Gov. Jack Markell, Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt, and other state and local dignitaries gathered Tuesday afternoon at American Legion Ambulance Station 64 to celebrate the completion of the $4 million Carter Road Project in Smyrna.
The projected started in 2012 with majority of the work being completed by Dec. 2013. Improvements made to the road included widening it to include two eleven-foot travel lanes, two five-foot shoulders, installation of curbs, sidewalks for pedestrians, drainage system for storm water, relocation of utility poles, street lighting and a new signal at the Sunnyside Road intersection.
The project, done by A-Del Construction Company and funded on a state and federal level, was done to make the road more pedestrian friendly.
Kent County Levy Court President Brooks Banta spoke at the ceremony; Banta lives on Carter Road. He said the project initially started in 1999 and was thankful for the state finally finishing the project.
"It's a great project that turned out well for the town and the state," Banta said. "It serves the needs of the entire geographic area."
Smyrna Mayor Joanne Masten said the project certainly makes Carter Road safer for pedestrian and that the project was a win for everyone involved.
The theme for several dignitaries, including State Rep. Bill Carson, was relief the project is done.
"This was a very long-time coming and I'm glad DelDOT finally got it done," Carson said.
Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt said the improvements will greatly accommodate vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and that the project is for Delawareans. Bhatt said the Carter Road project benefits the residents of Smyrna economically.
Gov. Markell added the project was a project done by Delawareans.
"All of the contractors involved with this project are either Delaware based or have a local office within Delaware. In addition, this project helps implement, supports, and advances the town's comprehensive plan where they plan to expand both housing and employment by making it safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, while increasing capacity for the additional cars that come with more houses and jobs," Markell said.