Executive - Press Release

Posted on: April 5, 2013

Gordon Announces Plans to Reopen Governor Printz Boulevard

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE (April 5, 2013) - County Executive Thomas P. Gordon announced plans to terminate construction of the Governor Printz Interceptors Project. New Castle County will begin to work with contractors and DELDOT to reopen Governor Printz Boulevard just south of the Stockdale Curve.

Since taking office in November of 2012, County Executive Gordon has received numerous constituent complaints about the rerouting of traffic from Governor Printz Boulevard resulting from this project. Working in conjunction with Councilman John Cartier and members of the senior staff of New Castle County Special Services, County Executive Gordon has taken decisive action to fully reopen Governor Printz Boulevard.

Today, County Executive Gordon has ordered that the project be halted and the road reopened as soon as possible. "The people of this area have been inconvenienced long enough" Gordon said. "Our Special Services team has worked tirelessly to try to resolve the issues with this project, but we all agree it is best to go back to the drawing board."

The Governor Printz Interceptors Project began in 2010. The project entailed installation of a large diameter gravity sanitary sewer interceptor. The portion of Governor Printz Boulevard in issue is in close proximity to several sensitive utility lines. Construction activities have been halted several times due to excessive soil movement. There has been a lengthy dispute over what the specifications require and the constructability of the project as a whole. There has been an ongoing inability to resolve this impasse. In light of the importance of safety and public convenience, New Castle County will cease construction of the sewer line at this time.

The decision reflects the beginning of renewed efforts to make meaningful improvements to our sewer system along the Governor Printz Boulevard corridor while taking into account the best interests of the surrounding community.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with County Executive Thomas P. Gordon, please call James McDonald at (302) 395-5101.

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