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Bear Area Pedestrian Improvements. New Castle County, Delaware.

This project retrofitted pedestrian and bicycle facilities into relatively dense suburban communities, providing connections to community facilities and retail centers that were previously only accessible by car.

The Bear Area Pedestrian Improvements provide a fully interconnected pedestrian and bicycle network serving thousands of residents in surrounding communities, as well as connections to the Bear Library, retail areas, and a proposed regional park along Route 7 in New Castle County, Delaware. As an outgrowth of the Route 40 Corridor 20-Year Transportation Plan, WRA worked with residents and elected officials to develop a comprehensive scope of active transportation improvements. A series of sidewalks, shared use paths, and bus stop improvements were taken through final design and construction related services. In recognition of technical excellence and meaningful public outreach, the Bear Area Pedestrian Improvements received the Delaware Department of Transportation’s Outstanding Multimodal Award.

Bear Area Pedestrian Improvements
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The Bear Area Pedestrian Improvements provide an outstanding example of how, through creative design and close coordination with stakeholders, useful pedestrian and bicycle facilities can be provided in car-dependent suburbs.