Delaware State Route 4 parallels Interstate 95 to the north between Newark and Wilmington. The state route varies as a suburban or urban arterial, connecting the communities of Brookside, Ogletown and Stanton and the town of Newport. Mostly serving local traffic and commuters, SR 4 also forms part of a truck bypass for Newark and a through route along side SR 7 at Churchmans Crossing and Stanton.
The historic Washington Street Bridge across Brandywine Creek. Photos taken 08/03/13.
SR 4 Guide
Historically, SR 4 began at the Maryland state line via Chestnut Hill Road to the southwest of Newark. Chestnut Hill Road carried the state route east across south Newark to Brookside and SR 273 at Ogletown. The western portion of Chestnut Hill Road was decommissioned as SR 4, and renamed Old Chestnut Hill Road, when the "SR 4 Connector" opened west from South College Avenue (SR 896) to Elkton Road (SR 279 / former SR 2) in September 1983. The controlled access roadway was named Christina Parkway three weeks after it opened.
The 1.2-mile overlap of SR 4/7 takes motorists along a six-lane, controlled-access arterial to the east of Delaware Park, and over the AMTRAK Northeast Corridor and White Clay Creek. The alignment was constructed in the early 1980s to bypass a narrow and often flood plagued railroad underpass and a concrete arch bridge. An access road links the north end of the old alignment with SR 4/7, while the south end ties into the state routes directly.
SR 4/7 enter Stanton and separate at Limestone Road as SR 4 partitions into a one-way couplet. SR 7 turns north to the Pike Creek Valley toward Hockessin. Mitch Road leads SR 4 east. SR 4 west follows Newport Pike and Main Street to the north. East of Red Clay Creek, the separate directions of SR 4 combine along Newport Pike, an older four-lane commercial arterial.
Once in the town of Newport, SR 4 splits again into a one-way street pair, with eastbound using Market Street and westbound taking Justis Street. The couplet passes below a freeway viaduct carrying SR 141 north to Prices Corner and south to New Castle. SR 4 recombines two blocks east of Marshall Street and the northbound ramps for SR 141.
Resuming along Newport Pike away from Newport, SR 4 angles northeast toward Wilmington. The four-lane boulevard represents the main commercial strip by Bellemoor, Elmhurst, Richardson Park, and other older subdivisions. SR 62 (Boxwood Road) ties into SR 4 from Belvedere to the northwest at Middleboro Road. Newport Pike becomes Maryland Pike as the state route progresses east to SR 100 and Canby Park West.
Maryland Avenue passes between the Cleland Heights and Latimer Estates subdivision to enter the city of Wilmington at the split with Broom Street. Broom Street heads north to Bayard Square while SR 4 continues to the Browntown and Hedgeville neighborhoods. SR 4 varies with capacity on the descent toward West Center City depending on time of day. During peak hour traffic four lanes are available. The outside lanes accommodate on street parking during the rest of the day and on weekends. Resurfacing of SR 4 underway between Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 includes a road diet along Maryland Avenue from Race Street at Richardson Park to Beech Street in Wilmington. The Maryland Ave, Lane Reconfiguration, North DuPont St to Beech St project adds bike lanes, on-street parking and a continuous turning lane in the median.
High rises from the central business district rise along the eastern horizon as SR 4 (Maryland Avenue) lowers from the city line toward the Christina Riverfront and Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Beyond ramps with Interstate 95, SR 4 splits with eastbound traffic remaining along Maryland Avenue to SR 48 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) east. Westbound begins at 2nd Street (SR 48 west), one block to the north, and follows Monroe Street south to Maryland Avenue.
Delaware State Route 4 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
- 38,462 - SR 279 (Elkton Road) to Science Boulevard (west of SR 896)
- 19,514 - SR 896 to Old Chestnut Hill Road
- 25,672 - Old Newark Road to Salem Church Road
- 29,345 - SR 58 (Churchmans Road) to SR 7
- 53,369 - merge with SR 7 to Stanton Road
- 15,219 - west Newport limits to James Street Road
- 39,217 - James Street Road to east Newport limits
- 17,555 - SR 62 (Boxwood Road) to SR 100 (South Dupont Road)
- 12,626 - I-95 to SR 48 (Front Street)
||Marrows Road Extension north at SR 4 (Chestnut Hill Road) and Marrows Road north at Brookside. Photo taken 12/26/17. |
||Harmony Road emerges from the Tanglewood neighborhood north at Omega Shops and SR 4 (Stanton-Ogletown Road). The two lane road expands into a controlled access roadway with full shoulders beyond SR 4 en route to SR 2 (Kirkwood Highway). Photo taken 09/27/14. |
||Approaching SR 4 on Harmony Road south. Harmony Road south to SR 273 (Christiana Road) is a popular route for motorists originating from SR 2 (Kirkwood Highway). Community complaints of speeding along the road led to a temporary closure at SR 273 and the addition of traffic calming measures in 1999-2000. Photo taken 09/28/14. |
||SR 4 leads west from Harmony Road to Ogletown and east to Christiana Hospital. A project to replace the concrete traffic island for the westbound turn removed this shield assembly. Photo taken 04/24/05. |
||Sign directing traffic exiting Christiana Hospital to SR 4 (Ogletown Stanton Road) and SR 7 via SR 58 (Churchmans Road). Photo taken 09/27/14. |
||The north exit from Christiana Hospital ties into SR 4 (Ogletown Stanton Road) across from Hygeia Drive. Photo taken 09/27/14. |
|Telegraph Road wedges through a narrow CSX Railroad underpass as it curves southeast from Old Capitol Trail to end at SR 4/7 in Stanton. Photos taken 06/02/12. |
||Stanton Road links Old Capitol Trail in Marshallton with SR 4 (Newport Pike / Mitch Road) in Stanton. Photo taken 04/24/04. |
|Old Eagle signals were used at the intersection with Newport Pike west until their replacement in 2015. Photos taken 07/31/13. |
||Stanton Road north at SR 4 (Newport Pike) west. Stanton Road provides a through route north to Old Capitol Trail and Greenbank Road at Marshallton. Photo taken 06/16/12. |
||Stanton Road ends at Mitch Road (SR 4 east). This span wire array of Eagle signals were replaced with new mast-arm assemblies by 2015. Photo taken 07/31/13. |
|James Street extends the west side frontage road of SR 141 southward into the town of Newport. A freeway off-ramp joins James Street south for SR 4 (Justis Street) west to Stanton and east to Richardson Park. Photos taken 07/31/13. |
||Weather worn overheads direct traffic on James Street south to both SR 4 (Market Street) east and the adjacent on-ramp for SR 141 (Newport Freeway). Heavy truck traffic uses this block, and by 2014 it was resurfaced with concrete. Photo taken 07/31/04. |
||James Street switches to two-way traffic south of SR 4 (Market Street) east as it parallels the Newport Freeway to Old Airport Road. Photo taken 07/31/04. |
||Broom Street heads south from SR 48 east (Lancaster Avenue) with two-way traffic to Koscuiszko Park and the St. Elizabeth Area in Wilmington to intersect SR 4 (Maryland Avenue) just beyond the city line at Latimer Drive and Latimer Place. Photo taken 12/30/16. |
Page Updated 12-07-2018.