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Delaware Route 8 (DE 8) is a state highway located in Kent County in the U.S. state of Delaware. It runs from Maryland Route 454 (MD 454) at the Maryland border in Marydel east to an intersection with DE 9 north of Little Creek. The route passes through rural areas of western Kent County before heading through Delaware's capital city, Dover, on Forrest Avenue and Division Street. East of Dover, the road passes through more rural areas. DE 8 intersects DE 44 in Pearsons Corner; DE 15, U.S. Route 13 Alternate (US 13 Alt.), and US 13 in Dover; and DE 1 at a partial interchange east of Dover. The road was built as a state highway west of Dover by 1924 and east of Dover by 1931. The DE 8 designation was given to the road by 1936.

Delaware Route 8 marker

Delaware Route 8
Route information
Maintained by DelDOT
Length17.15 mi[2] (27.60 km)
Existed1936[1]–present
Tourist
routes
Delaware's Bayshore Byway
Major junctions
West end MD 454 in Marydel
  DE 44 in Pearsons Corner
DE 15 in Dover

US 13 Alt. in Dover
US 13 in Dover

DE 1 Toll near Dover
East end DE 9 near Little Creek
Location
CountiesKent
Highway system
DE 7US 9

Route descriptionEdit

DE 8 begins at the Maryland border in Marydel, where the road continues into the town of Marydel, Maryland as MD 454. From the state line, the route heads southeast on two-lane undivided Halltown Road, passing a few homes and businesses. The road leaves Marydel and curves northeast through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes. In Pearsons Corner, DE 8 intersects the eastern terminus of DE 44, where it turns to the east past businesses and the name changes to Forrest Avenue upon crossing Pearsons Corner Road. From here, the route runs through more rural areas with some development.[3][4] This area of Kent County is home to many Amish farms, homes, and businesses.[5]

 
Eastbound DE 8 (Forrest Avenue) in the western part of Dover

DE 8 crosses into the city of Dover, where it passes to the north of Dover High School before it widens from a two-lane road to a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane. The road runs past homes and businesses in the western part of Dover, intersecting Kenton Road and DE 15. The name changes to Forest Street upon crossing DE 15 and the route continues east onto West Division Street at the point Forest Street splits to the southeast to lead to Loockerman Street and downtown Dover. At this point, DE 8 narrows to a two-lane road. The route crosses the Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision railroad line at-grade and continues past a mix of homes and businesses to the north of downtown area. The road crosses US 13 Alt. and passes to the south of Wesley College before intersecting State Street, where the name becomes East Division Street. The route intersects Kings Highway SW north of the Delaware Governor's Mansion and the name changes to Kings Highway NE. DE 8 crosses the St. Jones River and Kings Highway NE splits to the north, with DE 8 once again becoming East Division Street. The road heads between businesses to the north and residential neighborhoods to the south, widening to four lanes.[3][4]

DE 8 intersects US 13 in a commercial area and continues through the residential eastern part of Dover as a two-lane road. The name changes to North Little Creek Road and the route heads through less dense areas of homes with some farmland. At the eastern edge of the city, the roadway features a partial interchange with the DE 1 toll road, providing access to northbound DE 1 and from southbound DE 1. After this interchange, the road leaves Dover and continues east through open agricultural areas, crossing the Little River. DE 8 reaches its eastern terminus at an intersection with DE 9 just north of the town of Little Creek.[3][4]

The section of the route between DE 1 east of Dover and DE 9 north of Little Creek is designated as a spur of the Delaware's Bayshore Byway, a Delaware Byway.[6] DE 8 has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 21,663 vehicles at the DE 15 intersection to a low of 858 vehicles at the Little Creek border near the eastern terminus.[2] The portion of DE 8 between DE 44 and DE 15 is part of the National Highway System.[7]

HistoryEdit

 
DE 8 eastbound past the eastern terminus of DE 44 in Pearsons Corner

By 1920, what is now DE 8 existed as an unimproved county road.[8] The route was completed as a state highway between the Maryland border in Marydel and Dover by 1924.[9] By 1925, the road was proposed as a state highway between Dover and Little Creek.[10] This state highway was completed by 1931.[11] DE 8 was assigned to its current alignment between the Maryland border in Marydel and DE 9 north of Little Creek by 1936.[1]

On September 5, 2002, a partial interchange opened at the DE 1 toll road in Dover, utilizing existing emergency vehicle ramps.[12][13] This interchange was included in the initial plans for the highway but was dropped due to low traffic volumes. As part of building the interchange, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) purchased development rights to adjacent land parcels in order to prevent additional development in the area of the interchange.[13] In 2012, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance pushed for the city of Dover to rename the Division Street portion of DE 8 to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. However, local merchants opposed the renaming. The Dover city council instead voted to rename Court Street, Duke of York Street, and William Penn Street near Delaware Legislative Hall to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.[14]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Kent County.

Locationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Marydel0.000.00  MD 454 north (Halltown Road) – Marydel, Bay BridgeMaryland state line; western terminus
Pearsons Corner6.3310.19  DE 44 west (Hartly Road) – HartlyEastern terminus of DE 44
Dover11.9919.30  DE 15 (Saulsbury Road) – Cheswold
12.8020.60 
  US 13 Alt. (Governors Avenue)
13.5321.77  US 13 (Dupont Highway) – Smyrna, Dover AFB
 
  DE 1 Toll north – Wilmington
DE 1 exit 98; access to northbound DE 1 and from southbound DE 1
Little Creek17.1527.60  DE 9 (Bayside Drive) – Leipsic, Port Mahon, Little CreekEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 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.
  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 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 23, 2010). "overview of Delaware Route 8" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "Amish Countryside". Kent County & Greater Dover, Delaware Convention and Visitors Bureau. Archived from the original on November 23, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Delaware's Bayshore Byway". Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  7. ^ National Highway System: Delaware (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  8. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1920). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  9. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1924). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1925). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1931). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Route 1 & Route 8 Partial Interchange Opens Today". Delaware Department of Transportation. September 5, 2002. Archived from the original on December 9, 2003. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Partial Interchange Coming to Dover" (PDF). On the Road (27). Delaware Department of Transportation. Spring 2002. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 11, 2005. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Prado, Antonio (January 19, 2013). "Dover dedicates new Martin Luther Jr. King Boulevard at Legislative Mall". Dover Post. Retrieved June 7, 2013.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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