Delaware 23

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Commissioned around 1990 and first appearing on the Delaware Official Highway Map in 1994, Delaware 23 forms an arc south from the bustling Five Points area to the east end of Long Neck. The state route spurs east from Delaware 5 and 24 along Long Neck Road through a mixture of suburban development and remaining farm and forest lands to the six sections of Pot-Nets, a manufactured home community. Long Neck Road ends at boat ramp area by Masseys Landing.

North from the commercialized intersection with SR 24 (John J. Williams Highway), SR 23 combines with SR 5 along Indian Mission Road for 2.5 miles. The overlap is poorly marked as the pair curve passed several newer subdivisions to their rural split at Beaver Dam Road near Fairmount. SR 5 branches northwest toward Milton while SR 23 turns more easterly.

Beaver Dam Road travels initially as a rural highway north to Hollymount, where SR 24 Alternate previously traveled west from SR 23 to Hollyville and Zoar. All signs for the alternate route west of SR 23 were dropped by 2017, while a few remnant shields appear along SR 23 northward to Belltown. A number of subdivisions line Delaware 23 otherwise as it progresses northward toward Five Points, with open agricultural areas likely to support more development.

SR 23 ends at Belltown, parallel to U.S. 9 & SR 404, and opposite from SR 1D (Plantation Road). SR 24 Alt previously extended southeast alongside SR 1D to SR 24 at Midway.

Delaware 23 - 2014 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 11,750 - Masseys Landing to Delaware 24
  • 4,608 - Delaware 24 to Road 48
  • 1,635 - Delaware 5 to Holleyville Road
  • 13,566 - Road 285 to Delaware 1

Delaware 23 north
Long Neck Road leads away from Massey's Landing Boat Ramp. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Conch Road stems south from Delaware 23 while Faucett Place parallels Long Neck Road to the north as new streets added at Masseys Landing by 2016. Photo taken 01/16/17.
An S-curve takes Long Neck Road across wetland areas south of Lee Joseph Creek. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Agricultural land spreads north and south of Long Neck Road as Delaware 23 winds west to the Pot-Nets Bayside and Creekside communities. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Banks Road arcs north around the Baywoods golf course community to Delaware 24 (John J. Williams Highway) from Delaware 23 at School Lane. Photo taken 01/16/17.
The first reassurance marker for SR 23 appears north of Banks Road. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 23 (Long Neck Road) intersects SR 5 south and SR 24 (John J. Williams Highway) at the forthcoming traffic light. SR 5 south overlaps with SR 24 west to end at Oak Orchard, while SR 24 east constitutes a busy route east to SR 1 at Midway. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 24 travels 40.6 miles across Sussex County, from Delaware 1 near Rehoboth Beach west to Millsboro, Laurel and Maryland 348 near Sharptown. 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 23 north
A remnant shield for SR 24 Alt remains paired with SR 23 after their former merge north from Hollymount Road. SR 24 Alt overlayed SR 23 to Belltown, and SR 1D from there to SR 24 at Midway. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 23 south
Delaware 23 separates from Delaware 1D just south of their connector with U.S. 9 & Delaware 404 at Belltown. Delaware 1D (Plantation Road) leads east to Midway while Delaware 23 angles southwest by Jimtown. Photo taken 01/16/17.
The first confirming marker for Delaware 23 appears along Beaver Dam Road south ahead of Salt Marsh Boulevard and the Henlopen Landing community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Beaver Dam Road expands to include turn lanes at Deer Valley Boulevard and the new Lewes Crossing development. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Passing west of Jimtown across remaining farm land, Delaware 23 continues to intersect Marblehead Drive at the Coastal Club development. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 23 advances south through the settlement of Hollymount to intersect Hollymount Road. Hollymount Road west was formerly a part of SR 24 Alt, which had overlapped with SR 23 south from SR 1D (Plantation Road). No signs remained for the alternate route west of Beaver Dam Road as of January 2017. Photo taken 01/16/17.
A reassurance marker guides motorists south along the final 0.8 miles of Beaver Dam Road through Fairmount. Photo taken 01/16/17.
SR 23 overlaps with SR 5 (Indian Mission Road) south from Beaver Dam Road at this unmarked intersection. A shield for SR 23 was previously posted here in 2015. 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 23 south
Delaware 23 extends east from Delaware 5 and 24 (John J. Williams Highway) along Long Neck Road. Photo taken 01/16/17.
A succeeding traffic light operates at the southbound Delaware 23 intersection with School Lane south and Banks Road north. School Lane connects Long Neck Road with William Ritter Manor and an elementary school. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Long Neck Road passes between a mixture of industrial and retail businesses beyond School Lane. The final confirming shield appears on this stretch. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 23 winds east to western sections of the Pot-Nets manufactured home community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Continuing east from Pot Nets Road, Long Neck Road plies across agricultural land south of Wilson Creek and Marsh. Photo taken 01/16/17.
White House Road spurs south from Delaware 23 to White House Point and the White House Beach community. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 23 traverses wetland areas south of Lee Joseph Creek ahead of Masseys Landing and easternmost reaches of Long Neck. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Road ends signs advise drivers of the pending conclusion of Long Neck Road after the Pot-Nets Dockside and Seaside communities. Photo taken 01/16/17.
New streets were added by 2016 at the Masseys Landing community both north and south of Delaware 23 just ahead of the roadway end. Photo taken 01/16/17.
Delaware 23 ends at a cul-de-sac by the entrance to Massey's Landing Boat Ramp. Massey Ditch takes boaters south into Indian River Bay and north to Rehoboth Bay. Photo taken 01/16/17.

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01/16/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 01-20-2017.