SR 279 forms a multi state route with MD 279 along the western most mile of Elkton Road in Newark. The arterial provides a gateway into Newark from Interstate 95 and Cecil County to the southwest.

SR 279 was created in Fall 2013 as part of a renumbering plan for SR 2 and SR 2 Business in the city of Newark. All of SR 2 Business previously shared alignments with other routes while SR 2 overlapped with SR 72, SR 4 and SR 896 west to Elkton Road. Sign changes completed in 2014 truncated SR 2 east from the Maryland state line to the intersection with SR 273 (East Main Street) and eliminated SR 2 Business completely. Only three assemblies were posted at that time for the new SR 279. It was designated to provide continuity with MD 279 southwest to Elkton.

SR 279 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 29,925 - Maryland state line to Otts Chapel Road
  • 14,139 - Otts Chapel Road to SR 4 / SR 896

Construction underway from Spring 2020 to Spring 2022 replaced the concrete pavement along SR 279 (Elkon Road) and adds a third eastbound lane between Otts Chapel Road and SR 4/896. A 10 foot wide multi-use path will also be completed.

Delaware State Route 279 North
Welcome to Delaware sign posted as MD 279 transitions to SR 279 along Elkton Road east. 12/15/17
SR 279 (Elkton Road) travels either wholly within or along the Newark city line between the state line and SR 4 (Christina Parkway). 09/26/14
McIntire Drive spurs south from SR 279 (Elkton Road) to Newark Interstate Business Park. 12/15/17
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The begin SR 279 shield represents the lone reassurance marker posted along Elkton Road east for the state route. 09/26/14, 12/15/17
Otts Chapel Road stems south from Elkton Road to Iron Hill and Old Baltimore Pike, where it becomes Pleasant Valley Road en route to U.S. 40 at Glasgow. 09/26/14
A traffic light follows along Elkton Road east with Interchange Boulevard and the driveway to a Dupont site. 12/15/17
SR 279 (Elkton Road) north approaches SR 4/896 (Christina Parkway) east and SR 896 (Elkton Road) north into Newark. Trucks with three or more axles are restricted from Christina Parkway between SR 279 and South College Avenue due to the toll on Interstate 95. 09/26/14
Elkton Road transitions from SR 279 to SR 896 northbound leading toward Downtown Newark. SR 4 and 896 combine eastward across AMTRAK's Northeastern Corridor to South College Avenue, which SR 896 south follows to Glasgow. 09/26/14
The end shield for SR 279 at Christina Parkway was removed by 2017 and restored in 2019. 12/15/17
Delaware State Route 279 South
A begin shield marks the southbound beginning of SR 279 along Elkton Road beyond the intersection with SR 4/896. 01/04/19
The first of three traffic lights along Elkton Road operates at Interchange Drive and the entrance to a Dupont site. 09/26/14
Otts Chapel Road joins the west side of Newark with the Iron Hill area off Old Baltimore Pike and U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Glasgow via Pleasant Hill Road south. 01/04/19
Crossing the West Branch of the Christina River along SR 279 (Elkton Road) west. The final SR 2 reassurance marker was posted here and not replaced in 2014 with a SR 279 shield. 09/26/14
McIntire Drive intersects SR 279 (Elkton Road) at Newark Interstate Business Park to the immediate east of the Maryland state line. SR 279 transitions to MD 279 at forthcoming MD 277 (Fletchwood Road). 01/04/19

Photo Credits:

09/26/14, 12/15/17, 01/04/19 by AARoads

Connect with:
State Route 4
Route 279
State Route 896

Page Updated 06-19-2020.

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