The next phase of the Carter Road widening project in Smyrna is scheduled to start on Thursday.
The good news is the intersection of Carter Road and Wheatley's Pond Road (Route 300) will reopen Thursday. The section of Carter Road from Wheatley's Pond Road to Deak Drive was closed Jan. 21 while new traffic signals were installed and road improvements were made, including turn lanes for traffic turning from Wheatley's Pond Road to Carter Road.
The bad news is a portion of Carter Road will be closed from South Street to Dettinger Road during the next phase of construction, starting Thursday. Dettinger Road is the entrance to the Estates at West Shore, between the Smyrna Swim Club and the bridge over Mill Creek.
The entire Carter Road project is on schedule with an estimated completion date of Nov. 1, said Louise A. Holt, public information officer for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).
The Carter Road project consists of widening the traffic lanes, adding a center lane for left turns, adding shoulders, and adding sidewalks. A piped drainage system with stormwater management facilities is being installed and utility poles are being moved.
The project also includes the addition of street lights along the entire length of the road and a new traffic light at the Sunnyside Road intersection in place of the four-way stop.
The cost of the project is $4 million, and the contract was awarded to Adel Construction of Newark.