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The Guide to U.S. Highway 13 Northbound in Delaware (Salisbury, Maryland to Dover)

Northbound - Salisbury, Maryland to Dover

Known as the Dupont Highway or Parkway from Wilmington to the Maryland state line, U.S. 13 composes the longest signed highway within the state of Delaware. U.S. 13 enters the state north of Salisbury, Maryland at the town of Delmar. From there the federal highway continues northward to Seaford, Laurel, Greenwood, Harrington, Camden, Dover, Smyrna, Odessa, Wilmington, and Claymont. The federal highway crosses the Pennsylvania state line via Philadelphia Pike into Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. U.S. 13 varies between four to six lanes throughout the entire state.

U.S. 13 Northbound - Salisbury, Maryland
Diagrammatical overhead for the upcoming U.S. 13 & U.S. 13 Business split for the Salisbury Bypass in Wicomico County. This freeway bypass comes as a huge relief for weary travelers of the route between the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and Salisbury. Numerous traffic lights and lower speed limits inhibit travel along the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The concept heightens with the pervasion of Salisbury in the form of suburban type residential and commercial development from the Wicomico County line northward to the freeway bypass. Photo taken by Jonathan Lebowitz (08/02).
New guide signs for the U.S. 50 relocation onto the northern half of the U.S. 13 Salisbury Bypass. The bypass itself was extended westward to meet U.S. 50 northwest of the city. U.S. 50 saw relocation to the bypass and a new U.S. 50 Business through town was born on the original alignment in 2003. Note the unusual white on green Business U.S. 50 shield on the right-hand panel. The state of Maryland adopted the green and white shields for U.S. highway business loops in 2000. Photo taken by Jonathan Lebowitz (08/02).
The formerly place freeway ends sign bridge on U.S. 13 north. The panel displays "Signal Ahead" which is a bit misleading. The actuality is that a half dozen or more signals await motorists as they depart the freeway into suburban chaos between Salisbury and the state line at Delmar (pop. 1,407). Photo taken by Jonathan Lebowitz (08/02).
U.S. 13 Northbound - Delaware
Approaching the southern terminus of U.S. 9 (County Seat Highway) at the town of Laurel (pop. 3,668) in Sussex County. U.S. 9 saw extension into the first state by 1978 over Delaware 28 and 18 between Laurel and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The highway is signed east-west in Delaware although the numbering convention delineates that the route should be signed north-south. 12 miles to the east along U.S. 9 is junction U.S. 113 and the county seat of Georgetown (pop. 4,643). Photo taken by JP Nasiatka (09/01).
Shield assembly at the junction of U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) and U.S. 9 (County Seat Highway). Georgetown Road extends westward from the intersection into the downtown area of Laurel. Otherwise U.S. 9 reaches the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in 31 miles. The north end of the route occurs at Rouses Point, New York. Photo taken by Jim Teresco (01/02).
Approaching the merge with Delaware 404 (Seashore Highway) and southern termini of U.S. 13 Business & Delaware 404 Business (Main Street) outside of the town of Bridgeville (pop. 1,436). Guide signs erroneously refer to the business route as U.S. 13 Alternate on the Dupont Highway. However all signs in Bridgeville itself indicate Main Street as U.S. 13 Business. Photo taken 04/13/04.
Delaware 404 & Delaware 404 Business shield assembly on U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) northbound. Delaware 404 used to travel through the heart of town along Main Street and Market Street. However complaints from residents regarding the overwhelming beach traffic during the summer months led DelDOT to construct a new alignment north of town along Newton Road. Initially touted as Delaware 404 Alternate, Delaware 404 officially was relocated to the new route in 1998. Photo taken 04/13/04.
Delaware 404 westbound merges with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) from the Seashore Highway east of Laurel. The two routes share pavement for the next 2.5 miles east of Laurel. Delaware 404 in conjunction with Maryland 404 provide the preferred beach route for southern Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland for Baltimore and Washington based tourists. The state highway continues east of Laurel with Delaware 18 to Georgetown and U.S. 9 to Five Points and junction Delaware 1. Photo taken 04/13/04.
U.S. 13 northbound reassurance shield and guide sign posted beyond the Seashore Highway intersection with Delaware 404 east U.S. 13 Business north & Delaware 404 Business west. U.S. 13 intersects Delaware 16 & 36 (Market Street) at the town of Greenwood in six miles. Photo taken 04/13/04.

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Entering the Dover area from Camden and Wyoming, U.S. 13 north splits with U.S. 13 Alternate. Both routes head into Dover, with U.S. 13 bypassing downtown along a commercialized arterial to the east.

2.50-mile guide sign for the 2001-opened Puncheon Run Connector in the town of Camden (pop. 2,100) on U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) northbound. The Puncheon Run Connector provides a limited access connection between the Dupont Highway and the SR 1 Turnpike south of the Dover city limits. Unlike the turnpike to the east, the connector is not tolled. Photo taken by JP Nasiatka (09/01).
Sign bridge posted at the eastbound beginning of the Puncheon Run Connector from U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) northbound. The Puncheon Run Connector features partial cloverleaf interchange with Bay Road (former U.S. 113) before merging onto the SR 1 Turnpike northbound. The exit serves both the city of Dover and Dover Air Force Base. 53 miles to the north is where Delaware 1 intersects Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Continuing northward through south Dover on U.S. 13 (DuPont Highway). A Dover Downs trailblazer accompanies this northbound reassurance shield posted after the split with the eastbound Puncheon Run Connector. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Approaching the traffic light at State Street on U.S. 13 north. State Street represents the original alignment of U.S. 113 Alternate north from Magnolia. The designation was eliminated with the U.S. 113 truncation at Milford in February 2004. Photo taken 08/05/07.
State Street continues north from U.S. 13 (DuPont Highway) as U.S. 13 Alternate through historic downtown Dover. This intersection also represents the original U.S. 113 north end. Photo taken 08/05/07.
A short distance to the northeast, U.S. 13 (DuPont Highway) intersects Roosevelt Avenue, a short connector street leading west to U.S. 13 Alternate (State Street) at Wyoming Avenue. U.S. 113 Alternate used to overlap with U.S. 13 north between State Street and Bay Road. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Nearing the four-lane bridge over the St. Jones River on U.S. 13 (DuPont Highway) northbound. The St. Jones River flows south from Silver Lake in Dover to Delaware Bay at Kitts Hummock. Photo taken 08/05/07.
An old style guard rail and light posts line the sides of the U.S. 13 bridge across the St. Jones River. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Just north of the river is the intersection with Public Safety Boulevard. As the name implies, the roadway serves a bevy of governmental service buildings including the Danner Campus of the Delaware Department of Transportation. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Next for northbound U.S. 13 motorists is the signalized intersection with Court Street. Court Street provides access to Bay Road (former U.S. 113) south at the Blue Hen Corporate Center and South Little Creek Road east to Delaware 9 at Little Creek. Court Street west heads directly to the Delaware State Capital building. Photo taken 08/05/07.
U.S. 13 (DuPont Highway) northbound at the merge with Bay Road (former U.S. 113). This intersection represents the historic north end of both U.S. 113 and U.S. 113 Alternate. Despite the lack of a designation now on Bay Road, the four-lane divided highway provides a major route to Dover A.F.B. and points south along Delaware 1. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Beyond the merge with Bay Road, U.S. 13 quickly approaches Delaware 8 (Division Street), an east-west route between Little Creek and the Maryland state line at Marydel. Photo taken 08/05/07.
U.S. 13 intersects Delaware 8 (Division Street) just east of the Dover downtown area. Division Street composes the main east-west route through the capital city of 32,135. The Dupont Highway widens to six lanes through the area and is flanked by numerous shopping plazas, Dover Downs Slots and International Speedway, and the Blue Hen Corporate Center among other businesses through Dover. Photos taken 04/13/04 & 08/05/07.

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