Kent County Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta, along with Vice-President Terry Pepper and Chief Colin Faulkner, announced on Oct. 10 the upcoming installation of flashing lights that will be installed at the Wheatleys Pond Road Paramedics Station.
The announcement was made at the station, where Sen. Bruce Ennis and Rep. William Carson, who were present, will contribute to the project through Delaware Department of Transportation, Community Transportation Funds.
“We are proud to announce that with the help of Senator Bruce Ennis and Representative William Carson, this dangerous situation will soon be addressed,” said Banta.
The project is tentatively set to be completed by the Delaware Department of Transportation by the end of the month.
In 1985, DelDOT traffic counts at the intersection of Carter Road and Wheatleys Pond Road averaged 350 to 500 vehicles per day. That number is now 9,000 to 11,000 vehicles per day. Emergency vehicles enter and exit the Wheatley Pond Road Paramedics Station at least 5,000 times a year. Because there is not a driveway at the station, flashing lights will not only protect Paramedics leaving the station but also motorists and pedestrians and will serve as a warning that an emergency vehicle is leaving the station.
Like flashing red lights operating outside a fire station where motorists must stop, the same will soon be true for emergency vehicles.