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January 26, 2011
Governor Markell Suspends Route 113 Project Indefinitely
Area Legislators Must Come to Consensus Before State Will Make Investments
Dover, Delaware - Today, the Governor and Secretary Wicks met with Sussex County legislators to discuss the future of the Route 113 project and as a result of that meeting, the Governor and Secretary have suspended the Route 113 Project.
This is a project that began in 2000 at the direction of elected officials in Sussex County, with almost universal support from Sussex County legislators who have cast public votes in favor of the project and have attended several of the more than 85 public meetings over the last 11 years. However, recently some of the same legislators now advocate for halting the project.
According to the Governor, “what was clear at today’s meeting is there is no consensus among current elected officials in Sussex County as it relates to this project. This project was estimated to bring approximately $850 million of capital investment in Sussex County, create hundreds of jobs and relieve gridlock. However, this Administration is not prepared to move forward and make that investment given the current lack of consensus from Sussex County elected officials.”
As a result, the Governor and Secretary have suspended the Route 113 Project as of today and no further work will take place on the project. According to Governor, “should the Sussex County delegation decide to take ownership and leadership with respect to this project in the coming months, I will reconsider my decision. If not, there are other important projects throughout the state where these resources can and will be re-directed.”