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Interstate 95 crosses the Delaware state line by this welcome sign adjacent to Dixie Line Road. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Otts Chapel Road spans the Delaware Turnpike just ahead of the Newark Toll Plaza. High speed E-ZPass lanes separate from the I-95 main line to the left. Photo taken 09/27/09.
The Newark Toll Plaza was reconstructed as part of an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project between April 2010 and June 2011. New toll booths were constructed in addition to open road tolling. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Leaving the Newark Toll Plaza, I-95 advances pass the Welsh Tract Road overpass to a parclo interchange (Exit 1) with Delaware 896 (College Avenue). The north-south arterial serves the University of Delaware (UD) campus, stadium, and Bob Carpenter Center. These overheads were replaced by 2011. Photo taken 09/27/09.
State Route 896 comprises a divided, four-lane arterial north to SR 4 (Christina Parkway) in Newark and south to Summit Bridge across the C & D Canal and Mt. Pleasant. SR 896 was expanded from two to four lanes between I-95 and Glasgow between 1994 and 1996. Photo taken 09/27/09.
Traffic to Delaware 896 (College Avenue) departs Interstate 95 northbound. Redesign of this exchange including ramp realignments and geometric improvements was started in Spring 2018. Construction is anticipated for 2023 or later depending upon funding. Photo taken 09/27/09.
I-95 runs along the southern Newark city limits east from the SR 896 entrance ramp to the SR 72 (Chapel Street) underpass. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Located two miles ahead, the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza provides motorists with food, fuel, and area tourist and lodging information. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Advancing east from SR 896 (South College Avenue), I-95 splits with Interstate 295 to the Delaware Memorial Bridge in seven miles. New York City is referenced on all northbound I-95 mileage signs in Maryland but the Big Apple only appears once in the Diamond State, along I-295 just beyond the separation with I-95. Photo taken 12/20/16.
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Like the Maryland and Chesapeake Houses along Interstate 95 (JFK Memorial Highway) in Maryland, the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza lies between the north and southbound roadways of the freeway. Gas stations provide on site fuel in each direction. Photos taken 12/20/16.
A directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 3A/B) joins Interstate 95 with Delaware 273 just east of the Delaware House service area.
There is no Exit 2 along the Delaware Turnpike, as that was reserved for the unconstructed U.S. 301 freeway leading north from Summit Bridge. Had it been built, it would have tied into I-95 west of Salem Church Road. Photo taken 12/20/16.
One half mile ahead of the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza along Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 12/20/16.
The original Delaware Turnpike Service Area was built in 1964. It closed in September 2009 and was subsequently demolished to make way for a new modern facility. Reopening in June 2010, the 42,000 square foot facility houses eight eateries and four shops.1 Photo taken 12/20/16.
A left exit departs Interstate 95 north at the Salem Church Road overpass for the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza. A nondescript mileage sign appears here, one mile ahead of Delaware 273 (Exit 3) and two miles from Delaware 1 & 7. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Forming a multi state route with Maryland 273 across northern Cecil County, Delaware 273 extends 12.67 miles through Downtown Newark southeast to Delaware 9 and 141 at New Castle. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Chapman Road spans I-95 a half mile ahead of Exit 3A for SR 273 east. SR 273 constitutes a four-lane arterial between SR 72 (Library Avenue) in Newark and U.S. 13 & 40 at Hares Corner. Expansion of the state route, including a bypass of Christiana finished in 1987, took place from 1985 to 1997. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Exit 3A departs Interstate 95 north for SR 273 east to Christiana and New Castle. SR 1 was completed between SR 273 and I-95 in 1992 but signs for SR 273 were never updated to remove Dover for Exit 3A.
Interim improvements at I-95 and SR 273 include ramp modifications to connections with the SR 273 westbound. Long term plans will reconfigure this exchange into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). Photo taken 12/20/16.
SR 273 angles northwest from Exit 3B, immediately intersecting Harmony Road north to the Pike Creek Valley. A grade separation lies further north with SR 4 at Ogletown.
The original diamond interchange between the Delaware Turnpike and SR 273 was expanded in 1976 at the same time ramp tolls were discontinued at Exit 3. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Continuing 0.75 miles east, I-95 meets SR 1 south and SR 7 at a systems interchange. Representing the busiest crossroads in the state of Delaware. SR 1 carries between 70,000 and 100,000 vehicles a day of commuter and long distance traffic between Interstate 95 and U.S. 13 at Tybouts Corner. The adjacent Christiana Mall retail area also adds a significant amount of traffic to both freeways. Photo taken 12/19/16.
New guide signs erected by late 2013 reflected the consolidation of Exits 4A/B into a single departure point from I-95 northbound. SR 1 commences a 103.02 mile route south to Ocean City, Maryland at adjacent SR 58 (Churchmans Road). SR 1 & SR 7 combine 0.75 miles through the exchange with I-95 to Christiana. SR 7 extends north from SR 1 to Churchmans Crossing, Delaware Park, Christiana Hospital and Stanton. Photo taken 12/19/16.
All traffic for SR 1, SR 7 and adjacent SR 58 (Churchmans Road) leaves I-95 north in unison at Exit 4. SR 7 joins I-95 with the Pike Creek Valley and PA 41 just across the state line. SR 7 south parallels the SR 1 freeway to Bear, Red Lion and U.S. 13 at Wrangle Hill. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Exit 4 partitions into single lane ramps for SR 7 north to SR 58 at Churchmans Crossing and SR 1 & 7 south from Christiana Mall to Dover. SR 58 is a local route connecting SR 7 with Christiana Mall and Delaware Park to the west and areas of New Castle Airport (ILG) to the east. Photo taken 09/26/14.
Alleviating congestion, especially during the summer travel season and holiday shopping season for Christiana Mall, the multi-year upgrade of the exchange with SR 1 included the addition of two flyovers. Initial work to expand Interstate 95 along this stretch commenced in March of 2004. Photo taken 12/19/16.
The northbound SR 1 ramp connects with both sides of I-95, dispersing traffic well ahead of the split with I-295. It opened to traffic on October 17, 2013. Photo taken 09/28/14.
The first in a series of sign bridges for the upcoming partition of I-95/495 for Wilmington and Philadelphia and I-295 to the New Jersey Turnpike for New York City precedes the SR 58 (Churchmans Road) overpass. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Confirming marker posted after the Churchmans Road overpass. Construction to replace the aging SR 58 span ran from March 2004 to December 2005. The $13.1-million project accommodated the 2007-08 widening of Interstate 95 to ten overall lanes between SR 1 and I-295.2 Photo taken 12/18/16.
The separation of I-95 and I-295 falls within a wide cloverleaf interchange (Exits 5A/B) with U.S. 202 & SR 141. Signed solely as SR 141 from I-95 north, Basin Road carries the final three miles of U.S. 202 to its terminus at U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway) outside New Castle. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Two lanes separate ahead for Interstate 295 north to the Garden State while the left four lanes continue to Wilmington.
Branching eastward toward the Delaware Memorial Bridge, I-295 travels 5.71 miles in Delaware. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Exit 5A departs from I-95 north just beyond the crossing of the Christina River. Adjacent Airport Road links I-95 north with U.S. 202 & SR 141 (Basin Road) at the end of the Newport Freeway. Basin Road comprises an urban boulevard southward by New Castle County Airport (ILG) to U.S. 13 & 40 (DuPont Highway). Northward SR 141 travels through city of Newport along an elevated viaduct to SR 2 (Kirkwood Highway) at Prices Corner. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Exit 5A leaves Interstate 95 north for Airport Road. Exit 5B follows in 0.75 miles from a collector distributor roadway along side I-295 northbound. Work through Fall 2018 rebuilt a portion of the interchange with SR 141. This included rebuilding the loop ramp to Newport. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Northbound I-295 passes between older suburbs including Minquadale, Wilmington Manor, Garfield Park and other areas outside New Castle to the Delaware Memorial Bridge across the Delaware River. I-295 splits with the New Jersey Turnpike in 6.8 miles at Pennsville Township. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Widening of Interstate 95 north expanded the mainline to four lanes through the split with I-295 north. The c/d roadway (Exit 5B) for Delaware 141 (Newport Freeway) north to Greenville departs from I-295 next. Photo taken 12/19/16.
Signs installed after 2010 alert truckers of the substandard 10th Street overpass along Interstate 95 in Wilmington. Trucks exceeding 14 feet in height are directed onto I-495 north to avoid the span located after Exit 7. Photo taken 09/27/14.
SR 141 encircles the north side of Wilmington to U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) at Blue Ball. The 11.34-mile long route varies with both freeway and arterial sections. Photo taken 06/12/12.
A pull through panel appears above Interstate 295 at the U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 southbound over crossing. A set of overheads were once posted here for the impending I-95 and 495 split. Photo taken 12/22/12.
Interstate 295 turns east one mile and merges with U.S. 40 at a directional interchange with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway). The two overlap across the Delaware Memorial Bridge to Carneys Point Township. Photo taken 06/15/12.
Northbound on the c/d roadway at Exit 5B (Delaware 141 north). The loop ramp serves Newport, Prices Corner, Elsmere and Greenville. Delaware 141 also provides the southern leg of a route to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in conjunction with Delaware 48 (Lancaster Pike). Photo taken 07/08/10.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 north
A left entrance ramp from U.S. 202 & Delaware 141 north adds a fifth lane to I-95 north ahead of the wye interchange with Interstate 495. Trucks exceeding 14 feet are again alerted to use I-495 north to avoid hitting the substandard overpass for 10th Street in Wilmington. Photo taken 06/15/12.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 north cross Nonesuch Creek 0.75 miles ahead of their split with I-495. I-495 provides a high speed bypass of Wilmington for travelers bound for Philadelphia while I-95 serves the Wilmington central business district. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Curving north through the three wye interchange with Interstate 295, I-95 & U.S. 202 separate with three lanes for Wilmington and Brandywine Hundred and three lanes for I-495 to the Port of Wilmington, Edgemoor and Claymont. Photo taken 12/27/16.
Opened to traffic in 1978, Interstate 495 winds 11.47 miles east of Wilmington. Paralleling the Delaware River to Claymont, the freeway was posted as the I-95 mainline between 1979 and 1982 while I-95 through the city was renumbered as I-895 during major reconstruction of the Wilmington Viaduct. Photo taken 12/19/16.
A left entrance ramp adds traffic from southbound Interstate 295 just beyond the gore point for I-495. A reassurance marker for I-95 appears after the merge. Photo taken 12/20/17.
Leaving the confluence with I-295, I-495 and SR 141, Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 cross the Christina River and approach the city of Wilmington and Delaware 4 (Maryland Avenue at Exit 6. Photo taken 12/20/17.
A 300 foot long multi-use trail bridge spans the Christina River just east of Interstate 95. The crossing is part of the 7.9 mile long Jack A. Markell Trail. Following the course of an abandoned railroad and incorporated in the East Coast Greenway, the trail includes a 2,300 foot long boardwalk through Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. The trail was dedicated on September 5, 2018.3 Photo taken 12/20/17.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 cross a Norfolk Southern Railroad line and Little Mill Creek as the skyline of Wilmington unfolds to the north. I-95 carries six overall lanes to Exit 6 (Delaware 4) and four lanes to Exit 7 with Delaware 52. Photo taken 12/19/17.
The Wilmington riverfront, a collection of eateries, a hotel, Daniel S. Frawley Stadium (home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team), and a river walk, lines the east side of Interstate 95 along the banks of the Christina River. Forthcoming Exit 6 serves the riverfront area via SR 4 (Maryland Avenue) east to Madison Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (SR 48 east). Photo taken 12/20/16.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 navigate along a series of S-curves along the Wilmington viaduct, an elevated roadway winding 0.8 miles northward by the Browntown community to the fall line at 4th Street (SR 9). Exit 6 departs in a half mile to SR 4 (Maryland Avenue) at Adams Street. Interests to Wilmington Station, an Amtrak and SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority) stop, are directed onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard east to Market Street (U.S. 13 Business south). Photo taken 12/20/16.
Carbon copying of original signs in 2000 retained Fourth Street from the 1960s-overheads along I-95 through Wilmington. 2006 sign replacements again included Fourth Street (SR 9). Intersecting SR 9 in six blocks, Adams Street stems north from the off-ramp at Exit 6 to parallel I-95 northward to Lovering Avenue. SR 9, a 58-mile route leading south to New Castle and Dover, originates in the Little Italy section of Wilmington. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Exit 6 lowers from I-95 & U.S. 202 to SR 4 (Maryland Avenue). SR 4 concludes 0.2 miles to the east at the couplet of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and 2nd Street (SR 48). Maryland Avenue links the Browntown neighborhood of Wilmington with Elsmere, Richardson Park and Newport. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Three years of construction rebuilding the Wilmington viaduct starts in Spring 2021. Built in 1964 and expanded in 1978, the project will remove a southbound on-ramp, replace the bridge decks, expansion joints and sections of concrete traffic barriers and make other repairs to the bridge system.4 Photo taken 12/19/16.
Taking Exit 6, motorists intersect SR 4 (Maryland Avenue) at Adams Street. Adams Street connects with SR 48 (2nd Street) westbound three blocks to the north. SR 48 runs northwest between the Hilltop and Bayard Square neighborhoods to meet SR 2 (Union/Lincoln Streets) near Union Park Gardens. Photo taken 12/20/17.
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Viewing the Wilmington central business district and Downtown skyline from I-95 above Maryland Avenue, Photo taken 12/28/12. Second photo taken 12/19/17.
A flyover ramp ties into Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 north from U.S. 13 Business (King Street) south at Delaware 48 (2nd Street) west. The added lane defaults onto the upcoming Adams Street off-ramp (Exit 7) for Delaware 52 (Delaware Avenue). Photo taken 09/27/14.
The Wilmington Viaduct concludes ahead of the Sixth Street overpass and Exit 7 to Delaware 52 (Delaware Avenue). Delaware 52 forms a multi-state route with Pennsylvania 52 between U.S. 13 Business in Downtown Wilmington and U.S. 322 Business in West Chester. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The second of four panels referencing the lane drop for Delaware 52 (Exit 7) appears at the Sixth Street overpass. Delaware 52 measures 8.88 miles along a northerly course from Wilmington to Greenville and the Pennsylvania state line near Centerville. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 7 parts ways with Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 north at the Seventh Street overpass. Until 1979. Exit 7 joined adjacent Adams Street at Seventh Street. The ramp was realigned northward during the 1979-82 reconstruction of I-95 through Wilmington. Photo taken 12/22/12.
Exit 7 expands to two lanes as it ascends into the intersection at Ninth and Adams Street. Ninth Street provides access to the central business district while Adams Street extends three blocks north to Delaware 52 (Delaware Avenue) northbound.
The I-95 & U.S. 202 mainline proceed north another mile to their split at Exit 8 otherwise. Photo taken 07/31/13.
The substandard Tenth Street overpass crosses over Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 at milepost 15.5. The bridge was struck twice in 2005 by over height trucks. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A reassurance marker for Interstate 95 north appears at the Adams Street on-ramp from SR 52 (Delaware Avenue) north. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The Brandywine Creek Bridge was completed in 1964 and rehabilitated in 1984. The street stringer span measures 1,882 feet in length with a 102 foot wide deck.5 Photo taken 12/20/16.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 again expand to six overall lanes as they cross Brandywine Creek along a high level bridge. An auxiliary lane extends north to Exit 8. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Multi-year construction started in September 2011 redesigned the directional cloverleaf interchange at Interstate 95 and Concord Pike. New ramps were constructed for U.S. 202 north and from U.S. 202 south while overpasses for Concord Pike were redecked. Work wrapped up in November 2014. Photo taken 12/19/17.
A second northbound lane was added from the 18th Street overpass to Exit 8 during 2011-14 road work. Concord Pike (U.S. 202) constitutes a heavily used commuter route from Wilmington northward to Fairfax, Talleyville and West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The pull through panel for I-95 was installed in 2017. Photo taken 12/19/16.
A CSX Railroad line passes overhead as Interstate 95 and U.S. 202 exit the city of Wilmington and split. The steel bridge was built in 1969. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Exit 8 partitions into ramps for U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) north to West Chester, Pennsylvania and SR 202 (Concord Avenue) south into Wilmington. SR 202 was designated in 1984 when U.S. 202 was realigned off the Wilmington street grid to I-95. The state route extends south 1.01 miles to U.S. 13 Business (Market Street) just north of Downtown. Photo taken 12/20/16.
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Ramps from I-95 join Concord Pike ahead of a grade separated intersection with SR 141 and SR 261. SR 141 arcs west from U.S. 202 to Greenville while SR 261 branches northeast as a multi-state route to Booths Corner, Pennsylvania. Photos taken 12/20/16.
Interstate 95 north
A reassurance marker for I-95 was added north of the U.S. 202/SR 202 entrance ramp by 2016. DelDOT recorded 63,021 vehicles per day (vpd) on this stretch in 2017. Photo taken 12/20/16.
This interchange sequence sign was originally posted at the 18th Street overpass. It was moved to the location of the former Chester - 9, Philadelphia - 18 mileage sign in 2017. The distances outlined here are inaccurate, as Exit 9 departs in 1.25 miles, not three. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Delaware 3 (Marsh Road) crosses paths with Interstate 95 at a modified diamond interchange (Exit 9) in one mile. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Traveling 5.87 miles overall, Delaware 3 takes a dog legged route south by Bellefonte to Interstate 495 (Exit 4) at Edgemoor. Northward the state route extends to Delaware 92 (Naamans Road) beyond the Ardens. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Exit 9 leaves Interstate 95 north for adjacent Carr Road ahead of its intersection with Delaware 3 by Bellevue State Park. Carr Road parallels I-95 from Washington Street Extension northeast to Silverside Road. Photo taken 12/20/16.
The I-95 & Carr Road/Marsh Road Interchange Improvements project underway from Spring 2018 to Spring 2019 expands the off-ramp at Exit 8 to two lanes. Photo taken 12/20/16.
Harvey Road (Exit 10) and Delaware 92 (Exit 11) round out the final Delaware interchanges along Interstate 95 north over the next four miles. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Interstate 95 parallels a CSX Railroad line northward to the Silverside Road underpass. This reassurance marker was removed by 2015. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A half diamond interchange (Exit 10) lies one mile ahead with Harvey Road. I-95 opened northward to Upper Chichester Township, Pennsylvania on November 1, 1968. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Harvey Road comprises a major collector route west through the Ardens to Grubb Road. Grubb Road extends the road through Brandywine Hundred to Delaware 92 (Naamans Road) near Brandywine Town Center mall. Photo taken 12/19/17.
A pair of signs direct motorists onto Exit 10 for Harvey Road on Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 12/19/17.
East from Exit 10, Harvey Road concludes in 0.75 miles at U.S. 13 Business (Philadelphia Pike). Philadelphia Pike angles northeast through Claymont and southwest to Holly Oak. Photo taken 12/19/17.
SR 92 (Naamans Road) crosses paths with Interstate 95 in two miles at Claymont. Chichester Avenue and PA 452 (Market Street) join the freeway with the borough of Marcus Hook at the first two Delaware County, Pennsylvania exits. Photo taken 12/19/17.
The final reassurance marker for I-95 in Delaware stands along a wooded stretch of freeway by the South Branch of Naaman Creek. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Delaware 92 (Naamans Road) totals 8.83 miles between Delaware 100 (Montchanin Road) at Winterthur and U.S. 13 (Philadelphia Pike) at Claymont. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Claymont is an census designated place (CDP) centered around Philadelphia Pike from the Pennsylvania state line southwest to Harvey Road. Home to over 8,000, the community includes the industrial area at the intersection of SR 92 and U.S. 13 and the adjacent Tri-State Mall shopping center. Photo taken 12/19/17.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 11) with Delaware 92 (Naamans Road) along Interstate 95 north. Naamans Road was expanded to a multi-lane arterial between 1985-2000. The road culminates at a busy intersection with U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) by Brandywine Town Center mall. Photo taken 12/19/17.
The Pennsylvania welcome center lies just north of the Delaware state line in Lower Chichester Township. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A wye interchange ties the north end of Interstate 495 with Interstate 95 below the Naamans Road (SR 92) overpass. Beyond the left lane drop, I-95 advances north with three lanes to Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 09/27/14.


 

Sources:

  1. "That's No Rest Stop, It's A 'Travel Plaza'." National Public Radio (NPR) - Weekend Edition Sunday, August 29, 2010.
  2. "Churchmans' I-95 span to be replaced," The News Journal (DE). February 25, 2004.
  3. "Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge." Delaware News (state of Delaware), September 6, 2018.
  4. Rehabilitation of I-95 from I-495 to North of Brandywine River Bridge. Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) project web site.
  5. Interstate 95 Brandywine Creek Bridge. Bridgehunter.com.


Photo Credits:

09/27/09, 07/08/10, 06/12/12, 06/15/12, 12/22/12, 12/28/12, 07/31/13, 09/26/14, 09/27/14, 09/28/14, 12/18/16, 12/19/16, 12/20/16, 12/27/16, 12/19/17, 12/20/17 by AARoads

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Delaware 52
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Delaware 273
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Page Updated 11-20-2018.