SR 896 represents one of the main routes in Newark as it both joins the city with Chester County, Pennsylvania, and the University of Delaware with Interstate 95 and suburban areas south toward Glasgow. The state route is generally known by its local names through the city, taking New London Road north from West Main Street and Downtown to the northeastern tip of Maryland and Strickersville, Pennsylvania. South College Avenue carries the state route south from SR 4 (Christina Parkway) through a commercial strip to I-95.
The 1957-58 Official Delaware Highway Map shows SR 896 lengthened south along side SR 71 from the Summit Bridge to Middletown. The state route traveled through Downtown along Broad Street to Summit Bridge Road south to end at U.S. 13 (Dupont Parkway) near Blackbird. Beyond a shift westward onto the new Summit Bridge in 1960, SR 896 remained unchanged until 1983.
Delaware State Route 896 - 2015 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
- 15,947 - U.S. 13 to Jamison Corner Road
- 29,175 - Churchtown Road to SR 71 (Red Lion Road
- 33,562 - SR 71 to U.S. 40
- 48,237 - Old Baltimore Pike to I-95
- 42,819 - south Newark limits to Chestnut Hill Road
- 38,462 - South College Avenue to Science Boulevard
- 16,456 - SR 4 to Apple Road
- 11,619 - Apple Road to SR 273 (Delaware Avenue) east
- 23,549 - South Main Street to South College Avenue
- 3,763 - northbound: SR 273 (West Main Street) to Cleveland Avenue
- 13,810 - southbound: New London Road to SR 273 (West Main Street)
- 15,678 - Cleveland Avenue to Country Club Drive
- 7,407 - Wedgewood Road to Maryland line
|Country Club Drive east at SR 896 (New London Road) at Fairfield in north Newark. Photo taken 05/15/05.|
05/15/05 by AARoads and Lou Corsaro
Page Updated 06-19-2020.