State Route 1 North - Smyrna to Churchmans Crossing

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Delaware State Route 1 North
SR 1 northbound reassurance marker posted beyond the entrance ramp from Exit 119. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The longest exit less stretch of SR 1 concludes at Odessa in eight miles. 32 miles remain for motorists headed to New Jersey via the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 and SR 1 trade places south and north of nearby SR 71. An interchange planned between SR 71 and the turnpike was shelved due to funding issues and by local area residents expressing concerns that the exit will overrun the predominantly rural area with development. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Spanning Blackbird Creek along SR 1 northbound near the settlement of Blackbird and the U.S. 13 junction with SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road). Photo taken 06/18/12.
A reassurance marker appears as SR 1 again parallels the west side of U.S. 13. The turnpike between north Smyrna and Odessa opened to traffic on May 20, 2003. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Spanning Pine Tree Road. SR 1 advances four miles north to the town of Odessa. Exceptional development took place in the mid 2000s surrounding Odessa with many subdivisions built east of parallel U.S. 13. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) and SR 1 travel side by side between Fieldsboro Road and Chestnut Lane south of Odessa. Portions of the original Dupont Parkway were relocated due to the construction of the SR 1 toll road here. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Entering the Odessa Bypass portion of the SR 1 toll road one mile south of Exit 136. The expressway arcs west of Odessa through a diamond interchange with SR 299. Placards on approach signage reference "last exit before toll" as the on-ramp from U.S. 13 at north Smyrna is untolled. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Annexations by the city of Middletown extend outward to encompass part of SR 1 to Exit 136. Housing development abuts the west side of SR 1 to SR 299 (Middletown Odessa Road) as area growth replaced large swaths of farmland between Odessa and Middletown. Part of this growth can be attributed to the accessibility between Wilmington and south New Castle County by SR 1. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Exit 136 carries drivers onto SR 299 (Middletown Odessa Road) just west of the Odessa town limits. SR 299 overall travels 9.77 miles west from SR 9 at Mathews Corners to Maryland 282 near Warwick. Photo taken 06/18/12.
SR 1 curves northeastward to cross over U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) and Drawyer Creek. Photo taken 06/18/12.
SR 1 and U.S. 13 intertwine northward for another 10.6 miles to Tybouts Corner. Northeast from there, U.S. 13 continues to I-295 for the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the city of Wilmington. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Two miles south of the diamond interchange (Exit 142) with Pole Bridge Road at Boyds Corner on SR 1 northbound. Pole Bridge Road links the toll road with the adjacent intersection of U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) and SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) to the west and Port Penn Road to the east near Thorntown. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The half mile guide sign for Exit 142 was missing by April 2012 and replaced by September 2012.
Exit 142 serves the Bayberry development west along SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) between U.S. 13 at Boyds Corner and SR 71 at Mount Pleasant. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Motorists departing SR 1 at Exit 142 encounter a coin drop toll plaza before reaching Pole Bridge Road. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Exit 142 leaves SR 1 north for Pole Bridge Road west to SR 896 north and U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway). SR 896, in conjunction with SR 71, serves suburban areas of Middletown to the south and Summit Bridge to the north.
There are no further exits along SR 1 north ahead of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, so interests to St. Georges are directed to use U.S. 13 north. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Next in line for northbound drivers along SR 1 is the Biddles Corner main line toll plaza. This is the last toll collection facility along northbound. Photo taken 06/18/12.
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SR 1 ascends over U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) one final time before entering the Biddles Corner Toll Plaza. The plaza was built in 1999 and separates E-ZPass customers from cash paying customers similar to the Dover plaza. Photos taken 06/18/12.
Traffic partitions in a half mile at the Biddles Corner Toll Plaza. High speed E-ZPass lanes stay to the left while drivers paying cash diverge to attended booths to the right. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A mileage sign appears ahead of the toll plaza, 21 miles south of Wilmington. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Northbound at the split of the high-speed E-ZPass lanes and cash lanes. Rates vary from $2.00 per passenger vehicle during weekdays and $3.00 on weekends. Variable rates went into effect on October 1, 2007 and increased on August 1, 2014. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Four overall high-speed E-ZPass lanes travel the innermost portion of SR 1 at Biddles Corner. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) travels alongside SR 1 into South St. Georges. Providing local access across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge, an entrance ramp joins the freeway from U.S. 13 at Port Penn Road. Photo taken 12/30/18.
The U.S. 301 toll road ties into SR 1 at a wye interchange opened to traffic on January 10, 2019. The entrance ramp from Port Penn Road merges with U.S. 301 just ahead of the SR 1 northbound roadway. Photo taken 12/30/18.
SR 1 spans the Chesapeake and Canal across the U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge between South and North St. Georges. The canal bridge opened to traffic on December 23, 1995 and carries six overall lanes. Wide shoulders on either side of the travel lanes can be restriped to accommodate an additional lane per direction. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The Cheasapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge was dedicated as the Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge by the Delaware Legislature on July 9, 2007. Photo taken 12/30/18.
The 4,498 foot long cable-stayed bridge travels 145 feet above the C & D Canal. The first contract for construction was awarded on April 1, 1992, with total cost of the span at $57.8 million.1 Photo taken 12/30/18.
Cables supporting the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge are painted gold, a tribute to one of the state colors (the other being blue). Photo taken 12/30/18.
The SR 1 canal bridge replaced the adjacent St. Georges Bridge as the main route between Wilmington and Dover. U.S. 13 still utilizes the 1943-built steel arch bridge just to the east between the villages of North and South St. Georges. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Among the original features of the C&D Canal Bridge was lighting illuminating the towers and cables. Unfortunately during a 2005 snowstorm, a snow plow left in the upright position knocked over several of the light poles. Since light from the fixtures caused sight issues for mariners below, illumination was not restored. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Descending toward North St. Georges along SR 1 north on the Roth Bridge. Iron Hill, with an elevation of 331 feet, rises along the northern horizon from near Newark. Photo taken 06/18/12.
The succeeding exit joins SR 1 north with U.S. 13 south and SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) at Wrangle Hill. U.S. 13 accompanies SR 1 north between Exit 152 and 156 while Dupont Highway north to Bear Corbitt Road is a part of SR 7 north to Red Lion. Photo taken 12/30/18.
SR 1 maintains six overall lanes between South St. Georges and the Bear-Tybouts segment of freeway constructed between 1990 and 1992. Forthcoming SR 72 arcs northwest from SR 9 near Delaware City to the city of Newark. Area points of interest include Fort DuPont, Fort Delaware and Lums Pond State Park. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Exit 152 departs SR 1 north for SR 72 north to Newark, U.S. 13 south to St. Georges and SR 7. SR 7 runs 16.87 miles north from Wrangle Hill to Bear, Christiana, Churchmans Crossing and the Pennsylvania state line north of Pike Creek Valley. Road work from Spring 2016 to January 2017 reconfigured Exit 152 into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), the first in the state of Delaware. Photo taken 12/30/18.
U.S. 13 Delaware Route 1 North
SR 1 passes over both a Norfolk Southern Railroad spur and SR 7 (Dupont Highway) beyond this mileage sign posted 12 miles from Wilmington. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Lower Twin Lane passes over U.S. 13/SR 1 north, one mile ahead of their separation at Exit 156. Drivers headed to Interstate 295 and the Delaware Memorial Bridge are directed to take U.S. 13 north to the Farnhurst interchange instead of SR 1 north to I-95. Photo taken 12/30/16.
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) continues northeast to merge with U.S. 40 in 3.5 miles at State Road. The two highways run concurrent from there 3.56 miles northeast to Hares Corner, New Castle County Airport (ILG) and I-295 at Farnhurst. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Construction of the SR 1 freeway directly replaced U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) across Red Lion Creek. Two segments of old Dupont Highway remain in service for local residents to the southwest. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Entering the trumpet interchange with the 1991 segment of SR 1 linking U.S. 13 with SR 273 at Christiana. The mainline defaults onto U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north as SR 1 shifts onto a sweeping ramp. Future work here associated with the widening of SR 1 north will add ramps between U.S. 13 and adjacent SR 71 (Red Lion Road). Photo taken 12/30/16.
U.S. 13 remains along Dupont Highway from Tybouts Corner (Exit 156) to Wilmington as SR 1 branches northward to Bear and Churchmans Crossing. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware State Route 1 North
SR 1 turns north along a suburban corridor to Churchmans Crossing. Meeting the freeway next is U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at a parclo interchange (Exit 160). Photo taken 12/30/18.
Signs for Exit 160 were changed in 2013 to reflect Bear and Glasgow in place of State Road and Elkton, Maryland. Bear is an unincorporated suburban community centered around the crossroads of U.S. 40 and SR 7, while Glasgow lies west along U.S. 40 at SR 896. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Exit 160 departs SR 1 north for U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Bear. U.S. 40 follows Pulaski Highway west from U.S. 13 at State Road to Baltimore, Maryland. The divided highway through Delaware is entirely suburbanized, with numerous traffic lights and heavy development. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Reassurance shield posted for SR 1 north after the U.S. 40 underpass.
SR 273 is a heavily traveled commuter route between the cities of Newark and New Castle. The four lane arterial was widened from SR 1 east to U.S. 13/40 at Hares Corner in the mid 1990s. Photo taken 12/30/18.
A diamond interchange (Exit 162) joins SR 1 with SR 273 (Christiana Bypass). SR 273 locally serves the community of Christiana via connections with SR 7 (E Main Street) and Old Baltimore Pike. Until 1987, when the Christiana Bypass opened west to I-95, SR 273 overlapped with SR 7 into Christiana. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Exit 162 departs SR 1 north for SR 273. Prior to completion of the freeway north to SR 7 and Christiana Mall in April 1993, all traffic on SR 1 defaulted onto this off-ramp. The next mile of freeway took longer to complete due to area wetland impacts.
Planned widening of SR 1 at Exit 162 will expand the exchange into a parclo interchange. Photo taken 12/30/18.
The initial sign for the 2013-completed flyovers to Interstate 95 northbound appears above SR 273 along SR 1 north. The mainline defaults onto I-95 north to Wilmington while the right lanes continue to SR 7 north through Churchmans Crossing. Photo taken 12/30/18.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 164) with SR 7 (Road A) and Center Boulevard to Christiana Mall precedes the exchange with Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/30/18.
The last northbound shield for SR 1 appears between the SR 273 entrance ramp and the Christina River. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Two lanes advance beyond the lane drop for Exit 164 and SR 7 (Road A) south to I-95 (JFK Memorial Highway). Construction between Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 expanded Road A above SR 1 with a new westbound overpass to accommodate traffic demands for area retail development. Photo taken 12/30/18.
A third northbound lane opens to the left for Exit 165C to I-95 north as Exit 164 departs for SR 7 (Road A) south to Christiana, Center Boulevard north and Fashion Center Boulevard east. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Construction of SR 1 in the early 1990s overlaid the alignment of SR 7 north from Christiana to Churchmans Crossing. SR 7 combines with the northernmost stretch of freeway to SR 58 (Churchmans Road).
Mall Road, the road encircling Christiana Mall, ties into Exit 164 via Center Boulevard from SR 1 northbound and directly from SR 1 southbound via Road B. Photo taken 12/30/18.
The next in the series of APL's for Exit 165C partitions traffic into two lanes for I-95 north to Wilmington and Philadelphia and SR 7 north to Churchmans Crossing, Stanton and Pike Creek Valley. A concrete barrier separates traffic ahead of the upcoming SR 7 overpass. Photo taken 12/30/18.
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A loop ramp brings SR 7 north onto SR 1 beyond the split with Exit 165C to I-95 north. The freeway mainline continues another mile to Exit 165A with Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Exit 165C partitions into separate prongs to I-95 north. The outside flyover joins the right lanes of I-95 north two miles ahead of the split with I-295 north to New Jersey. The inside flyover ties into the left lanes ahead of the split of I-95 and I-495 to Wilmington. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Two on-ramps from Christiana Mall combine to join SR 1/7 north at the Mall Road overpass. The addition of traffic here results in a second off-ramp to I-95 north (Exit 165B). Photo taken 12/30/18.
The new ramp from SR 1 north to Interstate 95 north was built as part of a $118.8-million overhaul of the cloverleaf interchange between the two freeways.2 Work started in July 2011 and the flyover at Exit 165C opened to traffic on October 17, 2013. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 165B leaves SR 1/7 north to join the outside flyover at Exit 165C. I-95 splits with I-495, the Wilmington bypass to Philadelphia, in 3.5 miles.
A sign change made by 2016 replaced the Exit 165A panel with a sign referencing both I-95 south and the continuation of SR 7 north. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Exit 165C separates into single lane flyovers for Interstate 95 north at the Churchmans Road (SR 58) overpass. I-95 north expands to five overall lanes from SR 1 east across Christiana Marsh to I-295 north and Exits 5A/B with SR 141 (Basin Road). Photo taken 09/27/14.
Continuing along SR 1/7 north, drivers pass under flyovers from I-95 south to SR 1 and 7 south and I-95 north onto SR 1 and 7 north. Photo taken 09/28/14.
The flyovers between SR 1 and I-95 removed a weaving traffic pattern caused by closely placed loop ramps between both freeways. Photo taken 12/30/18.
A parclo interchange (Exit 166) joins the north end of SR 1 with SR 58 just beyond Interstate 95. SR 58 runs 3.86 miles between SR 4 and SR 273. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Exit 165A loops onto Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) south. Two exits follow to Newark before the toll road passes through the Newark toll plaza en route to Baltimore, Maryland. Photo taken 12/30/18.
SR 58 (Churchmans Road) links SR 1/7 with Christiana Hospital and Delaware Park to the west and New Castle Airport (ILG) and SR 273 by Hares Corner to the east. Photo taken 12/30/18.
Exit 166 loops away from SR 1/7 north for SR 58 (Churchmans Road). Replacing a heavily congested intersection, this interchange was constructed between 1996 and 1999. When the exchange was completed, SR 1 was extended north from I-95. Photo taken 12/30/18.
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The off-ramp to SR 58 (Churchmans Road) ties into an adjacent shopping center midway between the SR 1/7 overpass and entrance to the Stanton Campus of Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC). Nine signals line a 1.7-mile stretch of Churchmans Road. Photo taken 08/03/13. Second photo taken 09/26/14.
SR 1 ends as the freeway transitions into a six-lane arterial at AAA Boulevard. SR 7 continues northward to combine with SR 4 east to Stanton. Photo taken 06/17/12.

  1. DE Route 1 - Korean War Veterans Highway. Roads to the Future (Scott Kozel).
  2. "Contract cuts cost, time of I-95 project." The News Journal (DE), July 9, 2011.

Photo Credits:

  • 06/17/12 by AARoads.
  • 06/18/12 by AARoads.
  • 08/03/13 by AARoads and .
  • 09/26/14 by AARoads.
  • 09/27/14 by AARoads.
  • 09/28/14 by AARoads.
  • 12/30/16 by AARoads.
  • 12/30/18 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 95
U.S. 13
U.S. 40
State Route 7
State Route 58
State Route 72
State Route 273
State Route 299

Page Updated 06-21-2020.

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