Delaware 286 was commissioned in 1993 to provide continuity with Maryland 286 to South Chesapeake City. The state route extends Bethel Church Road west from the southward turn of Delaware 15 onto Choptank Road. A trio of large lot subdivisions line the otherwise rural route to Maryland 286 (Bethel Road).

The intersection of SR 15 and SR 286 was converted to a roundabout as part of a three-year $11-million reconstruction of Choptank Road. The roundabout on Bethel Church Road was completed on November 20, 2009, while the remainder of work on Choptank Road south wrapped up on May 27, 2010.1,2

Delaware 286 east
A confirming marker for SR 286 east appears just beyond the Maryland state line. Bethel Church Road curves east between the Millwood, Nautical Cove and Fairview Farms neighborhoods along the ensuing drive. Photo taken 12/21/01.
An end shield was posted at the previous T-intersection joining SR 286 (Bethel Church Road) with SR 15 (Choptank Road). SR 15 heads east to SR 71 & 896 at Summit Bridge and south to Middletown. Photo taken 12/21/01.
Delaware 286 west
Bethel Road meanders just north of Back Creek to 2nd Street at Chesapeake City. Maryland 286 travels 2.09 miles west from the Delaware state line to George Street (unsigned Maryland 537C). Photo taken 12/21/01.


  1. "TRAFFIC ALERT - Roundabout opens at intersection of Choptank Road and Bethel Church Road." Delaware Department of Transportation, press release. November 20, 2009.
  2. "Choptank Road is Done." Delaware Department of Transportation, press release. May 28, 2010.

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12/21/01 by AARoads

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