Milford considers participation in Bayshore Byway expansion

MILFORD — Delaware Department of Transportion officials are looking to expand the Bayshore Byway to include Milford and other local towns, according to Chip Kneavel and Mike Hahn who presented the idea to members of the Milford City Council Monday, Sept. 26.

“Currently, Delaware has six byways throughout the state. They’re basically an alternative route to the major highways,” Chip Kneavel told the group. “It’s a way of telling the unique stories of Delaware.”

As the Delaware Bayshore Byway currently stands, the end can be found in Dover. Should officials be successful in their expansion efforts, the byway might have no end at all when they’re finished.

A successful expansion would connect Dover to Lewes. Those traveling along the Delaware Bayshore Byway could then continue traveling the byway by way of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry where they could catch New Jersey’s byway all the way back to Delaware’s byway.

“It would be a Bayshore loop,” Highway Coordinator Mike Hahn said. “It becomes a tourist drawl that you can have a multi-day experience.”

As an added bonus, the pair said partnering with the state of Delaware on the Bayshore Byway expansion wouldn’t cost money for the city of Milford.

The program is federally recognized and comes with its own branding to be displayed along the length of the Delaware Bayshore Byway.

To help create a full picture of places along the byway, the program includes stories of important places along the route. DelDOT has also partnered with DNREC to create milestones, according to Mr. Kneavel.

The proposed extension, although not fully mapped out yet, could include historic and/or cultural icons such as the historic district, Parson Thorne Mansion, Causey Mansion and the Milford Museum, as well as recreational activities such as the Mispillion Riverwalk and Milford Art Stroll.

Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe said it seemed like a really neat program. Council members expressed similar thoughts when they unanimously voted to support and assist DelDOT as they move forward with expansion efforts.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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