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Delaware 82


Delaware 82 meanders west from Delaware 52 (Kennett Pike) across hilly terrain associated with the Appalachian Piedmont to Mt. Cuba, Ashland and Yorklyn in northern New Castle County. Campbell Road leads the state route west from Kennett Pike and Kirk Road to a causeway across Hoopes Reservoir and New London Road. Delaware 82 then arcs southward along New London Road to Pyles Ford Road and Mt. Cuba.

Paralleling Red Clay Creek and the Wilmington & Western Railroad, the rest of Delaware 82 lines Creek Road to the Ashland Nature Center, Yorklyn and Auburn Heights Preserve. Delaware 82 becomes Pennsylvania 82 en route to Southridge and the borough of Kennett Square.

Established by 1936, together with Pennsylvania 82, the multi state route travels 37.14 miles overall to Pennsylvania 23 in Elverson. Construction in 2000-01 made small geometric improvements and added small shoulders to improve the safety of the scenic state route.

SR 82 was incorporated into the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway in 2004. The Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway Alliance completed a corridor management plan in 2008 to help preserve attributes of the byway. One of the recommendations under consideration was the delisting of State Route 82 in order to help protect the intrinsic qualities of the byway. A 30-day Virtual Public Workshop, underway on March 4, 2010, collected public comment on the proposal to declassify SR 82. Of the 120 responses, 75% indicated opposition to the removal of the state route designation. Opponents cited the value of the designation when giving directions to area visitors.1

The high accident rate at SR 52 (Kennett Pike) and SR 82 (Campbell Road) placed the intersection within the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). An intersection improvement project added a separate left-turn lane and shared right-turn and through lane along both directions of SR 52 at SR 82 north and Kirk Road east. Work started in spring 2013 and was completed in 2014.

Delaware 82 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 2,582 - SR 52 to Owls Nest Road
  • 1,849 - Pyles Ford Road to Mt. Cuba Road
  • 2,521 - Mt. Cuba Road to Yorklyn Road
  • 1,177 - Yorklyn Road to Pennsylvania state line
Delaware 82 north
Kirk Road leads 0.77 miles west from SR 100 (Montchanin Road) by Wilmington Country Club golf course to the intersection of SR 52 (Kennett Pike) and the northbound beginning of SR 82 (Campbell Road). Photo taken 12/22/12.
West from SR 52, Campbell Road leads SR 82 to Valley Garden Park and Hoopes Reservoir. Photo taken 12/22/12.
Pennsylvania 82 (Creek Road) extends Delaware 82 north 2.8 miles to South Street at the borough of Kennett Square. Photo taken 12/19/01.
Delaware 82 south
Delaware 82 (Creek Road) emerges from along side Red Clay Creek and turns east at Mt. Cuba Road toward Hoopes Reservoir. Photo taken 04/24/04.
Creek Road curves east to become Pyles Ford Road a short distance from Mt. Cuba Road. A reassurance marker for Delaware 82 was posted on this stretch until 2007. Photo taken 04/24/04.
New London Road curves north to intersect Walnut Green Road west, Owls Nest Road north and Campbell Road east. Delaware 82 turns east for its final 1.2 miles here. Photo taken 04/24/04.
Delaware 82 lowers from New London Road to cross Edgar M. Hoopes Reservoir along a two-lane causeway. Photo taken 04/24/04.
Crossing over Hoopes Reservoir, the municipal water supply for Wilmington, along Campbell Road east. Valley Garden Park lines the east side of the reservoir along Centerville Road. The public park was once apart of the DuPont family estate. Photo taken 04/24/04.
SR 82 (Campbell Road) ends at SR 52 (Kennett Pike) and Kirk Road. SR 52 ventures north to Centerville and south to Greenville. Kirk Road links SR 82 with SR 100 at Montchanin. Photo taken 12/19/01.

Sources:

  1. "DelDOT Responds to Public Feedback." Delaware Department of Transportation, press release. April 26, 2010.


Photo Credits:

2001-12-19, 2004-04-24, 2012-12-22 by AARoads

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Page Updated 02-28-2017.

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