The U.S. 40/S.R. 896 Interchange is an at-grade intersection that experienced very high traffic volumes and delays throughout the day. The purpose of this project was to develop and construct a grade-separated interchange that would accommodate projected traffic volumes through the design year of 2040.
HOW WE HELPED
McCormick Taylor was responsible for the environmental analyses, permitting and documentation, highway design, and planning efforts of this project. Numerous natural and cultural resources were identified in the project area as part of our preliminary research.
Glasgow Regional Park
Located north of U.S. 40 and east of S.R. 896, this County-owned park is open to the public and consists of trails, a dog park, tennis courts, basketball courts, and other amenities. Any impact to Glasgow Park required consultation with FHWA to satisfy NEPA and Section 4(f) requirements, SHPO for Section 106, as well as DNREC and New Castle County.
Aiken's Tavern Historic District
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this resource is located north of U.S. 40 west of S.R. 896. Originally established in 1701 by Welsh settlers, this site was occupied by British forces during the American Revolution. Any impact to, or taking of lands from, the Aiken’s Tavern Historic District required extensive coordination with various State and Federal regulatory agencies, including FHWA and SHPO.
Natural and Environmental Resources
Resources included regulated wetlands to the north of U.S. 40, on both the east and west of S.R. 896 associated with Muddy Run, and to the south of U.S. 40 on both the east and west of S.R. 896. The Muddy Run watershed is a sub-watershed to the Christina River Watershed. Consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DNREC, and New Castle County would be required for permitting, should there be any impacts to these resources. Rare Threatened and Endangered Species consultation was vital to the success of this project.
The project is currently in the preliminary data gathering/project scoping process. Once the necessary information has been gatherered, the NEPA process will begin and alternatives will be developed.