State Route 42

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SR 42 (Blackiston Road) circles southeast from SR 6 (Millington Road) and Longridge Road at the rural settlement of Blackiston to SR 9 at Leipsic. Initially heading south, the state route crosses open farm land and a tract of Blackiston Wildlife Area to the small town of Kenton. East from Commerce Street, Seven Hickories Road continues the route to an overlap with SR 15 and the suburban outskirts of Cheswold.

Main Street leads SR 42 east through Cheswold to U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway). The state route turns more northerly from there along Fast Landing Road to end as 2nd Street in the town of Leipsic.

SR 42 was designated by 1936 to connect U.S. 13 and the town of Cheswold with Kenton and SR 6 leading west to U.S. 301 through south Kent County, Maryland. The route appeared with other rural northern Kent County routes (SR 6, SR 11, SR 44, and SR 300) on the 1936-37 Official Delaware Highway Map.

Delaware State Route 42 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 2,815 - SR 6 to Underwoods Corner Road
  • 6,274 - east Kenton limits to SR 15 (Kenton Road)
  • 7,747 - east Cheswold limits to U.S. 13
  • 1,210 - U.S. 13 to East Denneys Road
  • 550 - west Leipsic limits to SR 9
Delaware State Route 42 East
Heading south from SR 6 (Millington Road) and Longridge Road, SR 42 (Blackiston Road) follows a mostly rural course southeast four miles to Kenton and eight miles to Cheswold. Photo taken 01/16/17.
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The first confirming marker for SR 42 follows as Blackiston Road curves across open farm land to Sudlers Row west. Photo taken 01/16/17. Second photo taken 12/28/16.
Spencer Drive forms a short residential loop west from SR 42 (Blackiston Road) by this reassurance marker. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Spencer Driver returns to SR 42 east ahead of this shield assembly. The state route travels along side a tract of Blackiston State Wildlife Area here as well. Photo taken 12/28/16.
SR 42 (Blackiston Road) east next reaches the settlement of Underwood Corner. Underwoods Corner Road intersects the state route ahead of this reassurance marker. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Blackiston Road is well signed as SR 42, with a shield posted after Chance Road ties in from the west. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Turning more to the east, SR 42 enters the town of Kenton along Commerce Street. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Kenton consists of a handful of residential streets and 250 plus residents. Commerce Street intersects High Street in this scene. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Forthcoming SR 300 bisects Kenton along Main Street through the heart of town. Photo taken 12/28/16.
SR 300 travels 11.83 miles southwest from U.S. 13 in Smyrna to Queen Annes County, Maryland, where Maryland 300 takes over west to Sudlersville and U.S. 301. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Commerce Street continues a short distance southeast from SR 300 (Main Street) to Pinks Branch, where SR 42 transitions onto Seven Hickories Road. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Cheswold lies four miles to the east directly along SR 42 (Seven Hickories Road). Bishops Corner, where SR 42 intersects U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway), is located 4.86 miles away from the Kenton town line. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Seven Hickories Road passes by the Whitetail Run subdivision and agricultural areas east from Pinks Branch to Taylor Branch. Photo taken 12/28/16.
SR 15 (Brenford Road) heads south from Friendship Road to meet SR 42 at Seven Hickories. Photo taken 12/28/16.
SR 15 leads back north to SR 300 and the town of Clayton. Seeneytown Road intersects SR 15 and SR 42 from rural Shaws Corner to the southwest here as well. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Delaware State Route 15 South Delaware State Route 42 East
Confirming markers for SR 15 south & 42 east after their merge at Seven Hickories. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Seven Hickories Road turns more easterly ahead of the partition with SR 15 (Kenton Road) south and Moores Corner. Photo taken 12/28/16.
SR 15 continues its southward course toward Dover while SR 42 bends northward to Cheswold and Leipsic. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Delaware State Route 42 East
Pearsons Corner Road north converges with SR 42 (Seven Hickories Road) east next at Moores Corner. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Delaware Airport (33N) lies just north of Seven Hickories Road on the outskirts of Cheswold. Speed limits along SR 42 reduce to 35 miles per hour beyond the airport access road. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Main Street leads SR 42 east through Cheswold. The state route intersects Parker's Drive north to the Parker's Run subdivision ahead of Cheswold town hall in this scene. Photo taken 12/28/16.
The succeeding intersection joins SR 42 (Main Street) east with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) north to Smyrna and south to Dover. Photo taken 12/28/16.
The crossroads of SR 42 and U.S. 13 is named Bishop's Corner. Photo taken 12/28/16.
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) constitutes a commercial arterial throughout northern Kent County. The bulk of through traffic uses the adjacent SR 1 (Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway). SR 42 passes over the SR 1 toll road via Fast Landing Road en route to Leipsic. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Entering the town of Leipsic, SR 42 takes 2nd Street east to end at SR 9 (Denny Street). Photo taken 01/15/17.
The coastal route of SR 9 leads north to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and SR 6 east to Woodland Beach Road. South from Leipsic, SR 9 ventures six miles to SR 8 and the rural town of Little Creek. Photo taken 01/15/17.
2nd Street extends east three blocks to Main Street as SR 9 curves southeast onto Bayside Drive. SR 9 stretches over 58 miles statewide on a route south to Dover and north to SR 2 in Wilmington. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Delaware State Route 42 West
SR 42 westbound begins along 2nd Street in the small town of Leipsic. Photo taken 01/15/17.
2nd Street curves north to intersect Front Street east. SR 42 (Fast Landing Road) proceeds north from there to cross Duke Branch. Photo taken 01/15/17.
SR 42 follows Main Street west from U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) across the town of Cheswold over the next mile. Kenton is located six miles to the northwest. Photo taken 12/28/16.
An at-grade crossing with the Norfolk Southern Railroad lies ahead as SR 42 (Main Street) continues from Central Delaware Business Park in Cheswold. Photo taken 12/28/16.
A reasurance marker for SR 42 west appears near the west end of Cheswold. Main Street becomes Seven Hickories Road en route to Moores Corner. Photo taken 12/28/16.
SR 15 travels north along Kenton Road from Denneys Road and Dover to meet SR 42 at Moores Corner. Photo taken 12/28/16.
The 57-mile route of SR 15 extends south to Milford and north to Summit Bridge. SR 15 north accompanies SR 42 west from Kenton Road to Seven Hickories. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Confirming marker for SR 42 (Commerce Street) west after SR 300 (Main Street) in Kenton. Photo taken 04/13/04.
SR 42 (Blackiston Road) travels northward from Kenton to Underwood Corner and Blackiston. Photo taken 04/13/04.
Chance Road branches west from SR 42 (Blackiston Road) ahead of this reassurance shield. Photo taken 04/13/04.
Approaching SR 6 (Millington Road) and the west end of SR 42 (Blackiston Road). SR 6 forms a rural route west to Maryland 291 and Millington and east to SR 15 at Clayton. Photo taken 04/13/04.
An end shield for SR 42 west was added at the community of Blackiston by 2016. Photo taken 12/28/16.
A U.S. 301 trailblazer directs motorists heading north toward Sassafras, Warwick or Middletown to continue straight onto Longbridge Road. Longbridge Road becomes Maryland 330 west to Massey. Photo taken 04/13/04.
Delaware State Route 42 scenes
Front Street provides a cutoff from SR 9 (Denny Street) south to SR 42 (2nd Street) west in the town of Leipsic. Photo taken 01/15/17.



Photo Credits:

04/13/04, 12/28/16, 01/15/17, 01/16/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 13
State Route 6
State Route 9
State Route 11
State Route 15
State Route 300

Page Updated 02-14-2017.