U.S. 13 Alternate - Dover

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U.S. 13 Alternate represents the alignment of U.S. 13 prior to 1952 through the city of Dover. The bannered route begins 0.3 miles north of the U.S. 13 Alternate branch through Camden. Following Governors Avenue, the Dover segment of U.S. 13 stays west of Dupont Highway from Lakeview Avenue to south Dover. Governors Avenue carries the route northward to Downtown, Wesley College and State Street ahead of Silver Lake. U.S. 13 Alternate follows Silver Street to U.S. 13 (N Dupont Highway) at Leipsic Road just south of Dover International Speedway and Delaware State University.

The Delaware State Highway Department petitioned the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) for the establishment of U.S. 13 Alternate and U.S. 113 Alternate through Dover on April 11, 1951. Both routes were approved on June 8, 1951.

Initially U.S. 13 Alternate separated into a one way couplet along Governors Avenue southbound and State Street northbound. State Street north of Dupont Highway was also a part of U.S. 113 Alternate until 1974 as well.

U.S. 13 Alternate Mileage: 3.86

U.S. 13 Alternate Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

  • 11,102 - U.S. 13 to Webbs Lane
  • 11,071 - south Dover limits to Wyoming Avenue
  • 8,732 - North Street to Loockerman Street
  • 6,315 - Columbia Avenue to Walker Road
  • 13,964- Walker Road to U.S. 13

Source: Delaware Vehicle Volume Summary 2014 (Traffic Summary)

U.S. 13 Alternate North
Reassurance shield for U.S. 13 Alternate posted along Governors Avenue north after Water Street. 12/28/16
North Street east links Governors Avenue with the north side of the Capitol Complex. SR 15 follows North Street west from Saulsbury Road to Hazlettville Road. 12/28/16
Loockerman Street crosses Downtown Dover between Forest Avenue and the St. Jones River. The street expands to include a tree lined median as Loockerman Plaza by Dover city hall. 12/28/16
U.S. 13 Alt (Governors Avenue) north continues two blocks north from Loockerman Street to meet SR 8 (Division Street). 12/28/16
SR 8 joins central Dover with suburban areas west toward Pearsons Corner and SR 44 to Hartley. East from Downtown, SR 8 makes an S-curve across the St. Jones River to intersect U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) by Edgehill Shopping Center. 12/28/16
Governors Avenue advances north from SR 8 (Division Street) by Wesley College. 12/28/16
U.S. 13 Alternate shifts east onto Governors Boulevard for two blocks to North State Street. 12/28/16
U.S. 13 Alternate overtakes N State Street at Walker Road. State Street is the historic alignment of U.S. 113 Alternate. 12/28/16
Since replaced, an older style signal truss arm was located on State Street south at the split with Governors Avenue. U.S. 13 Alternate expands to four lanes as it crosses Silver Lake. 12/28/16
The last shield for U.S. 13 Alt north stands along the Silver Lake causeway. 12/28/16
Lepore Drive links State Street with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south of the Silver Lake Center retail plaza. 12/28/16
The grand stands of Dover Downs International Speedway rise to the north as U.S. 13 Alternate ends at an angled intersection with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway). 12/28/16
U.S. 13 constitutes a busy commercial arterial north from U.S. 13 Alternate between Dover Downs and Delaware State University. Leipsic Road circles around the east side of Dover Motor Speedway to cross the SR 1 toll road en route to SR 9 (Bayside Drive). 12/28/16
U.S. 13 Alternate South
U.S. 13 ALT (N State Street) separates from U.S. 13 (N Dupont Highway) southbound ahead of Leipsic Road. 12/29/20
The first confirming marker for U.S. 13 ALT on N State Street precedes Hiawatha Drive west and Lepore Drive east. 12/29/20
Lepore Drive (Rd 3B) links U.S. 13 ALT (N State Street) with U.S. 13 (N Dupont Highway). 12/29/20
U.S. 13 ALT (N State Street) proceeds south from Lepore Drive across Silver Lake. 12/29/20
U.S. 13 ALT branches west from N State Street along Governors Avenue to SR 8 (Division Street). 12/29/20
Governors Avenue shifts U.S. 13 ALT two blocks west from State Street. 12/29/20
Governors Avenue south of Clara Street in central Dover. 12/29/20
SR 8 (Division Street) runs across Dover west to Marydel and east to Little Creek. 12/29/20
U.S. 13 Alternate acts as a business loop west from Dupont Highway to the Camden town center and a cut off for SR 10 west to Wyoming. 08/17/21
U.S. 13 Alternate confirming marker posted south of SR 8 (Division Street). This assembly was replaced by 2019. 01/15/17
Governors Avenue and Loockerman Street intersect in Downtown Dover. Loockerman Street heads east to Dover City Hall and west to Forest Street toward SR 8. 12/28/16
North Street extends east from SR 15 (Saulsbury Road) and the industrial south side of Dover to the Capitol Complex east of Governors Avenue. 01/15/17
U.S. 13 Alternate passes less than a half mile west of Legislative Hall, the State Capitol of Delaware, between North and Water Streets. 01/15/17
Water Street hooks east from U.S. 13 Alternate (Governors Avenue) to William Penn Street at Leg Green Park and Legislative Hall. 01/15/17
Governors Avenue kinks westward at South Street by Bayhealth Medical Center. 01/15/17
The ensuing southbound signal operates at Wyoming Avenue. Wyoming Avenue links U.S. 13 Alternate (Governors Avenue) with parallel South State Street to the east and New Burton Road southwest to the town of Wyoming. 01/15/17
The last reassurance marker for U.S. 13 Alternate stands south of Wyoming Avenue. 01/15/17
U.S. 13 13 Alternate (Governors Avenue) continues as a three-lane boulevard to exit the city of Dover across Puncheon Run. 01/15/17
U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) combines with traffic from the Puncheon Run Connector just east of U.S. 13 Alternate. Businesses occupy space between the parallel roadways to Webbs Lane. Webbs Lane provides return access to U.S. 13 north. 01/15/17
Webbs Lane serves subdivisions across south Dover to the west while linking U.S. 13 Alt and U.S. 13 to the east across from Saxton Road. There is no direct access to U.S. 13 north from the ending U.S. 13 Alt south. 01/15/17
Governors Avenue and Dupont Highway converge ahead of Rodney Village Shopping Center. 01/15/17
The final confirming marker for U.S. 13 ALT along Governors Avenue stands south of Webbs Lane (Road 192). 08/17/21
The Dover branch of U.S. 13 Alternate concludes just four tenths of a mile north of the Camden branch of U.S. 13 Alternate. U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) intersects POW/MIA Parkway midway between the two wye intersections. 01/15/17

Photo Credits:

12/28/16, 01/15/17, 12/29/20, 08/17/21 by AARoads

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U.S. 13
State Route 8

Page Updated 11-02-2022.

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