The ribbon was cut Fridayon the South Frederica Grade Separated Intersection.
“Investing in infrastructure is a central part of our strategy to make sure that Delaware has a strong, growing, and globally competitive economy that works for all Delawareans,” said Gov. John Carney.“Over the next six years, we are investing nearly $700 million to upgrade our roads and bridges in Kent County, and nearly $4 billion statewide. These investments will modernize our transportation system, create jobs, help attract even more businesses to Delaware, and ease congestion across our state.”
The project removed the at-grade intersection at Milford Neck Road and Tub Mill Pond Road and provided access to and from Route 1 via ramps. Frederica Road and Tub Mill Pond Road were realigned to create a new service road on the west side of Route 1.
“The completion of the South Frederica GSI marks another step in our progress toward a safer and more user-friendly Route 1 through Kent County,” said state Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan. “We continue to complete these GSI projects on Route 1 – at Route 9, North Frederica, Thompsonville, South Frederica and Little Heaven later this year – helping our residents and visitors have safer and easier travels to their destinations.”
“While the South Frederica Overpass was not initially planned for the DE Turf Complex it was essential for the project to happen. Without the interchange Delaware would not have realize the significant economic benefit from the DE Turf,” said DE Turf Chairman William Strickland. “To date, over 100,000 visitors from 33 states, Canada and New Zealand have come to the complex and importantly have stayed in our hotels, eaten at our restaurants and shopped in our stores. We are so appreciative of the great partnership that has been forged with DelDOT to see the South Frederica Overpass to completion and most importantly for the highly professional way they have managed safe travel for our guests.”
The project has come under fire in some quarters by some who claim it was an indirect subsidy for the private sports complex at a time highway needs are greater to the south in Sussex County.
At the same time, Route 1 in southern Kent County has become a choke point when it comes to the growing volume of traffic from a longer beach season.
A-Del Construction,Newark, served as the lead contractor on the $26.6 million project which broke ground in March 2016, and received $21.7 million in funding from theFederal Highway Administration (FHWA).