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Red Lion Road branches southwest from U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) and Delaware 1 by the Rutledge community in Bear. The route is unsigned along the initial southbound stretch. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Approaching the settlement of Red Lion and Delaware 7 (Bear Corbitt Road) on Delaware 71 south. The state route passes by house locally known for its Christmas decorations by this shield assembly. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Delaware 7 (Bear Corbitt Road) constitutes a local and commuter route north to U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) in Bear and south to U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) at Wrangle Hill. The state route parallels Delaware 1 northward to Christiana. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Red Lion Road continues south from the angled intersection with Bear Corbitt Road through a mix of suburban development and wood lands. Photo taken 12/30/16.
Traffic lights flash outside of school hours for a private academy east of SR 71 (Red Lion Road). The state route continues south by the Estates of Red Lion subdivision to SR 72. Photo taken 12/28/16.
1.91 miles south of SR 7, SR 71 (Red Lion Road) crosses paths with SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road). Photo taken 12/28/16.
A 15.89 mile route, SR 72 arcs northwest from SR 9 outside Delaware City, to Wrangle Hill, SR 71, U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Frasers Corner and the city of Newark. Photo taken 12/28/16.
South of SR 72, a mileage sign referenced Middletown at 13 miles out. The assembly was removed by 2014. Red Lion Road otherwise passes by the Caravel Hunt subdivision en route to Kirkwood. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Howell School Road stems west from SR 71 (Red Lion Road) at Kirkwood across the northern periphery of Lums Pond State Park to SR 896 (Summit Bridge Road). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Curving southwest along Delaware 71 (Red Lion Road) around Lums Pond State Park. The park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing and boating in addition to ball fields and tennis courts. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Turning northwesterly, Delaware 71 (Red Lion Road) nears the intersection with Chesapeake City Road west. Chesapeake City Road passes over Delaware 71-896 (Summit Bridge Road) en route to the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Maryland 285 (Biddle Street) west to Chesapeake City. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Red Lion Road concludes northwest at Delaware 896 (Summit Bridge Road) across from Brennan Boulevard. Delaware 896 travels north to Glasgow and south along side Delaware 71 to Mount Pleasant. Photo taken 12/26/17.
U.S. 301 overlapped with SR 896 north to U.S. 40, where it ended until January 2019. SR 896 continues from there to I-95 in south Newark. SR 71 & 896 combine southward across the Summit Bridge freeway. Photo taken 12/26/17.
Brennan Boulevard comprises the lone entrance from SR 71 and SR 896 to the Brennan Estates community. Developed in the 1990s, the neighborhood spreads west from Summit Bridge Road to Denny Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Delaware 71 & 896 south
A lone Delaware 71 shield stood just south of the Delaware 896 intersection with Red Lion Road and Brennan Boulevard. The assembly was removed during reconstruction of the Summit Bridge approach in 2008. A concrete barrier was added between the two roadways during that work. Photo taken 04/04/04.
Delaware 71 & 896 travel along a two mile stretch of limited access highway along the Summit Bridge approaches and span. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Chesapeake City Road passes over the freeway as it leads west from Delaware 71 to Maryland 285 and North Chesapeake City. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the Summit Bridge. The span opened to traffic on January 9, 1960 to replace a lift bridge linking Delaware 71 and 896 with the community of Summit Bridge to the east. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The four-lane continuous steel thru truss bridge across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was repainted from gray to blue in 2012. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The Summit Bridge received the American Institute of Steel Construction award as the most beautiful bridge in 1960. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Totaling 2,058 feet in length, the Summit Bridge crests 138 feet above the C & D Canal. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Delaware 71 & 896 lowers from the Summit Bridge and makes an abrupt turn at the intersection with Delaware 15 (Bethel Church Road). Truckers are advised of the forthcoming curve as the state route pair shift east toward Summit Airport (EVY). Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 15 commences a 57 mile route southward from Summit Bridge through a mixture of farm land and suburban areas to the west side of Middletown. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Bethel Church Road leads SR 15 west 0.84 miles to a roundabout with SR 286 and Choptank Road south. SR 286 forms a multi state route with MD 286 west from there to Chesapeake City, Maryland. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Prior to 1993, SR 15 ended at U.S. 301 & SR 299 south of Middletown. The extension to Summit Bridge overlaid previously unnumbered routes on a parallel alignment west of SR 71 & 896. The state route makes a number of turns along its southward course to Clayton, Dover and Milford. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Until January 2, 2003, the traffic signals along SR 71 & 896 (Summit Bridge Road) at SR 15 (Bethel Church Road) were set to flash yellow.2 The proposed alignment of Section 4 (Spur Road) for the U.S. 301 Toll Road project involves replacing the at-grade intersection with Bethel Church Road with back to back wye interchanges for both the Spur Road south to Middletown and SR 15. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Confirming markers for U.S. 301 & SR 71-896 south posted after SR 15 and before Summit Bridge Drive and the Summit Bridge Farms subdivision. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Summit Bridge Road curves back to the south along side Summit Airport (EVY). SR 71 south reaches Middletown in six miles. U.S. 301 heads southwest 60 miles to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (U.S. 50). Photo taken 12/26/16.
Old Summit Bridge Road connects SR 71 & 896 with the settlement of Summit Bridge and several subdivisions both west and east along Bethel Church and Lorewood Grove Roads. This was the alignment of Delaware 71 prior to 1960. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Reassurance shields posted south of Old Summit Bridge Road. Summit Bridge Road advances another 1.4 miles to Mount Pleasant. Photo taken 12/26/16.
A traffic light operates at the south end of Summit Airport (EVY) and Victoria Drive east to the Summit Pond subdivision. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The first in a series of guide signs advise motorists of the impending split of Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road) south from Delaware 71 (Summit Bridge Road) at Mount Pleasant.
Until 1993, Boyds Corner Road represented the U.S. 301 mainline between Summit Bridge Road and U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway). Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 remains south along Summit Bridge Road another 4.10 miles from Mount Pleasant to North Broad Street at Middletown Warwick Road (old U.S. 301) in Middletown. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Strip malls, gas stations and other businesses built along side Summit Bridge Road at Mount Pleasant led to the addition of a traffic light in 2008. Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) part ways with SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) south. SR 896 continues another 3.52 miles east to U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway). Photo taken 12/26/16.
Churchtown Road stems west from Delaware 71 and 896 by a number of large lot housing developments to the state line. Maryland 310 (Cayots Corner Road) extends the road west to St. Augustine and Maryland 213 at Cayots. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 896 (Boyds Corner Road) constitutes a growing suburban route east through the Bayberry community. The state route ends just west of the Delaware 1 interchange with Pole Bridge Road. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 south
Leading south from SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) and Churchtown Road in Mount Pleasant. SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) reduces to two lanes ahead of Middletown. Photo taken 12/20/16.
U.S. 301 and Delaware 71 shields posted after the Summit Bridge Road intersection with Old School House Road. Old School House Road heads southwest to Choptank Road (Delaware 15). Photo taken 12/26/16.
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The U.S. 301 toll road around Middletown passes over Summit Bridge Road just north of Armstrong Corner Road. Photos taken 12/26/16.
A dumbbell interchange and access road links the U.S. 301 expressway with SR 71 just to the west. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Armstrong Corner Road east and Marl Pit Road west come together at SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) from the suburban outskirts of Middletown. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Continuing south from Armstrong Corner Road, the next set of reassurance shield appears. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Drivers along SR 71 south enter the Middletown limits at Middletown Corporate Center and the Springmill subdivision. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Springmill Drive provides one of two entrances to the Springmill subdivision from the ensuing southbound signal on SR 71. Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 71 splits with old U.S. 301 along Broad Street south to Downtown Middletown. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Middletown Warwick Road (old U.S. 301) shifts westward and expands into a four-lane commercial arterial to SR 15 (Bunker Hill Road) and SR 299 (Main Street) while SR 71 travels south from Downtown toward Townsend. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 joins Middletown with U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) south ahead of Smyrna. U.S. 301 branches southwest from Middletown onto an expressway through the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The route through Maryland leads to Queenstown and U.S. 50 west to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 crosses an adjacent Norfolk Southern Railroad line from Middletown Warwick Road (old U.S. 301) onto North Broad Street. Both routes intersect Delaware 299 within the next mile. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 south
Broad Street advances south from Summit Bridge Road by an industrial area adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Railroad line and Greenlawn Village shopping center. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Greenlawn Boulevard connects Delaware 71 (Broad Street) with the Mill Branch neighborhood to the east. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 (Broad Street) south at Lake Street within the Middletown street grid. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Progressing south three blocks, Broad Street south approaches Delaware 299 (Main Street). Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 remains along Broad Street south from Delaware 299 (Main Street) to Lakeside Drive, where Summit Bridge Road resumes. Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 299 (Main Street) leads west to U.S. 301 and SR 15 (Bunker Hill Road) and east to SR 1 and U.S. 13 in the town of Odessa. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Leaving Downtown Middletown along SR 71 (South Broad Street) south. Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) crosses Deep Creek at the Middletown Nature Area. Photo taken 12/26/16.
St. Annes Church Road arcs west across the suburban south side of Middletown to SR 15 (Levels Road) ahead of this reassurance marker for SR 71 south. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Summit Bridge Road leaves Middletown south of Noxontown Road. A reassurance marker for SR 71 follows at the Deep Branch Farm community. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Green Giant Road stems west from SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) at the subsequent intersection to annexed areas of south Middletown. Summit Bridge Road continues from Green Giant Road toward Townsend. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 (Summit Bridge Road) straddles eastern reaches of the Townsend town limits to Pine Tree Road east and Main Street west. Pine Tree Road ventures northeast to U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) at Pine Tree Corners, south of Fieldsboro. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Main Street leads west from Delaware 71 to Downtown Townsend and Caldwell Corner Road. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 (Summit Bridge Road) continues south out of Townsend toward U.S. 13 near Blackbird. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Summit Bridge Road travels a rural course south to the Barlow Tract of Blackbird State Forest. The final shield assembly for SR 71 south stands after Ratledge Road. Photo taken 12/26/16.
U.S. 13 and SR 71 converge at the settlement of H & H Corner. Ramps were proposed to link the two routes with SR 1 (Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway) here. Photo taken 12/26/16.
A signalized left turn takes motorists onto U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) north toward Pine Tree Corners. Delaware 71 south otherwise defaults onto U.S. 13 south for the rural drive to Blackbird and Smyrna. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware 71 completes its long loop west from U.S. 13 between Tybouts and H & H Corners with an end sign. Photo taken 12/26/16.

Sources:

  • "New Traffic Signal To Be Activated South of Summit Bridge at Route 896 & Bethel Church Road." Delaware Department of Transportation, press release. December 24, 2002.


Photo Credits:

04/04/04, 01/02/08, 12/20/16, 12/26/16, 12/28/16, 12/30/16, 12/16/17, 12/26/17 by AARoads

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U.S. 13
U.S. 301
Delaware 7
Delaware 15
Delaware 72
Delaware 299
Delaware 896

Page Updated 11-28-2018.