State Route 9 South - Port Penn to Dover

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Delaware State Route 9 South
Approaching the east end of SR 299 (Taylors Bridge Road) on SR 9 (Thomas Landing Road) southbound. SR 299 comprises a nearly ten mile route west through Odessa and Middletown to the Maryland state line. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Farm land spreads to the south as SR 9 overtakes Taylors Bridge Road from the ending SR 299 at Mathews Corners. Suburban development is located both along SR 9 south and SR 299 leading northwest to Main Street through Odessa. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Taylors Bridge Road takes SR 9 south from Mathews Corners across Hangmans Run to the Odessa National golf course community. Staves Landing Road spurs east from the upcoming intersection to Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area off Blackbird Creek. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 (Taylors Bridge Road) diverges from the adjacent Odessa National community beyond Fieldsboro Road across agricultural areas ahead of Blackbird Creek. Photo taken 01/15/17.
A series of S-curves turns SR 9 east from Union Church Road to Taylors Bridge. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Taylors Bridge takes SR 9 across Blackbird Creek. The span was built in 1964. Photo taken 01/15/17.
The settlement of Taylors Bridge is home to the Reedy Island Rear Range Lighthouse. First illuminated on July 27, 1910, the cast-iron tower of the light house rises to 125 feet. An automated light on a steel tower replaced the function of the lighthouse in 1951.1 Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 turns south at Taylors Bridge to follow Flemings Landing Road to Kent County. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Flemings Landing Road spurs north from SR 9 to Red Bank off Blackbird Creek while Cedar Swamp Road east dead ends toward Liston Point off Delaware Bay. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Walker School Road branches southwest from Flemings Landing Road to a tract of Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area as SR 9 stays southeasterly across farm land Photo taken 01/15/17.
The first SR 9 shield posted since Taylors Bridge stands south of Saw Mill Branch Road and just west of Cedar Swamp. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Paddock Road arcs east across Sawmill branch to merge with SR 9 at Deakyneville Road. The state route route gradually lowers from Thoroughfare Neck here to Flemings Landing. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Crossing the Smyrna River at Flemings Landing, SR 9 lowers from eight to four feet above sea level. Photo taken 01/15/17.
The Smyrna River separates New Castle and Kent Counties east from Duck Creek in Smyrna to Delaware Bay. The county line is unmarked along SR 9 otherwise. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 (Hay Point Landing Road) climbs to 13 feet above sea level at the intersection with Shorts Landing Road south. The state route plies through a forest on the ensuing stretch toward Broadway Meadows. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Lighthouse Road meanders east from SR 6 (Woodland Beach Road) to meet SR 9 (Hay Point Landing Road) by the Mallard Lodge. Photo taken 01/15/17.
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SR 9 traverses a levee at Taylors Gut Landing through the Matarese Tract of the Tony Florio Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. Photos taken 01/15/17.
Turning south, SR 9 (Hay Point Landing Road) crosses paths with SR 6 (Woodland Beach Road) on Serverson Neck. SR 6 spurs east to Woodland Beach on Delaware Bay. The state route west leads to Smyrna, Clayton and Kent County, Maryland. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Continuing south from SR 6, SR 9 enters Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Photo taken 01/15/17.
The town of Leipsic lies five miles further south along SR 9. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Reassurance marker posted south of Hawkey Branch Road and north of Hawkey Branch. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 passes through a mix of farm and forest land south of Dutch Neck Crossroads and Finis Branch. Photo taken 01/15/17.
The Hay Point Landing segment of SR 9 south concludes at Smyrna Leipsic Road near Whitehall Crossroads. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 overtakes Smyrna Leipsic Road south across Raymond Neck. Smyrna Leipsic Road west to U.S. 13 in Smyrna is the former alignment of the state route. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Whitehall Neck Road spurs east from SR 9 (Smyrna Leipsic Road) to Bombay Hook N.W.R. by Shearness and Raymond Pools. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 enters the town of Leipsic ahead of the 1952-built bridge across the Leipsic River. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Denny Street leads SR 9 south from the river through Leipsic. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Front Street provides a cutoff to SR 42 (Fast Landing Road) west to Cheswold. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 42 (2nd Street) ends at SR 9 directly at the subsequent intersection. Photo taken 01/15/17.
A 12.72-mile route, SR 42 joins coastal Kent County with U.S. 13 at Bishops Corner, and Kenton through agricultural areas west of Smyrna and Cheswold. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Confirming marker posted along Denny Street as it curves southeast from SR 42 (2nd Street) to Main Street through Leipsic. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Leaving Leipsic, SR 9 follows Bayside Drive south seven miles to Little Creek. The capital city lies seven miles to the southwest via connecting roads. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Dyke Branch Road angles southwest from SR 9 ahead of the next reassurance marker. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Leipsic Road follows from SR 9 (Bayside Drive) as the first road leading directly into Dover. Leipsic Road meanders west Dover International Speedway and U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) across at North State Street (U.S. 13 Alternate). Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 (Bayside Drive) southbound remains rural and next crosses Muddy Branch. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Turning more southeasterly, SR 9 (Bayside Drive) nears Silver Leaf Lane and Chandelle Estates Airport (0N4). Photo taken 01/15/17.
Bayside Drive kinks east ahead of Cowgills Corner and Donas Landing Road. Photo taken 01/15/17.
White Oak Road heads west from SR 9 and Donas Landing Road to Kings Highway NE in Dover. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 9 (Bayside Drive) arcs southeast from Cowgills Corner across Herring Branch. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Advancing south from Cartanza Road and east of the Pioneer Materials sand pit on SR 9. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Marshtown Road ties into SR 9 from Little Creek Wildlife Area to the east ahead of this shield assembly. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Drivers along SR 9 (Bayside Drive) south reach the small town of Little Creek at the east end of SR 8 (North Little Creek Road). SR 8 ventures west toward Downtown Dover. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Totaling 17.15 miles, SR 8 passes through Dover en route to Pearsons Corner and Marydel. A half diamond interchange provides access onto SR 1 north back to Smyrna, while motorists headed to SR 1 south to Milford should remain along SR 9. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Speed limits drop to 25 miles per hour as SR 9 continues south along Main Street through Little Creek. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Port Mahon Road spurs east from Little Creek out to Port Mahon on Delaware Bay. Photo taken 01/15/17.
A handful of residential streets tie into SR 9 (Main Street) south of Port Mahon Road in Little Creek. Bayside Drive extends the state route southwest around Dover AFB to SR 1 (Bay Road). Photo taken 01/15/17.

  1. Reedy Island Rear Range, DE.

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01/15/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
State Route 1
State Route 6
State Route 8
State Route 42
State Route 299

Page Updated 02-15-2017.

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