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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 12/24/18
Smith Mill Road leads west into the Possum Hill section of White Clay Creek State Park. 12/24/18
SR 72 continues alongside White Clay Creek State Park past Fox Den Road, a connector east to Polly Drummond Hill Road. 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. 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. 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. 12/24/18
Flashers operate along SR 72 (Possum Park Road) at one of the entrances to Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church. 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. 12/24/18
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SR 72 south combines with SR 2 (Old Capitol Trail) west into Newark. 12/24/18
SR 2 east along Kirkwood Highway constitutes a major arterial route to Pike Creek, Prices Corner, Elsmere and Wilmington. 12/24/18
The entrance to Liberty Plaza shopping center ties into the intersection joining SR 72 with SR 2 (Capitol Trail). 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. 06/20/12
The final reassurance marker for SR 2 west stands at Anna Way. 12/21/20
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). 12/21/20
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. 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. 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. 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. 12/26/16
A trailblazer for SR 72 south and lane drop follows as Library Avenue progresses south from Delaware Avenue to Wyoming Road. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 MD 281 and east to SR 7 in Christiana. 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. 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. 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. 01/02/08
Snow flurries fall as SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) continues a southeasterly route toward Wrangle Hill and Delaware City. 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. 01/02/08
Wrangle Hill Road turns more easterly from SR 71 (Red Lion Road). Road work anticipated for construction in Fall 2019 expands SR 72 to a five lane arterial from SR 71 to McCoy Road. 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. 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. 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 MD 528 between Fenwick Island and Ocean City. 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. 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. 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. 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. 12/20/16
The final confirming marker for SR 72 south. Wrangle Hill Road transitions to agricultural areas on the ensuing stretch. 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. 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. 12/15/99

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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, 12/21/20 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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