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Delaware Route 15 (DE 15) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Delaware. The route runs from DE 14 west of Milford in Kent County to U.S. Route 301 (US 301)/DE 71/DE 896 in Summit Bridge, New Castle County, just south of Summit Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. DE 15 winds a path through many rural sections of Delaware, turning along many different roads. Most of the route, with the exception of the southern part of the route from Canterbury to Milford, runs to the west of US 13. DE 15 runs through the western outskirts of several cities and towns, including Wyoming, Dover, Clayton, and Middletown. The route intersects DE 12 near Felton, US 13 in Canterbury, DE 10 near Camden, DE 8 in Dover, DE 42 in Seven Hickories, DE 300 and DE 6 in the Clayton area, US 301/DE 299 in Middletown, and DE 286 near Summit Bridge.

Delaware Route 15 marker

Delaware Route 15
Route information
Maintained by DelDOT
Length57.05 mi[2] (91.81 km)
Existed1984[1]–present
Tourist
routes
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Major junctions
South end DE 14 near Milford
  DE 12 near Felton

US 13 / US 13 Alt. in Canterbury
DE 10 near Camden
DE 8 in Dover
DE 42 in Seven Hickories
DE 300 near Clayton
DE 6 in Clayton
US 301 / DE 299 in Middletown
DE 286 near Summit Bridge
North end US 301 / DE 71 / DE 896 in Summit Bridge
Location
CountiesKent, New Castle
Highway system
DE 14ADE 16

What is now DE 15 was paved in several stages from the 1930s to the 1960s. By the 1980s, the route was designated between DE 14 in Milford and US 13 in Canterbury. By 1990, it was extended north to US 301/DE 299 near Middletown and then to US 301/DE 71/DE 896 near the Summit Bridge by 1994.

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Route descriptionEdit

Kent CountyEdit

 
DE 15 southbound on Wyoming Mill Road north of Wyoming

DE 15 begins at an intersection with DE 14 and Holly Hill Road west of the city of Milford in Kent County and proceeds northwest on two-lane undivided Canterbury Road. The road heads through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes, crossing Browns Branch to the east of McColley Pond, Carpenter Bridge Road, and the Murderkill River to the east of Coursey Pond. The route intersects DE 12 and runs to the east of Henderson Aviation Airport. DE 15 reaches the community of Canterbury, where it passes homes and comes to an intersection with US 13.[3][4]

DE 15 turns north to form a concurrency with US 13 for a short distance on the four-lane divided South Dupont Highway before continuing northwest along with US 13 Alt. on two-lane undivided Upper King Road. The road continues through rural land before entering the town of Woodside. Here, US 13 Alt./DE 15 passes homes and intersects DE 10 Alt., with DE 15 splitting from US 13 Alt. by heading west along with DE 10 Alt. on Main Street and crossing the Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision railroad line.[3][4]

DE 15 splits from DE 10 Alt. by turning north on Dundee Road, leaving Woodside. The road heads through a mix of farmland, woodland, and residential subdivisions, coming to a roundabout with DE 10. Past this intersection, the route becomes Moose Lodge Road and continues north. DE 15 turns east onto Westville Road and enters the town of Wyoming, where it becomes Southern Boulevard and passes homes and some businesses. The route turns northeast onto South Railroad Avenue and runs immediately to the west of the Delmarva Central Railroad. The road becomes North Railroad Avenue before it leaves Wyoming as it passes to the east of Wyoming Lake. At this point, DE 15 becomes Wyoming Mill Road and heads north through agricultural areas away from the railroad tracks. The route has an intersection with Wyoming Mill Spur, which heads east to POW/MIA Parkway. The road continues through farmland with some woods and residential development before entering the city of Dover and curving to the northwest.[3][4]

 
DE 15 northbound past DE 8 in Dover

Here, DE 15 turns east onto Hazlettville Road and heads into industrial areas, where it becomes West North Street and widens into a four-lane road. At an intersection with the northern terminus of POW/MIA Parkway, the route turns north onto two-lane Saulsbury Road, continuing through more commercial areas and coming to an intersection with DE 8. Past this intersection, DE 15 continues north as a three-lane road with a center left-turn lane, coming to a junction with Walker Road. Past this intersection, the road name changes to McKee Road and it runs northwest through residential areas with some fields and commercial development. The route loses the center left-turn lane past the College Road intersection. DE 15 turns west to remain on two-lane undivided McKee Road, with Scarborough Road continuing north to US 13 and DE 1. Past Scarborough Road, the route heads northwest near an industrial park before it leaves Dover.[3][4]

Upon leaving Dover, DE 15 continues through a mix of farmland and woodland with some residential areas, turning southwest onto West Denneys Road and then north onto Kenton Road. The road curves to the north-northwest and reaches an intersection with DE 42 in Moores Corner. At this point, DE 15 turns west to form a concurrency with DE 42 on Seven Hickories Road. In Seven Hickories, DE 15 splits from DE 42 by heading north on Brenford Road. The route splits from Brenford Road and continues northwest on Mount Friendship Road, crossing the Leipsic River before reaching an intersection with DE 300. Here, DE 15 turns northeast for a brief concurrency with DE 300 on Wheatleys Pond Road before turning northwest on Alley Corner Road. The road crosses an abandoned railroad line before it comes to an intersection with DE 6. At this point, DE 15 turns east to form a concurrency with DE 6 on Millington Road. On the western edge of the town of Clayton, DE 15 splits from DE 6 by heading northeast on Duck Creek Road, passing through residential areas with some industry. The road curves to the north and leaves Clayton.[3][4]

New Castle CountyEdit

 
DE 15 in Middletown at northern terminus of concurrency with US 301 and DE 299

DE 15 crosses the Duck Creek into New Castle County and the name becomes Clayton Greenspring Road as it passes through farm fields and woods with some homes. The route turns west onto Vandyke Greenspring Road and skirts the southern edge of the Blackbird State Forest, curving to the west-northwest and crossing Blackbird Creek. DE 15 turns north onto Dexter Corner Road before it continues west onto Blackbird Station Road, curving to the northwest. DE 15 crosses the Maryland and Delaware Railroad's Northern Line before turning north to remain along Blackbird Station Road. Upon crossing Caldwell Corner Road, the road name changes to Dogtown Road and it curves to the northwest again. The route runs through agricultural areas, crossing the Appoquinimink River, and turns north-northeast onto Levels Road. DE 15 passes to the west of a residential neighborhood before turning northwest at a roundabout with St. Annes Church Road to remain on Levels Road and reach an intersection with US 301/DE 299.[3][4]

At this point, DE 15 turns northeast to join US 301/DE 299 on four-lane divided Middletown Warwick Road, entering commercial areas in the town of Middletown. At an intersection, the three routes split, with DE 15 heading northwest on Bunker Hill Road, DE 299 turning east onto Main Street, and US 301 continuing north along Middletown Warwick Road. Past US 301/DE 299, DE 15 becomes a two-lane undivided road, passing areas of homes and businesses and heading northeast of Appoquinimink High School. At a roundabout, the route turns north onto Choptank Road and leaves Middletown, heading through agricultural areas with some woods and residential development and coming to a roundabout with Churchtown Road. DE 15 intersects the eastern terminus of DE 286 at a roundabout and continues northeast along Bethel Church Road, ending at an intersection with US 301/DE 71/DE 896 in Summit Bridge, just south of the Summit Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.[3][4]

The portion of the route along the DE 6 concurrency west of Clayton and between Alley Mill Road and Caldwell Corner Road in southwestern New Castle County is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a Delaware Byway.[5] DE 15 has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 30,257 vehicles at the Walker Road intersection in Dover to a low of 806 vehicles at the Caldwell Corner Road intersection south of Middletown.[2] The portions of DE 15 concurrent with US 13, between DE 8 and Scarborough Road, and along the US 301/DE 299 concurrency are part of the National Highway System.[6]

HistoryEdit

By 1920, the roads that comprise present-day DE 15 existed as county roads.[7] Bunker Hill Road was paved by 1932, with Levels Road being constructed as a state highway by this time.[8] Four years later, the segment between DE 12 and US 13, Brenford Road, a portion north of DE 6, and Bethel Church Road were paved,[9] while Kenton Road was paved three years later.[10] Paving was completed on the sections between DE 14 and Carpenter Bridge Road and from DE 8 to Kenton Road by 1942, and the entire segment between Clayton and Middletown excluding a portion of Blackbird Station Road.[11] The remainder of the road between Milford and Canterbury, the portion between Woodside and DE 10, the portion between Wyoming and Dover, and the segment of Choptank Road between Bohemia Church Road and Bethel Church Road were all paved by 1952.[12] The remainder of the route between Clayton and Middletown was paved two years later.[13] By 1957, paving was completed on the remainder of Choptank Road.[14] The section between Woodside and Wyoming was fully paved by 1959.[15] The Mt. Friendship Road part of the current route was paved by 1964.[16] Two years later, the paving of present-day DE 15 was completed when Alley Corner Road was paved.[17]

DE 15 was designated to run from DE 14 near Milford north to US 13 in Canterbury by 1984.[1] The route was extended north to US 301/DE 299 west of Middletown by 1990.[18] Four years later, DE 15 was extended farther north to US 301/DE 71/DE 896 near the Summit Bridge.[19] In 2005, a $1.5 million construction project realigned the southern terminus of DE 15 to a four-way intersection with DE 14 and Holly Hill Road in order to improve traffic congestion and safety.[20] In June 2007, construction began on a $11.3 million project to improve the Choptank Road portion of DE 15 by widening the travel lanes, adding shoulders, and constructing roundabouts at Bunker Hill Road, Churchtown Road, and DE 286. The project was completed on May 27, 2010.[21][22] In 2011, Wyoming Mill Road was realigned to intersect Hazlettville Road further to the west at a signalized intersection, reducing congestion.[23] This project, which cost over $1.8 million, was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[24] On June 5, 2017, construction began for a roundabout at the junction with DE 10 west of Camden in order to improve safety at the intersection. The roundabout was completed by September 2017.[25]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
KentMilford0.000.00  DE 14 (Milford Harrington Highway) – Milford, Houston, HarringtonSouthern terminus
6.9411.17  DE 12 (Midstate Road) – Felton, Frederica
Canterbury10.1416.32  US 13 south (South Dupont Highway) – FeltonSouth end of US 13 overlap
  US 13 north (South Dupont Highway) – Dover
 
  US 13 Alt. begins (Upper King Road)
North end of US 13 overlap; south end of US 13 Alt. overlap; southern terminus of US 13 Alt.
Woodside11.9019.15 
  US 13 Alt. north (Upper King Road) – Camden
 
  DE 10 Alt. east (Main Street) – Rising Sun
North end of US 13 Alt. overlap; south end of DE 10 Alt. overlap
12.4119.97 
  DE 10 Alt. west (Main Street) – Petersburg
North end of DE 10 Alt. overlap
Camden14.1422.76  DE 10 (Willow Grove Road)Roundabout
Dover20.3432.73  DE 8 (Forrest Avenue/Forest Street) – Hartly, Dover
Seven Hickories26.7142.99  DE 42 east (Seven Hickories Road)South end of DE 42 overlap
27.2843.90  DE 42 west (Seven Hickories Road)North end of DE 42 overlap
Clayton30.5349.13  DE 300 west (Wheatleys Pond Road)South end of DE 300 overlap
30.6949.39  DE 300 east (Wheatleys Pond Road)North end of DE 300 overlap
33.3153.61  DE 6 west (Millington Road)South end of DE 6 overlap
34.5655.62  DE 6 east (Millington Road)North end of DE 6 overlap
New CastleMiddletown49.2979.32  US 301 south (Middletown-Warwick Road) – Annapolis
  DE 299 west (Warwick Road)
South end of US 301/DE 299 overlap
50.3481.01   US 301 north (Middletown-Warwick Road) to I-95 – Wilmington
  DE 299 east (Main Street) – Middletown, Odessa
North end of US 301/DE 299 overlap
Summit Bridge56.2190.46  DE 286 west (Bethel Church Road)Roundabout; eastern terminus of DE 286
57.0591.81    US 301 / DE 71 / DE 896 (Summit Bridge Road)Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Delaware Department of Transportation (1984). Official State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Staff (2016). "Traffic Count and Mileage Report: Interstate, Delaware, and US Routes" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Delaware Department of Transportation (2017). Official Travel & Transportation Map (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Google (February 8, 2011). "overview of Delaware Route 15" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway". Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  6. ^ National Highway System: Delaware (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  7. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1920). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1932). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  9. ^ Delaware State Highway Department; The National Survey Co. (1936). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1936–1937 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1939). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1942). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  12. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1952). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1952–1953 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1954). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1954–1955 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  14. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1957). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1957–1958 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  15. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1959). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1959–1960 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  16. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1964). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  17. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1966). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  18. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (1990). Official State Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  19. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation Division of Planning Cartographic Information Section (1994). Delaware Official State Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  20. ^ "Apparent Low Bidder Announced For Route 15 Project" (Press release). Delaware Department of Transportation. December 3, 2004. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "Reconstruction Project on Choptank Road Begins Next Week" (Press release). Delaware Department of Transportation. June 15, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  22. ^ "Choptank Road is Done" (Press release). Delaware Department of Transportation. May 28, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  23. ^ "Wyoming Mill Road Realignment". Delaware Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on August 11, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  24. ^ "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)". Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "Construction of Roundabout at SR 10/Willow Grove Road and SR 15/Moose Lodge Road/Dundee Road Intersection" (Press release). Delaware Department of Transportation. May 22, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017.

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