U.S. 202 commences an eight state route to Bangor, Maine from Basins Corner in New Castle County, Delaware. The US highway overlaps with SR 141 (Basin Road) north to Interstate 95, and along I-95 northeast through Wilmington to Concord Pike. These alignments are almost exclusively signed as just SR 141 or I-95, with U.S. 202 generally omitted. The remainder of the route north to Pennsylvania is well traveled both as a commuter and through route to West Chester.
U.S. 202 Delaware Guides
The stretch of U.S. 202/SR 141 along Basin Road consists of a four-lane divided arterial between U.S. 13/40 (Dupont Highway) and Interstates 95 and 295. A 2003-2004 construction project involved safety and cosmetic improvements to the aging concrete roadway. Additionally the cloverleaf interchange at the Dupont Highway was modified to eliminate the loop ramp from Basin Road north onto Dupont Highway south, which previously utilized two residential streets (Delaware and Washington Avenues). The connection is now made via a U-turn at Washington Avenue for the southbound on-ramp.
The three quarter cloverleaf interchange between U.S. 13, 40 and 202 is marked as Exits 1A/B from SR 141. The numbering convention is derived from the Newport Freeway section of SR 141 further the north. In 2001 the missing end sign for U.S. 202 was replaced.
Interstate 95 takes U.S. 202 northeast from the cloverleaf interchange with Basin Road through the city of Wilmington to Concord Avenue. The busy directional cloverleaf interchange joins the freeway with the north-south arterial just beyond the Wilmington city line. Construction in 1999 expanded the southbound ramp that carries U.S. 202 onto I-95 from one to two lanes. This work was later overshadowed by a major overhaul to the exchange between September 2011 and November 2014 as part of the Blue Ball Projects.
Blue Ball Projects
The Blue Ball Projects involved several aspects along U.S. 202, SR 141, SR 261 and other roads between Interstate 95 and Independence Mall at Blue Ball. The project added new overpasses for Concord Pike over realignments to both SR 141 and SR 261 (Foulk Road), while adding park land and new access roads. Initial planning commenced on the project in 1999.
Initial work on the interchange reconfiguration began in winter 2007. The $33 million project was officially completed on August 7, 2015.1 See the Blue Ball guide for more photos covering the completed road elements of the project.
U.S. 202 History
The southern leg of U.S. 202 between Wilmington, Delaware and Raritan, New Jersey was initially marked as U.S. 122 starting in 1926. The US highway ran north from State Road through Wilmington and along the Concord Turnpike north into southeastern Pennsylvania.
U.S. 202 through Wilmington used the following alignment until 1970:3
- Concord Avenue from I-95 to Baynard Boulevard
- Baynard Boulevard southwest across Brandywine Creek to Washington Street
- Washington Street south to Front Street (what is now Martin Luther King Boulevard)
- Front Street east five blocks to Market Street (U.S. 13 south)
- Market Street south along side U.S. 13 to Dupont Parkway and the Farnhurst interchange (where U.S. 301 began)
- Dupont Parkway north along side U.S. 13 to Walnut Street
- Walnut Street north to 16th Street west
- 16th Street two blocks west to Market Street, which crosses Brandywine Creek
- Market Street north to Concord Avenue
- Concord Avenue north to I-95 and Concord Pike
Note that the Christina River bridges for Market and Walnut Streets at that time carried two-way traffic. They now carry one-way traffic southbound for Walnut Street and northbound for Market Street as part of U.S. 13 Business. Also Washington Street between Front and 2nd Streets was removed and replaced with an S-curve leading onto Martin Luther King Boulevard (SR 48) westbound.3
Additional changes to U.S. 202 in Delaware were made in 1970. As approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) on November 6, was the elimination of U.S. 202 south of the interchange with I-95 (Exit 8). This coincided with the relocation of U.S. 13 away from Downtown Wilmington over what was previously signed as U.S. 13 Alternate. Instead of ending at I-95 however, U.S. 202 ended at the intersection of Concord Avenue (now SR 202) and Market Street (U.S. 13 Business).
The endpoint of U.S. 202 was moved again from Wilmington to Basins Corner in 1984. The initial request to AASHTO by the state of Delaware extended the route southwest along I-95 to SR 141, and along SR 141 southeast to U.S. 13/40. Action was withheld on the application at the May 23 meeting but subsequently approved on December 7, 1984.
U.S. 202 Mileage: 13.06
U.S. 202 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Begin Milepost||From:||To:||AADT Composite|
|0.00||U.S. 13/40 Basin Corner||SR 37||38,413|
|1.02||SR 37||Interstate 95||41,420|
|Interstate 95 overlap (1.51-7.92)|
|7.92||Interstate 95||Augustine Cut Off||29,943|
|8.27||Augustine Cut Off||SR 141 / 261||44,169|
|8.67||SR 141 / 261||Murphy Road||54,594|
|9.23||Murphy Road||Sharpley Road||49,969|
|9.82||Sharpley Road||Silverside Road||43,351|
|10.88||Silverside Road||Woodlawn Road||45,351|
|11.61||Woodlawn Road||SR 92||48,153|
|12.28||SR 92 Naamans Road||PA state line (13.06)||43,086|
|Source: Delaware Vehicle Volume Summary 2014 (Traffic Summary)|
|Looking at the former intersection of Augustine Cutoff and U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) near Blue Ball. Augustine Cutoff was realigned in 2004-05 to tie into what is now West Park Drive to the west of U.S. 202. The intersection here was removed, but the turn onto U.S. 202 south from Augustine Cutoff was retained. Photo taken 03/29/04.|
|The west end of Silverside Road at U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) in Talleyville. An extra wide median along Concord Pike here allows for sweeping turn movements between Silverside Road and U.S. 202 southbound.|
The U.S. 202 south shield assembly pictured here was removed after 2007. Photo taken 04/21/04.
|Weldin Road was extended west to U.S. 202 during the Blue Ball project. The alignment connects SR 261 (Foulk Road) south with Concord Pike north. Photo taken 12/20/16.|
|Murphy Road west at U.S. 202 (Concord Pike) and Powder Mill Road (former SR 141) at Fairfax. Photo taken 07/31/13.|
|A unique trailblazer for U.S. 202 directs traffic from the south side of Concord Mall to Concord Pike. Photo taken 12/22/12.|
|Exiting Concord Mall at the southern access point to U.S. 202 (Concord Pike). Photo taken 12/18/17.|
- "VIDEO: Delaware officials celebrate completion of I-95/Route 202 interchange project" WDEL, August 7, 2015.
- U.S. 202 Maine to Delaware, Federal Highway Administration.
- Information relayed by Carl Moore via Dale Sanderson, January 11, 2002.
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Page Updated 12-07-2018.