Ocean View investing in traffic safety project

In an effort to address bicycle and pedestrian safety, the Ocean View Town Council this week approved $35,000 for a traffic safety project, which will be undertaken by the town’s Planning, Zoning & Development Department.

Ken Cimino, director of Planning, Zoning & Development, told council members there will be three parts to the project: studying and evaluating strategies and completing traffic counts; a comprehensive bicycle safety plan targeting Route 26; and investigation and implementation of strategies to address reckless driving through neighborhoods.

Cimino said the bicycle-safety portion will be handled jointly by the Planning, Zoning & Department and the Ocean View Police Department, and involve outreach and education. Print and radio advertising, to raise awareness, will begin on April 3, 2020, and continue until Sept. 25, 2020, at a cost of $6,000.

In conjunction with the Delaware Department of Transportation, warning signs will also be installed.

Cimino said that, as roads become more congested during the busy summer tourist season, anxious drivers cut through local streets and move too fast.

“Aggressive driving and disrespect call for measures to return our streets to safe, calm and livable environments,” Cimino said.

Mayor Walter Curran called the matter “very serious stuff.”

“This involves accidents. Accidents involve people. Probably the most complaints we’ve gotten in the past couple years is about bicycle and traffic safety. … This Town is here to take care of its citizens and the people who visit here,” Curran said.

 

By Susan Canfora

Staff Reporter