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Connecting Pathway to Open, Nearly 20 Years in the Making

Jun 14, 2015 08:31PM ● Published by Kevin

Hockessin Library Reading Garden. Photo courtesy of Friends of the Hockessin Library.

The new Valley Road pathway, which stretches from the Hockessin Library to Lantana Square, connecting two opposite sides of town, will soon open, according to a recent article by Wm. Shawn Weigel of The Dover Post.

However, this could be just the beginning, as Weigel reports a proposed DelDOT project could add .87 miles of sidewalk between Paper Mill and Brackenville roads, which would add about 4 miles of continuous sidewalk from Milltown Road to downtown Hockessin.

The project's genesis was in 1997, intertwined over the years with other projects, like the Old Lancaster Pike Streetscape, pedestrian and aesthetic elements for Route 41, and the Swift Park Trail System.

The project cost roughly $800,000, Weigel reported. Crews worked on it between June and October 2014, with an original ribbon cutting set for March 2015, which was delayed for inspection. That inspection revealed a few issues that needed to be addressed. Final inspection and ribbon cutting are imminent this month, the article said.

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