City Of Delaware Seeks Public Input On Intersection Improvements

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It was Nov. 8 that Heidi Hecker was killed when the vehicle she was in was rear-ended by a drunken driver.

The crash was one of 56 crashes at the intersection of U.S. 23 and state Route 315 since 2009.

While the design of the intersection did not have anything to do with the crash that killed Hecker, officials said the crash rate in the area is more than double the state average.

City Spokesman Lee Yoakum said the number of cars and trucks that pass through the intersection is increasing, and the congestion is contributing to an increase in crashes.

“This intersection is one of the busiest, if not the busiest in the city of Delaware,” said Yoakum.

The city has been looking at ways to improve the intersection, and leaders have a few ideas.

“We believe the alternatives being considered will provide benefits as far getting the traffic through the intersection and reducing the likelihood of congestion and accidents,” said Yoakum.

City leaders are looking at road realignment options and making changes to the turn lanes.

They said those options will make travel both easier and safer for all on the road.

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