On June 19, 2000 the Route 40 Steering Committee voted to approve the Route 40 Corridor 20-Year Transportation Plan. This Plan represents nearly two years and more than 1,200 volunteer hours of work on the Committee's behalf, and was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 24 to 3. The Plan details highway, transit, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements that are, or will be, needed to address already planned growth and development and to enhance the quality of life in the Route 40 Corridor.
To ensure projects are implemented in a timely and consistent manner, a Corridor Monitoring Committee (CMC) has been formed. The CMC includes members of the Steering Committee and members of the Project Team (DelDOT, New Castle County, WILMAPCO). The CMC meets quarterly and reviews the conditions in the Route 40 Corridor.
The Steering Committee
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) joined forces with New Castle County in September 1998 to create a Steering Committee for the Route 40 Corridor. Our committee was composed of 32 members representing a cross section of stakeholders: elected officials, residents, business owners, developers, public service providers, and agency staff. The role of the Steering Committee was to develop a Route 40 Corridor Plan including recommendations for transportation improvements to address current and planned future land uses. We established our mission as follows.
It is the mission of the Route 40 Steering Committee to establish an open forum to discuss issues, define mutual interests, and formulate a consensus on how Route 40 should function over the next 20 years and what transportation improvements are needed in both the short term and long term. DelDOT provided necessary technical support through its staff and consultants, enabling us to fulfill our task. DelDOT also agreed to make every effort to implement our recommendations, provided that they meet the following criteria, which DelDOT must comply with on any transportation project:
- Recommendations meet applicable State and Federal Design Guidelines to protect the safety of transportation users
- Recommended projects are fiscally responsible in a way that the State can afford to build improvements to adequately address identified problems
- Recommended projects adhere to the air quality standards that are integral to building projects in the State
- Recommended projects meet the requirements of applicable permitting agencies
Organization of the Plan. This Plan document has three parts:
- The Plan Development Process describes how, over nearly two years, our Committee moved from recognition of transportation problems to the formation of the Plan
- The Plan Components section includes all of the projects that are anticipated over the next 20 years
- The Plan Implementation section illustrates the steps that must be taken to ensure that transportation improvements are built as conditions dictate and not before