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Delaware 41


Delaware 41 travels southeast from Pennsylvania 41 along a 6.2 mile route along Lancaster Pike and Newport Gap Pike to Delaware 2 (Kirkwood Highway) at Prices Corner. Previously the state route represented the southern leg of a truck route between Newport and Lancaster, Pennsylvania (via PA 41 and U.S. 30 west). Through traffic is now advised to take Delaware 48 (Lancaster Pike) from Delaware 141 (Centre Road) to Delaware 41 near Hockessin due to better grades and more capacity. Delaware 41 otherwise serves as a commuter route for northern New Castle County.

The Delaware 41 corridor overlays an early 1800s trade route between Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the docks along the Christina River at Newport.1 Designated by 1936, the state route extended south from the Pennsylvania state line near Hockessin to Brandywine Springs, Newport and New Castle. The state route ended at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Seventh Street, just north of the Delaware River.

Delaware 141 was posted along side Delaware 41 from New Castle north to Centerville Road at Belvedere by 1952, while the section along Washington Avenue in New Castle dropped from the alignment. With construction of the Newport Freeway for Delaware 141, Delaware 41 was truncated from New Castle to Delaware 2 at Prices Corner in 1971.

SR 41 remained paired with SR 2 between Newport Gap Pike and the Kirkwood Highway interchange with SR 141 (Newport Freeway). The concurrency provided route continuity for long distance travelers between Interstates 95, 295 and 495 and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This changed by September 2015 with DelDOT eliminating the overlap and extending SR 62 north from Old Capitol Trail to SR 2 and 41 at Kirkwood Highway. The renumbering also reinforced SR 48 (Lancaster Pike) as the preferred route for truck traffic headed north from I-95 and SR 141 to Chester County, Pennsylvania.2

Delaware 41 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 19,129 - SR 2 to Greenbank Road
  • 12,641 - Milltown Road to SR 34
  • 10,278 - Hercules Road to McKennans Church Road
  • 22,531 - SR 48 to Old Lancaster Pike south end
  • 18,479 - Yorklyn Road to Old Lancaster Pike north end
  • 13,979 - Old Lancaster Road to Pennsylvania line
Delaware 41 north
Delaware 41 (Newport Gap Pike) begins and lowers from Delaware 2 (Kirkwood Highway) and 62 at Prices Corner to the Wilmington & Western Railroad station, a crossing of Red Clay Creek and Greenbank Road. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Milltown Road branches west from Delaware 41 (Newport Gap Pike) and Jackson Avenue at the Cedars community. Milltown Road provides an alternate route to Delaware 7 (Limestone Road) and the Pike Creek Valley from Prices Corner and Elsmere. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Delaware 41 undulates between Prices Corner and Hockessin through eastern reaches of the Appalachian Piedmont. The reassurance marker posted after Milltown Road was removed by 2012. Photo taken 04/03/04.
Beyond Milltown Road, Newport Gap Pike lowers to cross Hyde Run, a tributary of the Red Clay Creek, at historic Brandywine Springs State Park. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Approaching SR 34 (Faulkland Road) on SR 41 (Newport Gap Pike) at Brandywine Springs State Park. Lake Washington lies just east of this stretch within the park. The man made lake was part of an early 20th century pavilion and amusement park along the Hyde Run. The area was abandoned in the 1930s and nature has taken its course in reclaiming the land since. Photo taken 12/20/16.
SR 34 constitutes a short state route along Faulkland Road west to nearby Duncan Road and east to SR 100 (Dupont Road) near the Wilmington city line. The intersection between the two routes will be reconstructed in 2018 to include longer turn lanes, protected left turns and new mast arm signal assemblies. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Replaced shields for SR 34 north on SR 41. SR 34 winds through a scenic valley across Red Clay Creek by Brandywine Springs State Park to the east to connect with residential areas north of Prices Corner along Centerville Road. Photo taken 06/05/12.
SR 41 (Newport Gap Pike) bee lines northwest from Brandywine Springs Park toward Hockessin. Photo taken 12/20/16.
A set of flashers operate at the entrance road to Emily P Bissell Hospital. The medical center lies north of the Hyde Park subdivision. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Mill Creek Road east and Hercules Road west come together as a local commuter route joining SR 41 (Newport Gap Pike) with SR 7 (Limestone Road) to the west and SR 48 (Lancaster Pike) to the east. The intersection was expanded in 2015 to accommodate a new subdivision built by Toll Brothers nearby.3 Photo taken 12/20/16.
SR 41 (Newport Gap Pike) briefly expands to four lanes through the intersection with Mill Creek and Hercules Roads. The road reduces back to two lanes ahead of the Westminster subdivision. Photo taken 12/20/16.
McKennans Church Road originates from SR 7 (Limestone Road) at Milltown Road in the Pike Creek Valley. The through road leads north to become Loveville Road at SR 41 (Newport Gap Pike) ahead of Hockessin. Loveville Road extends north to SR 48 (Lancaster Pike) and Old Wilmington Road. Photo taken 12/20/16.
The ensuing northbound signal operates at Graves Road. Graves Road winds west from Loveville Road to a handful of forested neighborhoods to Mill Creek Road. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Nearing the merge with SR 48 west (Lancaster Pike) on SR 41 north near Brackenville. The junction shield for SR 48 fell off by 2012, with the remainder of the assembly taken down by 2015. Photo taken 04/23/04.
SR 48 (Lancaster Pike) takes motorists back to the southeast to SR 141 at Barley Mill Plaza and north Wilmington. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Delaware 48 shuttles commuters to Hockessin and through traffic bound for Lancaster, Pennsylvania from Delaware 141 and Wilmington. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Continuing north, SR 41 (Lancaster Pike) meets the entrance to Sanford School. A rare tornado caused major damaged to the Sanford School gymnasium on June 9, 1989. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Withers Way represents the entrance to the Sanford Ridge subdivision and a second access point to Sanford School from SR 41 at the adjacent stoplight. Photo taken 12/20/16.
A new mast arm traffic light assembly was installed at Delaware 41 and Brackenville Road between 2001 and 2004. Brackenville Road meanders north to Delaware 82 at Ashland and southwest to Delaware 7 (Limestone Road) in the Upper Pike Creek Valley. Photo taken 12/20/16.
SR 41 (Lancaster Pike) meets Hockessin Park in this scene as it passes through the heart of Hockessin. The state route north of Mitchell Road to north of Valley Road was redesigned during a $6.5 million Safety Improvements Project completed on November 15, 2006. Construction addressed an array of closely spaced commercial driveways and the lack of left turn lanes along the corridor.4 Photo taken 12/20/16.
The Wilmington & Western Railroad concludes its ten mile route from Greenbank to just west of this grade crossing with Delaware 41 in Hockessin. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Yorklyn Road ties into Delaware 41 (Lancaster Pike) from the community of Yorklyn and Delaware 82 (Creek Road) to the northeast. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Yorklyn Road ends just west of Lancaster Pike at Old Lancaster Pike. Mill Creek Road stems south from there to the Upper Pike Creek Valley. Photo taken 12/20/16.
The final SR 41 shield was previously located north of Yorklyn Road. This scene looks at Lancaster Pike prior to the Safety Improvement Project of 2004-06. Photo taken 04/23/04.
The Route 41/Lancaster Pike Safety Improvements Project added a signal at Valley Road while adjacent Old Lancaster Pike was restriped to one way southbound to prevent motorists from bypassing the new stoplight.4 Valley Road angles southwest from Hockessin to SR 7 and North Star Road through the Upper Pike Creek Valley. Photo taken 12/20/16.
A truck climbing lane accompanies SR 41 (Lancaster Pike) north on the 100 feet elevation gain from Hockessin to McGovern Road. Photo taken 12/20/16.
A large Pennsylvania welcome sign greets northbound motorists as SR 41 (Lancaster Pike) transitions to PA 41 en route to New Garden and Avondale. An old state line monument also stands at the border. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Delaware 41 south
SR 41 (Lancaster Pike) enters the First State by the Deerfield subdivision in unincorporated Hockessin. Photo taken 12/19/01.
Southbound Delaware 41 (Lancaster Pike) reaches the split with Delaware 48 (Lancaster Pike) east. The intersection between the two routes at Hockessin was considered innovative at the time of its completion in the 1920s.
The junction shield assembly pictured here was removed by 2007. Photo taken 04/22/04.
SR 41 veers southward onto Newport Gap Pike to SR 2 (Kirkwood Highway) and SR 62 at Prices Corner while SR 48 extends Lancaster Pike east to Wilmington. Photo taken 04/22/04.
An end sign for SR 41 was added to the Newport Gap Pike approach for SR 2 (Kirkwood Highway), reflecting the 2015 truncation of the route west from SR 141 (Newport Freeway). Photo taken 12/21/16.
Kirkwood Highway (SR 2) constitutes a well traveled commercial arterial east from Prices Corner into the town of Elsmere and west to the Pike Creek Valley and Newark. SR 62 begins and takes over for SR 41 along Newport Gap Pike south to the Newport Freeway at Belvedere. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Delaware 41 scenes
Approaching Delaware 41 (Newport Gap Pike) on McKennans Church Road north. McKennans Church Road links Delaware 7 (Limestone Road) and the Pike Creek Valley with Hockessin and Loveville Road north to Delaware 48 (Lancaster Pike). Photo taken 04/22/04.

Sources:

  1. "Town Down Under - As traffic hurtles on 'the asphalt monster' overhead, a 300-year-old town inches toward the future." The News Journal (DE), July 16, 2001.
  2. Proposed Route Designation Changes - DE Route 41 and DE Route 2. Delaware Department of Transportation, project web site.
  3. "Public Workshop Route 41/Hercules Road Intersection Improvements." Delaware Department of Transportation, press release. April 28, 2008.
  4. "REVISED - Flag-raising to Mark Completion of Route 41/Lancaster Pike Safety Improvements." Delaware Department of Transportation, press release. November 8, 2008.


Photo Credits:

2001-12-19, 2004-04-03, 2004-04-22, 2004-04-23, 2012-06-05, 2016-12-20, 2016-12-21 by AARoads

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