State of Delaware Complete Streets Policy

photo of Bethany Beach streetOn April 24, 2009, Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell issued Executive Order No. 6 to create a Complete Streets policy for the state of Delaware. The intent of Delaware’s policy is for “the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) [to] enhance its multi-modal initiative by creating a Complete Streets policy that will promote safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and [transit] riders of all ages to be able to safely move along and across the streets of Delaware.”

DelDOT subsequently adopted a Complete Streets policy (PDF) on January 6, 2010.   Under the policy, DelDOT is charged with creating a formal process to implement Complete Streets principles and design standards that consider all modes of transportation.  The policy focuses on implementation during the development or scoping phase of a transportation project to ensure that all users are considered in planning, designing, building, operating, and maintaining Delaware roadways.  The Complete Streets policy also defines the applicability, roles and responsibilities, and an exemption and waiver process to be administered by DelDOT.

DelDOT has developed a presentation that provides an overview and key points of the state’s Complete Streets policy (PDF).  The presentation also explains the exemption and waiver process, describes the six-step design process, and shows how Complete Streets principles may be applied in urban, suburban, and rural contexts.

What Is Delaware's Complete Streets Policy?
(1.4MB) PDF icon (see 6.2 Delaware's Complete Streets Policy)
for more information see Complete Streets in Delaware:  A Guide for Local Governments (20.4MB) PDF icon