environment. The approved EA contains the environmental analysis of the selected On-Alignment Alternative. The issuance of a FONSI by FHWA concludes the environmental process for the Ellendale Area. Elements of the On-Alignment Alternative will transition into preliminary engineering as funding becomes available.
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The Georgetown Area Environmental Assessment (EA) was published on March 27, 2012 and the public comment period ended April 26, 2012. The EA contains the environmental analysis of the Refined On-Alignment Recommended Preferred Alternative that DelDOT announced in June 2007. Approval by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the natural and human environment, is anticipated by the end of 2012. The issuance of a FONSI by FHWA will conclude the environmental process for the Georgetown Area. Elements of the Refined On-Alignment Alternative will transition into preliminary engineering as funding becomes available.
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A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is being prepared to document the analysis of the No-Build, On-Alignment, and Eastern and Western Bypass Alternatives. It is anticipated that the DEIS containing DelDOT's Recommended Preferred Alternative will be available in early 2013 for public review and comment.
Learn more about the Millsboro-South Area.
As of July 1, 2007, the General Assembly removed funding for the Milford and Lincoln portion of the US 113 North/South Study and requested that DelDOT work to achieve consensus on an alignment. After further analysis and consultation with local leaders, DelDOT informed the General Assembly on January 23, 2008 that “there is no community consensus for a compromise alternative.” No work is currently underway in the Milford Area.
Learn more about the Milford Area.