State Route 1 South - Smyrna to Dover

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Delaware State Route 1 South
SR 1 southbound reaches the beginning of the Dover-Smyrna Bypass portion of the turnpike system. The 21-mile segment of SR 1 initially opened to traffic on December 18, 1993 around Smyrna, and fully south to Dover A.F.B. three days later. 06/18/12
Rehoboth Beach is now 53 miles to the south along SR 1. 06/18/12
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SR 1 continues south over Duck Creek and into Kent County. Heavy development lies to the south of both Smyrna and adjacent Clayton as explosive suburban growth converted many farms into new neighborhoods. 08/05/07, 06/18/12
SR 1 once again sees direct access with U.S. 13 (DuPont Boulevard) on the south side of Smyrna at Exit 114. The US highway comprises the main commercial strip through Smyrna.
Points of interest referenced from Exit 114 include the Smyrna Opera House and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located to the east along SR 9. 06/18/12
Approaching the Smyrna Leipsic Road overpass on SR 1 southbound, one half mile north of Exit 114. Smyrna Leipsic Road originally was the final leg of SR 9 as the state route ended in Smyrna from the south. 06/18/12
SR 1 southbound at the off-ramp (Exit 114) to U.S. 13 (Dupont Boulevard). A coin drop toll collection point follows for motorists departing SR 1 here. The turnpike remains east of U.S. 13 from Exit 119 southward. 06/18/12
Confirming shield posted ahead of the Big Oak Road underpass along SR 1 south. 12/31/16
The next exit departs in five miles for Dover, but Downtown remains at least ten miles away. 12/31/16
SR 1 curves across the Leipsic River and then Alston Branch east of Garrison Lake and Bethel. 12/31/16
Long distance travelers headed to Salisbury, Maryland and Norfolk, Virginia are advised to remain on SR 1 south to Exit 97 (Puncheon Run Connector) rather than departing the turnpike for U.S. 13 at Exit 104. 12/31/16
A second trumpet interchange (Exit 104) and short access road links SR 1 with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north of the capital city by Dover Mall. 12/31/16
SR 1 advances to within a half mile of Exit 104 for U.S. 13 and Scarborough Road. Referencing the Scarborough Road connection with SR 8 (Forest Street) by way of SR 15, Exit 104 was formerly marked as SR 8 Alternate. 12/31/16
SR 1 southbound at Exit 104 to Scarborough Road and U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) in north Dover. U.S. 13 constitutes an overcrowded commercial roadway nearby, traveling southward to Dover Mall, Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Casino and Horse Racing facility. 12/31/16
Areas surrounding the trumpet interchange with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) and Scarborough Road (Road 294) grew tremendously following the opening of the Dover Pass along SR 1 in 1993. 12/30/17
Colleges served by Exit 104 and U.S. 13 include Delaware State University, Wesley College, the Delaware Technical & Community College Terry campus and Wilmington University Dover campus. 12/30/17
The access road from Exit 104 to U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) connects with Scarborough Road west to SR 15 (McKee Road) along the west side of Dover. Spanning the Fork Branch and a Conrail line, Scarborough Road was completed in 1999. 12/30/17
Additional points of interest for U.S. 13 in north Dover include the Delaware State Troopers Museum and State Police Troop, the Delaware Agricultural Museum, the Biggs Museum of American Art, Museum Square, the Public Archives and the State House Museum. 12/30/17
SR 1 passes between Leipsic Road and the north side of Dover International Speedway over the next mile. 12/31/16
Diagrammatic signs precede the forthcoming Dover toll plaza along SR 1 southbound. High-speed E-ZPass lanes were constructed here in 2004. 12/31/16
Dover International Speedway opened on July 6, 1969. Nicknamed the "Monster Mile", the track is home to two NASCAR Cup Series races per year and seats over 95,000. 06/18/12
One half mile north of the Dover main line toll plaza along SR 1 south near the Dover Leipsic Road overpass. E-ZPass account holders are directed to stay on the mainline to bypass the conventional toll booths positioned along the outside lanes. 12/31/16
Variable toll rates are charged along SR 1 at both Biddles Corner and Dover. As of August 1, 2014, the rates range from $1.00 per passenger vehicle for weekdays and $3.00 on weekends. 12/31/16
The initial toll increase along SR 1 took place on October 1, 2007. The increase was passed by legislators to increase funds available for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). 12/31/16
Two E-ZPass lanes operate in each direction of SR 1 at the Dover toll plaza. Speed limits remain at 65 miles per hour through the all electronic toll (AET) collection point. 12/31/16
SR 8 (Little Creek Road) crosses below SR 1 one mile south of the Dover toll plaza. The state route runs west to Downtown Dover via Division Street. 12/31/16
A pair of shields follows the toll plaza along SR 1 south at the White Oak Road overpass. 12/31/16
Exit 98 opened to traffic on September 5, 2002. The ramps with SR 8 were previously constructed in 1993 for use by emergency and maintenance vehicles. A three month, $636,000 project converted them for general use to improve access between the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway and Downtown Dover.1 12/31/16
Traffic to SR 8 (Little Creek Road) departs SR 1 south at a half diamond interchange (Exit 98). Traveling 17.15 miles overall east from state line at Marydel, SR 8 ends three miles to the east at SR 9 in the town of Little Creek. 12/31/16
Next in line for southbound motorists is the wye interchange (Exit 97) with the Puncheon Run Connector west. The connector was built to provide high speed access between SR 1 and U.S. 13 for motorists destined to Seaford, Georgetown, Salisbury, Virginia's Eastern Shore and the Hampton Roads area. 12/31/16
The Puncheon Run Connector opened to traffic on December 19, 2000 as part of the SR 1 Turnpike system. The 2.6 mile long freeway allows motorists to bypass a commercial stretch of U.S. 13 through Dover on the trek to Sussex County and points south. The spur is not tolled. 12/31/16
Interests to Dover A.F.B. are provided with three entry points into the facility. The truck gate was changed to the North Gate between 2004 and 2007; the Main Gate remains accessible via Exit 93 and the commercial gate, accessible from northbound only at Exit 92, requires truckers to U-turn at SR 9 (Exit 91). 12/31/16
SR 1 splits with the Puncheon Run Connector at Exit 97. The freeway spur concludes at an at-grade intersection with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) between State Street and Webbs Lane.
A partial diamond interchange follows with Bay Road (former U.S. 113) south to SR 10 (Lebanon Road). 12/31/16
Exit 95 to Bay Road and SR 10 leaves SR 1 beyond the Puncheon Run Connector northbound return ramp. Bay Road was designated U.S. 113 until February of 2004, when AASHTO approved a DelDOT application to truncate the route southward from Dover to Milford, eliminating the overlapped segment with SR 1. 12/31/16
The off-ramp at Exit 95 ties into Bay Road (old U.S. 113) opposite President Drive. Bay Road constitutes an arterial route north to Blue Hen Corporate Center and U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) east of Downtown Dover. Southward the arterial heads to the North Gate of Dover A.F.B. and the east end of SR 10 (Lebanon Road). SR 10 winds west from Bay Road to Wyoming and Camden. 12/31/16
Traffic from Bay Road south merges onto SR 1 southbound after the turnpike crosses over the former U.S. 113. U.S. 113 originally joined SR 1 here for a short overlap on southernmost segment of freeway. 06/18/12
One mile north of the Main Gate (Exit 93) to Dover Air Force Base on SR 1 southbound. 06/18/12
A reassurance marker appears as SR 1 passes alongside the Dover A.F.B. military housing area. The expressway overlays Bay Road from this point southward. 06/18/12
Exit 93 for the Dover Air Force Base main gate opened in 1998. The diamond interchange replaced a signalized intersection along U.S. 113/SR 1 (Bay Road). The delayed opening resulted from compromises between DelDOT and Dover A.F.B. officials in how to best reconfigure the traffic pattern here. 12/27/17
An auxiliary lane gained from the SR 10 entrance ramp departs at Exit 93 for Old Lebanon Road to the Dover A.F.B. Main Gate. The commercial gate follows to the south. 12/27/17
Exit 93 parts ways with SR 1 south for Old Lebanon Road west to the adjacent military housing area and 13th Street north beyond the Dover A.F.B. Main Gate. 12/27/17
Leaving the Dover A.F.B. are, SR 1 (Bay Road) runs alongside Eagle Creek Golf Club. Speed limits increased to 60 mph here in January 2017. 12/27/17
Replacing an at-grade intersection when it opened on September 30, 2009, a diamond interchange (Exit 91) joins SR 1 with the south end of SR 9 (Bayside Drive) in one mile. 12/27/17
Milford lies 14 miles south of the SR 1 exchange with SR 9 at south Dover. 12/27/17
A right in right out (RIRO) intersection connects SR 1 southbound with the driveway for a construction materials business. 12/27/17
SR 9 winds around the east side of Dover A.F.B. to Postles Corner. The rural highway continues north to the small towns of Little Creek and Leipsic as part of its scenic route north to Delaware City and New Castle. 12/27/17
Exit 91 leaves SR 1 (Bay Road) south for SR 9 (Bayside Drive) north and Kitts Hummock Road east to Kitts Hummock along Delaware Bay. Trucks bound for the Dover A.F.B. commercial gate are directed onto the northbound on-ramp to access Exit 92. 12/27/17
Confirming marker posted along the SR 1 southward turn from SR 9 toward the St. Jones River. 12/27/17
The forthcoming St. Jones River is considered the south end of the limited access portion for SR 1. 12/27/17
SR 1 (Bay Road) spans the St. Jones River 13 miles from Milford and 39 miles from Rehoboth Beach. Georgetown, seat of Sussex County, is 31 miles away via U.S. 113 south from Milford. 06/18/12
The St. Jones River bridge at Barkers Landing was built in 1984. Passing 24 feet across the river, the span measures 2,208 feet in length.2 08/05/07
A folded diamond interchange located on the south side of the St. Jones River joins SR 1 (Bay Road) with Trap Shooters Road west to Barkers Landing Road. Barkers Landing Road angles southwest to the town of Magnolia. 12/27/17
Continuing south, SR 1 (Bay Road) continues across farm land west of Trunk Ditch to Little Heaven. Commercial development is at a minimum between Dover and Milford. 12/27/17
Started in 2014, work upgraded SR 1 (Bay Road) between Mulberry Point Road and Bowers Beach Road to limited access standards. Included in the project was a grade separation with Bowers Beach Road and the addition of local frontage roads to accommodate private driveways and link the new exit ramps with Clapham Road north. 12/27/17
One half mile ahead of Exit 88 with adjacent Clapham Road on SR 1 south. Clapham Road north to Magnolia was formerly U.S. 113 Alternate and before that the original alignment of U.S. 113 prior to construction of Bay Road. 12/27/17
Exit 88 joins SR 1 south with Clapham Road and the west side frontage road to Bowers Beach Road. Bowers Beach Road spurs eastward from SR 1 at Little Heaven to Bowers Beach on Delaware Bay. 12/27/17
Heading south from Little Heaven, SR 1 (Bay Road) next reaches the settlement of Barratts Chapel. Future work will add an overpass for Barratts Chapel Road, extending the expressway portion of SR 1. 12/27/17
SR 12, a 16.18-mile route west to the Maryland state line at Whiteleysburg, meets SR 1 at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 86) in one mile. 06/18/12
Work associated with the SR1, Grade Separated Intersection Project added a southbound auxiliary lane from Little Heaven to Exit 86 for SR 12 (Frederica Road) west to Frederica. The state route serves Killens Pond State Park five miles to the southwest. 12/27/17
Mileage sign preceding Exit 86 for SR 12 west. Construction to build the interchange here was completed on June 28, 2011. 12/27/17
Exit 86 leaves SR 1 (Bay Road) south for SR 12 (Frederica Road) south. The state route follows the northern half of old U.S. 113 to Front Street in Frederica. There the route splits into a short couplet while en route to U.S. 13 at Felton. 12/27/17
Frederica Road returns to end at SR 1 south of town.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 83) was constructed here from Spring 2016 to Summer 2018. 08/05/07
A SR 12 trailblazer directed motorists for return access to the route via Frederica Road north. 06/18/12
Thompsonville Road angles southwest from Thompsonville to meet SR 1 at Exit 79 in one mile. 12/27/17
Replacing a signalized intersection with Thompsonville Road north, the folded diamond interchange at Exit 79 opened to traffic in November 2016. 12/27/17
A diagrammatic sign posted ahead of Exit 79 outlines the upcoming split of SR 1 and U.S. 113 at the Milford Bypass. Both routes serve coastal communities: SR 1 travels directly to Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches; U.S. 113 remains inland but serves Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland via connecting routes. 12/27/17
Exit 79 loops away from SR 1 south to Thompsonville Road. Church Hill Road extends west from Thompsonville Road to SR 15 and the Milford Neck area along Delaware Bay. 12/27/17
A series of signs direct motorists bound for coastal destinations such as Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, Maryland, and Assateague Island, Maryland on inland U.S. 113 in lieu of the congested SR 1 between Five Points and Dewey Beach. 12/27/17
A frontage road (Montour Road) was added from the Thompsonville Road extension to service adjacent homes and businesses to the immediate south of Exit 79. Unrestricted driveway access resumes southward on the ensuing stretch. 01/16/17
SR 1 Business branches south from SR 1 via U.S. 113 and Walnut Street to the Milford street grid. U.S. 113 crosses paths with U.S. 9 at Georgetown midway between Milford and the Maryland state line. 12/27/17
Continuing toward the split of U.S. 113 (DuPont Boulevard) south and SR 1 (Coastal Highway) south at Milford, signs continue to advise motorists of the beach destination preference of U.S. 113 for points south. 01/16/17
An older sign bridge remains in use for the U.S. 113 and SR 1 southbound split. SR 1 Business runs 3.90 miles through Milford along a combination of Walnut Street and Rehoboth Boulevard. Part of the route is the former SR 14 alignment through Milford. 01/16/17
Traffic for U.S. 113/SR 1 Business (Dupont Boulevard) separates from SR 1 south at a wye interchange. 12/27/17
U.S. 113/SR 1 Business part ways with SR 1 south at mile marker 54. The tandem quickly split at Walnut Street on 0.4 miles.
U.S. 113 reaches Georgetown in 18 miles and its southern end at Pocomoke City, Maryland in 73 miles. 12/27/17
Veering south from SR 1, U.S. 113 carries four overall lanes between Milford and the Maryland state line. SR 1 also carries four lanes southward to Ocean City, Maryland. 01/16/17

  1. "Low Bidder Announced For Route 1 & Route 8 Partial Interchange." Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), press release. April 15, 2002.
  2. BAY ROAD / US113 over ST. JONES RIVER, Kent County, Delaware.

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08/05/07, 06/18/12, 12/31/16, 01/16/17, 12/27/17, 12/30/17 by AARoads

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State Route 6
State Route 8
State Route 10
State Route 12
State Route 300

Page Updated 11-26-2018.

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