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The Guide to Interstate 95 in Delaware

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Interstate 95 cuts a swath through the northern portion of Delaware between Newark and Claymont. The freeway constitutes 23.43 miles in the Diamond State, 11 of which are apart of the Delaware Turnpike. The highway is tolled between the Maryland state line and Exit 1 (Delaware 896)

Interstate 95 Southbound
The southbound departure of Interstate 495 (Wilmington Bypass) occurs just north of the Delaware state line in Pennsylvania. Pictured here is an original Interstate 495 shield posted at the Naamans Creek Road (Pennsylvania 491) under crossing. Photo taken 08/04/04.
Interstate 95 southbound at the Delaware state line and northern terminus of the 11.53 mile Interstate 495. Through traffic is advised to take the Wilmington Bypass east of the city. The six-lane freeway features six interchanges and a 65 MPH speed limit. Delaware 92 (Naamans Road) is accessible via the Exit 6 off-ramp on Interstate 495 south. Interstate 95 northbound sees a ramp to Naamans Road via Exit 11. Photo taken 08/04/04.
The administration of Governor Ruth Ann Minner replaced all Delaware Welcome signs with new signs featuring the slogan "It's Good Being First". Pictured here is the southbound Interstate 95 welcome sign posted after the gore point for Interstate 495 south. Photo taken 04/23/04.
In 1987 Delaware posted commemoration signs at the state lines celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the First State's ratification of the Constitution. These signs remained in place for several years before being removed. In the background is the Naamans Road overpass. Photo taken by Averil Hecht (1987).
Original Interstate 95 southbound shield, posted on the mainline south of Exit 11 (Delaware 92). The last original mainline shield along Interstate 95 saw replacement by 1996. This final shield was situated southbound between the Exit 5B/A collector/distributor roadway and the mainline south of Newport. Photo taken by Averil Hecht (08/86).

The first of many upcoming exits signs for Interstate 95 southbound within the Diamond State. Featured here is the mileage for Exits 9, 8, and 7 at the Harvey Road overpass. A half-diamond interchange brings traffic from the Ardens and Claymont southward onto Interstate 95 from Exit 10 (Harvey Road). Carbon copy sign replacements are featured in the next suite of photos. Photos taken 10/13/04 & 05/17/07.
One mile north of the modified diamond interchange at Delaware 3 (Marsh Road) on Interstate 95 south. The four lane freeway passes over Silverside Road within the vicinity of the sign. Silverside and Harvey Roads provide east-west secondary routes between Marsh Road and U.S. 13 Business (Philadelphia Pike). Photos taken 10/13/04 & 05/17/07.
Nearing the southbound off-ramp to Delaware 3 (Marsh Road). Marsh Road travels northward from Edgemoor Road to Delaware 92 (Naamans Road). Bellevue State Park resides along the route between Carr Road and the Washington Street Extension east of Interstate 95. Photos taken 10/13/04 & 05/17/07.
Interstate 95 southbound at the Exit 9 off-ramp to Delaware 3 (Marsh Road). The north-south state highway begins at Edgemoor and junction Interstate 95 near the Delaware River. The northern terminus occurs at Delaware 92 (Naamans Road) in the Brandywine Hundred community. Photos taken 04/23/04 & 05/17/07.
Upcoming exits sign for the three Wilmington city interchanges of Interstate 95 southbound. Marsh Road scoots underneath the freeway below. To the left is a signalized intersection with Carr Road. Carr Road parallels Interstate 95 on the northbound side between Silverside Road and Washington Street Extension. The two-lane alignment acts as a frontage road to the freeway and features a slip ramp to northbound Interstate 95. Photo taken 04/23/04.
Exit 8 composes a directional cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 202 north (Concord Pike) and Delaware 202 south (Concord Avenue). U.S. 202 itself merges onto Interstate 95 at the upcoming exit. Ahead is the CSX Railroad under crossing. Additional carbon copy signing results in the wholesale replacement of all Exit 8 related guide signs by 2007. Photos taken 04/23/04 & 05/17/07.
Second Exit 8 guide sign for the U.S. 202 northbound off-ramp to West Chester, Pennsylvania. The US highway follows a busy six-lane arterial (Concord Pike) from Interstate 95 northward to the Pennsylvania state line. The strip is heavily commercialized and is home to the Concord Mall. A 15-mile drive otherwise links the city of Wilmington and the Delaware County seat of West Chester, Pennsylvania via U.S. 202. Photos taken 04/23/04 & 05/19/07.
1963 concrete remained in place through 2004 on Interstate 95 southbound between the CSX Railroad underpass and the Brandywine Creek Bridge in Wilmington. Pictured here is a third sign for the U.S. 202 & Delaware 202 interchange. Until December of 1984, U.S. 202 continued south of Interstate 95 via Concord Avenue into Wilmington. The federal route from there joins U.S. 13 Business (Market Street) southbound into the central business district. AASHTO approved an extension of the route at that time to bring U.S. 202 onto Interstate 95 between Exits 5 and 8 and Delaware 141 between Exit 5 and U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway). Photos taken 04/23/04 & 05/17/07.
The first guide sign for the Exit 8B cloverleaf ramp to Delaware 202 (Concord Avenue) southbound is posted on the Exit 8A sign bridge. To the right a one lane ramp travels onto U.S. 202 just south of the Foulk Road (Delaware 261) intersection. Construction is presently underway to convert the Exit 8B off-ramp to accommodate movements onto Delaware 202 south, thus eliminating Exit 8A. This work is part of the ongoing Blue Ball improvement project, work that upgraded the U.S. 202 intersection with Delaware 261 into a partial interchange with a relocated Delaware 141. Photos taken 04/25/04 & 05/17/07.
A short auxiliary lane joins Interstate 95 southbound from the Delaware 202 northbound on-ramp to the soon to be removed Delaware 202 southbound off-ramp. Delaware 202 (Concord Avenue) begins above Interstate 95 in the wake of U.S. 202's departure onto Interstate 95. The state route travels 1.01 miles southward into the East Lawn section of Wilmington. New overheads were installed by 2007 for an on-ramp to be removed in 2008. Photos taken 04/25/04 & 05/19/07.
The Exit 8B overhead saw installation in the early 2000s coinciding with lighting removal and replacement by 2007 with an erroneous U.S. 202 shield. Concord Pike should also be displayed as Concord Avenue. Motorists using the loop ramp descend underneath the CSX Railroad overpass into the city of Wilmington. Concord Avenue intersects Broom Street just south of the freeway junction. Photos taken 10/13/04 & 05/19/07.

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Interstate 95 sinks into the Brandywine Valley south of Exit 8. The freeway expands to six overall lanes between U.S. 202 and the Exit 7 junction with Delaware 52 (Delaware Avenue). Original grooved concrete was paved over between Concord Pike and the Brandywine Creek Bridge by 2006. In the background is the CSX Railroad bridge. Like signs for Exits 9 and 8, the carbon copy sign replacement project continues along Interstate 95 southbound through to junction Interstate 295. Second photos on the following entries display the new guide signs. Photos taken 04/25/04 & 05/17/07.
0.75-mile overhead for Exit 7 (Delaware 52) on Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 southbound at the 18th Street overpass. All bridges associated with the freeway through the city of Wilmington were repainted and repaired during a 2001-2004 construction project. Photos taken 04/09/04 & 05/17/07.
The upcoming exits sign posted at the Brandywine Creek Bridge features the southern terminus of Interstate 295 and the U.S. 202 southbound split from Interstate 95. The right-hand lane remains exit-only for Exit 7. However there are two ramps to serve Delaware 52: Exit 7B onto Jackson Street and Exit 7A onto Eleventh Street. Photos taken 03/23/04 & 05/17/07.
The aforementioned construction project of Interstate 95 through the city of Wilmington resulted in a face lift for the Brandywine Creek Bridge. The six-lane span soars high above the rocky creek and associated park below. Crews repainted the bridge, added decorative lamps, and decorated the sides with new black painted guard rails and a stucco finish. Photo taken 04/23/05.
The Exit 7B off-ramp departs Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 just south of the Brandywine Creek. The roadway forms the beginning of Jackson Street southbound to the right. Jackson Street parallels the freeway between Exit 7B and Delaware 4 (Maryland Avenue). The ramp itself intersects Delaware 52 (Delaware Avenue) in two blocks. Access to Delaware 52 southbound into downtown is available at the signalized junction. Photo taken 03/19/04.
A second view of the Exit 7B/A sign bridge on Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 southbound. In the background is an exit-only overhead advising motorists of the impending Exit 7A off-ramp to Eleventh Street and Delaware 52 south. Delaware 52 overall links the city of Wilmington with the northern suburbs of Greenville and Centreville before crossing the state line en route to junction U.S. 1 near Longwood Gardens. Photos taken 04/25/04 & 05/19/07.
Around the bend from the scene pictured above is Exit 7A ramp. The curved ramp becomes Eleventh Street southbound at Adams Street above. Delaware 52 (Delaware Avenue) passes over the gore point itself. Eleventh Street meanwhile becomes Delaware 52 four blocks to the south at Delaware Avenue. The state route travel an addition eight blocks to its end at U.S. 13 Business (Walnut Street). Photos taken 10/13/04 & 05/17/07.
The first of several overheads for the Delaware 9 (Fourth Street) off-ramp of Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 south. Exit 6 serves the Delaware 4, 9, and 48 alignments through the West Side, Hill Top, and Browntown neighborhoods of the city. In the background is the Eleventh Street off-ramp to Delaware 52 south. Photos taken 03/23/04 & 05/17/07.
Three on-ramps from the city of Wilmington serve Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 southbound. The first carries Jackson Street and Delaware 52 motorists onto the freeway at the Ninth Street overpass. The upcoming exits panel to the left indicates the distance to Interstate 295, Exits 5A/B. and Exits 4A/B. Photos taken 03/23/04 & 05/19/07.
Southbound at the Eight Street overpass. The Jackson Street on-ramp at Eleventh Street forms an auxiliary lane for Exit 6. The Fourth Street off-ramp merges onto Jackson Street at Delaware 9 (Fourth Street) two blocks ahead of Delaware 48 east (2nd Street). The blue and white sign affixed to the bridge support is for the Wilmington Blue Rocks Class A Minor League Baseball team. The Kansas City Royals affiliate plays at Daniel Frawley Stadium to the south of Delaware 4 (Maryland Avenue). Photos taken 03/19/04 & 05/17/07.
Exit 6 leaves Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 southbound at the Seventh Street overpass. The off-ramp quickly expands to three lanes to serve Delaware 9 east and west (Fourth Street) and Jackson Street south. Jackson Street provides three southbound lanes between Fourth Street and Lancaster Avenue (Delaware 48 east). Two blocks to the east on Lancaster Avenue is the westbound beginning of Delaware 4 (Monroe Street). Photos taken 10/13/04 & 05/17/07.
The suppressed section of Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 transitions into a pair of two-lane viaducts south of Sixth Street. The geological fall line occurs between Fourth and Sixth Streets and is the reason for the change in landscape. Affixed to the Sixth Street overpass is the 2.50-mile guide sign for Interstate 295 north and a last reminder for Exit 6 motorists. The Amtrak and SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority) trailblazers attached to all Exit 6 panels refer to the Wilmington Train Station at Front and Market Streets. The station provides access to Amtrak and the SEPTA R2 Regional Rail line into Philadelphia. Photos taken 03/19/04 & 05/19/07.
Descending from Sixth Street westward to Delaware 9 (Fourth Street) on the Exit 6 ramp. Delaware 9 and Delaware 48 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) provide two of the main access points into downtown Wilmington from Interstate 95. To the right Delaware 9 ascends toward the Hill Top neighborhood of the city and junction Delaware 2 (Union and Lincoln Streets). Jackson Street intersects Delaware 48 northbound (2nd Street) in two blocks. The state route receives its number from along since abandoned ferry crossing between Wilmington and Penns Grove, New Jersey with New Jersey 48. The highway otherwise provides the main access route between Wilmington and the Delaware/Pennsylvania 41 corridor to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Photos taken 03/21/04 & 12/29/07.
Continuing southbound on the viaduct through the Browntown section of the city. Two on-ramps add to the freeway from Jackson Street, Lancaster Avenue, and Second Street to the right and Martin Luther King Boulevard and downtown to the right. The left-hand merge provides an auxiliary lane for the Interstate 295 northbound off-ramp in 1.75 miles. Photos taken 03/19/04 & 08/05/07.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 leave the Wilmington viaduct near the city line. Posted here is the first mileage sign of the freeway posted within the state of Delaware. Photos taken 03/19/04 & 08/05/07.
Six lanes of Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 traverse the Christina River watershed between south Wilmington and the Interstate 295, 495, and Delaware 141 junction. The 2000 reconstruction project saw a lane reconfiguration for the Interstate 95 southbound merge with Interstate 495. Instead of three through lanes beyond the Interstate 295 exit ramp, motorists are only allocated two. The reduction favors Interstate 495 merging traffic as the main through route. The "Exit Only" placard on the left-hand panel was placed over the "Left Exit" panel. The panel lost its Interstate 295 shield in 2000 and the sign was not replaced until 2006! Photos taken 03/28/04 & 05/17/07.
One half mile east of the Interstate 295 northbound off-ramp to New Castle and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 elevate over the Norfolk-Southern Railroad and Christina River itself between the sign bridge and left-hand off-ramp. Interstate 295 consists of 5.71 miles within the First State. Photos taken 03/28/04 & 08/05/07.
Interstate 295 ends within the Interstate 495 and U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 interchange complex. The north-south freeway provides the main link between northern Delaware and the Delaware Memorial Bridge at Deepwater, New Jersey. There are two exits on the freeway in New Castle County. The first serves U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway) and the second with Delaware 9 (New Castle Avenue). Photos taken 04/30/04 & 05/19/07.
2000-installed overhead for Interstate 295 northbound at the Interstate 495 southern terminus. A partial "Y" interchange brings southbound traffic onto Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 by way of two ramps. The mainline defaults onto Interstate 95 ahead on the left and includes a connector ramp to Interstate 295 north. A second ramp travels overhead and merges onto Interstate 95 from the right for U.S. 202 south & Delaware 141 (Exits 5A/B). Photos taken 03/19/04 & 08/05/07.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 prepare to split at the Exit 5B/A modified cloverleaf interchange. The right-hand lane of the freeway becomes the second exit-only lane for U.S. 202 south & Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway). Interstate 95 reduces to one through lane because two Interstate 495 lanes add to the fold ahead. Above is the Interstate 495 ramp to U.S. 202 south & Delaware 141. Photo taken 04/30/04.
The first in a series of signs for the Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 southbound split at Exit 5. The freeway expands to five lanes with the advent of Interstate 495 traffic. However only three continue beyond the Exit 5 collector/distributor roadway for Delaware 141. Interests to New Castle County Airport and the Delaware Air National Guard facility are directed toward Exit 5A and U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 south. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Second set of overheads for the Exit 5B/A c/d roadway. A resigning project of the area began in 1998 and 1999 for the eventual reconfiguration of the travel lanes here. Originally there was only one exit-only lane for U.S. 202 south & Delaware 141. Also note that the original sign brackets and lighting fixtures remain in place. Photo taken 03/28/04.
All three sign bridges previously displayed a left lane ends sign, Interstate 95 pull-through panel, and Delaware 141 Exit 5 overhead. The brackets and lights remain from that configuration. Otherwise the Exit 5 collector/distributor roadway segregates the movements between U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 south (Basin Road) and Delaware 141 north (Newport Freeway) from the upcoming Interstate 95 & 295 southbound merge. Photo taken 08/05/07.
The split of the Exit 5 c/d roadway from the southbound mainline of Interstate 95. Interstate 295 southbound draws to a close on the left. The merge is one of the most congested points in all of Delaware. The Exit 5B off-ramp to Delaware 141 north (Newport Freeway) departs quickly on the right. The Newport Freeway stems northward from Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 through Newport itself to junction Delaware 2 (Kirkwood Highway) at Prices Corner. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Just one lane facilitates the movements from Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 southbound onto Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway) northbound. The ramp is overwhelmed at times during the weekday afternoon and evening peak travel hours. The Newport Freeway opened in 1979 in place of the Delaware 41 Newport Gap Pike. Delaware 41 begins at the Exit 6 interchange of Delaware 141 via Delaware 2 west. Photo taken 03/28/04.
U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 southbound overhead on the Exit 5 c/d roadway. The two highways share two miles of pavement along Basin Road between Interstate 95 and U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway). A cloverleaf interchange provides the junction between the two divided highways and the southern terminus of U.S. 202. Photo taken 03/28/04.
The influx of Interstate 295 traffic onto Interstate 95 southbound expands the freeway to five lanes overall through the Delaware 141 junction. The left-hand lane however ends in a short distance before the Exit 5 c/d roadway returns. Thus the two oncoming merges hamper the traffic flow through here and weekday delays occur between 2:30 and 6:30 PM. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 5B carries U.S. 202 southbound onto Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway) south. The Newport Freeway transitions into Basin Road south of the interchange at Airport Road. From there the four-lane divided highway intersects the north end of Delaware 37 (Commons Boulevard) and several side streets into the neighborhood of Chelsea. Delaware 141 continues southward 1.5 miles from U.S. 13 & 40 to the town of New Castle and junction Delaware 9 & 273 (Frenchtown Road). Photo taken 04/24/04.
Southbound at the Exit 5 collector/distributor roadway merge, the site of weekday afternoon gridlock. The flow of traffic improves in the next mile as Interstate 95 enters the Christina Marsh. However additional slowdowns occur at the Exit 4A off-ramp onto Delaware 1 & 7. Over 157,000 cars a day travel Interstate 95 between Exit 5 and 4. Photo taken 05/19/07.
A Delaware Turnpike/John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway sign takes the place of yet another four-lane pull-through panel south of Exit 5. The Delaware Turnpike distinction applies to the final 11 miles of Interstate 95 between U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 and the Maryland state line. Photo taken 04/30/04.
The two four-lane carriageways of Interstate 95 come together at the north end of the Christina Marsh. The third in a series of large pull-through panels coincide with a left-lane ends panel to the left. A $24.3-million project is planned to expand Interstate 95 from eight to ten overall lanes through the marsh in 2005 or 2006. The project will construct new travel lanes on the existing shoulders and new 12 to 14 foot shoulder beyond there. Photo taken 03/27/04.
DelDOT slapped a hospital trailblazer over the right-hand lane in 1985 to coincide with the opening of Christiana Hospital. The medical facility resides at the junction of Delaware 4 (Ogletown Stanton Road) and Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road) west of Exit 4B. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Interstate 95 southbound at the one-mile sign bridge of Exit 4 (Delaware 1, 7, and 58). An auxiliary guide sign advises motorists of the Exit 4B destinations of the Christiana Hospital and Delaware Park racetrack and slot machines. Churchmans Road became Delaware 58 in the late 1980s between Delaware 273 (Christiana Road) and Delaware 4. Photo taken 03/27/04.
Exit 4B provides an off-ramp from Interstate 95 south onto Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road). The ramp facilitates the movements to Delaware 7 north (Stanton Christiana Road) by way of Churchmans Road to Exit 166 of the SR 1 Turnpike. Originally the exit was the only to serve Delaware 7 north and south until 1976 when the Exit 4A cloverleaf ramp opened to traffic. Photo taken 03/27/04.
The partial cloverleaf interchange between Delaware 1 & 7 and Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road) opened to traffic in 1999. Previously a congested intersection composed the junction between Delaware 7 (Stanton Christiana Road) and Churchmans Road. The Stanton campus of Delaware Technical and Community College fronts Delaware 7 and 58 next to the junction. The area in and around Churchman's Crossing features hotels, restaurants, and shopping amenities. Photo taken 03/27/04.
What happened to the Exit 4B overhead? During the month of December 2004 the panel for Delaware 7 & 58 was removed... By April of 2005, the overhead replacement was installed. Note the series E font for the Delaware 58 shield. Photos taken 12/21/04 & 05/01/05.
New bridge supports for the Churchmans Road (Delaware 58) overpass replacement at Exit 4B. The $13.1 million project began in Spring of 2004 and was completed by December of 2005. The new wider span includes designs for pedestrian and bicycle paths and will accommodate ten overall lanes of Interstate 95 below. The 800-foot long bridge replaces the original span to the east.1 Photo taken 12/21/04.
A collector/distributor roadway facilitates the movements of Interstate 95 south with Delaware 1 & 7. The one-lane ramp is well over capacity and thus will be replaced by a two-lane flyover in 2005 or 2006. A $90-million project is planned to rebuild the failing cloverleaf interchange between the two freeways. The junction is the busiest within the state with not only commuters utilizing Delaware 1 between Interstate 95 and Bear-Glasgow but also Beach and Delmarva Peninsula long distance travelers. Delaware 1 saw extension northward to Interstate 95 in April 1993. The 53-mile turnpike now links the Delaware Turnpike with the capital city of Dover. Guide signs have yet to reflect the Dover or Shore Points destinations at Exit 4 however. Photo taken 04/30/04.
Crossing over Delaware 1 & 7 on the southbound c/d roadway. A loop ramp carries motorists onto the southbound freeway below Interstate 95. The roadway is congested between 2:30 and 6:30 of every weekday. The guide sign displays Christiana and Mall Road as the original two control points for Delaware 7 south. The Christiana Mall is located southeast of the Exit 4 interchange and features ramps from Delaware 1 & 7 south of Interstate 95. South of there is the Delaware 7 split from Delaware 1 onto Stanton Christiana Road into the village of Christiana itself. Photo taken 03/27/04.
200,000 cars a day travel Interstate 95 between the SR 1 Turnpike and Delaware 273 (Exit 3). The volume reflects the huge amount of commuter, through, and out of state traffic utilizing the area shopping malls. Pictured here is the 0.75-mile guide sign for Delaware 273 (Christiana Road) and two mile panel for the Delaware Turnpike Service Area. All Exit 3 overheads, pictured in this suite of photographs, were carbon copied by 2007. Photos taken 03/28/04 & 05/19/07.
Displayed here is a prime example of the traffic woes that are sometimes encountered on the Delaware Turnpike. A traffic accident to the west induced a two-mile back up on Interstate 95 northbound thru the Exit 4 and 3 interchanges. In the mid 1990s Interstate 95 southbound was restriped through the upcoming directional cloverleaf interchange to allow for four through lanes. Greenouts were in place on the Exit 3 panels over the "Exit Only" placards. Photos taken 04/24/04 & 05/19/07.
Delaware 273 bound motorists depart Interstate 95 southbound. The Exit 3 interchange features a sweeping ramp to Delaware 273 eastbound (Christiana Road) for the village of Christiana and town of New Castle. The control city of Dover remains from before the completion of the SR 1 Turnpike. Christiana Road intersects Delaware 1 at the Exit 162 diamond interchange two miles to the east. Photos taken 04/30/04 & 05/19/07.
Interstate 95 southbound at the two-lane ramp departure of Exit 3 to Delaware 273 (Christiana Road). The former diamond interchange saw expansion in 1976 when new ramps were built between the Delaware Turnpike south and Delaware 273 east and Delaware 273 east to Interstate 95 north. The westbound off-ramp dumps traffic onto Delaware 273 ahead of the signalized intersection with Harmony Road. From there the four-lane arterial continues westward toward the city of Newark. Photos taken 08/18/05 & 05/19/07.
When the Christiana Bypass opened along Delaware 273 in 1987, guide signs for the Exit 3 interchange included a trailblazer for U.S. 40. The premise behind the signing was that drivers bound for U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) could bypass the village of Christiana on the four-lane route between Interstate 95 and Delaware 7 (Bear Christiana Road) itself. The point became moot when Delaware 7 itself was bypassed via the 1993-opened Delaware 1 freeway to the east. Signs however still direct motorists to U.S. 40 via Delaware 273 in 2007. Photos taken 03/28/04 & 05/19/07.
0.75-mile guide sign for the Delaware Turnpike Service Area. The facility resides between the north and southbound carriageways of Interstate 95 south of the Chapman Road overpass. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Southbound Interstate 95 at the Delaware 273 (Christiana Road) mainline and associated ramps. A pair of lanes depart ahead for the service area. Affixed to the service area signs are some of the travel amenities located within the facility. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Signs on the approach and the Delaware Turnpike Service Area itself on Interstate 95 southbound. The facility features fuel, food, tourist information, and the Delaware Welcome Center that provides free copies of the official state highway map. Access to both north and southbound is provided for both directions. Photos one and four taken 03/28/04, photo three and five taken 04/30/04, and photo two taken 04/24/04.
Adjacent to the service area on southbound is an upcoming exits sign for Delaware 896 (Exit 1), the Newark toll plaza, and Maryland 279 (Exit 109). The sign is the only indication to drivers that Interstate 95 is tolled in Delaware. In the background is the Salem Church Road over crossing. Photos taken 10/13/04 & 12/19/07.
Two-mile guide sign for the partial cloverleaf interchange of Interstate 95 with Delaware 896 (College Avenue). Exits 1B/A serve the city of Newark and the Glasgow area of U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway). U.S. 301 was added to guide signs for Exit 1A in 2001. The US highway however does not begin until the Delaware 896 junction with U.S. 40 three miles to the south. Photo taken 03/28/04.
A revisit to the area one month later revealed that the "To Shore Points" placard pictured above was no longer in place. Perhaps the auxiliary sign referred to the U.S. 301 & Delaware 896 connections with the SR 1 Turnpike via Boyds Corner Road or Delaware 71 (Summit Bridge Road). Otherwise the north-south expressway provides the main route between Newark and the growing city of Middletown via the Summit Bridge. The entire assembly was carbon copy replaced by 2007 (without the To Shore Points placard). Photo taken 12/19/07.
Iron Hill (elevation 380 feet) overlooks the Exit 1 interchange with Delaware 896 (College Avenue) from the southwest. The hill itself features a park and several housing divisions west of Delaware 896. The two-lane highway saw widening between 1994 and 1996. The corridor was to be apart of a U.S. 301 freeway between Interstate 95 and Middletown. However opposition from Iron Hill area residents led to the scaling back of the project from a full freeway to a controlled access expressway. Photo taken 05/30/04.
Some brilliant engineer at the Delaware Department of Transportation decided to restripe the left-hand lane well over two miles in advance of the Newark area main line plaza into an EZ Pass-only lane. Yet while this sign is in place, there are still no other indications to drivers that there is even a toll plaza ahead or what the rate that is charged until after the Delaware 896 interchange. We have not observed lane striping for open road tolling placed so far in advance of a facility in any other part of the country, especially with no other indication is given to drivers that there is a toll plaza forthcoming! Photo taken 12/19/07.
Interstate 95 passes over Delaware 72 (S. Chapel Street) one half mile east of the Exit 1B off-ramp to Delaware 896 (College Avenue) northbound. College Avenue consists of a four lane arterial between Interstate 95 and the Amtrak railroad crossing near downtown. The roadway serves the University of Delaware Campus and sports facilities. Note the carbon copy signing that replaced the redundant travel services placard, which pre-exists the implementation of full-sized services signs here in the late 1990s! Photos taken 03/28/04 & 12/19/07.
Exit 1B leaves Interstate 95 southbound for Delaware 896 north. The state highway travels one mile northward to junction Delaware 2 & 4 (Christina Parkway). From there the three share pavement westward to Elkton Road (Delaware Business 2). The end of the 1.5-mile drive represents the western terminus of Delaware 4 and partition of Delaware 2 and 896. Delaware 2 turns west onto Elkton Road toward the state line and Delaware 896 joins Delaware 2 Business on Elkton Road to downtown Newark. Delaware 896 was realigned from College Avenue between Christina Parkway and Delaware Avenue (Delaware 2 Business & 273) in the late 1980s to bypass as much of the University of Delaware campus as possible. Otherwise the state route becomes Pennsylvania 896 north of Newark via New London Road. Another carbon copy signing gaff occurs here as crews replicated Exit 1A signs that omitted "TO" with the U.S. 301. Sign contractors did not bother to add the missing "TO", since it was not on the original sign. Way to go with research! Also note the complete replication of the EZPass instruction sign, which replaced a sign displaying "Pay Toll 1 Mile - Cars $2.00". Photos taken 05/30/04 & 12/19/07.
The last exit before the Newark toll plaza is the Exit 1A cloverleaf ramp for Delaware 896 southbound. Delaware 896 follows an expressway southward three miles to junction U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Glasgow. There U.S. 301 begins and cosigns with Delaware 896 along the expressway five miles south to the Summit Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. U.S. 301 and Delaware 896 part ways at Mt. Pleasant 11 miles south of Interstate 95. Again the carbon copy signing omits the needed "TO" for U.S. 301. Photos taken 04/24/04 & 12/19/07.
Delaware 896 shield at the end of the Interstate 95 Exit 1A loop ramp. Daily traffic delays occurs at the confluence of the Exit 1A off-ramp and Interstate 95 northbound on-ramp from Delaware 896 (College Avenue) southbound. The weaving traffic concerns here also cause problems during the morning peak hours for motorists inbound to Wilmington from Newark. There are no plans yet to remedy the situation. Photo taken 04/24/04.
Interstate 95 southbound at the Welsh Tract Road overpass. The tolled section of the Delaware Turnpike includes a $4.00 fee for all passenger vehicles. The plaza at present features 20 booths and including those allocated for EZ Pass holders. Photo taken 03/28/04.
The Delaware Turnpike widens to accommodate the toll plaza south of Newark. DelDOT intends on reconstruction the facility to allow for four high speed EZ Pass lanes in the middle and 12 overall cash booths on the outside. The $60-million project will take one to two years to complete and may begin as soon as 2005, but has not as of late 2007. Photo taken 03/28/04.
A look at the toll barrier itself on Interstate 95 southbound. It is common to find long delays associated with the plaza during holiday travel periods. The worse of the delays surround the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Otherwise delays can and do occur from time to time during the rest of the year. Photo taken 03/28/04.
The final southbound Interstate 95 reassurance shield for the state of Delaware resides just west of the toll plaza. The Maryland state line is 0.75 miles to the west. Photo taken 03/28/04.
An older guide sign remains in place at the Pleasant Hill Road overpass for Maryland 279 (Elkton Road). A full cloverleaf interchange provides the connection between Interstate 95 in Maryland with Exit 109. Maryland 279 continues Delaware 2 into Cecil County via Elkton Road. The east-west arterial provides the main route between Elkton and Newark. Photo taken 03/28/04.
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1 - "Churchmans' I-95 span to be replaced," The News Journal (DE). February 25, 2004.

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