Delaware 5

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Delaware 5 ventures north from Oak Orchard to Milton and Delaware 1 in eastern Sussex County. The state route serves growing suburban areas off Indian River Bay, with overlaps along Delaware 24 (John J. Williams Highway) east and Delaware 23 (Indian Mission Road) north. Beyond the split with SR 23, SR 5 shifts west to the settlements of Andersons Corner and Harbeson before reaching the town of Milton. SR 5 Alt provides a truck bypass around the west side of Milton while SR 5 follows Federal and Union Streets through the business district. The state route concludes at a rural intersection with SR 1 (Coastal Highway) near Waples Pond.

The alignment of Delaware 5 remains unchanged since the 1938 Official Delaware Highway Map. Delaware 23 was added along side Delaware 5 by 1994, though the concurrency is poorly posted.

Delaware 5 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 2,318 - River Road (Road 312) to SR 24
  • 18,735 - Oak Orchard Road to Indian Mission Road (SR 23)
  • 5,069 - SR 24 to Hollyville Road
  • 6,088 - Shingle Point Road to south Milton limits
  • 3,392 - SR 16 to SR 1

Delaware 5 north
Delaware 5 begins as Oak Orchard Road leads northwest from River Road through the Orchard Manor community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Posted north of Cerise Lane, the first shield for SR 5 references the route as traveling westbound. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 travels 1.99 miles north from Oak Orchard to merge with Delaware 24 (John J. Williams Highway) east. Delaware 24 west follows the northern periphery of Indian River to Millsboro with traffic counts exceeding 30,000 vehicles per day. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 north & 24 east
SR 5 north & 24 east overlap for 1.57 miles by a mixture of commercial strip centers and residential subdivisions. SR 24 is omitted from signage along the stretch. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Autumn Road south and Bay Farm Road west come together at this traffic light along John J. Williams Highway north. Bay Farm Road angles southeast to Long Neck Shores and The Peninsula golf course community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Advancing north, SR 5 parts ways with SR 24 to combine with SR 23 (Indian Mission Road) north toward Fairmont. SR 23 spurs southeast 5.47 miles along Long Neck to end at Masseys Landing. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Entering the commercialized intersection with SR 5 & 23 (Indian Mission Road) north and SR 23 (Long Neck Road) south on SR 24 (John J. Williams Highway). SR 24 continues northeast to Angola and Midway. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 & 23 north
SR 23 combines with SR 5 north along Indian Mission Road between SR 24 and Beaver Dam Road. Signs posted along the overlap omitted SR 23 by 2015. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 & 23 (Indian Mission Road) progress north from Harmons Hill Road by this reassurance marker. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 23 branches north onto Beaver Dam Road to Hollymount and Belltown while Delaware 5 continues to Andersons Corner, Harbeson and Milton. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 north
SR 5 (Harbeson Road) north next crosses paths with former SR 24 Alt. The bannered route followed Hollyville Road west and Hollymount Road east as part of its route between Zoar and Midway. Signs for SR 24 Alt were removed here by 2017. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Mast-arm supported traffic lights were added at Harbeson and Hollyville Roads by 2008. Remaining in flash mode, the intersection was converted to a four-way stop by 2012. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Harbeson Road winds northwest from Hollymount Road to Andersons Corner through forest and farm land. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Entering the community of Harbeson, Delaware 5 approaches U.S. 9 & Delaware 404 (Lewes Georgetown Highway). Harbeson is home to a poultry plant. Photo taken 01/16/17.
U.S. 9 and SR 404 overlap east to SR 1 at Five Points and west to Downtown Georgetown. Together with MD 404, SR 404 is the preferred east-west route for through traffic between the Delaware beaches and Baltimore-Washington via U.S. 50. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Leaving Harbeson, SR 5 passes by the Beaver Creek subdivision before resuming across open farm land to Round Pole Branch. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Motorists on Delaware 5 north reach the southern outskirts of Milton by the Heritage Creek and Cannery Village developments. A rural intersection follows with Delaware 5 Alt (Sand Hill Road) west. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 5 Alt, signed here with an added truck banner, circumvents Milton west along a combination of Sand Hill Road, SR 30 and SR 16. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 south
Delaware 5 branches southwest along Union Street Extension from Delaware 1 near Waples Pond. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Nearing the Milton town line, SR 5 (Union Street Extension) shifts west at Morrison Avenue Extension. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Trucks headed south to Harbeson via SR 5 are advised to use SR 5 Alt to bypass Downtown Milton. The truck route follows SR 16 west, SR 30 south and Sand Hill Road east along a nearly four mile loop. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Cedar Creek Road winds southeast from SR 30 (Isaacs Road) to end at SR 5 (Union Street Extension) just ahead of both SR 5 Alternate south and SR 16 (Milton Ellendale Highway). Photo taken 06/18/12.
SR 16 (Broadkill Road) leads east from Milton to SR 1 (Coastal Highway) and Broadkill Beach on Delaware Bay. Westward beyond SR 5 Alt, the state route travels 4.8 miles to Ellendale and 14 miles to Greenwood. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Union Street lowers toward the Broadkill River and the Milton Historic District. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Delaware 5 (Union Street) crosses the Broadkill River on a 24.9 foot long bridge built in 1993.1 Photo taken 06/18/12.
Federal Street takes Delaware 5 south from Union Street and Downtown Milton. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Heading south from Milton, Delaware 5 follows Harbeson Road to U.S. 9 & Delaware 404. U.S. 9 travels nearly 31 miles across Sussex County, from U.S. 13 at Laurel to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry across Delaware Bay. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Although not displayed here, Delaware 404 overlaps with U.S. 9 east to Delaware 1 at Five Points and west to Delaware 18 in Georgetown. Photo taken 06/18/12.
Speed limits reduce to 25 miles per hour along Delaware 5 through Harbeson. A poultry plant is located on the west side of the state route in a quarter mile. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 & 23 south
Indian Mission Road travels south by the Independence development toward Harmons Hill Road. The SR 5 & 23 overlap is not acknowledged in this direction. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Previously a rural crossroads, Delaware 5 & 23 (Indian Mission Road) south at Cannon Road south is now set between the Pelican Point and Stonewater Creek developments. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Indian Mission Road south enters the commercialized intersection with SR 24 (John J. Williams Highway). Omitted from this assembly is the southern turn of SR 5 along side SR 24 for the 1.6 mile overlap to Oak Orchard Road. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 south
The final reassurance marker for SR 5 stands just south of SR 24 (John J. Williams Highway). Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 5 (Oak Orchard Road) passes between Driftwood Village and the Crossings at Oak Orchard manufactured home communities midway to Oak Orchard. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Speed limits reduce to 25 miles per hour as Delaware 5 reaches Oak Orchard. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware Avenue stems northeast into the Orchard Manor community as Delaware 5 ends. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Indian River Bay comes into view as SR 5 concludes at River Road. River Road straddles the Indian River west to Riverdale and the Warwick Park neighborhood. Photo taken 01/16/17.


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Photo Credits:

06/18/12, 01/16/17 by AARoads

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Delaware 1
Delaware 5 Alternate
Delaware 16
Delaware 23
Delaware 24

Page Updated 01-22-2017.