(LEWES, Del.) - Delaware's state transportation officials want to hear from the public about how best to design the future bike trail that will connect Lewes and Georgetown.
DelDot will listen to comments, concerns and suggestions about the bike trail's expansion at a public workshop meeting at the Cape Henlopen High School cafeteria Thursday, Aug. 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The bike trail, which is adjacent to the defunct railroad, ends at Savannah road leading cyclists and pedestrians onto the street.
Phase two of expanding the bike trail is slated to begin construction by fall 2018. DelDot said the trail will extend west under the Nassau bridge, later connecting to Minos Conway Road which links riders to Route 9.
"I think it'd be great if they made it all the way to the western part of the county which is really nice," said Lewes resident Deb Schultz, who frequently walks and bikes the available trails.
"I would love to be able to get to Georgetown," said avid cyclist Terry Lindenmuth of Lewes. "For me, since I live here, from here to Georgetown to Lewes to Rehoboth and back is a nice little loop for me."
Riders in town said there is a need for more accessibility to western Sussex County, especially when it comes to crossing Coastal Highway to reach Route 9.
"There's a bike lane but you know, it's a little iffy," said Schultz. "People are kind of basically afraid, especially when you have to cross that Route 1 intersection. That's not good."
Also in the works is building sidewalks along Savannah Road that will connect to the bike trail.
"The shoulder gets real small very quick so you have to keep your eyes out for the cars," said Casey Bahr, another cyclist in Lewes.
A one mile stretch of the thoroughfare from Quaker Road heading east into town is under study to determine how best to improve the corridor for pedestrians.