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Interstate 95 South
Interstate 495 begins a 11.47-mile route around the east side of Wilmington immediately south of the Delaware state line. With six overall lanes and a variable speed limit normally set at 65 miles per hour, through traffic is advised to take I-495 to bypass the city. Exit 6 departs just beyond the split for SR 92 (Naamans Road). Photo taken 01/14/17.
A reassurance marker for Interstate 95 accompanies milepost zero for Pennsylvania at the state line. Photo taken 01/14/17.
A welcome to Delaware sign stands beyond the gore point for I-495 south. Signs referencing Governor John Carney include the slogan "Endless Discoveries". Predecessor signs for Jack Markell retained "Its Good Being First", which first appeared in 2001 during the initial term of Governor Ruth Ann Minner . Photo taken 09/27/14.
Interstate 95 winds southwest from Claymont to a half diamond interchange (Exit 10 on I-95 north) with Harvey Road. Posted below the Harvey Road overpass is the first in a series of interchange sequence signs. Photo taken 01/14/17.
SR 3 (Marsh Road) crosses paths with Interstate 95 at a modified diamond interchange (Exit 9) in one mile. Bellevue State Park lies just southeast of the exchange along parallel Carr Road. Photo taken 01/14/17.
A 5.87-mile route, SR 3 (Marsh Road) travels south from SR 92 (Naamans Road) through the Brandywine Hundred area to merge with U.S. 13 Business (Philadelphia Pike) via Washington Street Extension nearby. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Exit 9 departs Interstate 95 south for SR 3 (Marsh Road) north to the Ardens and south to Bellefonte. The state route concludes after a dog leg along Philadelphia Pike at Edgemoor and Interstate 495 (Exit 4). Photo taken 01/14/17.
All serving the city of Wilmington, three exits depart over the course of five miles along Interstate 95 southbound. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Motorists headed to Downtown Wilmington are directed to Exit 7A (SR 52 south), while visitors bound for the Christina Riverfront are advised to use Exit 6 (SR 4 and SR 9). I-95 crosses Brandywine Park ahead of Exit 7B (SR 52 north). Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 95 passes over a parallel CSX Railroad line and Rockwood Road on the one mile approach to U.S. 202 north and SR 202 south (Exit 8). U.S. 202 follows Concord Pike, a heavily traveled commercial arterial, northward from Wilmington to Fairfax, Talleyville and West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 01/14/17.
One half mile ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 8) with U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) north and SR 202 (Concord Avenue) south on I-95 south. Construction from September 2011 to November 2014 upgraded the exchange by widening the northbound ramp to U.S. 202 from I-95 north and realigning the southbound merge from Concord Pike to I-95 among other changes. Photo taken 01/14/17.
U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) north connects I-95 with SR 141 and SR 261 (Foulk Road) at Blue ball. SR 141 branches northwest to Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Formerly split between Exits 8B/A, Exit 8 carries all motorists in unison for both U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) north to West Chester and SR 202 (Concord Avenue) south into Wilmington. The loop ramp (Exit 8A) for SR 202 south was eliminated to accommodate the realigned southbound on-ramp from Concord Pike. Photo taken 12/21/16.
SR 202 extends 1.01 miles south from Exit 8 to U.S. 13 Business (Market Street) at the Brandywine Village community in Wilmington. The state route lines a portion of the historic U.S. 202 route south to I-295 and U.S. 13/40 at Farnhurst. Photo taken 12/21/16.
A single lane ramp combines with the northbound exit from I-95 ahead of Concord Pike at Blue Ball. U.S. 202 travels with six overall lanes to Concord Mall and Brandywine Town Center mall before entering Delaware County, PA. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 south
Continuing south into Wilmington, the succeeding exits along I-95 depart in 1.25 miles for SR 52 north to Greenville, Centerville and Mendenhall, Pennsylvania. SR 52 forms a multi-state route with PA 52 to West Chester. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Although only partially signed, U.S. 202 combines with Interstate 95 for 5.6 miles south to SR 141 (Exit 5A). The freeway enters the city of Wilmington at the forthcoming CSX Railroad overpass. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Advancing under 18th Street, I-95 & U.S. 202 approach the Brandywine Creek Bridge and Exit 7 to SR 52 (Delaware Avenue) at the Happy Valley neighborhood of Wilmington. Photo taken 01/14/17.
The auxiliary lane added at Exit 8 drops at Exit 7B for SR 52 (Delaware Avenue) north. Exit 6 follows for SR9 (4th Street) and SR 4 (M.L. King, Jr. Boulevard). U.S. 202 splits with I-95 in five miles, opposite the merge with I-295 south. Photo taken 01/14/17.
The Brandywine Creek Bridge span the shallow waterway and adjacent North and South Park Drive above Brandywine Park. The 1,882 foot long span was constructed between 1962-64 and rebuilt in 1984.1 Photo taken 01/14/17.
Exit 7B parts ways with Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 south for Jackson Street south at Gilpin Avenue. SR 52 (Delaware Avenue) follows in one block as it veers westward onto Pennsylvania Avenue to Wawaset and Highlands in northwest Wilmington. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 202 drop below grade between Jackson and Adams Streets beyond the SR 52 overpass. 11th Street extends from Exit 7A to connect I-95 with SR 52 south. Separating into a one-way couplet (11th and 12th Streets) through Downtown Wilmington, the state route concludes at U.S. 13 Business (King / Walnut Streets). Photo taken 01/14/17.
Exit 6 quickly follows onto parallel Jackson Street south at SR 9 (4th Street). Photo taken 01/14/17.
An auxiliary lane forms between the Jackson Street entrance ramp at Cool Springs Park and Exit 6 to West Center City and Hilltop. I-95 leaves Wilmington beyond SR 4 to meet I-295 north and SR 141 (Newport Freeway). Photo taken 01/14/17.
The southbound series of overheads for Exit 6 continues with an assembly at 8th Street. SR 9 follows 4th Street north to SR 2 (Lincoln / Union Streets) at Little Italy in Wilmington. The 58.18-mile state route leads south from the city to New Castle, Delaware City and ultimately SR 1 by Dover A.F.B. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Exit 6 leaves I-95 & U.S. 202 south beyond the 7th Street overpass. Jackson Street leads drivers two blocks to the couplet of SR 48 (2nd Street / Lancaster Avenue). SR 48, formerly a multi-state route with New Jersey 48 when a ferry connected Wilmington with Penns Grove, leads east to U.S. 13 Business at LOMA and northwest to Greenhill and SR 41 outside Hockessin. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Interstate 95 proceeds along the Wilmington Viaduct 2.5 miles southwest from Exit 6 to I-295. SR 4 (Maryland Avenue) passes below the freeway from Monroe and 2nd Streets (SR 48) nearby to Browntown in Wilmington. West from the city, the 14.08-mile long route extends through Richardson Park, Newport, Stanton, Ogletown and ultimately SR 279 in southwest Newark. Photo taken 01/14/17.
Lowering to the intersection of Jackson and Fourth Streets, Exit 6 expands to three lanes. A four-lane urban boulevard, Fourth Street (SR 9) rises west through the Hilltop community and undulates east through Quaker Hill to combine with U.S. 12 at East Side. Paralleling three blocks to the south, SR 48 follows Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard east to Wilmington Station (AMTRAK and SEPTA) and U.S. 13 Business (Market Street). Photo taken 07/31/13.
The Wilmington Viaduct opened to traffic in 1964 and was rebuilt in 1978. Starting in 2021, a major reconstruction project will redeck the elevated roadway and make a number of repairs and other improvements. Photo taken 01/14/17.
I-95 shifts east of the AMTRAK Northeast Corridor through an S-curve between the Browntown and Riverfront areas of south Wilmington. Continuing south across Christina River wetland areas, the freeway meets I-295 in 1.75 miles. Photo taken 12/20/17.
The first mileage along Interstate 95 south with control cities in Delaware appears three miles ahead of SR 141 to Newport and 67 miles from Baltimore. Photo taken 12/20/17.
An expansive three wye interchange joins the south end of Interstate 295 with I-95 & U.S. 202 in less than a mile. "Left Exit" placards were added in place of "Exit Only" on I-295 signs in 2014. Photo taken 12/20/17.
Interstate 95 rises to cross Little Mill Creek ahead of adjacent bridges over a Norfolk Southern Railroad line and the Christina River. This monotube assembly and arrow per lane (APL) sign for I-295 north (Exit 5C) was installed in Fall 2017. Photo taken 12/20/17.
A second APL precedes the left exit for Interstate 295 north to New Castle and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I-295 travels 93.8 miles overall to Camden and Trenton, New Jersey and Bristol, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 12/20/17.
Interstate 295 navigates east from I-95 & U.S. 202 between the older suburban areas of Minquadale and Wilmington Manor to reach the Delaware Memorial Bridge north of New Castle. The freeway veers north at Deepwater, splitting with the New Jersey Turnpike north, for Carneys Point and Camden. Photo taken 01/14/17.
I-495 south returns to Interstate 95 at a wye interchange preceding the cloverleaf interchange with SR 141. The right lane drops at the upcoming collector distributor roadway for Exits 5B/A. Photo taken 01/14/17.
U.S. 202 & SR 141 overlap from Exit 5A south to both the Delaware Air National Guard facility at New Castle Airport (ILG) and U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway). Photo taken 09/27/14.
A flyover from I-495 south adds a fifth southbound lane to the c/d roadway at Exit 5. Two lanes also join from the ending I-495 mainline to the left. Photo taken 06/23/12.
Southbound I-95 runs along the banks of the Christina River just ahead of the separation with U.S. 202 at Exit 5. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A resigning project underway in 1998 and 1999 reconfigured the travel lanes so that two lanes depart for the c/d roadway to SR 141 north to Newport and U.S. 202 & SR 141 south to New Castle. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Interstate 295 southbound ends to the left just beyond the gore point for SR 141 (Basin Road / Newport Freeway). Three exits remain along I-95 south in Delaware. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 5B departs for SR 141 north. Replacing the surface route of SR 41 (Newport Gap Pike) through Newport and Belvedere, the Newport Freeway opened in 1979. SR 41 was subsequently truncated north from New Castle to SR 2 at Prices Corner. Forming a multi-state route with PA 41, SR 41 leads northwest to U.S. 30 at Gap, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 09/27/14.
U.S. 202 overlaps with SR 141 (Basin Road) south 1.8 miles to U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway) near Wilmington Manor. U.S. 13, which parallels I-95 south from Morrisville, Pennsylvania, leaves the freeway corridor southward to Dover, Salisbury and Hampton Roads, Virginia. The US highway returns to I-95 outside Fayetteville, North Carolina. Photo taken 09/27/14.
A reassurance shield stands ahead of the SR 141 northbound overpass. The last state-named shield posted on I-95 in Delaware was located here until 1996. Photo taken 09/27/14.
SR 141 south transitions into Basin Road just beyond the exchange with I-95 at Airport Road. Basin Road comprises a four-lane arterial southward to SR 9 (Washington Street). Overall SR 141 loops 11.34 miles between U.S. 202 at Blue Ball and SR 9/273 in New Castle. Photo taken 12/20/17.
The SR 141 bridges over I-95 were reconstructed between 2000 and 2001. The SR 141 and I-95 Ramp Interchange Project started in 2016 makes improvements to ramp geometry, adds capacity and addresses safety issues. Work along the connections with I-95 southbound commences in 2019. Photo taken 06/10/12.
Interstate 95 South
Interstate 95 doubles as the Delaware Turnpike / John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway from the merge with I-295 to the Maryland state line. The lone sign acknowleding the formal name of the toll road appears by the sand box between the north and southbound roadways. Photo taken 10/03/14.
$111.8 million in construction upgraded the cloverleaf interchange with SR 1 & 7 between July 2011 and fall 2013.2 A series of APL signs precede the two lane flyover (Exit 4A) for SR 1 south to Dover, SR 7 and Christiana Mall. Photo taken 10/03/14.
This sign bridge was added at the second crossing of the Christina River by 2008. A lane drop occurs in one mile for Exits 4B/A to SR 58 (Churchmans Road) and SR 1/7. Stanton, an unincorporated community at the cross roads of SR 4 and 7, lies just north of Exit 4B while Christiana Hospital is a short distance to the west along SR 58. Photo taken 10/03/14.
Continuing across Christina Marsh toward Exit 4B with SR 58 (Churchmans Road). SR 58 constitutes a 3.86 mile long route between SR 273 near Hares Corner and SR 4 at Delaware Park. SR 58 west connects I-95 with SR 7 north to the Pike Creek Valley. Photo taken 09/27/14.
The flyover for SR 1 south opened to traffic on August 27, 2013. The flyover linking SR 1 with I-95 north opened the morning of October 17, 2013. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Exit 4B parts ways with Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) south for SR 58 (Churchmans Road). SR 7 heads north from Churchmans Crossing and overlaps with SR 4 to Stanton. The state route turns northwest from there along Limestone Road, ultimately connecting with Pennsylvania 41 near Avondale. Photo taken 10/03/14.
Exit 4A separates from I-95 south beyond the Churchmans Road (SR 58) overpass. The SR 1 Turnpike constitutes a 44-mile long expressway from Churchmans Crossing to Smyrna and Dover. The toll road provides part of the high speed route to Milford and the Sussex County beaches including Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany Beaches. Photo taken 10/03/14.
Taking Exit 4A, the flyover separates with a ramp for SR 7 south to Christiana and Mall Road east to Christiana Mall. SR 7 parallels SR 1 as a commuter route south to Bear, Red Lion and U.S. 13 at Wrangle Hill. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Two lanes continue onto SR 1 south ahead of Bear. Combining with U.S. 13 at Tybouts Corner, the freeway advances south to the William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge across the C & D Canal at St. Georges. Photo taken 09/27/14.
Flyovers tieing into the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 separate traffic from SR 1 north for Wilmington and New Jersey respectively. Photo taken 10/03/14.
Interstate 95 bends southward to a directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 3) with SR 273 in 0.75 miles. The Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza follows. Photo taken 10/03/14.
SR 273 constitutes a multi-state route with MD 273 east to New Castle, Delaware and west to Harrisville, Maryland. Photo taken 09/28/14.
Within the First State, SR 273 serves commuter traffic east to Christiana and Hares Corner and west to Ogletown and Downtown Newark. Through Newark the state route splits into a one-way couplet along Main Street west and Delaware Avenue east. Photo taken 09/28/14.
Two lanes depart I-95 south for SR 273. Formerly a diamond interchange, the exchange at Exit 3 was expanded in 1976 with four additional ramps. Future road work will reconfigure Exit 3 again into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). Photo taken 10/03/14.
When the Christiana Bypass along SR 273 opened between Chapman Road and SR 7 in 1987, guide signs for Exit 3 were amended to include a trailblazer for U.S. 40. Dover remains referenced also for SR 273 east, reflecting the 1991 completion of the SR 1 freeway south from SR 273 to U.S. 13. Photo taken 10/03/14.
Construction anticipated for 2020-21 will address safety issues and weaving traffic along SR 273 between I-95 and Harmony Road. Among the changes included in the SR 273 and Harmony Road Intersection Improvements, the westbound ramp will be realigned to intersect SR 273 at a protected turn signal. Photo taken 06/02/12.
I-95 advances 0.75 miles west from SR 273 to the left exit for the Delaware House service area. Photo taken 09/28/14.
Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) passes under SR 273 and a flyover ramp from SR 273 east to I-95 north. The forthcoming service area houses a variety of food options, a gas station and welcome center. Photo taken 09/28/14.
The Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza lies between the north and southbound roadways of Interstate 95. Photo taken 09/28/14.
Reassurance markers for Interstate 95 south posted ahead of the Chapman Road overpass. Photo taken 12/18/16.
Motorists entering the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza separate onto a driveway to a gas station and an access road to the main service area. Photo taken 09/28/14.
The Delaware Turnpike Service Area operated between 1964 and September 2009. The original building was demolished and a new modern facility was built in its place. The Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza opened in June 2010. Photo taken 09/28/14.
The Interstate 95 mainline continues another three miles to SR 896 (Exit 1) and six miles to Maryland 279 (Exit 109) outside Elkton. Photo taken 06/06/12.
Areas of timberland remain along both sides of I-95 west of the Salem Church Road overpass. This stretch was the proposed site for an interchange (Exit 2) with the unconstructed Pike Creek Valley Freeway north and the U.S. 301 freeway south to Middletown. Photo taken 06/06/12.
I-95 converges with SR 896 (College Avenue) on the south side of Newark in two miles. Photo taken 06/06/12.
Iron Hill (elevation 330 feet) rises to the southwest as initial signs prepare motorists for the open road tolling (ORT) lanes at the Newark toll plaza. Photo taken 06/06/12.
A $32-million project upgraded the Newark toll plaza between April 2010 and June 27, 2011. Work was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).3 Photo taken 08/06/13.
SR 896 south to Glasgow was expanded from a two-lane route to a four-lane divided highway between 1994 and 1996. The corridor was once considered for a possible U.S. 301 freeway between Interstate 95 and Middletown. The state route instead was expanded as a controlled access arterial due to opposition from Iron Hill area residents. Photo taken 12/16/17.
College Avenue bisects the city of Newark northward to the heart of the University of Delaware campus and Downtown. The arterial north of SR 4 (Christina Parkway) is home to the Bob Carpenter Center (home of UD Men's basketball) and the football stadium. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Two lanes separate from Interstate 95 south for the high-speed E-ZPass lanes while two lanes remain lead to the attended toll booths for cash paying drivers. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Interstate 95 south crosses over SR 72 a half mile ahead of SR 896 (College Avenue). SR 896 forms a multi-state route with MD 896 and PA 896 between Smoketown, Pennsylvania and Boyds Corner, Delaware. The state route totals 21.05 miles in New Castle County between U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) and the state tri-corner area north of Mechanicsville. Photo taken 12/16/17.
SR 4 (Christina Parkway) encircles southwest Newark between South College Avenue (SR 896) and Elkton Road (SR 279). A weight restriction along Christina Parkway precludes truck traffic from using the route to bypass the Newark toll plaza. Photo taken 08/06/13.
The ORT partition lies just west of the entrance ramps from SR 896. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Exit 1B leaves Interstate 95 (Delaware Turnpike) south for SR 896 (College Avenue) north into Newark. SR 896 was realigned in 1988 to bypass the UD campus along a combination of Christina Parkway (SR 4) west and Elkton Road / South Main Street (former SR 2) north to New London Road. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Leading south from Newark, SR 896 travels three miles to U.S. 40 at Glasgow. U.S. 301 commenced a nearly 1,100 mile route to Sarasota, Florida there, initially overlapping with SR 896 southward to Summit Bridge and the bedroom community of Middletown. Opening of the U.S. 301 toll road south from SR 1 at Biddles Corner shifts the route off SR 896. Photo taken 12/16/17.
Interstate 95 south splits with ORT lanes and cash lanes one mile ahead of the toll collection point. Photo taken 06/06/12.
Delaware Turnpike cash tolls were increased to $4.00 per passenger vehicle on October 1, 2007. Photo taken 06/06/12.
Welsh Tract Road spans Interstate 95 ahead of the Newark Toll plaza. Photo taken 06/06/12.
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The toll collection gantry comes into view as ORT motorists maintain speed. Photos taken 06/06/12.
Passing by the conventional toll booths along the ORT lanes at the Newark Toll plaza. The split roadway converges ahead of the Otts Chapel Road overpass. Photo taken 06/06/12.


 

Sources:

  1. Interstate 95 Brandywine Creek Bridge. Bridgehunter.com
  2. "Contract cuts cost, time of I-95 project." The News Journal (DE), July 9, 2011.
  3. "Construction of I-95 high-speed E-ZPass lanes to begin next month." The News Journal (DE), March 16, 2010.
  4. "I-95 high-speed E-ZPass lanes open at Newark toll plaza." The News Journal (DE), June 28, 2011.


Photo Credits:

  • 06/02/12 by AARoads.
  • 06/06/12 by AARoads.
  • 06/10/12 by AARoads.
  • 06/23/12 by AARoads.
  • 07/31/13 by AARoads and I.C. Ligget.
  • 08/06/13 by AARoads.
  • 09/27/14 by AARoads.
  • 09/28/14 by AARoads.
  • 10/03/14 by AARoads.
  • 12/18/16 by AARoads.
  • 12/21/16 by AARoads.
  • 01/14/17 by AARoads.
  • 12/16/17 by AARoads.
  • 12/20/17 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 11-20-2018.