State Route 896 South - Glasgow to Boyds Corner

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Delaware State Route 896 South
U.S. 301 formerly began along SR 896 south from U.S. 40 on the Glasgow bypass. This changed with U.S. 301 shifting to its toll road from Middletown northeast to SR 1 near South St. Georges. Photo taken 12/16/17.
The four lane expressway includes an area of wide pavement ahead of SR 896 Business. Looking at the stretch on aerial photographs, it appears that two sections of pavement were misaligned during construction, resulting in a 12 foot difference in alignment (one slab width).1 Photo taken 04/04/04.
Glasgow Avenue (SR 896 Business) heads south from U.S. 40 and Peoples Plaza shopping center to Hodgson High School, the Marabou Meadows subdivision and SR 896 at Porter Road. Photo taken 12/29/17.
Porter Road extends east from SR 896 and SR 896 Business to suburban areas east to SR 72 (Wrangle Hill Road) and north back to U.S. 40 in Bear. A parclo interchange was once proposed for this location. Photo taken 12/29/17.
SR 896 expands south from Porter Road to include a wide grassy median to the Summit Bridge. Expansion here took place between 1990 and 1992.
The confirming marker for SR 896 south was removed after 2012 during a project to add an extended acceleration lane from Glasgow Avenue south. Photo taken 04/04/04.
SR 896 (Summit Bridge Road) south at Madelyn Drive and the Colony at Summit Bridge West development. Until the late 1990s all traffic signals south of Porter Road operated in flash mode, but increases in traffic both along SR 896 and at Middletown changed that. Photo taken 12/26/16.
2016-17 construction realigned Howell School Road west to intersect SR 896 directly across from Denny Road east. The two previously converged with Summit Bridge Road at back to back intersections. Photo taken 12/29/17.
SR 896 runs along the west side of Lums Pond State Park as Summit Bridge Road progresses south nine miles to Middletown. Photo taken 12/29/17.
Forthcoming SR 71 (Red Lion Road) circles eastward from SR 896 (Summit Bridge Road) around Lums Pond to the community of Kirkwood. The state route once carried U.S. 301 South between U.S. 13 at Tybouts Corner and the Summit Bridge. Photo taken 12/29/17.
SR 71 combines with SR 896 south for 4.10 miles to Mount Pleasant. The state route north connects Summit Bridge Road with Chesapeake City Road west to the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Brennan Boulevard winds east through the Brennan Estates community to intersect SR 71 and 896 at Red Lion Road. SR 71 north follows Red Lion Road 7.85 miles to conclude at U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) near Bear. Photo taken 12/29/17.
SR 71 & 896 south
A lone SR 71 shield stood just south of the SR 896 intersection with Red Lion Road and Brennan Boulevard. The assembly was removed during reconstruction of the Summit Bridge approach in 2008. A concrete barrier was added between the two roadways during that work. Photo taken 04/04/04.
SR 71 & 896 travel along a two mile stretch of limited access highway along the Summit Bridge approaches and span. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Chesapeake City Road passes over the freeway as it leads west from SR 71 to Maryland 285 and North Chesapeake City. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the Summit Bridge. The span opened to traffic on January 9, 1960 to replace a lift bridge linking SR 71 and 896 with the community of Summit Bridge to the east. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The four-lane continuous steel thru truss bridge across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was repainted from gray to blue in 2012. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The Summit Bridge received the American Institute of Steel Construction award as the most beautiful bridge in 1960. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Totaling 2,058 feet in length, the Summit Bridge crests 138 feet above the C & D Canal. Photo taken 12/16/17.
SR 71 & 896 lowers from the Summit Bridge and makes an abrupt turn at the intersection with SR 15 (Bethel Church Road). Truckers are advised of the forthcoming curve as the state route pair shift east toward Summit Airport (EVY). Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 15 commences a 57 mile route southward from Summit Bridge through a mixture of farm land and suburban areas to the west side of Middletown. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Bethel Church Road leads SR 15 west 0.84 miles to a roundabout with SR 286 and Choptank Road south. SR 286 forms a multi state route with MD 286 west from there to Chesapeake City, Maryland. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Prior to 1993, SR 15 ended at U.S. 301 & SR 299 south of Middletown. The extension to Summit Bridge overlaid previously unnumbered routes on a parallel alignment west of SR 71 & 896. The state route makes a number of turns along its southward course to Clayton, Dover and Milford. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Until January 2, 2003, the traffic signals along SR 71 & 896 (Summit Bridge Road) at SR 15 (Bethel Church Road) were set to flash yellow.2 The proposed alignment of Section 4 (Spur Road) for the U.S. 301 Toll Road project involves replacing the at-grade intersection with Bethel Church Road with back to back wye interchanges for both the Spur Road south to Middletown and SR 15. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Confirming markers for U.S. 301 & SR 71-896 south posted after SR 15 and before Summit Bridge Drive and the Summit Bridge Farms subdivision. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Summit Bridge Road curves back to the south along side Summit Airport (EVY). SR 71 south reaches Middletown in six miles. U.S. 301 heads southwest 60 miles to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (U.S. 50). Photo taken 12/26/16.
Old Summit Bridge Road connects SR 71 & 896 with the settlement of Summit Bridge and several subdivisions both west and east along Bethel Church and Lorewood Grove Roads. This was the alignment of SR 71 prior to 1960. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Reassurance shields posted south of Old Summit Bridge Road. Summit Bridge Road advances another 1.4 miles to Mount Pleasant. Photo taken 12/26/16.
A traffic light operates at the south end of Summit Airport (EVY) and Victoria Drive east to the Summit Pond subdivision. Photo taken 12/26/16.
The first in a series of guide signs advise motorists of the impending split of SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) south from SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) at Mount Pleasant.
Until 1993, Boyds Corner Road represented the U.S. 301 mainline between Summit Bridge Road and U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway). Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 71 remains south along Summit Bridge Road another 4.10 miles from Mount Pleasant to North Broad Street at Middletown Warwick Road (old U.S. 301) in Middletown. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Strip malls, gas stations and other businesses built along side Summit Bridge Road at Mount Pleasant led to the addition of a traffic light in 2008. Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) part ways with SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) south. SR 896 continues another 3.52 miles east to U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway). Photo taken 12/26/16.
Churchtown Road stems west from SR 71 and 896 by a number of large lot housing developments to the state line. Maryland 310 (Cayots Corner Road) extends the road west to St. Augustine and Maryland 213 at Cayots. Photo taken 12/26/16.
SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) constitutes a growing suburban route east through the Bayberry community. The state route ends just west of the SR 1 interchange with Pole Bridge Road. Photo taken 12/26/16.
Delaware State Route 896 South
Advancing east from SR 71 (Summit Bridge Road) at Mt. Pleasant, SR 896 crosses a Norfolk Southern Railroad line at-grade ahead of this confirming marker. Photo taken 12/16/17.
The U.S. 301 toll road spans SR 896 midway between SR 71 and Jamison Corner Road. There is no direct access between the two roads. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Cedar Lane Road ties into SR 896 north by several schools across from Jamison Corner Road. Construction in 2018 consolidated the back to back intersections with a realignment of Jamison Corner Road. Jamison Corner Road leads 1.5 miles north to a dumbbell interchange with U.S. 301. Photo taken 12/16/17.
SR 896 (Boyds Corner Road) approaches U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) and Pole Bridge Road east to SR 1 by the Grande View Farms subdivision. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Increases in commuter traffic led to expansion of SR 896 to four lanes ahead of U.S. 13 at Boyds Corner. Photo taken 01/15/17.
An end shield precedes the SR 896 intersection with U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway). Suburban development spreads in all directions from the junction. Photo taken 01/15/17.
U.S. 13 and SR 1 intertwine southward to Odessa and Smyrna. Dupont Parkway leads U.S. 13 north to St. Georges while SR 1 shifts to the west to cross the C & D Canal on the William Roth Bridge toward Bear and Christiana. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Pole Bridge Road is unnumbered as it links SR 896 and U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) with adjacent SR 1. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Pole Bridge Road extends east from the state route end to a diamond interchange with SR 1 (Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway). Photo taken 12/30/17.
Pole Bridge Road continues east from the toll road toward Port Penn and SR 9 along the Delaware River. Photo taken 12/30/17.


 

Sources:

  1. Kotchi, Al. Email: "AARoads feedback: U.S. 301 Delaware," January 9, 2008.
  2. "New Traffic Signal To Be Activated South of Summit Bridge at Route 896 & Bethel Church Road." Delaware Department of Transportation, press release. December 24, 2002.


Photo Credits:

04/04/04, 01/02/08, 12/26/16, 01/15/17, 12/16/17, 12/29/17, 12/30/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 13
U.S. 301
State Route 15
State Route 71

Page Updated 11-28-2018.