U.S. 13 Alternate - Dover

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U.S. 13 Alternate represents the pre-1952 alignment of U.S. 13 through the city of Dover. The bannered route begins 0.3 miles north of the U.S. 13 Alternate end at 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 a merge with State Street across Silver Lake. U.S. 13 Alternate ends just south of Dover International Speedway and Delaware State University.

Historically 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/28/16.
U.S. 13 Alt (Governors Avenue) north continues two blocks north from Loockerman Street to meet SR 8 (Division Street). Photo taken 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. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Governors Avenue advances north from SR 8 (Division Street) by Wesley College. Photo taken 12/28/16.
U.S. 13 Alternate shifts east onto Governors Boulevard for two blocks to North State Street. Photo taken 12/28/16.
U.S. 13 Alternate overtakes North State Street at Walker Road. State Street is the historic alignment of U.S. 113 Alternate. Photo taken 12/28/16.
An older style signal truss arm remains in service along State Street south at the split with Governors Boulevard. U.S. 13 Alternate expands to four lanes otherwise as it crosses Silver Lake. Photo taken 12/28/16.
The last shield for U.S. 13 Alt north stands along the Silver Lake causeway. Photo taken 12/28/16.
Lepore Drive links State Street with U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) south of the Silver Lake Center retail plaza. Photo taken 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). Photo taken 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 International Speedway to cross the SR 1 toll road en route to SR 9 (Bayside Drive). Photo taken 12/28/16.
U.S. 13 Alternate South
U.S. 13 Alternate confirming marker posted south of SR 8 (Division Street). Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Governors Avenue kinks westward at South Street by Bayhealth Medical Center. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 01/15/17.
The last reassurance marker for U.S. 13 Alternate stands south of Wyoming Avenue. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 01/15/17.
Governors Avenue and Dupont Highway converge ahead of Rodney Village Shopping Center. Photo taken 01/15/17.
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. Photo taken 01/15/17.

Photo Credits:

12/28/16, 01/15/17 by AARoads

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U.S. 13
State Route 8

Page Updated 02-09-2017.

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