After further study, the Delaware Department of Transportation is no longer considering a new traffic light for the intersection of Wyoming Road and South Chapel Street.
“I can’t say with a straight face that if we put in a traffic signal it will be any better,” DelDOT consultant Matt Buckley told the Newark Traffic Committee last week.
The traffic committee, which is made up of representatives from the city of Newark, the Newark Police Department, the Wilmington Area Planning Council and a Newark resident, took up the issue over the summer in response to a request from Tina Jackson, a Tyre Avenue resident who said she goes through the intersection several times a day.
The four-way stop creates a dangerous situation, Jackson said, adding that she believes it will get worse due to several apartment buildings and townhouses being built nearby, as well as changes at the University Courtyard Apartments. The University of Delaware took over the private apartment complex for use as dorms, and its large parking lot will be used by students and employees who buy parking permits.
In August, Buckely said initial data supported the request for a signal, but further study showed that the intersection isn’t a frequent source of congestion, and crash numbers that peaked in 2017 have since gone down. Adding a signal would create different problems, he added.
Buckley said that in a more rural area he might recommend a roundabout, but that likely would not be feasible at this intersection due to a lack of space.
DelDOT will continue to monitor the intersection, he said.