U.S. 301 south
U.S. 301 expands to a four-lane commercial arterial between SR 71 and the south side of Middletown. Pictured here was a reassurance marker formerlly posted south of North Broad Street. Photo taken 09/25/04.
Turning more westerly, U.S. 301 (Middletown Warwick Road) enters the commercialized junction with Delaware 15 (Bunker Hill Road) and Delaware 299 (West Main Street). This set of shields was replaced by 2008 as the arterial was widened. Photo taken 09/25/04.
This assembly for SR 15 & 299 was also replaced. SR 15 enters Middletown along an L-shaped route along Choptank and Bunker Hill Roads. Heavy development lines the route west. SR 299 stems east along Main Street through Downtown Middletown. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Construction in 2009 expanded U.S. 301 to four lanes at Delaware 299. The concrete median here was replaced with a grassy median.
Delaware 299 leads east 2.8 miles to the SR 1 Turnpike, 3.7 miles to U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) in Odessa in 3.7 miles and 5.4 miles to end at SR 9 (Taylors Bridge Road). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Historical look at the previously semi-rural intersection of U.S. 301, Delaware 15 and Delaware 299 in Middletown. Photo taken 09/25/04.
U.S. 301 looks dramatically different here since expansion of the arterial to four lanes and additional retail development. The signage and signals here were replaced during 2009 road work. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301-Delaware 15 south & Delaware 299 west
Delaware 15 south & 299 west combines with U.S. 301 south 1.1 miles to Levels Road. Pictured here were the reassurance shields for the overlap along a previously rural stretch of Middletown Warwick Road. Photo taken 08/10/04.
Development of the Middletown Business and Technology Park and Middletown Auto Mall ties into U.S. 301 & SR 15-299 at the signalized intersection with Diamond State Boulevard. South Ridge Drive extends west from the signal to the nearby big box retail and the Southridge community. Photo taken 01/02/08.
A short distance south of Diamond State Boulevard is the intersection with Merrmiac Avenue. Merrimac Avenue was constructed by 2008 to service new development both north and south of U.S. 301 and Delaware 15-299. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Delaware 15 (Levels Road) previously split with U.S. 301 south & Delaware 299 west at this intersection. The former alignment is now a multi-use path. Photo taken 08/10/04.
U.S. 301 south at the split with Delaware 15 (Levels Road) prior to four-laning of Middletown Warwick Road. Delaware 15 utilizes Levels Road, Dogtown Road, Blackbird Station Road, Dexters Corner Road, and Vandyke Greenspring Road on a convuluted route toward the town of Smyrna. This was route was established by 1993. Photo taken 08/10/04.
This set of shields was posted after the original U.S. 301 intersection with Levels Road (Delaware 15). Photo taken 08/10/04.
U.S. 301 south & Delaware 299 west
Construction in 2007 relocated Delaware 15 (Levels Road) 850 feet to the west to eliminate the angle of the previous intersection with U.S. 301 & Delaware 299. The relocation provided a safer intersection and worked in conjunction with the widening of Levels Road between Middletown-Warwick Road and the new Patriot Drive.2 Pictured here were new shields posted along U.S. 301 south & Delaware 299 west after the split with relocated Delaware 15. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Delaware 299 westbound reassurance shield, replaced by 2012, along Middletown Warwick Road south after Middle Neck Road. Middle Neck Road stems northwest onto Middle Neck between Little and Great Bohemia Creeks in Maryland. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Nearing the split of Delaware 299 west from U.S. 301 south at Warwick Road. Delaware 299 travels Warwick Road 0.6 miles west to become Maryland 282 through Warwick. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Delaware 299 west takes this ramp away from U.S. 301 ahead of a conventional intersection with Warwick Road. The state route was originally an extension of Maryland 299 until Maryland truncated that route southwest to Sassafras and U.S. 301. U.S. 301 crosses the state line in 1.2 miles and intersects the north end of Maryland 299 in 3.7 miles. Photo taken 08/10/04.
U.S. 301 south
U.S. 301 (Middletown-Warwick Road) travels alone for only the second time along its 15-mile course between Glasgow and the Maryland state line. This will change by 2018 when the new U.S. 301 toll road is completed. The expressway will tie directly into the four-lane alignment in Maryland. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 301 (Middletown Warwick Road) expands to four lanes as it nears the Maryland state line south of Warwick. The centerline rumble strips along U.S. 301 end here. They were added in a mid 2000s DelDOT project to reduce the number of head on collisions along the two-lane stretch due to drowsy drivers drifting into oncoming lanes of traffic. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The pavement changes as U.S. 301 crosses into southeastern Cecil County, Maryland. U.S. 301 advances southwest along a four-lane expressway to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (U.S. 50) and capital city of Annapolis.
The warning sign posted here was removed by 2014. Photo taken 01/02/08.


 

Sources:

  1. Kotchi, Al. Email: "AARoads feedback: U.S. 301 Delaware," January 9, 2008.
  2. "TRAFFIC ALERT - Reconstruction of Levels Road Beginning on Saturday, June 16." Delaware Department of Transportation, Press Release, June 13, 2007.


Photo Credits:

08/10/04, 09/25/04, 01/02/08 by AARoads

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