Delaware Department of Transportation — Jack A. Markell Trail

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.