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1975 General Drafting map showing the transition of SR 18 and SR 28 to U.S. 9.

U.S. Highway 9


U.S. 9 comprises one of the several east-west routes in Sussex County. Until 1974, the alignment of U.S. 9 was apart of Delaware 28 between Laurel and Georgetown and Delaware 18 from Georgetown to Five Points, while U.S. 9 ended in Cape May, New Jersey. As approved by AASHTO on June 25, 1974, U.S. 9 was extended across Delaware Bay via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to Lewes and the aforementioned routes west southwest to U.S. 13 at Laurel.

U.S. 13 (Sussex Highway) north at the eastbound beginning of U.S. 9. Photo taken January 16, 2017.

U.S. 9 (County Seat Highway) branches northeast from U.S. 13 at the town of Laurel along a rural route 12.7 miles to Georgetown. Delaware 20 intersects the US highway midway between the two towns at Hardscrabble. East from U.S. 113, U.S. 9 takes Market Street to Downtown Georgetown, where a roundabout at Bedford Street connects the route with Delaware 18 & 404.

The western terminus of U.S. 9 at U.S. 13 in Laurel. Photo taken January 16, 2017.

Leading away from Georgetown, U.S. 9 & Delaware 404 advance eastward along a rural drive to Delaware 30 at Gravel Hill and Delaware 5 at Harbeson. Development increases along the highway eastward to Cool Spring and Five Points, where U.S. 9 turns onto Delaware 1 south for a 1.1 mile overlap.

U.S. 9 partitions with U.S. 9 Business at Five Points as Delaware 404 concludes the multi-state route started in Wye Mills, Maryland. U.S. 9 Business, designated by 1976 per the Delaware Official Highway Map, follows Savannah Road northeast from Five Points to Cape Henlopen Drive through Lewes. U.S. 9 travels just to the south along a combination of Kings Highway and Theo C. Freeman Memorial Highway to Cape Henlopen Drive and the Cape May Lewes Ferry landing.

U.S. 9 Delaware Mileage: 30.89

U.S. 9 Highway Guides

U.S. 9 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 9,411 - U.S. 13 to Fire Tower Road
  • 8,690 - Fire Tower Road to SR 20
  • 6,615 - SR 20 to Old Furnace Road
  • 9,533 - Old Furnace Road to west Georgetown limit
  • 10,930 - west Georgetown limit to U.S. 113
  • 12,876 - U.S. 113 to SR 404
  • 19,735 - SR 404 to Railroad Avenue
  • 15,959 - Railroad Avenue to Steiner Road
  • 16,131 - Steiner Road to SR 5
  • 14,136 - SR 5 to SR 1
  • 57,743 - SR 1 north to SR 1 south
  • 10,740 - SR 1 south to Kings Highway (Road 268)
  • 16,329 - Kings Highway (Road 268) to Clay Road (Road 269)
  • 16,382 - Clay Road to Lewes limits
  • 16,382 - Clay Road to Lewes limits
  • 9,889 - Lewes limits to Freeman Highway
  • 2,695 - Freeman Highway to Cape Henlopen Drive
  • 4,708 - Cape Henlopen Drive to Henlopen State Park
  • 961 - Henlopen State Park to Cape May Lewes Ferry

Source: Delaware Vehicle Volume Summary 2015 (Traffic Summary)



    Connect with:
    U.S. Highway 13
    U.S. Highway 113
    U.S. 9 Business
    U.S. 9 Truck
    Delaware 1

    Page Updated 02-06-2017.

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