Active Lifestyle,  Delaware,  Quality of Life Benefits of Transportation

Delaware DOT’s Jack A. Markell Trail Provides New Transportation Opportunities for Wilmington Area

Over 15 years ago, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) identified an opportunity to create a space for alternative transportation; providing bicyclists and pedestrians with a commuting option while promoting an active lifestyle and prioritizing environmental preservation. Completed in September 2018, the $26 million Jack A. Markell Trail project – which connects downtown Wilmington with the City of New Castle and the local Amtrak station – is a nearly 8-mile trail that features a 300-foot bridge and a path that connects bicyclists to the local wildlife refuge. The response from the community has been enthusiastic; the new connection provides a vital route for the 100,000 residents of New Castle.

Since the opening of the trail, it has become a tourist destination and helped to bring new employment opportunities to the city – adding to the community’s quality of life for years to come.

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