Take two: Route 54 traffic focus of second public meeting

Date Published: 
Oct. 27, 2017

It was a long discussion, but it was missing some key players. This time when residents discuss Route 54 traffic congestion and safety, they’ll be speaking with Sussex County officials.

State Rep. Ron Gray (R-38) and Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. (R-20) have invited the public to a follow-up Route 54 traffic meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Indian River High School auditorium.

They’ve invited Sussex County Councilmember Rob Arlett and Administrator Todd Lawson, plus Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) staff to discuss traffic concerns, including entrance plans for the incoming proposed Royal Farms gas station across from Keenwick Sound development.

A similar meeting was held on Sept. 19. Hocker and Gray turned to the IRHS auditorium after the September attendees threatened to exceed Roxana fire hall’s 274 occupancy limit, showing high public concern. Although debate began with the proposed Royal Farms entrance pattern, discussion had turned to the broader probability at hand: the speed of development.

Although Hocker and Gray hosted the first meetings to help residents, they don’t actually control land-use decisions.

Outside of regular town limits, Sussex County Council approves all development, based on the recommendations of its Planning & Zoning Commission.

Route 54 is challenging on its own, without the proposed townhouses, gas stations and other development. At the end of the day, it’s still just a two-lane road connecting thousands of people to a resort area.

Indian River High School is located at 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro.