Summer Resort Highway Construction–Necessity, Poor Planning or Stupidity

Businesses Effected By Construction

How would you like to plan a vacation at your favorite resort and wait in traffic because of construction? I left home yesterday (the day after Memorial Day) and drove to the beach.

Bumper to bumper cars headed west before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge because they eliminated a  lane. Why would they do this around Memorial Day weekend? People left a day late to avoid traffic and still had a backup.

On Route 113 near Georgetown, Delaware, there was construction for a few miles. Why not do this work off-season?

On Route 54 in Fenwick Island, there was more construction. The construction will last all summer. Please click on this link to read the article.

I took these pictures today on Route 54 in Fenwick Island. Can you imagine what it will be like in July and August?  I suspect you will see bumper to bumper traffic.

If visitors are stuck in traffic, do you think that they will return next year? How will business owners fare?



6 thoughts on “Summer Resort Highway Construction–Necessity, Poor Planning or Stupidity

  1. maryfrances says:

    I too have become frustrated with the annual road paving on major routes to the Ocean City and Delaware beach areas. On the Thursday afternoon leading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I came to a dead stop twice due to the roadwork on Route 113 in Delaware, tacking on an additional 25 minutes to my trip. It burns me up to sit in 96 degree weather in the traffice consuming $4.00 a gallon gasoline. To make matters worse, the road really was fine.


  2. I had an interesting trip to the beach yesterday. I left Baltimore about 9:20 a.m. By 10:30 I am over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. ( I try to travel at times when I can avoid delays.) On Route 50 at least 3 miles before the split at Route 301, I see a sign that tells drivers that 3 lanes are merging into 1. Of course traffic is delayed a good 15 minutes. I proceed with the stop and go merging traffic. I note when the 1 lane turned back into 3 lanes, I could find no reason for the merge in the first place. There was no construction. I can only guess that maybe there was an earlier accident, and they were slow in removing the cones and merge sign. If the cones were causing an unnecessary delay, do you think that they could have removed them sooner?


    • Sonia R. says:

      You seem to be under the impression that civil decision makers have brains.
      The Rt 54 construction project is really a test to see if you were paying attention.
      Our tax dollars at work! Hairless Lady


      • I believe that construction on Route 54 is necessary. I am impressed that DelDOT listened to the business owners. In retrospect, they should have considered the impact of working on a main artery into resort towns during the summer season.


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