Interstate 495 south
The wye interchange for Interstate 495 south lies within the diamond interchange between Interstate 95 and Delaware 92 (Naamans Road). Motorists bound for Naamans Road initially take I-495 through to Exit 6. Photo taken 10/05/14.
Exit 6 leaves Interstate 495 south for Delaware 92 (Naamans Road). Naamans Road comprises a busy east-west surface arterial between U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) and U.S. 13 (Philadelphia Pike). Heavy commercial and residential development lines the four to six lane route throughout the Brandywine to Claymont corridor.
SR 92 underwent a 14-year widening project between 1985 and 1999. Photo taken 10/05/14.
Ascending the Exit 6 off-ramp to Delaware 92 (Naamans Road). Naamans Road ends 0.75 miles to the east at U.S. 13 (Philadelphia Pike) in Claymont.
Tri-State Mall resides east of the Interstate 95 and 495 interchange while 1.8 miles to the west is the Delaware 92 junction with Delaware 3 (Marsh Road). Photo taken 10/05/14.
Interstate 495 southbound passes over the Interstate 95 mainline one quarter mile north of a partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 5) with U.S. 13 (Philadelphia Pike). U.S. 13 crosses the Pennsylvania state line from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania into Claymont from the north. The US highway, including a one-way street couplet in Wilmington, carries at least four lanes throughout the entire state of Delaware. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Southbound I-495 at the Exit 5 off-ramp to U.S. 13 (Philadelphia Pike) and Claymont. Claymont represents the area between Naamans Road, Interstate 95, Harvey Road, and Interstate 495. The community features several older subdivisions and the CitiSteel industrial complex on U.S. 13 north of Exit 5.
South of the freeway U.S. 13 departs Philadelphia Pike for Governor Printz Boulevard in one mile. U.S. 13 Business continues Philadelphia Pike southward into the city of Wilmington. Philadelphia Pike originally was known as Wilmington Post Road. Photo taken 12/25/12.
The first southbound reassurance shield for I-495 precedes the on-ramp from Philadelphia Pike. All Interstate 495 mainline shields were installed in 2000.
Spanning the freeway in the background is the Myrtle Avenue overpass between U.S. 13 and the SEPTA Claymont Station. Photo taken 03/27/04.
An uninterrupted stretch of Interstate 495 south from Claymont parallels U.S. 13 (Governor Printz Boulevard) to the west and the Amtrak and Norfolk Southern Railroad lines, Fox Point State Park, and the Delaware River to the east. The Port of Wilmington lies seven miles ahead at Exit 2, while motorists bound for the Delaware Memorial Bridge via I-495 south to I-295 north reach the span in 13 miles. Photo taken 05/20/07.
Five miles south of Claymont is the next Interstate 495 interchange at Edgemoor (Exits 4B/A). Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for the Exit 4A off-ramp to U.S. 13 (Governor Printz Boulevard) and Delaware 3 north (Edgemoor Road). Photo taken 12/25/12.
Portions of the Dupont Industrial plant come into view one half mile north of the Exit 4A off-ramp. Exit 4 opened to traffic in 1989 to serve northeast Wilmington and the Bellefonte area east of the city. The southbound direction sees two off-ramps with Exit 4A directly linking Interstate 495 to Governor Printz Boulevard. Northbound is allocated one ramp to Lighthouse Road. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Interstate 495 southbound at Exit 4A to U.S. 13 (Governor Printz Boulevard). The ramp intersects U.S. 13 nearby at Stuyvesant Drive, just a tenth of a mile north of the Governor Printz Boulevard intersection with Edgemoor Road (Delaware 3). U.S. 13 enters the city limits of Wilmington as Northeast Boulevard one mile to the west. Delaware 3 travels northward to Marsh Road and Philadelphia Pike en route to Arden, Photo taken 12/25/12.
A loop ramp (Exit 4B) joins the ending Delaware 3 (Edgemoor Road) south to Hay and Lighthouse Roads at Edgemoor Industrial Park. Hay Road parallels I-495 southward to 12th Street Extension east of Exit 3 on Cherry Island. Lighthouse Road stems north from SR 3 to Fox Point State Park. Photo taken 12/25/12.
The one-mile guide sign for 12th Street and Exit 3 stands ahead of the on-ramp from SR 3. Photo taken 05/20/07.
Interstate 495 crosses Shellpot Creek one half mile north of the diamond interchange (Exit 3) with 12th Street. Twelfth Street links I-495 with Hay Road on Cherry Island to the east and U.S. 13 (Northeast Boulevard) at the East Lawn section of Wilmington to the west. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Exit 3 leaves Interstate 495 south for 12th Street. 12th Street was envisioned as a potential expressway spur from Interstate 495 into Downtown Wilmington. Some improvements were made to the corridor after the 1977 opening of I-495, however opposition from Upper East Side residents and funding issues in 1982 ultimately led to its cancellation.1 Photo taken 12/25/12.
Interstate 495 southbound ascends the six-lane Christina River bridge from Cherry Island. Variable Speed Limit signs posted in early 2004 were operational by Summer 2004. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 2) joins Interstate 495 with Delaware 9A (Terminal Avenue) just south of the Christina River Bridge. Delaware 9A forms a two mile loop east from Delaware 9 (New Castle Avenue) to the Port of Wilmington in south Wilmington. The state route follows Christina Avenue southeast from U.S. 13 & Delaware 9 (Heald Street) to Old Ferry Road and the Port entrance. From there Delaware 9A turns westward along Terminal Avenue. Photo taken 12/25/12.
The Wilmington skyline unfolds upriver along the Christina from Interstate 495. Dubbed the Corporate Capital of the World due to the number of incorporated businesses calling the city home, the city is home to around 70,000. Photo taken 12/25/12.
The truss portion of the Shellpot Bridge, an 1800s-railroad bridge operated by Norfolk Southern, appears adjacent to the Christina River Bridge from Interstate 495 south. Photo taken 12/25/12.
The one-half mile overhead for Delaware 9A (Terminal Avenue) was replaced on June 12, 2005 with Delaware's first slotted sign. Slotted signs are used in the state of Alabama and the city of Newark, New Jersey. This type of overhead allows air to pass through to increase their wind resistance. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Interstate 495 southbound at Exit 2 to Delaware 9A (Terminal Avenue). Terminal Avenue ends 0.2 miles to the west at Delaware 9 (New Castle Avenue). Delaware 9 follows New Castle Avenue southward from Southbridge in Wilmington to I-295 and the historic city of New Castle. There is no direct access between I-495 and SR 9 otherwise. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Interstate 495 veers west on the two mile approach to Interstates 95 south and 295 north. A directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 1) joins the freeway with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) next. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Until 2000 the Exit 1 off-ramp consisted of a directional ramp from Interstate 495 south to U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) southbound only. A construction project at that time expanded the ramp to include access to U.S. 13 northbound. Photo taken 12/25/12.
The right-hand gained from the SR 9A on-ramp departs for U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) at Exit 1. U.S. 13 south combines with U.S. 40 west at Interstate 295 in two miles at Farnhurst. The pair continue southwest from there to New Castle Airport (ILG) and State Road. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Traveling the Exit 1 off-ramp of Interstate 495 toward the Dupont Highway (U.S. 13). North of the interchange is the split between U.S. 13 (Heald Street) and U.S. 13 Business (Market Street). The Market Street gateway to the city is by far the best access to Downtown Wilmington from Interstate 495. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 1 splits between U.S. 13 north and southbound at Dupont Highway. Originally all traffic defaulted onto U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) southbound into Minquadale and Farnhurst. Northbound access provides a direct route to the Wilmington Trail Station, which includes AMTRAK and SEPTA Regional Rail service. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 495 south parallels the south banks of the Christina River on the three quarter mile approach to the Exit 5 flyover for Delaware 141. The flyover joins the right-hand side of I-95 & U.S. 202 south ahead of their cloverleaf interchange with the Newport Freeway. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Delaware 141 combines with U.S. 202 south from I-95 to U.S. 13 & 40 (Dupont Highway) by New Castle Airport. The state route arcs northward to Prices Corner, Greenville and U.S. 202 at Fairfax. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Interstate 495 partitions with the Exit 5 flyover just ahead of the left-hand exit for Interstate 295 north to New Castle and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The lane configuration for the wye interchange with I-95 south have changed several times in the last decades. Photo taken 12/25/12.
Interstate 495 ends as motorists split for I-295 north to South Jersey and the NJ Turnpike and the left-hand merge onto I-95 south for the Delaware Turnpike to Newark and Baltimore, Maryland. Photo taken 12/25/12.


  1. "Upper East Side residents fight I-495 connector." The Wilmington News Journal, April 14, 1982.

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03/27/04, 08/07/04, 05/20/07, 12/25/12, 10/05/14 by AARoads

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