Delaware 1 & 7 south
Delaware 7 upgrades to a freeway south of AAA Boulevard as Delaware 1 begins. A diagrammatic overhead outlines the lane drop for Exit 166 to Delaware 58 (Churchmans Road) and the collector distributor roadway for Interstate 95 (Exits 165A/B). Photo taken 09/27/14.
Two lanes depart SR 1 & 7 south for Exit 166 to SR 58. SR 58 (Churchmans Road) travels 3.58 miles from SR 4 near Christiana Hospital and Delaware Park east to SR 273 near Hares Corner. Photo taken 09/27/14.
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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 10/05/14.
Two lanes continue along the c/d roadway south to I-95 north (Exit 165B) and SR 1 south to Dover. Photo taken 06/02/12.
Interstate 95 generally travels west from Newark to Baltimore, Maryland along John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. A toll collection point precedes the state line. Photo taken 10/05/14.
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. Photo taken 10/05/14.
A concrete barrier remains along Delaware 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 Delaware 58.
A pair of off-ramps (Exits 164A/B) follow for both Mall Road and Delaware 7 south into Christiana. Photo taken 09/27/14.
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Construction between July 2011 and the end of 2014 upgraded the cloverleaf interchange between Delaware 1 and Interstate 95 with new flyovers. The high speed ramps eliminated two of the four loop ramps and associated weaving traffic patterns. Photos taken 09/27/14.
Exit 164A comprises a loop ramp to Mall Road east for Christiana Mall. Exit 164B is a second loop ramp carrying Delaware 7 away from Delaware 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. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The first reassurance marker for Delaware 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. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Traffic from Interstate 95 south appears as Exit 164A leaves Delaware 1 & 7 south. Mall Road encircles Christiana Mall while Delaware 7 splits with Delaware 1 for Road A and Christiana. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 273 forms a multi-state route with Maryland 273 between Harrisville and New Castle. The route takes a 1987-built bypass around the south and west side of Christiana nearby. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 273 west to Delaware 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. Photo taken 06/26/10.
Delaware 1 advances one mile south to the parclo interchange (Exit 160) with U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Bear. Photo taken 12/18/16.
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 and SR 7 intersection while Glasgow lies to the west at SR 896. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 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. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A two lane ramp (Exit 160) descends toward Pulaski Highway from Delaware 1 south. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/18/16.
The upcoming trumpet interchange (Exit 156) with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) was expanded in Spring 1998 with a ramp to Delaware 71. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Springfields Boulevard and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line pass under Delaware 1 beyond this shield assembly. The ensuing stretch passes between the Bear Crossing and Springfields subdivisions. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Approaching the south end of the 1991-opened Christiana-Tybouts Corner section of Delaware 1. Until 1995, Delaware 1 merged onto U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south to Smyrna. The portion leading south from Tybouts Corner was directly upgraded to a freeway.
Delaware 71 ends at U.S. 13 within the expansive interchange at Exit 156. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 156 diverges from the Delaware 1 mainline to U.S. 13 north and Delaware 71 south. The freeway mainline traffic reduces to a single lane at the merge with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The left exit splits into Exit 156A for Delaware 71 (Red Lion Road) south and Exit 156B for U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north to State Road. Delaware 71 heads south 21.99 miles through Red Lion, Summit Bridge and Middletown to end at U.S. 13 south of Townsend. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/30/16.
U.S. 13 & Delaware 1 south
U.S. 13 and Delaware 1 overlap for 2.18 miles east of Red Lion and west of the Delaware City refinery complex. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Crossing Red Lion Creek, which flows east directly to Hamburg Cove on the Delaware River. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Visible to the west of the U.S. 13 & Delaware 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 parts ways with Delaware 1 in one mile to join Delaware 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) east 0.2 miles to rejoin Dupont Highway. Dupont Highway runs south to St. Georges. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 72 forms a 17.36-mile route from Delaware 9 east of Wrangle Hill to Delaware 7 in the Pike Creek Valley. Locally the state route joins Delaware City with Glasgow and Newark. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Entering the diverging diamond interchange (Exit 152) with U.S. 13 south and Delaware 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) on Delaware 1 south. U.S. 13 Bypass, signed from 1995 to 1998, began here and ran along side Delaware 1 south to South St. Georges. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Widening of SR 72 north to SR 71 (Red Lion Road) is planned for Fall 2019. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Delaware 1 south
Delaware 1 continues with six lanes on the approach to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A mileage sign posted eight miles north of Odessa and 31 miles from Dover precedes the SR 1 crossing of Dragon Creek. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/28/16.
A look at the south tower of the Roth Bridge along Delaware 1 south. The bridge opened to traffic December 23, 1995 after three years of construction. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 southbound at the loop ramp (Exit 148) to Lorewood Grove Road. Construction further south through January 2019 adds a wye interchange for the U.S. 301 toll road leading southwest to Middletown. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Lorewood Grove Road parallels the C & D Canal between Summit Bridge and U.S. 13 at South St. Georges. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Beyond the loop ramp (Exit 148) to South St. Georges, the tolled portion of Delaware 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A set of transponder readers collect tolls above the E-ZPass lanes while drivers maintain highway speed. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 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 Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road) north at adjacent U.S. 13. Delaware 896 extends west along Boyds Corner Road to Mount Pleasant and an overlap with Delaware 71 north to Summit Bridge and Glasgow. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 08/05/07.
Exit 142 leaves Delaware 1 south for Pole Bridge Road to Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road). The Bayberry suburban community takes shape along Boyds Corner Road between U.S. 13 and Delaware 71. The U.S. 301 toll road circles around Bayberry southwest from Jamison Corner Road to Middletown and the Maryland state line. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Bayview Road spans Delaware 1 by this reassurance marker while en route east from U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) to Delaware 9. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 runs between U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) and Vance Neck Road by this mileage sign posted 25 miles north of Dover. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 299 travels west from Delaware 9 (Taylors Bridge Road) into Odessa and to Delaware 1. Beyond Exit 136, the state route travels 2.5 miles to Downtown Middletown and Delaware 71. There are no tolls charged at this interchange. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 1 southbound at Exit 136 to Delaware 299 (Main Street / Middletown-Odessa Road). A previously rural drive, Delaware 299 constitutes a suburban corridor between Odessa and Middletown. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Approaching the Appoquinimink River, travelers along Delaware 1 south pass by this mileage sign posted 65 miles north of "Beaches" The guide sign references the distance to Delaware 1A (Rehoboth Avenue) south into Rehoboth Beach. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
A reassurance marker for Delaware 1 appears south of Blackbird Creek and after the location of the unconstructed interchange with Delaware 71. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.
One mile north of the parclo interchange (Exit 119) with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) on Delaware 1 south. Exit 119 connects the toll road with the adjacent Delaware Welcome Center and rest area on U.S. 13. Trailblazers for Delaware 6 and 300 are signed for motorists utilizing Exit 119A (U.S. 13 south) into Smyrna. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Exit 119A departs in one half mile for U.S. 13 (DuPont Parkway) south into Smyrna. Delaware 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, Delaware 300 angles southwest from Smyrna-Clayton to Kenton and Sudlersville, Maryland. Photo taken 06/18/12.
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) again passes under Delaware 1 at Exit 119. Smyrna, a suburban town of over 10,000, lies just south of the Kent County line along U.S. 13. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/18/12.


 

Sources:

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


Photo Credits:

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 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
U.S. 13
U.S. 40
Delaware 7
Delaware 58
Delaware 72
Delaware 273

Page Updated 03-22-2017.