Traffic may slow down on fast-growing alternate 13


By Tony E. Windsor


The Seaford Police Department is hoping that the state will help make a section of alternate US 13 a little bit safer. During a recent meeting of the Seaford City Council, city manager Dolores Slatcher presented a request on behalf of one of the police officers. Slatcher said that Sgt. Tommy Lee has requested that the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) permit a reduction in the speed limit along the highway south of Sussex 534 (Herring Run Road). Alternate US 13 is a state-maintained highway, so the state has the authority to make the speed change. Slatcher said Lee pointed to a recent collision that occurred in the area of the new Seaford post office. A woman pulled out into the path of oncoming traffic and was struck by a vehicle traveling at 50 miles per hour. "With the addition of the post office and an increase in traffic, there are more senior citizens traveling in that area," Slatcher said. "It is hard to judge the distance between the [Strike Masters] bowling alley and the post office." Lee is requesting that DelDOT reduce the speed limit to 35 miles per hour from the traffic light at Sussex 534 south to Dutton Avenue, where an existing speed limit sign posts the speed at 25 miles per hour. Lee is requesting that the city send a letter to DelDOT asking for the speed reduction. "There is a lot more development in that area along US 13A and it is an issue of safety," Slatcher said. The full council agreed with Lee's request and a letter will be sent to DelDOT.
Butler: Downtown mailbox is inconvenient for seniors Another issue brought to the attention of the city council came as one councilman expressed frustration at the lack of a "drive-up" mailbox at the site of the former post office building on High Street. Councilman Ed Butler said the mailbox left at the former post office sits back from the street too far. Motorists have to stop their vehicles and get out in order to put mail in the box, he said. This, he added, creates a traffic hazard as the motorists get back in their vehicle and have to move back into the line of High Street traffic.

Councilman Ed Butler said the mailbox left at the former post office sits back from the street too far. Motorists have to stop their vehicles and get out in order to put mail in the box, he said. This, he added, creates a traffic hazard as the motorists get back in their vehicle and have to move back into the line of High Street traffic. "This is inconvenient and many senior citizens struggle as it is to deliver their mail," he said. "Traffic in this area of the city can become very congested." Butler said since the post office moved to alternate US 13, citizens on the west side of the city are limited in terms of places to mail their letters and packages. He said there are few mailboxes on the west side of the city where the driver can pull up to the box and mail letters from the vehicle window. "The driver is usually the one who delivers the mail to the box, so it would be nice to have a way to do this from the street," he said. Slatcher said that perhaps someone at the Nylon Capital Shopping Center could request that the post office locate a mailbox in the shopping center that would enable drivers to pull up to a box and mail their items. Councilman Ron MacArthur said that there is a mailbox in the parking lot of County Bank and P.K. City on Stein Highway that enables driver-side mail drop off. Slatcher pointed out that the post office also has mailboxes in its parking lot. MacArthur said that he would like to know the formula that the post office uses in placing mail boxes throughout the city. He said one box located near Stein Highway was recently removed after "about 25 years" at that location. "I would also like to know how many boxes they have in the city and where they are located," he said. "It would be nice to know how we go about getting a mailbox located in an area we feel needs one." No action was taken. However, it was suggested that the quarterly City of Seaford Newsletter might print the locations of all mailboxes in Seaford.

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