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Delaware 1 North - Smyrna to Churchmans Crossing


Delaware 1 north
Delaware 1 northbound reassurance marker posted beyond the Exit 119 on-ramp. Heavy traffic on weekends already provide congestion on the four-lane highway. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The longest exit less stretch of the SR 1 Turnpike concludes at Odessa in eight miles. 32 miles remain for motorists headed to New Jersey via the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 and Delaware 1 trade places south and north of nearby Delaware 71. An interchange planned between Delaware 71 and the turnpike was shelved due to funding issues and by local area residents expressing concerns that the exit will overrun the predominantly rural area with development. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Spanning Blackbird Creek along Delaware 1 northbound near the settlement of Blackbird and the U.S. 13 junction with Delaware 71 (Summit Bridge Road). Photo taken 06/18/12.
A reassurance marker appears as Delaware 1 again parallels the west side of U.S. 13. The turnpike between north Smyrna and Odessa opened to traffic on May 20, 2003. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Nearing the town of Odessa along Delaware 1 northbound at the Pine Tree Road under crossing. Development surrounding Odessa in the mid 2000s was exceptional as noted with many subdivisions developed east of adjacent U.S. 13. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) and Delaware 1 travel side by side between Fieldsboro Road and Chestnut Lane south of Odessa. Portions of the original DuPont Parkway were relocated due to the construction of the SR 1 Turnpike here. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Entering the the Odessa Bypass portion of the SR 1 Turnpike one mile south of Exit 136. The toll highway arcs west of Odessa through a diamond interchange with Delaware 299. Placards on approach signage reference "last exit before toll" as the on-ramp from U.S. 13 at north Smyrna is untolled. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Annexations by the city of Middletown extend outward to encompass part of Delaware 1 through to Exit 136. Housing development abuts the west side of SR 1 through to Delaware 299 (Middletown Odessa Road) as area growth replaced large swaths of farmland between Odessa and Middletown. Part of this growth can be attributed to the accessibility between Wilmington and south New Castle County by the SR 1 Turnpike. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Exit 136 carries drivers onto Delaware 299 (Middletown Odessa Road) just west of the Odessa town limits. Delaware 299 overall travels 9.77 miles west from Delaware 9 at Mathews Corners to Maryland 282 near U.S. 301 and Warwick. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 curves northeastward to cross over U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) and Drawyer Creek. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 and U.S. 13 intertwine northward for another 10.6 miles to Tybouts Corner. Northeast from there, U.S. 13 continues to I-295 for the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the city of Wilmington. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Nearing the diamond interchange (Exit 142) with Pole Bridge Road at Boyds Corner on Delaware 1 northbound. Pole Bridge Road links the turnpike with the adjacent intersection of U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) and Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road) to the west and Port Penn Road to the east near Thorntown. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The half mile guide sign for Exit 142 was missing by April 2012 and replaced by September 2012.
Exit 142 serves the Whitehall development west along Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road) between U.S. 13 at Boyds Corner and U.S. 301 at Mount Pleasant. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Motorists departing the SR 1 Turnpike at Exit 142 encounter a coin drop toll plaza before reaching Pole Bridge Road. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Northbound SR 1 at the off-ramp (Exit 142) to Pole Bridge Road to SR 896 north (west) and U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway). SR 896, in conjunction with U.S. 301, serves growing Middletown to the south and Summit Bridge to the north.
There are no further exits along SR 1 north ahead of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, so those destined for St. Georges should use Exit 142 onto U.S. 13 north. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Next in line for northbound drivers along the SR 1 Turnpike is the Biddles Corner main line toll plaza. This is the last toll collection facility along the northbound toll road. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 ascends over U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) one final time before entering the Biddles Corner Toll Plaza. The plaza was built in 1999 and separates E-ZPass customers from cash paying customers similar to the Dover plaza. Photos taken 06/18/12.
One half mile south of the Biddles Corner Toll Plaza. E-ZPass account holders should stay to the left along two high-speed lanes posted at 65 miles per hour. Cash paying drivers must use the attended booths to the right. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A mileage sign appears ahead of the toll plaza, 21 miles south of Wilmington. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Northbound at the split of the high-speed E-ZPass lanes and cash lanes. Rates vary from $2.00 per passenger vehicle during weekdays and $3.00 on weekends. Variable rates went into effect on October 1, 2007 and increased on August 1, 2014. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Four overall high-speed E-ZPass lanes travel the innermost portion of the SR 1 Turnpike at Biddles Corner. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) travels along side Delaware 1 into South St. Georges. An on-ramp joins northbound from the adjacent US highway to provide local access to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge of SR 1. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 spans the Chesapeake and Canal across the U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge between South and North St. Georges. The canal bridge opened to traffic on December 23, 1995 and carries six overall lanes. Wide shoulders on either side of the travel lanes can be restriped to accommodate an additional lane per direction. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The Cheasapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge was dedicated as the Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge by the Delaware Legislature on July 9, 2007. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The 4,498 foot long cable-stayed bridge travels 145 feet above the C & D Canal. The first contract for construction was awarded on April 1, 1992, with total cost of the bridge at $57.8 million.1 Photo taken 06/18/12.
Cables supporting the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge are painted gold, a tribute to one of the state colors (the other being blue).
Among the original features of the Canal Bridge were lighting fixtures that illuminated the towers and cables at night. Unfortunately light from the fixtures caused issues with mariners below and during a 2005 snowstorm, a snow plow left in the upright position knocked over a significant amount of the light poles. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The SR 1 canal bridge replaced the adjacent St. Georges Bridge as the main route between Wilmington and Dover. U.S. 13 still utilizes the 1943-built steel arch bridge just to the east between the villages of North and South St. Georges. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Descending toward North St. Georges along Delaware 1 north on the Roth Bridge. Iron Hill, with an elevation of 331 feet, rises along the northern horizon from near Newark. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) crosses paths with Delaware 1 one mile north of the Kirkwood St. Georges Road overpass. U.S. 13 turns west from Dupont Highway onto Delaware 72 for 0.2 miles to overlap with Delaware 1 north between Exits 152 and 156. Dupont Highway between Wrangle Hill and Bear Corbitt Road was renumbered as part of an extended Delaware 7. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 maintains six overall lanes between South St. Georges and the Bear-Tybouts segment of freeway constructed between 1990 and 1992. Pictured here is the 0.50-mile guide sign for the diamond interchange (Exit 152) with Delaware 72 and U.S. 13 south. SR 72 arcs northwest from Delaware 9 near Delaware City to the city of Newark.
Area points of interest include Fort DuPont, Fort Delaware and Lums Pond State Park. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Northbound SR 1 at the off-ramp (Exit 152) to SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) and U.S. 13 south. SR 7 runs 16.87 miles north from Wrangle Hill to Bear, Christiana, Churchmans Crossing and the Pennsylvania state line north of Pike Creek Valley. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 & Delaware 1 north
Motorists pass over both a Norfolk Southern Railroad spur and SR 7 (Dupont Highway) beyond this mileage sign posted 12 miles from Wilmington. Photo taken 12/30/16.
An auxiliary guide sign was posted after Delaware 1 was completed between Tybouts Corner and Churchmans Crossing for Interstate 95. The sign advises motorists to remain on Delaware 1 for Wilmington and Baltimore. Photo taken 06/17/12.
Attached to the Lower Twin Lane overpass is a diagrammatic sign for the upcoming split (Exit 156) of U.S. 13 north from Delaware 1. Drivers headed to Interstate 295 and the Delaware Memorial Bridge are directed to take U.S. 13 north to the Farnhurst interchange instead of Delaware 1 north to I-95. Photo taken 12/30/16.
U.S. 13 & Delaware 1 north separate in a half mile at Exit 156. U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) continues northeast to merge with U.S. 40 in 3.5 miles at State Road. The tandem overlap for 3.56 miles to Hares Corner, New Castle County Airport (ILG) and I-295 at Farnhurst. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Construction of the SR 1 freeway directly replaced U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) across Red Lion Creek. Two segments of old Dupont Highway remain in service for local residents to the southwest. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Entering the trumpet interchange with the 1991 segment of SR 1 linking U.S. 13 with SR 273 at Christiana. The mainline defaults onto U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north as SR 1 shifts onto a sweeping ramp. Future work here associated with the widening of SR 1 north will add ramps between U.S. 13 and adjacent SR 71 (Red Lion Road). Photo taken 12/30/16.
U.S. 13 remains along Dupont Highway from Tybouts Corner (Exit 156) to Wilmington as Delaware 1 veers northward to Bear and Churchmans Crossing. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 1 north
Delaware 1 turns north along a suburban corridor through to Churchmans Crossing. Meeting the freeway next is U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at a partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 160). Photo taken 12/30/16.
Signs for Exit 160 were changed in 2013 to reflect Bear and Glasgow in place of State Road and Elkton, Maryland. Delaware 1 travels through Bear, an unincorporated suburban community centered on U.S. 40 and Delaware 7, while Glasgow lies west at the U.S. 40 junction with U.S. 301 south and Delaware 896. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 160 departs Delaware 1 north for U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Bear. U.S. 40 follows Pulaski Highway west from its split with U.S. 13 at State Road to Baltimore, Maryland. The divided highway through Delaware is completely suburban, with numerous traffic lights and heavy development. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Reassurance shield posted for SR 1 north after the U.S. 40 underpass. Construction in fall 2015 expanded SR 1 north with an auxiliary lane from U.S. 40 to SR 273. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 273 is a heavily traveled commuter route between the cities of Newark and New Castle. The four lane arterial highway saw widening from Delaware 1 east to U.S. 13 & 40 at Hares Corner in the mid 1990s. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Nearing the diamond interchange (Exit 162) with Delaware 273 (Christiana Bypass) on Delaware 1 north. Delaware 273 locally serves the community of Christiana via connections with Delaware 7 (East Main Street) and Old Baltimore Pike. Until 1987, Delaware 273 shared a short overlap with Delaware 7 into Christiana, when the four-lane Christiana Bypass opened west to Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Traffic to Delaware 273 departs Delaware 1 northbound. Until April of 1993, all traffic on Delaware 1 defaulted onto this off-ramp until completion of the freeway north to Delaware 7 and Christiana Mall. The next mile of freeway took longer to complete due to area wetland impacts.
Planned widening of Delaware 1 here will expand Exit 162 into a parclo interchange. Photo taken 12/30/16.
The initial sign for the 2013-completed flyovers to Interstate 95 northbound appears above SR 273 along SR 1 north. The mainline defaults onto I-95 north to Wilmington while the right-hand lanes continue to SR 7 north through Churchmans Crossing. Photo taken 12/30/16.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 164) with Delaware 7 (Road A) and Center Boulevard to Christiana Mall precedes the junction with Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/30/16.
The last northbound shield for Delaware 1 appears between the SR 273 on-ramp and the Christina River. Photo taken 12/18/16.
Two lanes advance beyond the lane drop for Exit 164 and SR 7 (Road A) south to I-95 (JFK Memorial Highway). Construction anticipated for fall 2019 will expand Road A above SR 1 with a new westbound overpass to accommodate traffic demands for area retail development. Photo taken 12/30/16.
A third northbound lane opens to the left for Exit 165C to I-95 north as Exit 164 departs for Delaware 7 (Road A) south to Christiana, Center Boulevard north and Fashion Center Boulevard east. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Construction of SR 1 in the early 1990s overlaid the alignment of SR 7 north from Christiana to Churchmans Crossing. The state route combines with the northernmost stretch of freeway through to SR 58 (Churchmans Road).
Mall Road, the road encircling Christiana Mall, ties into Exit 164 via Center Boulevard from SR 1 northbound and directly from SR 1 southbound via Road B. Photo taken 12/30/16.
The next in the series of APL's for Exit 165C partitions traffic into two lanes for Interstate 95 north to Wilmington and Philadelphia and Delaware 7 north to Churchmans Crossing, Stanton and Pike Creek Valley. A concrete barrier separates traffic ahead of the upcoming SR 7 overpass.
Trailblazers reference I-295 and I-495 for Exit 165C as well. Older guide signs included the other Interstates directly on overheads. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Delaware 1 & 7 north
A loop ramp brings Delaware 7 north onto Delaware 1 beyond the split with Exit 165C to I-95 north. The freeway mainline continues another mile to Exit 165A with Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 09/28/14.
Exit 165C partitions into separate prongs to Interstate 95 north. The right-hand flyover joins the right-hand lanes of I-95 north two miles ahead of the split with I-295 north to New Jersey. The left-hand flyover ties into the left-hand lanes ahead of the split of I-95 and I-495 to Wilmington. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Two on-ramps from Christiana Mall combine to join Delaware 1 & 7 north at the Mall Road overpass. The addition of traffic here results in a second off-ramp to I-95 north (Exit 165B). Photo taken 09/28/14.
The new ramp from Delaware 1 north to Interstate 95 north was built as part of a $118.8-million overhaul of the cloverleaf interchange between the two freeways started in July 2011.2 The Exit 165C flyover opened to traffic on October 17, 2013. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 165B leaves SR 1 & 7 north to join the right-hand flyover of Exit 165C. Interstate 95 splits with I-495, the Wilmington bypass to Philadelphia, in 3.5 miles.
A sign change made by 2016 replaced the Exit 165A panel with a sign referencing both I-95 south and the continuation of SR 7 north. Photo taken 12/18/16.
Meanwhile Exit 165C separates into single lane flyovers for Interstate 95 north at the Churchmans Road (SR 58) overpass. I-95 north expands to five overall lanes from SR 1 east across Christiana Marsh to I-295 north and Exits 5A/B with U.S. 202 south and SR 141 (Newport Freeway) north. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Continuing along Delaware 1 & 7 north, drivers pass under flyovers also from I-95 south to SR 1 and 7 south and I-95 north onto SR 1 and 7 north. Photo taken 09/28/14.
The flyovers between SR 1 and I-95 removed a congested weaving traffic pattern caused by closely placed loop ramps between both freeways. Photo taken 09/29/14.
A partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 166) joins the north end of Delaware 1 with Delaware 58 just north of Interstate 95. SR 58 runs 3.86 miles between SR 4 and SR 273. Photo taken 09/28/14.
Exit 165A loops onto Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) south. Two exits follow to Newark before the turnpike passes through the Newark toll plaza en route to Baltimore, Maryland. Photo taken 09/28/14.
Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road) links Delaware 1 & 7 with Christiana Hospital and Delaware Park to the west and New Castle Airport (ILG) and SR 273 by Hares Corner to the east. Photo taken 09/26/14.
Exit 166 loops away from Delaware 1 & 7 north for Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road). This interchange was constructed between 1996 and 1999 to replace a heavily congested intersection. When the exit was completed, Delaware 1 was extended north from I-95. Photo taken 09/26/14.
The off-ramp to Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road) ties into an adjacent shopping center midway between the Delaware 1 & 7 overpass and entrance to the Stanton Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College. Nine signals line a 1.7-mile stretch of Churchmans Road. Photo taken 08/03/13. Second photo taken 09/26/14.
Delaware 1 ends as the freeway transitions into a six-lane arterial at AAA Boulevard. Delaware 7 continues northward to combine with Delaware 4 east to Stanton. Photo taken 06/17/12.


 

Sources:

  1. DE Route 1 - Korean War Veterans Highway. Roads to the Future (Scott Kozel).
  2. "Contract cuts cost, time of I-95 project." The News Journal (DE), July 9, 2011.


Photo Credits:

  • 2012-06-17 by AARoads.
  • 2012-06-18 by AARoads.
  • 2013-08-03 by AARoads and .
  • 2014-09-26 by AARoads.
  • 2014-09-27 by AARoads.
  • 2014-09-28 by AARoads.
  • 2014-09-29 by AARoads.
  • 2016-12-18 by AARoads.
  • 2016-12-30 by AARoads.

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