State Route 72 South

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Delaware State Route 72 South
The mileage sign and first confirming marker for SR 72 south from SR 7 were both removed after 2015. Photo taken 12/24/18.
This mileage sign was posted at the southbound beginning of SR 72 (Paper Mill Road). Corner Ketch is a subdivision located less than three miles to the northwest of SR 72 via Corner Ketch Road. Milford Crossroads is where SR 72 turns south onto Possum Park Road. Photo taken 12/23/12.
The first confirming marker appeared as SR 72 (Paper Mill Road) descends around 140 feet in elevation between SR 7 (Limestone Road) and a bridge across Pike Creek. Photo taken 12/23/12.
Traffic lights operate at the entrance to Independence School from SR 72 just ahead of Pike Creek. These mast arms replaced a span wire assembly after 2012. Photo taken 12/24/18.
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North Star Road leads south from Valley Road and the Hockessin vicinity to become Upper Pike Creek Road at SR 72 (Paper Mill Road). Upper Pike Creek Road winds southward alongside Pike Creek to Old Coach Road near the Meadowood community. Photos taken 12/24/18.
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SR 72 turns more southerly ahead of the cross roads with Corner Ketch Road north and Polly Drummond Hill Road south. A reassurance shield stands just south of that intersection by Paper Mill Park. Photos taken 12/24/18.
Smith Mill Road leads west into the Possum Hill section of White Clay Creek State Park. Photo taken 12/24/18.
SR 72 continues alongside White Clay Creek State Park past Fox Den Road, a connector east to Polly Drummond Hill Road. Photo taken 12/24/18.
Paper Mill Road arcs southwest between Middle Run Valley Natural Area and the Possum Hill tract of White Clay Creek State Park to Milford Crossroads. Photo taken 12/24/18.
Possum Park Road leads SR 72 southeast to SR 2 (Capitol Trail) as part of its bypass of Newark. Paper Mill Road south to Chapel Street, where a low clearance CSX Railroad bridge crosses, represents the historic alignment to Downtown. Photo taken 12/24/18.
A gradual descent along Possum Park Road leads SR 72 southeast from northeastern reaches of Newark to SR 2 near White Clay Creek. Photo taken 12/24/18.
Flashers operate along SR 72 (Possum Park Road) at one of the entrances to Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church. Photo taken 12/24/18.
A long straight away takes SR 72 (Possum Park Road) south from the Chapel Hill subdivision to SR 2 (Capitol Trail) on the outskirts of Newark. Photo taken 12/24/18.
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SR 72 south combines with SR 2 (Old Capitol Trail) west into Newark. Photos taken 12/24/18.
SR 2 east along Kirkwood Highway constitutes a major arterial route to Pike Creek, Prices Corner, Elsmere and Wilmington. Photo taken 12/24/18.
The entrance to Liberty Plaza shopping center ties into the intersection joining SR 72 with SR 2 (Capitol Trail). Photo taken 12/24/18.
Delaware State Route 2 West Delaware State Route 72 South
The final 1.2 miles of SR 2 west overlaps with SR 72 into Newark. Photo taken 06/20/12.
The final reassurance marker for SR 2 west stands at Anna Way. Photo taken 12/30/18.
A well traveled through route west across Newark, Cleveland Avenue leads through an auto mall to Chapel Street, and from there into a residential area on the north side of the University of Delaware (UD) to SR 896 (New London Road). Photo taken 12/30/18.
The CSX Railroad bridge acts as a gateway into Downtown Newark with a colorful paint scheme. Span wire overheads directed traffic to Main Street (SR 273 west) from the continuation of SR 72 south onto Library Avenue. This assembly was removed by August 2019. Photo taken 12/30/18.
SR 2 ends at the Capitol Trail intersection with SR 273 (E Main Street). SR 273 follows Ogletown Road east toward Christiana and New Castle. The end shield for SR 2 was added to this assembly in 2014. A replacement in 2019 removed it. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware State Route 72 South
SR 72 shifts onto Library Avenue south from SR 273 (Ogletown Road) to S Chapel Street. A confirming marker stands for the route by the Newark Free Library. Photo taken 09/28/14.
E Delaware Avenue ends at SR 72 (Library Avenue) across from College Square Shopping Center. SR 273 eastbound turns north along Library Avenue to connect with Ogletown Road from this intersection. Photo taken 12/26/16.
A trailblazer for SR 72 south and lane drop follows as Library Avenue progresses south from Delaware Avenue to Wyoming Road. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Wyoming Road west to S Chapel Street (old SR 72) was constructed in conjunction with Library Avenue in the late 1970s. The road links SR 72 with E Park Place and the University of Delaware (UD) campus. An extension of the road east to Marrows Road opened in 1998. Photo taken 08/02/13.
Library Avenue rises to span the AMTRAK Northeast Corridor from Wyoming Road to Farm Lane west and Webb Lane east. Farm Lane leads west to a segment of old Chapel Street and UD's Webb Farm. A HAWK signal was added here in August 2010. Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 72 continues along South Chapel Street to leave the Newark city limits and intersect SR 4 (Chestnut Hill Road). Prior to fall 2013, SR 2 west split with SR 72 south here to accompany SR 4 west to Elkton Road. Photo taken 12/22/17.
Chestnut Hill Road leads SR 4 west to SR 896 (South College Avenue) by the UD sports complex and SR 4 east to Brookside and Ogletown. Overall the state route serves commuter and local traffic from south Newark to Stanton, Newport and Wilmington. Photo taken 12/26/16.
An older I-95 trailblazer directs motorists from South Chapel Street east onto SR 4 for either South College Avenue or Elkton Road. There is no direct access from SR 72 with the freeway otherwise. Photo taken 12/22/17.
SR 72 (South Chapel Street) extends another 9.3 miles southeast from SR 4 (Chestnut Hill Road) to SR 9 (Wrangle Hill Road) outside Delaware City. Dover lies 39 miles to the south via SR 72 and U.S. 13. Photo taken 12/26/17.
Kenmar Drive ties into SR 72 from the Brookside Park subdivision across from Pencader Plaza shopping center at the succeeding traffic light. Photo taken 12/26/17.
I-95 comes into view beyond the traffic light with Bellevue Road west to Diamond State Industrial Park and Dawson Drive east into Delaware Industrial Park. Photo taken 12/26/17.
SR 72 (South Chapel Street) transitions to Sunset Lake Road south of Old Baltimore Pike. Old Baltimore Pike represents a suburban corridor west to Maryland 281 and east to SR 7 in Christiana. Photo taken 12/26/17.
Southbound reassurance marker posted after the intersection with Old Baltimore Pike on SR 72 (Sunset Lake Road). Sunset Lake Road reduces quickly from four to two lanes. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Entering the junction with U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) on SR 72 (Sunset Lake Road) south. The two highways come together at Fox Run Shopping Center in a growing suburban area east of Glasgow and west of Bear. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Advancing south, SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) nears the intersection with Porter Road. Porter Road travels west to SR 896 (Summit Bridge Road), south of Glasgow, and east to the split with Old Porter Road, which leads east to Red Lion, and north to U.S. 40 at Bear. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Snow flurries fall as SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) continues a southeasterly route toward Wrangle Hill and Delaware City. Photo taken 01/02/08.
SR 71 (Red Lion Road) on SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) come together south at Williamsburg. Both state routes represent growing suburban corridors as they lead southward from U.S. 40. SR 71 north heads to Red Lion and south to Kirkwood and Lums Pond State Park. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Wrangle Hill Road turns more easterly from SR 71 (Red Lion Road). Road work anticipated for construction in Fall 2019 will expand SR 72 to a five-lane arterial from SR 71 to McCoy Road. Photo taken 12/28/16.
The signalized entrance to the Sunrise Meadows community serve Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary on the north side of SR 72 ahead of Wrangle Hill. Photo taken 12/28/16.
SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) widens to four lanes from McCoy Road east to Dupont Highway through a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) with U.S. 13 north and SR 1. Photo taken 12/28/16.
The DDI at SR 72 and SR 1 was constructed from spring 2016 to January 2017.
SR 1 travels south from the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal to Odessa, Smyrna and Dover as a limited access toll road. The state route ends as Maryland 528 between Fenwick Island and Ocean City. Photo taken 12/28/16.
U.S. 13 joins SR 1 north to cross Red Lion Creek between Wrangle Hill and Tybouts Corner. The two routes separate, with U.S. 13 taking Dupont Highway north to Hares Corner and Wilmington, and SR 1 turning north through Bear to I-95. Photo taken 01/15/17.
U.S. 13 merges with SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) south as traffic shifts back to the right to leave the DDI with SR 1. Photo taken 01/15/17.
The tandem quickly approach Dupont Highway and the south end of SR 7. SR 7 was extended south in 1995 over what was U.S. 13 north on Dupont Highway to Bear Corbitt Road. Photo taken 01/15/17.
U.S. 13 rejoins Dupont Highway south at Wrangle Hill. SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) continues eastward another 1.5 miles from U.S. 13 and SR 7 to its terminus at SR 9 (River Road) outside of Delaware City.
An erroneous SR 7 south shield was added here by late 2016. Photo taken 12/20/16.
The final confirming marker for SR 72 south. Wrangle Hill Road transitions to agricultural areas on the ensuing stretch. Photo taken 08/05/07.
SR 72 ends at the intersection where SR 9 turns from River Road south toward Delaware City. Clarks Corner Road also ties into the signalized junction from north St. Georges from the southwest. Photo taken 08/05/07.
The previous end shield assembly for SR 72 at SR 9. SR 9 is a coastal road extending north from the Delaware City refinery complex to New Castle and Wilmington and south from Delaware City to Port Penn, Augustine Beach, Leipsic and Little Creek. Photo taken 12/15/99.

Photo Credits:

12/15/99, 08/05/07, 01/02/08, 06/20/12, 12/23/12, 08/02/13, 09/28/14, 12/20/16, 12/26/16, 12/28/16, 01/15/17, 12/22/17, 12/26/17, 12/24/18, 12/30/18 by AARoads

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U.S. 13
State Route 1
State Route 2
State Route 4
State Route 7
State Route 9
State Route 71
State Route 273

Page Updated 06-19-2020.

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