U.S. 9 provides one of the main East-West routes in Sussex County. Until 1968, the alignment of U.S. 9 was apart of Delaware 28 between Laurel and Georgetown and Delaware 18 from Georgetown to Five Points. At the time U.S. 9 itself ended in Cape May, New Jersey. After 1968 U.S. 9 saw extension via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to Lewes and Sussex County, Delaware. The US highway overtook the aforementioned state highways and is generally signed as an east-west route in the Diamond State.
Southbound U.S. 13 at the terminus of U.S. 9. Photo taken by JP Nasiatka (September 2001).
The southern or western terminus of U.S. 9 in the state of Delaware occurs at the town of Laurel in southwest Sussex County. U.S. 9 branches northeast from there along the County Seat Highway 12 miles to Georgetown and junction U.S. 113. The rural stretch includes an intersection with Delaware 20 near the village of Hardscrabble. In the Sussex County seat of Georgetown, U.S. 9 travels Market Street through the downtown area. There Delaware 404 (Bedford Street) ties into the route, bringing a cusp of beach traffic emanating from the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas.
Northbound U.S. 13 sign bridge for U.S. 9. Photo taken by JP Nasiatka (September 2001) .
Continuing eastward out of Georgetown, U.S. 9 & Delaware 404 migrate in rural fashion eastward to Gravel Hill (junction Delaware 30), Harbeson (junction Delaware 5), Cool Spring, and ultimately Five Points (junction Delaware 1). At Five Points, Delaware 404 ends and U.S. 9 turns southward along Delaware 1 for 1.2 miles. U.S. 9 Business continues northeast from Five Points along Savannah Road into Lewes itself. The Business route comprises the original U.S. 9 alignment. Present U.S. 9 follows the Kings Highway, Theo C. Freeman Memorial Highway, and Cape Henlopen Drive south and east of town between Delaware 1 and the Cape May Lewes Ferry launch area. The Cape May Lewes Ferry carries U.S. 9 motorists northward across Delaware Bay to Cape May, New Jersey. See the official site for a detailed listing of the fare schedule for the crossing.
U.S. 9 Delaware Mileage: 30.92
U.S. 9 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Begin Milepost||Location||To:||AADT Composite|
|0.00||U.S. 13 Dupont Highway||Road 479||4,099|
|1.61||Road 479||Delaware 20||4,938|
|5.54||Delaware 20||Road 46||5,634|
|9.24||Road 46||West Georgetown city limits||6,908|
|11.75||West Georgetown city limits||U.S. 113||8,617|
|12.05||U.S. 113||The Circle||12,334|
|12.79||The Circle||Road 319 NE Georgetown city limit||12,231|
|14.00||Road 319 NE Georgetown city limit||Road 249||9,442|
|15.70||Road 249||Delaware 5||9,491|
|18.85||Delaware 5||Delaware 1||13,143|
|25.21||Delaware 1||Road 268A||58,330|
|26.33||Road 268A||Road 268||8,589|
|26.85||Road 268||Road 269||19,126|
|27.25||Road 269||Lewes city limits||18,617|
|27.25||Lewes city limits||Freeman Highway||17,809|
|27.61||Freeman Highway||Cape Henlopen Drive||2,631|
|29.21||Cape Henlopen Drive||Henlopen State Park||1,305|
|30.78||Henlopen State Park||Cape May Lewes Ferry entrance (30.92)||1,956|
|Source: Traffic Summary 2002 (DelDOT)|
U.S. 9 Highway Photos
U.S. 9 Business came into existence around 1990. The route follows Savannah Road between Five Points (U.S. 9 & Delaware 1) through the downtown area of Lewes to Cape Henlopen Drive. U.S. 9 itself saw relocation to the Kings Highway and the Theo C. Freeman Memorial Highway south of town. The relocation of U.S. 9 to the bypass route was done to alleviate Savannah Road from Ferry traffic at the request of local residents. U.S. 9 & U.S. 9 Business intersect along the Delaware Bay just west of the Cape May Lewes Ferry launch site.
U.S. 9 Business Mileage: 4.26
U.S. 9 Business Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
- 10,924 - Delaware 1 to Kings Highway
- 9,783 - Kings Highway to Second Street
- 7,795 - Kings Highway to Second Street
- 9,189 - Second Street to Bayview Avenue
- 1,305 - Bayview Avenue to Freeman Highway
Designated around 1990, U.S. 9 Truck provides a bypass of the Sussex County seat of Georgetown by way of U.S. 113 and Park Avenue. The loop departs U.S. 9 via U.S. 113 (Dupont Boulevard) south to the intersection of Park Avenue and Shortly Road. From there U.S. 9 Truck turns northeasterly onto Park Avenue to bypass Georgetown and the Sussex County Airport east of town. The route was conceived to remove commercial through traffic from Market Street and downtown Georgetown.
U.S. 9 Truck Mileage: 6.54
U.S. 9 Truck Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
- 18,826 - U.S. 9 to Road 431
- 8,908 - Road 48 to Road 318
- 4,528 - Road 321 to Road 47
- 2,901 - Road 47 to U.S. 9
Other Highway Sites
- Delaware Multiplexes @ Multiplex.com (Tim Reichard)
- Delaware Roads - US 9 (Steve Alpert)
- NJ/DE Roads, Cape May-Lewes Ferry (Steve Alpert)
- U.S. 9 Delaware Guide @ OKRoads.com (Eric Stuve)
- Terminus of U.S. 9 (Dale Sanderson)
- US-Highways.com (Robert V. Droz)
Page Updated May 28, 2004.