State Route 261

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SR 261 (Foulk Road) branches northeast from U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) and SR 141 (Route 141 Spur) at a grade separated intersection at Blue Ball to Fairfax and the Brandywine Hundred communities to the Pennsylvania state line. PA 261 extends the route north to Booths Corner and U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) near Chelsea. The southern 4.03 miles of Foulk Road constitutes a four-lane boulevard. The state route reduces to two lanes beyond SR 92 (Naamans Road) into Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

The multi state route of SR 261 and PA 261 was posted by 1938. The MSR north end was historically located at U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike), 3.2 miles beyond the current end at U.S. 322 via Foulk Road, Chester Heights Road and Valleybrook Road. The south end originally tied into U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) at an angled intersection opposite Rockland Road northwest.

The Blue Ball project redesigned Concord Pike into a parkway from Interstate 95 north to SR 261 (Foulk Road), adjacent Independence Mall and Weldin Road. Construction replaced Rockland Road with Route 141 Spur, a signed extension of SR 141 southeast from Powder Mill Road, to a new grade separated intersection with U.S. 202. Route 141 Spur curves northeast below Concord Pike to end at Weldin Road, where SR 261 begins as Foulk Road takes over northeast to Fairfax.

During ongoing construction, the new extension of Weldin Road provided the connection between a temporary alignment of Concord Pike and SR 261 (Foulk Road). The detour began on July 9, 20041 and ended in 2006 with the completion of the U.S. 202 overpass over SR 141 (Route 141 Spur). The $130 million Blue Ball roads and parkland project was completed overall on May 30, 2007.

Delaware State Route 261 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 18,649 - U.S. 202 to Weldin Road
  • 15,450 - Weldin Road to Wilson Road
  • 18,261 - Shipley Road to Silverside Road
  • 13,672 - Harvey Road to SR 92
  • 10,304 - SR 92 to Pennsylvania state line
Delaware State Route 261 North
Weldin Road connects Independence Mall and Brandywine Plaza office park with SR 261 (Foulk Road) north, SR 141 south and the ramp for U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) south. 12/20/16
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The first shield for SR 261 north appears as Foulk Road extends northeast from Weldin Road and Route 141 Spur toward Fairfax. 12/20/16, 06/23/12
Bedford Road south from the Deerhurst subdivision and School Lane west from Lombardy Elementary come together at the first northbound traffic light along SR 261. 06/23/12
The last shield for SR 261 north stands at the bridge across the Naaman Creek South Branch by Valleyview Shopping Center. 12/20/16
SR 261 transitions to PA 261 as Foulk Road crosses the state line into Bethel Township. 12/20/16
Delaware State Route 261 South
This Welcome to Delaware sign appears along SR 261 (Foulk Road) southbound just after the Pennsylvania state line. 12/20/16
The first shield for SR 261 follows as Foulk Road advances south as a two-lane concrete road through northern reaches of the Brandywine Hundred community. 12/20/16
SR 261 (Foulk Road) and 92 (Naamans Road) cross paths 0.59 miles south of the state border. SR 92 arcs 8.83 miles west from U.S. 13 (Philadelphia Pike) in Claymont to SR 100 at Brandywine Creek State Park. 12/20/16
Long since replaced, this older shield assembly for SR 92 and 261 was posted at the bridge across the South Branch of Naamans Creek. Two-digit width shields for three-digit routes are no longer used in the state. 06/13/00
Naamans Road constitutes a four to six lane arterial west to Brandywine Town Center and U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) and east to Interstates 95 and 495 at Claymont. 12/20/16
Foulk Road widen to four lanes and progresses south from SR 92 (Naamans Road) by the Wynnwood and Brandywood subdivisions. Missing here is a confirming marker for SR 261. 12/20/16
Grubb Road branches southeast from SR 92 (Naamans Road) to intersect SR 261 (Foulk Road) at the subsequent traffic light. East from Foulk Road, Grubb Road continues to SR 3 (Marsh Road), where it becomes Harvey Road through the Ardens. 12/20/16
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SR 261 (Foulk Road) advances south from Grubb Road to the Foulk Woods and Graylyn Crest North subdivisions ahead of Silverside Road. 12/20/16
SR 261 southbound at Silverside Road. Similar to Grubb Road, Silverside Road provides a through route east to SR 3 (Marsh Road) and U.S. 13 Business (Philadelphia Pike). 12/20/16
A short distance further south on SR 261, drivers encounter the signalized entrance to the Pembrey and Chatham subdivisions. 12/20/16
Pedestrian signals operate on Foulk Road at Brandywine High School. These vintage truss arm assemblies were more commonly found in Delaware through the 1970s and 1980s. 12/20/16
Span wire signals follow at the Brandywine High School access road to the east and the Foulkstone Plaza office park to the west. 12/20/16
SR 261 (Foulk Road) meets J. Harlan Day Drive and Windsor Hills Drive at the succeeding stoplight. Talley Dark Park lines the east side of the four-lane boulevard. 12/20/16
Shipley Road meanders north from the outskirts of Wilmington to meet SR 261 (Foulk Road) en route to SR 92 (Naamans Road) at Brandywine Town Center. 12/20/16
Wilson Road angles west from SR 3 (Marsh Road) and Veale Road to become Murphy Road west from SR 261 to U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) through Fairfax. 12/20/16
SR 261 (Foulk Road) and U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) converge one mile south of Murphy Road. 12/20/16
Bedford Road stems south from Murphy Road through the Deerhurst subdivision to intersect Foulk Road across from School Lane and Lombardy Elementary. 12/20/16
A small guide sign precedes Weldin Road and the grade separated intersection joining Foulk Road with SR 141 south and U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) south. 12/20/16
An end shield stands alongside Lombardy Cemetery ahead of the traffic light with Weldin Road. Weldin Road joins SR 261 with adjacent Alapocas Run State Park and subdivisions east to Shipley Road. 12/20/16
Weldin Road west provides the movement onto U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) north back to Fairfax and Talleyville. 12/20/16
Traffic partitions for SR 141 south to Greenville and a two-lane ramp for U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) south to Wilmington. 12/20/16
Taking the ramp for U.S. 202 south from Foulk Road south, motorists join Concord Pike at a signalized intersection above the southbound beginning of SR 141. 12/20/16
U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) continues a short distance south to merge with Interstate 95 through Wilmington. The Blue Ball project completed in 2007 replaced an at-grade intersection with Foulk and Rockland Road here while adding a series of service roads both west and east of U.S. 202 through new parkland. 12/20/16
Delaware State Route 261 scenes
Shipley Road north at SR 261 (Foulk Road). 07/31/13
Silverside Road east at SR 261 (Foulk Road) at Talleys Corner. This shield assembly was taken down by 2012. 03/17/04
Approaching SR 261 (Foulk Road) on Silverside Road west by the Chatham neighborhood. 10/12/04
Gas stations occupy three of the four corners of the commercialized intersection at Foulk and Silverside Roads. A repaving project after 2007 claimed both shields for the state route along Silverside Road westbound. 10/12/04

Sources:
  1. "Blue Ball project slows traffic." The News Journal (DE), July 11, 2004.


Photo Credits:

06/13/00, 03/17/04, 10/12/04, 06/23/12, 07/31/13, 12/20/16 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 202
State Route 92
State Route 141

Page Updated 03-01-2017.

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