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Delaware Route 5 (DE 5) is a 19.48-mile-long (31.35 km) state highway in Sussex County, Delaware. The route runs from River Road and Oak Orchard Avenue on the Indian River Bay in Oak Orchard north to DE 1, north of Milton. Along the way, DE 5 passes through rural areas along with the communities of Long Neck, Harbeson, and Milton. The route has concurrencies with DE 23 and DE 24 in the Long Neck area and crosses U.S. Route 9 (US 9)/DE 404 in Harbeson and DE 16 in Milton. DE 5 features one alternate route, DE 5 Alternate (DE 5 Alt.), which provides a bypass of Milton. DE 5 was built as a state highway in the 1920s and 1930s. The road between Long Neck and north of Milton, including present-day DE 5 north of DE 24, was designated as part of a short-lived DE 22 in the 1930s. DE 5 was designated to its current alignment by 1938. DE 5 Alt. was designated by 2001.

Delaware Route 5 marker

Delaware Route 5
Route information
Maintained by DelDOT
Length19.48 mi[2] (31.35 km)
Existed1938[1]–present
Tourist
routes
Delaware's Bayshore Byway
Major junctions
South endRiver Road / Oak Orchard Avenue in Oak Orchard
  DE 24 in Oak Orchard
DE 23 in Long Neck
US 9 / DE 404 in Harbeson

DE 5 Alt. south of Milton

DE 16 / DE 5 Alt. in Milton
North end DE 1 north of Milton
Location
CountiesSussex
Highway system
DE 4DE 6
DE 20DE 22DE 23

Route descriptionEdit

 
DE 5 in downtown Milton on Union Street

DE 5 heads northwest on two-lane undivided Oak Orchard Road from the intersection with River Road and Oak Orchard Avenue on the northern shore of the Indian River Bay, passing through the residential areas of Oak Orchard. The road continues through a mix of farms and woods with some housing developments, coming to an intersection with DE 24. At this point, DE 5 turns northeast to form a concurrency with DE 24 on John J. Williams Highway. The road heads north through residential and commercial development with some fields as it enters the Long Neck area, where it intersects DE 23.[3][4]

At the DE 23 intersection, DE 5 splits from DE 24 and turns northwest onto DE 23, which is called Indian Mission Road. The road heads through a mix of farmland and woodland with some housing subdivisions. In Fairmount, DE 23 branches off to the northeast, and DE 5 continues to the northwest through more rural areas. At the intersection with DE 24 Alt. in Hollyville, the name changes to Harbeson Road. The route turns north and reaches Harbeson. In Harbeson, DE 5 heads past homes and crosses the Delmarva Central Railroad's Lewes Industrial Track railroad line before it intersects US 9/DE 404 near businesses.[3][4]

Past this intersection, the road runs north through more rural land before curving northwest. The route turns north again and comes to an intersection with the southern terminus of the DE 5 Alt. bypass to the west of the town of Milton, which heads west on Sand Hill Road. Also at this intersection, the name changes from Harbeson Road to Federal Street. DE 5 continues northeast into Milton, encountering the Milton Rail-Trail and passing several homes. At the intersection with Front Street, the route turns northwest onto Union Street, running through the downtown and crossing the Broadkill River. The road continues through residential areas in the northern part of Milton. At the north end of town, DE 5 intersects DE 16 along with the northern terminus of DE 5 Alt., which heads west on DE 16. DE 5 continues north on Union Street Extended, passing through agricultural areas with some woods and homes. The route turns northeast and comes to its northern terminus at DE 1.[3][4]

The section of the route between US 9/DE 404 in Harbeson and DE 16 in Milton is designated as part of the Delaware's Bayshore Byway, a Delaware Byway.[5] DE 5 has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 19,031 vehicles at the intersection with DE 23 and DE 24 to a low of 2,260 vehicles at south end of the DE 24 concurrency.[2] None of DE 5 is part of the National Highway System.[6]

HistoryEdit

 

Delaware Route 22
LocationLong NeckMilton
Length21.39 mi[7] (34.42 km)
Existed1936[8]–1938[1]

By 1920, what is now DE 5 existed as an unimproved county road.[9] The road was upgraded to a state highway between Harbeson and Milton by 1924.[10] The following year, the road was proposed as a state highway north of Milton and from Oak Orchard to the present-day north end of the DE 24 concurrency.[11] The entire length of the present DE 5 was completed as a state highway by 1931.[12] DE 22 was designated in 1936 to run from Long Neck north to DE 14 (now DE 1) north of Milton.[8] DE 5 was assigned to its current alignment by 1938, running between Oak Orchard and DE 14 north of Milton. DE 5 replaced DE 22 north of the DE 24 intersection while the former DE 22 south of there became unnumbered (now a part of DE 23).[1] By 1994, DE 23 was designated to run concurrent with a portion of DE 5 in the Long Neck area.[13]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Sussex County.

Locationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Oak Orchard0.000.00River Road / Oak Orchard AvenueSouthern terminus
1.993.20  DE 24 west (John J. Williams Highway) – MillsboroSouth end of DE 24 overlap
Long Neck3.565.73  DE 23 south (Long Neck Road) – Massey's Landing
  DE 24 east (John J. Williams Highway) – Rehoboth Beach
North end of DE 24 overlap; south end of DE 23 overlap
6.109.82  DE 23 north (Beaver Dam Road)North end of DE 23 overlap
Hollyville6.9811.23 
  DE 24 Alt. (Hollyville Road) – Georgetown, Angola
Harbeson11.8018.99   US 9 / DE 404 (Lewes Georgetown Highway) – Georgetown, Lewes
Milton 
  DE 5 Alt. north (Sand Hill Road)
Southern terminus of DE 5 Alt.
17.0127.37  
   DE 16 / DE 5 Alt. south (Milton Ellendale Highway/Broadkill Road) – Greenwood, Broadkill Beach
Northern terminus of DE 5 Alt.
19.4831.35  DE 1 (Coastal Highway) – Milford, LewesNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Delaware Route 5 AlternateEdit

 

 

Delaware Route 5 Alternate
LocationMilton
Length3.8 mi[14] (6.1 km)
Existed2001[15]–present
Tourist
routes
  Delaware's Bayshore Byway

Delaware Route 5 Alternate (DE 5 Alt.) is a 3.8-mile-long (6.1 km) alternate route of DE 5 that bypasses the town of Milton. The route travels west from DE 5 south of Milton along two-lane undivided Sand Hill Road through areas of farms and woods with some homes. The route turns north to join DE 30 on Gravel Hill Road, crossing an abandoned railroad grade just east of the terminus of the Delmarva Central Railroad's Milton Industrial Track railroad line. DE 5 Alt. splits from DE 30 by turning east onto DE 16, following that route through more rural areas on Milton Ellendale Highway. The route ends at an intersection with DE 5 north of Milton. In some locations, the route is signed as "DE 5 Truck Alt."[3][14] The section of the route concurrent with DE 16 is designated as part of the Delaware's Bayshore Byway, a Delaware Byway.[5] The route was designated by 2001.[15]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Milton, Sussex County.

mi[14]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0  DE 5 (Harbeson Road)Southern terminus
1.32.1  DE 30 south (Gravel Hill Road)South end of DE 30 overlap
2.43.9  DE 16 west (Milton Ellendale Highway) – Ellendale
  DE 30 north (Isaacs Road) – Milford
North end of DE 30 overlap; south end of DE 16 overlap
3.86.1  DE 5 (Union Street/Union Street Extended) – Milton
  DE 16 east (Broadkill Road)
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Delaware State Highway Department; The National Survey Co. (1938). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. 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 Delaware Department of Transportation (2017). Official Travel & Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Google (August 24, 2010). "overview of Delaware Route 5" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Delaware's Bayshore 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. ^ Staff (2015). "Traffic Count and Mileage Report: Sussex County" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - Delaware - Sussex County - ED 3-1 - ED 3-57". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  9. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1920). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1924). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1925). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  12. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1931). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ a b c Google (August 24, 2010). "overview of Delaware Route 5 Alternate" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  15. ^ a b Delaware Department of Transportation (2001). Delaware Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015.

External linksEdit

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