Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Portion of Junction and Breakwater Trail re-routed
LEWES ( May 6, 2013) – A quarter-mile section of the Junction and Breakwater Trail has been closed to make way for construction of a new, planned housing development in Lewes, near Cape Henlopen State Park. The affected area is located in the northernmost trail segment between the Hawkseye community and Gills Neck Road.
When it was built, the now closed trail section was a temporary solution to connect bicyclists, walkers and runners to Gills Neck Road. A future, permanent, trail section will run through the new Senators residential community, making the connection to Gills Neck Road. That segment is expected to open next year.
“The Junction & Breakwater Trail is an asset to the Hawkseye community and we welcome the opportunity to continue its use via a detour,” said John Schneider, President of the Hawkseye Property Owners Association. “Our community streets are marked to direct trail users to Gills Neck Road. Many of our residents are avid trail users and decided to build in Hawkseye because of the proximity to this jewel, a multimodal pathway from Lewes to Rehoboth,” Schneider said.
Markers are posted along Peregrine and Red Tail Roads guiding bikers and runners to Gills Neck Road. Trail users are asked to follow the designated route and respect private property.
Area trail users are also advised that a 1,300-foot section on the Gills Neck Road Pathway has shifted. This quarter-mile pathway adjoins the new residential development. It will be replaced and opened as construction moves to other phases within the new development.
Vol. 43, No.182