State Route 1 South - Churchmans Crossing to Smyrna

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Delaware Route 1 Delaware Route 7 South
SR 7 upgrades to a freeway south of AAA Boulevard as SR 1 begins. A diagrammatic overhead outlines the lane drop for Exit 166 to SR 58 (Churchmans Road) and the collector distributor roadway (Exits 165A/B) for Interstate 95. 12/30/16
Two lanes depart SR 1/7 south for Exit 166 to SR 58. SR 58 (Churchmans Road) travels 3.86 miles from SR 4 near Christiana Hospital and Delaware Park east to SR 273 near Hares Corner. 12/21/17
Traffic to Interstate 95 continues through the intersection with SR 58 (Churchmans Road) onto a c/d roadway for Exits 165A/B. A permanent ramp for I-95 south directly from SR 1/7 was planned for the future, but it is unclear when that direct connection may be built. 06/02/12
Beyond the traffic light at SR 58 (Churchmans Road), drivers ascend onto the c/d roadway to I-95 and SR 1/7 south. I-95 leads south from Exit 165A to SR 273 and SR 896 south of Newark. 12/22/18
Two lanes continue along the c/d roadway south to I-95 north (Exit 165B) and SR 1 south to Dover. 12/22/18
Interstate 95 generally travels west from Newark to Baltimore, Maryland along John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. A toll collection point precedes the state line. 12/22/18
Exit 165B loops onto Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) north to Wilmington and Philadelphia. I-95 splits with I-295 north for New Jersey in 2.5 miles.
Exit suffixes are counter intuitive for Exits 165 and 164 along SR 1 south as B comes second instead of A. 10/05/14
A concrete barrier remains along SR 1/7 south between the single lane mainline and adjacent c/d roadway. This configuration was made after the 1998 opening of Exit 166 with SR 58.
A pair of off-ramps (Exits 164A/B) follow for both Mall Road and SR 7 south into Christiana. 09/27/14
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Construction between July 2011 and the end of 2014 upgraded the cloverleaf interchange between SR 1 and Interstate 95 with new flyovers. The high speed ramps eliminated two of the four loop ramps and associated weaving traffic patterns. 09/27/14
Exit 164A comprises a loop ramp to Mall Road east for Christiana Mall. Exit 164B is a second loop ramp carrying SR 7 away from SR 1 to adjacent Stanton Christiana Road. The freeway mainline remains with just one through lane as a two-lane flyover from I-95 south ties in from the left. 09/27/14
The first reassurance marker for SR 1 south appears ahead of the Mall Road overpass. A compact trumpet interchange was built here in 1979/80 to accommodate the newly built Christiana Mall. 09/27/14
Traffic from Interstate 95 south appears as Exit 164A leaves SR 1/7 south. Mall Road encircles Christiana Mall while SR 7 splits with SR 1 for Road A and Christiana. 12/30/16
A concrete barrier remains in place, separating traffic from the I-95 flyover and the single lane mainline of SR 1 south through the folded diamond interchange (Exit 164B) with SR 7 (Road A). SR 7 parallels SR 1 southward from Christiana to Bear, Red Lion and SR 72 at Wrangle Hill. 12/30/16
Delaware State Route 1 South
SR 1 south expands to three lanes ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 162) with SR 273. SR 273 is an often gridlocked arterial between the city of Newark and the Hares Corner area of U.S. 13/40 (Dupont Highway). The state route was expanded to four lanes east of SR 1 in 1994 and realigned onto a four-lane controlled access arterial west of Ogletown in 1997. 09/27/14
The 1993 completed segment of SR 1 between SR 7 and SR 273 crosses an area of wetlands adjacent to the Christina River. 12/30/16
SR 273 forms a multi-state route with MD 273 between Harrisville and New Castle. The route takes a 1987-built bypass around the south and west side of Christiana nearby. 09/27/14
Exit 162 departs and lowers to intersect SR 273 (Christiana Bypass) just east of SR 7 (East Main Street). Future widening of SR 1, from SR 273 south to U.S. 13, includes a revision of Exit 162 into a parclo interchange. 12/30/16
SR 273 west to SR 7 south represents an overloaded commuter route to the growing Bear suburbs. Traffic often backs up along the southbound ramp at Exit 162 during the evening peak hours. 06/26/10
SR 1 advances one mile south to the parclo interchange (Exit 160) with U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Bear. 12/30/18
Guide signs for Exit 160 were changed in 2013 to reference Bear and Glasgow in place of State Road, where U.S. 40 east merges with U.S. 13 north, and Elkton, Maryland. Bear is the unincorporated area surrounding the U.S. 40/SR 7 intersection while Glasgow lies to the west at SR 896. 12/30/18
SR 1 south reaches Exit 160 to U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway). Pulaski Highway constitutes a slow moving arterial from State Road west to Elkton, Maryland. Suburban development in the 1990s and 2000s engulfed the previously rural corridor with apartment complexes, retail, and numerous housing tracts. 09/27/14
A two lane ramp (Exit 160) descends toward Pulaski Highway from SR 1 south. 12/18/16
The left turn for U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) east toward State Road doubles as the connection for adjacent Eden Square Shopping Center, located at the southwest corner of U.S. 40 and SR 7. 12/18/16
The upcoming trumpet interchange (Exit 156) with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) was expanded in Spring 1998 with a ramp to SR 71. 09/27/14
Springfields Boulevard and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line pass under SR 1 beyond this shield assembly. The ensuing stretch passes between the Bear Crossing and Springfields subdivisions. 12/30/16
The Delaware City oil refineries appear along the southern horizon as SR 1 continues south toward the left side ramp (Exit 156) for both U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north and SR 71 (Red Lion Road) south. Original concrete from SR 273 southward to U.S. 13 was paved over with asphalt by 2007. 09/27/14
Approaching the south end of the 1991-opened Christiana-Tybouts Corner section of SR 1. Until 1995, SR 1 merged onto U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south to Smyrna. The portion leading south from Tybouts Corner was directly upgraded to a freeway.
SR 71 ends at U.S. 13 within the expansive interchange at Exit 156. 09/27/14
Exit 156 diverges from the SR 1 mainline to U.S. 13 north and SR 71 south. The freeway mainline traffic reduces to a single lane at the merge with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south. 12/30/18
The left exit splits into Exit 156A for SR 71 (Red Lion Road) south and Exit 156B for U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north to State Road. SR 71 heads south 21.99 miles through Red Lion, Summit Bridge and Middletown to end at U.S. 13 south of Townsend. 12/30/16
Future widening of SR 1 south to U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) includes a slight realignment of the ramp for SR 71 south, and a new ramp from SR 71 north to U.S. 13 north. This will eliminate the at-grade intersection between the two routes near the current ramp end. 12/30/16
U.S. 13 Delaware Route 1 South
U.S. 13 and SR 1 overlap for 2.18 miles east of Red Lion and west of the Delaware City refinery complex. 06/18/12
Crossing Red Lion Creek, which flows east directly to Hamburg Cove on the Delaware River. 06/18/12
Visible to the west of the U.S. 13/SR 1 southbound mainline is the abandoned northbound roadway of old U.S. 13 and the two-way southbound roadway now used for local access. Still named Dupont Highway, the adjacent roadway parallels the freeway between Governor Lea Road and Lower Twin Lane Road. A second segment of abandoned U.S. 13 lies south of Lower Twin Lane Road. 06/18/12
U.S. 13 parts ways with SR 1 in one mile to join SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) east 0.2 miles to rejoin Dupont Highway. Dupont Highway runs south to St. Georges. 06/18/12
SR 72 forms a 17.36-mile route from SR 9 east of Wrangle Hill to SR 7 in the Pike Creek Valley. Locally the state route joins Delaware City with Glasgow and Newark. 12/30/18
Entering the diverging diamond interchange (Exit 152) with U.S. 13 south and SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) on SR 1 south. U.S. 13 Bypass, signed from 1995 to 1998, began here and ran alongside SR 1 south to South St. Georges. 12/30/18
Widening of SR 72 north to SR 71 (Red Lion Road) is planned for Fall 2019. 01/15/17
Delaware State Route 1 South
SR 1 continues with six lanes on the approach to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. 12/30/18
A mileage sign posted eight miles north of Odessa and 31 miles from Dover precedes the SR 1 crossing of Dragon Creek. 06/18/12
One of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provisions for providing maintenance of the SR 1 Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge was that the crossing remain toll-free. An off-ramp (Exit 148) was constructed in 1999 from the south end of the bridge for South St. Georges to maintain the untolled status of the bridge. 12/30/18
Travelers remaining along SR 1 south of the Canal Bridge reach the Biddles Corner main line toll plaza in two miles. A dynamic toll schedule sign displays the variation in rates from weekdays to weekends. 06/18/12
The official name of the SR 1 span across the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal is the U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge, as designated by the Delaware Legislature in 2007. 12/28/16
The SR 1 cable-stayed bridge is similar in design to the Varina-Enon Bridge carrying I-295 across the James River Bridge in Virginia, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (I-275/U.S. 19) in Florida. The signature span features gold colors representative of one of the state colors. 12/28/16
The Roth Bridge totals 4,498 feet in length at a height of 145 above the C & D Canal.1 The ten foot shoulders can be restriped to expand roadway into eight overall lanes. 06/18/12
Original lighting fixtures on the SR 1 bridge illuminated both the roadway and the cables so that they were visible from as far north as Tybouts Corner. Unfortunately illumination from the fixtures caused issues with mariners below and during a 2005 snowstorm, a plow left in the upright position knocked over several light poles. The bases remain visible along the outside shoulders. 12/28/16
A look at the south tower of the Roth Bridge along SR 1 south. The bridge opened to traffic December 23, 1995 after three years of construction. 06/18/12
SR 1 southbound at the loop ramp (Exit 148) to Lorewood Grove Road. A wye interchange (Exit 147) for the U.S. 301 toll road leading southwest to Middletown opened to traffic further south on January 10, 2019. 12/30/18
Lorewood Grove Road parallels the C & D Canal between Summit Bridge and U.S. 13 at South St. Georges. 12/28/16
Beyond the loop ramp (Exit 148) to South St. Georges, the tolled portion of SR 1 begins. A wye interchange lies just ahead with the U.S. 301 toll road to Middletown and the Biddles Corner main line toll plaza. 06/18/12
The Biddles Corner toll plaza was the first in the state to include high speed E-ZPass lanes. E-ZPass account holders may continue uninterrupted via two through lanes to bypass the conventional toll booths at the plaza while cash paying drivers must slow down and depart to the right. 06/18/12
The cash lanes expand to five booths in each direction along the outside of the Biddles Corner plaza. As of August 1, 2014, rates charged here and at Dover vary from $2.00 per passenger vehicle during weekdays to $3.00 per vehicle on weekends. 06/18/12
A set of transponder readers collect tolls above the E-ZPass lanes while drivers maintain highway speed. 06/18/12
Departing the toll plaza SR 1 reduces from six to four overall lanes. One mile ahead is the diamond interchange (Exit 142) with Pole Bridge Road at Boyds Corner (the junction of U.S. 13 and SR 896). Pole Bridge Road extends east to Port Penn Road. 06/18/12
SR 1 passes over U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) on the half mile approach to Exit 142 with Pole Bridge Road. Pole Bridge Road leads west to become SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) north at adjacent U.S. 13. SR 896 extends west along Boyds Corner Road to Mount Pleasant and an overlap with SR 71 north to Summit Bridge and Glasgow. 06/18/12
A small guide sign references the SR 1 toll road by its official name, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway. Similar signs are posted elsewhere along the expressway. 08/05/07
Exit 142 leaves SR 1 south for Pole Bridge Road to SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road). The Bayberry suburban community takes shape along Boyds Corner Road between U.S. 13 and SR 71. The U.S. 301 toll road circles around Bayberry southwest from Jamison Corner Road to Middletown and the Maryland state line. 06/18/12
Bayview Road spans SR 1 by this reassurance marker while en route east from U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) to SR 9. 06/18/12
SR 1 runs between U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) and Vance Neck Road by this mileage sign posted 25 miles north of Dover. 06/18/12
SR 1 again veers west of U.S. 13 to circumvent the town of Odessa. Located west of town along the eastern periphery of suburban Middletown is a diamond interchange (Exit 136) with SR 299 (Middletown Odessa Road). Exit 136 serves interests to Townsend, an incorporated town along SR 71 south of Middletown, by way of U.S. 13 south to Pine Tree Road. 06/18/12
SR 299 travels west from SR 9 (Taylors Bridge Road) into Odessa and to SR 1. Beyond Exit 136, the state route travels 2.5 miles to Downtown Middletown and SR 71. There are no tolls charged at this interchange. 06/18/12
SR 1 southbound at Exit 136 to SR 299 (Main Street / Middletown-Odessa Road). A previously rural drive, SR 299 constitutes a suburban corridor between Odessa and Middletown. 06/18/12
The longest uninterrupted stretch of the SR 1 toll road ensues south from Odessa to Exit 119 north of Smyrna. Opened to traffic May 20, 2003, this 17 mile section of SR 1 was the last to be completed. 06/18/12
Approaching the Appoquinimink River, travelers along SR 1 south pass by this mileage sign posted 65 miles north of "Beaches" The guide sign references the distance to SR 1A (Rehoboth Avenue) south into Rehoboth Beach. 06/18/12
SR 1 remains west of U.S. 13 between Odessa and a point south of Pine Tree Corners. The two intertwine by the U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) intersection with SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road).
An interchange with SR 71 was originally planned along this stretch. The possible exchange was discussed until at least February 2004. 06/18/12
A reassurance marker for SR 1 appears south of Blackbird Creek and after the location of the unconstructed interchange with SR 71. 06/18/12
Crossing over U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) near Blackbird, three miles north of Smyrna and 14 miles out from Dover on SR 1 south. 06/18/12
One mile north of the parclo interchange (Exit 119) with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) on SR 1 south. Exit 119 connects the toll road with the adjacent Delaware Welcome Center and rest area on U.S. 13. Trailblazers for SR 6 and 300 are signed for motorists utilizing Exit 119A (U.S. 13 south) into Smyrna. 06/18/12
Exit 119A departs in one half mile for U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) south into Smyrna. SR 6 travels across Smyrna, linking the municipality with Woodland Beach along Delaware Bay to the east and Clayton to the west. A multi state route, SR 300 angles southwest from Smyrna-Clayton to Kenton and Sudlersville, Maryland. 06/18/12
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) again passes under SR 1 at Exit 119. Smyrna, a suburban town of over 10,000, lies just south of the Kent County line along U.S. 13. 06/18/12
The guide sign at Exit 119B omits Townsend for U.S. 13 north. The ramp ties into U.S. 13 opposite Duck Creek Road.
The Smyrna rest area lies just to the south along the east side of U.S. 13. 06/18/12

  1. DE Route 1 - Korean War Veterans Highway. Roads to the Future (Scott Kozel).

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08/05/07, 06/26/10, 06/02/12, 06/18/12, 09/27/14, 10/05/14, 12/18/16, 12/28/16, 12/30/16, 01/15/17, 12/21/17, 12/22/18, 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

Page Updated 06-17-2020.

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