State Route 1 North - Fenwick Island to Milford

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Delaware State Route 1 North
Maryland 528 (Coastal Highway) approaches SR 54 (Lighthouse Road) west. Although not acknowledged on Coastal Highway, SR 54 overlaps with SR 20 four miles west to Zion Church Road. Photo taken 01/16/17.
An overhead sign at Fenwick Avenue welcomes northbound motorists to the First State as Maryland 528 ends and SR 1 begins. Photo taken 01/16/17.
One block removed from the state line, SR 1 (Coastal Highway) intersects the east end of SR 20 & 54 (Lighthouse Road). Lighthouse Road leads SR 54 west to Selbyville as part of its multi-state route with MD 54 west to Gumboro, Delmar and Mardela Springs, Maryland. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 20 was extended southeast from Millsboro to Dagsboro and Fenwick Island in 1991 to provide an additional signed route for beach traffic. The state route is no longer posted on Fenwick Island. Photo taken September 1999.
SR 1 (Coastal Highway) continues north six blocks to South Carolina Avenue. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Travelers heading north along Coastal Highway formally enter the town of Fenwick Island at Atlantic Street. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Dagsboro Street stems west from parallel Bunting Avenue to residential areas off Lighthouse Cove and south of Old Inlet Point. Photo taken 01/16/17.
James Street is the last traffic light on SR 1 north in Fenwick Island. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Leaving the town of Fenwick Island, SR 1 (Coastal Highway) enters Fenwick Island State Park. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Speed limits along SR 1 increase to 55 miles per hour through Fenwick Island State Park. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Motorists along SR 1 north next enter the town of South Bethany at York Road west and Logan Street east. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Northbound SR 1 (Coastal Highway) intersects Layton Drive at the succeeding traffic light. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 1 leaves South Bethany Beach for unincorporated Middlesex Beach beyond the signal at Evergreen Road. Evergreen Road straddles the town line west to Richard Hall Memorial Park and Pine Street. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 1 shifts one block west onto a 1960s-bypass of Bethany Beach at Pennsylvania Avenue. Pennsylvania Avenue is the former alignment of SR 14. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Westway Drive meanders west from SR 1 (Coastal Highway) at Pennsylvania Avenue to SR 54 Alt (Kent Avenue) and the Sea Colony community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Jefferson Bridge Road follows along SR 1 north to link Coastal Highway east to Pennsylvania Avenue at the Sea Colony oceanfront condos and west to Kent Avenue. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Coastal Highway enters the town of Bethany Beach just north of Jefferson Bridge Road. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 26 (Garfield Parkway) connects Bethany Beach with interior Sussex County via Ocean View and Millview at the upcoming traffic light. Photo taken 01/16/17.
A 23.15-mile route, SR 26 ends just east of SR 1 (Coastal Highway) at the beach. Westward, the state route meets U.S. 113 at Dagsboro and SR 30 north of Gumboro. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 1 (Coastal Highway) runs north along Fenwick Island between Little Assawoman Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal stretch culminates at Bethany beach. Further north SR 1 reaches Delaware Seashore State Park and Indian River Inlet, a waterway linking Indian River Bay with the Atlantic. Photo taken 06/18/12.
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A cable-stayed bridge carries four lanes of SR 1 across Indian River Inlet. The span includes a 12 foot wide pedestrian walkway along the northbound lanes. Photos taken 06/18/12.
The Charles W. Cullen Bridge fully opened to traffic on May 6, 2012 after the southbound side opened to two-way traffic on January 20, 2012.1,2 Photo taken 06/18/12.
The new SR 1 bridge replaced a twin steel-girder bridge that reached its lifespan. The previous bridge included supports subjected to the extreme tidal currents of Indian River Inlet. Design of the new 2600-foot long bridge negated the need for supports in the waterway.1 Photo taken 06/18/12.
92 light fixtures help illuminate the 248 feet pylons supporting the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at night. Work on the span commenced in 2008 at a cost of $150-million.3 Photo taken 06/18/12.
SR 1 lowers from the Charles W. Cullen Bridge onto a sandy strip of land between Bottom Hills Drain and the Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Inlet Road ties into SR 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet bridge at the northern section of Delaware Seashore State Park. The road doubles back south and then west to Indian River Marina at Balders Pond while also serving a parking area just west of the bridge. Photo taken 06/18/12.
SR 1 (Coastal Highway) angles northwest from Dewey Beach along a 1940s-bypass of Rehoboth Beach. SR 1B provides a direct route to the Rehoboth Beach business district via State Road north. Photo taken 01/16/17.
An off-ramp departs for SR 1B (State Road) north as SR 1 approaches the bridge across the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. A left turn follows for Washington Street, which links SR 1 south with SR 1B (Roosevelt Street) north. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Advancing north of SR 1A (Rehoboth Boulevard), SR 1 intersects Holland Glade Road north to tracts of Cape Henlopen State Park and the Holland Glade subdivision. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Heavy commercial development lines both sides of Coastal Highway north to Midway and Five Points. The ensuing northbound signal is located at Seaside Outlet Drive for the Tanger Outlets center. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Camelot Drive ties into SR 1 at the Shoppes of Camelot retail plaza as the main entrance to the Camelot manufactured home community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Businesses occupy all four corners of the intersection with Miller Road south and Munchy Branch Road north. Both roads lead to subdivisions beyond the SR 1 frontage. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Three lanes of SR 1 (Coastal Highway) continue north to the signalized intersection with Old Landing Road. Rehoboth Mall shopping center and SR 24 follows at the subsequent traffic lights. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Dual turn lanes serve Old Landing Road south to Warrington Neck and the Rehoboth Bay community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 1 north maintains three through lanes at Midway despite an overhead alluding to a second lane drop for Rehoboth Mall. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 24 stretches 40.61 miles across Sussex County between Midway and the Maryland state line west of Laurel. The state route connects the coast with Oak Orchard, a community along Indian River Bay at the southern terminus of SR 5, and Millsboro at the crossroads with U.S. 113. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Unsigned from SR 1, John J. Williams Highway west from Coastal Highway to Plantation Road is both SR 24 and SR 1D. SR 1D forms a suburban loop northwest to SR 23 and U.S. 9 at Belltown. Photo taken 01/16/17.
U.S. 9 West Delaware Route 1 North
U.S. 9 combines with SR 1 (Coastal Highway) for 1.12 miles between Kings Highway and Seashore Highway at Five Points. The US highway accompanies SR 404 from Five Points to the county seat of Georgetown, where the state route branches west to Bridgeville and Maryland. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A trailblazer precedes the turn of U.S. 9 west from SR 1 directing motorists also to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel via either U.S. 113 or U.S. 13 south. Most other motorists taking U.S. 9 follow SR 404 west to MD 404 and U.S. 50 west to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware State Route 1 North
Turning more inland, SR 1 (Coastal Highway) leaves the congested stretch through Five Points and Nassau to become a rural four-lane highway. The state route crosses the Broadkill River ahead of the signalized intersection with SR 16. SR 16 travels west to Milton and east to Broadkill Beach. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 1 (Coastal Highway) continues north 1.75 miles from the Argos Corner bypass to SR 30. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Johnson Road stems west from SR 1 as the former SR 30 Alternate to SR 30 (Cedar Creek Road). Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 1 passes by the Saraglen Acres neighborhood on the half mile approach to the folded diamond interchange with Wilkins Road west to SR 30 (Cedar Creek Road). Photo taken 01/16/17.
Construction between December 2012 and July 2014 along SR 1 replaced an at-grade intersection with Wilkins and Cedar Neck Road. SR 30 used to end at SR 1 here directly, but it now parallels SR 1 just to the west along Rehoboth Boulevard. The state route leads south from Milford to Millsboro, with Johnson Road connecting it with Lincoln. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Just north of the Wilkins Road overpass, SR 1 shifts onto the Milford Bypass at the split with SR 1 Business (Rehoboth Boulevard). Photo taken 08/05/07.
SR 1 Business winds through Milford along Rehoboth Boulevard and Walnut Street to U.S. 113 (Dupont Boulevard). The business loop also follows the original alignment of SR 14 northward to NE Front Street. Photo taken 08/05/07.
A shield assembly directs motorists onto SR 1 Business from SR 1 north. The business loop totals 3.90 miles to the north end of U.S. 113 in adjacent Kent County. Photo taken 08/05/07.
SR 1 straddles the eastern city limits of Milford from the Mispillion River northward to U.S. 113. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Northbound drivers along SR 1 enter Kent County across the Mispillion River. The river doubles as the county line east to Delaware Bay. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Dover lies 19 miles to the north via Bay Road while the SR 1 Turnpike leads motorists to Wilmington via U.S. 13 or I-95 in 64 miles. Photo taken 06/18/12.
SR 14 (NE Front Street) crosses paths with SR 1 at the first of two at-grade intersections along the Milford Bypass. Rroad work from February 2018 to August 2019 adds a parclo A2 interchange here. Photo taken 06/18/12.
SR 14 begins and travels west from SR 1 along NW and NE Front Streets through Milford. The state route runs 19.12 miles to the Maryland state line west of Harrington. Photo taken 06/18/12.
New Wharf Road loops north from SR 1 and SR 14 (NE Front Street) to New Wharf at Swan Creek and west to SR 1 near Lynch Heights. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Construction of the new interchange with SR 14 includes work at NE 10th Street to reconfigure the at-grade intersection into a right in right out (RIRO) setup. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 1 overtakes U.S. 113 along Bay Road from the Milford Bypass end at Tubmill Pond to Dover. U.S. 113 ends at a wye interchange along with SR 1 Business. Photo taken 01/16/17.

  1. Indian River Inlet Bridge - Delaware Department of Transportation - Projects.
  2. "Jan. 20 opening set for Indian River Inlet Bridge." The News Journal, January 11, 2014.
  3. "Transportation-Award of Merit: Delaware's Indian River Inlet Bridge." Engineering News-Record, December 11, 2012.
  4. "New Del. 1 overpass to open on Tuesday." The News Journal, June 24, 2011.

Photo Credits:

  • September 1999 by Chris Jordan.
  • 08/05/07 by AARoads.
  • 06/18/12 by AARoads.
  • 01/16/17 by AARoads.

Page Updated 02-01-2017.

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