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FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 285

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 17 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HIGHWAYS ANO PROVIDING FOR A NEW SUBSECTION GRANTING LOCAL AUTHORITIES POWER TO CREATE "HISTORIC DISTRICTS" AND AUTHORIZING THE ALTERATION OF TRAFFIC SIGNS ANO MARKINGS IN SUCH DISTRICTS WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Section 134, Chapter 1, Title 17 of the Delaware Code by inserting a new subsection (f) in the section to read as follows:

"(f) Local authorities, within their respective jurisdictions, may create "Historic Districts" which encompass one or more state-maintained roads, and the standards for traffic signs and traffic markings on any such road may be altered by the Department of Transportation to be more compatible with the time period of the Historic District, unless:

(I) The posted speed limit on the road is above 25 MPH;

(2) There are more than two thru travel lanes on the road;

(3) The road is a U.S. or Delaware Route; or

(4) The road has no reasonable alternative route which can adequately handle the traffic.

Any traffic signs or traffic markings that are proposed under this subsection must be approved by the Department of Transportation."

Section 2. Amend Section 134, Chapter 1, Title 17 of the Delaware Code by renumbering current sections (f), (g) and (h) as (g), (h) and (i) respectively.

Approved July 8, 1987