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Delaware 1 South - Churchmans Crossing to Smyrna


Delaware 1 & 7 south
Delaware 7 upgrades to a freeway south of AAA Boulevard as Delaware 1 begins. A diagrammatic overhead outlines the lane drop for Exit 166 to Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road) and the collector distributor roadway for Interstate 95 (Exits 165A/B). Photo taken 09/27/14.
Two lanes depart Delaware 1 & 7 south for Exit 166 to Delaware 58. Delaware 58 travels Churchmans Road for 3.58 miles from Delaware 4 near Christiana Hospital and Delaware Park east to Delaware 273 near Hares Corner. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Traffic to Interstate 95 continues through the intersection with SR 58 (Churchmans Road) and onto a c/d roadway for Exits 165A/B. A permanent ramp for I-95 south directly from SR 1 & 7 was planned for the future, but it is unclear when that direct connection may be built. Photo taken 06/02/12.
Beyond the traffic light at SR 58 (Churchmans Road), drivers ascend onto the c/d roadway to I-95 and SR 1 & 7 south. Exit 165A leads motorists onto I-95 south to SR 273 and SR 896 south of Newark. Photo taken 10/05/14.
Two lanes continue along the c/d roadway south to I-95 north (Exit 165B) and SR 1 south to Dover. Photo taken 06/02/12.
Interstate 95 generally travels west from Newark to Baltimore, Maryland along John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. A toll collection point precedes the state line. Photo taken 10/05/14.
Exit 165B loops onto Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) north to Wilmington and Philadelphia. I-95 splits with I-295 north for New Jersey in 2.5 miles.
Note that exit suffixes are counter intuitive for Exits 165 and 164 along SR 1 south as B comes second instead of A. Photo taken 10/05/14.
A concrete barrier remains along Delaware 1 & 7 south between the single lane mainline and adjacent c/d roadway. This configuration was made after the 1998 opening of Exit 166 with Delaware 58.
A pair of off-ramps (Exits 164A/B) follow for both Mall Road and Delaware 7 south into Christiana. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Construction between July 2011 and the end of 2014 upgraded the cloverleaf interchange between Delaware 1 and Interstate 95 with new flyovers between the two freeways. The high speed ramps eliminated two of the four loop ramps and weaving traffic patterns. Photos taken 09/27/14.
Exit 164A forms a loop ramp onto Mall Road east to Christiana Mall. Exit 164B comprises a second loop ramp carrying Delaware 7 away from Delaware 1 onto Stanton Christiana Road. The freeway mainline remains with just one through lane as a two-lane flyover from I-95 south ties in from the left. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The first reassurance marker for Delaware 1 south appears ahead of the Mall Road overpass. A compact trumpet interchange was built here in 1979/80 to accommodate the then new Christiana Mall. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Traffic from Interstate 95 south appears as Exit 164A leaves Delaware 1 & 7 south. Mall Road encircles Christiana Mall while Delaware 7 splits with Delaware 1 for Road A and Christiana. Photo taken 12/30/16.
A concrete barrier remains in place, separating traffic from the I-95 flyover and the single lane mainline of SR 1 south through the folded diamond interchange (Exit 164B) with SR 7 (Road A). SR 7 parallels SR 1 southward from Christiana to Bear, Red Lion and its end at Wrangle Hill. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 1 south
Delaware 1 south expands to three lanes through to the diamond interchange (Exit 162) with Delaware 273. SR 273 is a busy east-west arterial between the city of Newark and the Hares Corner area of U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway). The state route was expanded to four lanes east of SR 1 in 1994 and realigned onto a four-lane controlled access arterial west of Ogletown in 1997. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The 1993 completed segment of SR 1 between SR 7 and SR 273 crosses an area of wetlands adjacent to the Christina River. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 273 forms a multi-state route with Maryland 273 between Harrisville and New Castle. The route takes a 1987-built bypass around the south and west side of Christiana nearby. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 162 departs and lowers to intersect SR 273 (Christiana Bypass) just east of SR 7 (East Main Street). Future widening of SR 1, from SR 273 south to U.S. 13, includes a revision of Exit 162 into a parclo interchange. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 273 west to Delaware 7 south represents a busy commuter route to the growing Bear suburbs. Traffic often backs up along the southbound ramp to Exit 162 during the evening peak hours. Photo taken 06/26/10.
Next in line for Delaware 1 south is the partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 160) with U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Bear. Photo taken 12/18/16.
Guide signs for Exit 160 were changed in 2013 to reference Bear and Glasgow in place of State Road, where U.S. 40 east merges with U.S. 13 north, and Elkton, Maryland. Bear is the unincorporated area surrounding the U.S. 40 and SR 7 intersection while Glasgow lies to the west at SR 896. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 1 south reaches the Exit 160 off-ramp to U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway). Pulaski Highway constitutes a slow moving arterial from State Road west to Elkton, Maryland. Suburban development in the 1990s and 2000s engulfed the previously rural corridor with apartment complexes, retail, and many housing subdivisions. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A two lane ramp (Exit 160) descends toward Pulaski Highway from Delaware 1 south. Photo taken 12/18/16.
The left-hand turn for U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) east toward State Road doubles as the connection for adjacent Eden Square Shopping Center, located at the southwest corner of U.S. 40 and SR 7. Photo taken 12/18/16.
The upcoming trumpet interchange (Exit 156) with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) saw the addition of a ramp to Delaware 71 in spring of 1998. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Springfields Boulevard and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line pass under Delaware 1 beyond this shield assembly. The ensuing stretch passes between the Bear Crossing and Springfields subdivisions. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Portions of the Delaware City oil refineries dot the landscape along Delaware 1 southbound. A left-hand ramp (Exit 156) departs in one half mile for both U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north and Delaware 71 (Red Lion Road) south. Original concrete from Delaware 273 southward to U.S. 13 was paved over with asphalt by 2007. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Approaching the south end of the 1991-opened Christiana-Tybouts Corner section of Delaware 1. Until 1995, Delaware 1 merged onto U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south to Smyrna. The portion leading south from Tybouts Corner was directly upgraded to a freeway.
Delaware 71 ends at U.S. 13 within the expansive interchange of Exit 156. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 156 diverges from the Delaware 1 mainline to U.S. 13 north and Delaware 71 south. Delaware 1 mainline traffic squeezes into one lane ahead of the merge with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 156 splits into Exit 156A for Delaware 71 (Red Lion Road) south and Exit 156B for U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north to State Road. Delaware 71 heads south 21.99 miles through Red Lion, Summit Bridge and Middletown to end at U.S. 13 south of Townsend. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Future widening of SR 1 south to U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) includes a slight realignment of the ramp for SR 71 south, and a new ramp from SR 71 north to U.S. 13 north. This will eliminate the at-grade intersection between the two routes near the current ramp end. Photo taken 12/30/16.
U.S. 13 & Delaware 1 south
U.S. 13 and Delaware 1 overlap for 2.18 miles east of Red Lion and west of the Delaware City refinery complex. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Crossing Red Lion Creek, which flows east directly to Hamburg Cove on the Delaware River. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Visible to the west of the U.S. 13 & Delaware 1 southbound mainline is the abandoned northbound carriageway of old U.S. 13 and the two-way southbound carriageway now used for local access. Still named Dupont Highway, the two lane roadway parallels the freeway between Governor Lea Road and Lower Twin Lane Road. A second segment of abandoned pavement lies south of Lower Twin Lane Road. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 parts ways with Delaware 1 in one mile to join Delaware 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) east 0.2 miles to rejoin Dupont Highway. Dupont Highway runs south to St. Georges. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 72 forms a 17.36-mile route from Delaware 9 east of Wrangle Hill to Delaware 7 in the Pike Creek Valley. Locally the state route joins Delaware City with Glasgow and Newark. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Entering the diverging diamond interchange (Exit 152) with U.S. 13 south and Delaware 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) on Delaware 1 south. U.S. 13 Bypass, signed from 1995 to 1998, began here and ran along side Delaware 1 south to South St. Georges. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Construction from spring 2016 to January 2017 reconfigured the diamond interchange with SR 72 into a DDI to both improve safety and traffic flow. Widening of SR 72 north to SR 71 (Red Lion Road) is planned for 2019. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Delaware 1 south
Delaware 1 continues with six lanes on the approach to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Approaching Dragon Creek, motorists see a mileage sign posted eight miles north of Odessa and 31 miles from Dover. Photo taken 06/18/12.
One of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provisions for providing maintenance of the SR 1 Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge was that the crossing remain toll-free. An off-ramp (Exit 148) was constructed in 1999 from the south end of the bridge to South St. Georges to maintain the untolled status of the bridge. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Travelers remaining along the SR 1 Turnpike south of the Canal Bridge reach the Biddles Corner main line toll plaza in two miles. A toll schedule sign includes a dynamic component reflecting the variation in rates from weekdays to weekends. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The official name of the SR 1 span across the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal is the U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge, as designated by the Delaware Legislature in 2007. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Six lanes of traffic travel high above the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal on SR 1. The cable-stayed bridge is similar in design to the Varina-Enon Bridge carrying I-295 across the James River Bridge in Virginia, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (I-275 & U.S. 19) in Florida. The signature span features gold colors representative of one of the state colors. Photo taken 12/28/16.
The Roth Bridge totals 4,498 feet in length at a height of 145 above the C & D Canal.1 The ten foot shoulders can be restriped to expand roadway into eight overall lanes. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Original lighting fixtures on the SR 1 bridge illuminated both the roadway and the cables so that they were visible from as far north as Tybouts Corner. 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. The bases remain visible along the outside shoulders. Photo taken 12/28/16.
A look at the south tower of the Roth Bridge along Delaware 1 south. The bridge opened to traffic December 23, 1995 after three years of construction. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 southbound at the loop ramp (Exit 148) to Lorewood Grove Road. Construction further south through 2018 adds a wye interchange for the U.S. 301 toll road leading southwest to Middletown. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Lorewood Grove Road parallels the C & D Canal between Summit Bridge and U.S. 13 at South St. Georges. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Beyond the Exit 148 loop ramp to South St. Georges, the tolled portion of Delaware 1 begins. Drivers next enter the Biddles Corner main line toll plaza. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The Biddles Corner toll plaza was the first in the state to include high speed E-ZPass lanes. E-ZPass account holders may continue uninterrupted via two through lanes to bypass the conventional toll booths at the plaza while cash paying drivers must slow down and depart to the right. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The cash lanes expand to five booths in each direction along the outside of the Biddles Corner plaza. As of August 1, 2014, rates charged here and at Dover vary from $2.00 per passenger vehicle during weekdays to $3.00 per vehicle on weekends. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A set of transponder readers hang above the E-ZPass lanes while drivers maintain speed with limits remaining at 65 miles per hour. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Departing the toll plaza the SR 1 Turnpike reduces from six to four overall lanes. One mile ahead is the diamond interchange (Exit 142) with Pole Bridge Road at Boyds Corner (the junction of U.S. 13 and SR 896). Pole Bridge Road extends east to Port Penn Road. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 passes over U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) on the half mile approach to Exit 142 with Pole Bridge Road. Pole Bridge Road leads west to become Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road) north at adjacent U.S. 13. Delaware 896 extends west along Boyds Corner Road to Mount Pleasant and an overlap with U.S. 301 north to Summit Bridge and Glasgow. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A small guide sign references the SR 1 Turnpike by its official name, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway. Similar signs are posted elsewhere along the toll road. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Exit 142 leaves Delaware 1 south for Pole Bridge Road to Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road). The Whitehall suburban community takes shape along Boyds Corner Road between U.S. 13 and U.S. 301. The future U.S. 301 toll road will angle southwest by Whitehall from near the Biddles Corner toll plaza to Middletown and the Maryland state line. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Bayview Road spans Delaware 1 by this reassurance marker while en route east from U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) to Delaware 9. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 runs between U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) and Vance Neck Road by this mileage sign posted 25 miles north of Dover. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The SR 1 Turnpike again veers west of U.S. 13 to circumvent the town of Odessa. Situated west of town and along the eastern periphery of suburban Middletown is a diamond interchange (Exit 136) with Delaware 299 (Middletown Odessa Road). Exit 136 serves interests to Townsend, an incorporated town along Delaware 71 south of Middletown, by way of U.S. 13 south to Pine Tree Road. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 299 travels west from Delaware 9 (Taylors Bridge Road) into Odessa and to Delaware 1. Beyond Exit 136, the state route travels 2.5 miles to Downtown Middletown and junction Delaware 71. There are no tolls in place at this interchange. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 southbound at the ramp departure (Exit 136) to Delaware 299 (Main Street / Middletown-Odessa Road). A previously rural drive, Delaware 299 now entails a suburban corridor between Odessa and Middletown. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The longest uninterrupted stretch of the SR 1 Turnpike ensues south from Odessa through to Exit 119 north of Smyrna. The 17 mile section of Delaware 1 was the last to be completed along the turnpike when it opened to traffic May 20, 2003. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Approaching the Appoquinimink River, travelers along Delaware 1 south pass by this mileage sign posted 65 miles north of "Beaches" The guide sign references the distance to Delaware 1A (Rehoboth Avenue) south into Rehoboth Beach. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 remains west of U.S. 13 from Odessa to south of Pine Tree Corners. The two intertwine by the U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) intersection with Delaware 71 (Summit Bridge Road).
An interchange was planned to serve the Townsend area via Delaware 71 along this stretch as part of the original plans for the turnpike. The canceled interchange was resurrected during talks in February 2004, but remains unbuilt. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A reassurance marker for Delaware 1 appears south of Blackbird Creek and after the location of the unconstructed interchange with Delaware 71. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Crossing over U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) near Blackbird, three miles north of Smyrna and 14 miles out from Dover on SR 1 south. Photo taken 06/18/12.
One mile north of the partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 119) with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) on Delaware 1 south. Exit 119 connects the turnpike with the adjacent Delaware Welcome Center and rest area on U.S. 13. Trailblazers for Delaware 6 and 300 are signed for motorists utilizing Exit 119A (U.S. 13 south) into Smyrna. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Exit 119A departs in one half mile for U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) south into Smyrna. Delaware 6 travels east-west through Smyrna, linking the municipality with Woodland Beach along Delaware Bay to the east and Clayton to the west. Delaware 300 travels southwest from Smyrna-Clayton to Kenton and Sudlersville, Maryland (as Maryland 300). Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) again passes under Delaware 1 at Exit 119. Smyrna, a growing suburban town of over 10,000, lies just south of the Kent County line along U.S. 13. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The guide sign at the Exit 119B off-ramp omits Townsend for U.S. 13 north. The ramp ties into U.S. 13 opposite Duck Creek Road.
The Smyrna rest area resides just to the south along the northbound side of U.S. 13. Photo taken 06/18/12.


 

Sources:

  1. DE Route 1 - Korean War Veterans Highway. Roads to the Future (Scott Kozel).


Photo Credits:

2007-08-05, 2010-06-26, 2012-06-02, 2012-06-18, 2014-09-27, 2014-10-05, 2016-12-18, 2016-12-28, 2016-12-30, 2017-01-15 by AARoads

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