Delaware Route 15
|Maintained by DelDOT|
|Length:||57.05 mi (91.81 km)|
|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|
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. Delaware Route 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.
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.
DE 15 begins at an intersection with DE 14 west of the city of Milford in Kent County and proceeds northwest on two-lane undivided Canterbury Road. The road heads through agricultural areas with some woods and homes, passing to the east of McColley Pond and Coursey Pond. The route intersects DE 12 and passes to the east of Henderson Aviation Airport as it heads through more rural areas. DE 15 reaches the community of Canterbury, where it passes homes and comes to an intersection with US 13. DE 15 turns north to form a concurrency with US 13 for a short distance on the four-lane divided Dupont Highway before heading northwest along with US 13 Alt. on two-lane undivided Upper King Road. The road passes through farmland with some woods and residences, entering Woodside. Here, the 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. The road is lined with more homes and crosses Norfolk Southern's Delmarva Secondary railroad line.
DE 15 splits from DE 10 Alt. by heading north on Dundee Road, leaving Woodside. The road heads through a mix of farmland and residential subdivisions, coming to an intersection with DE 10. Past this intersection, the route becomes Moose Lodge Road and continues through agricultural areas with some woods and homes. DE 15 turns east onto Westville Road and enters Wyoming, where it becomes Southern Boulevard and passes homes. The route turns northeast onto South Railroad Avenue and passes homes and some businesses immediately to the west of the Norfolk Southern railroad line. The road becomes North Railroad Avenue and passes through more development before leaving Wyoming as it heads 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 road continues through farmland with some woods and residential development before entering Dover and curving to the northwest.
Here, DE 15 turns east onto Hazlettville Road and heads into industrial areas, widening into a four-lane road. The route becomes West North Street before turning 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 past more businesses 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 heads northwest through residential areas with some commercial development. The route loses the center left-turn lane past the College Road intersection and continues through residential areas with some farmland. 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 between homes to the southwest and an industrial park to the northeast, leaving Dover.
Upon leaving Dover, DE 15 continues between farmland to the southwest and residential subdivisions to the northeast, turning southwest onto West Denneys Road. The route continues through a mix of farmland, woodland, and residential neighborhoods, turning north onto Kenton Road. The road curves to the north-northwest and runs through a mix of farms and woods with some homes, coming to 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, passing through farmland with woods and residences. In Seven Hickories, DE 15 splits from DE 42 by heading north on Brenford Road and passing between farmland to the east and residential subdivisions to the west. The route splits from Brenford Road and continues northwest on Mount Friendship Road, running through a mix of farmland and woodland with some residential neighborhoods before reaching an intersection with DE 300. Here, DE 15 turns northeast for a brief concurrency with DE 300 on Wheatleys Pond Road before heading northwest on Alley Corner Road. The road passes through farmland with some woods and homes, crossing an abandoned railroad line before coming to an intersection with DE 6. At this point, DE 15 turns east to form a concurrency with DE 6 on Millington Road, passing through more agricultural areas with some housing developments. On the western edge 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.
New Castle County
DE 15 crosses the Duck Creek into New Castle County and the name becomes Clayton Greenspring Road as it passes through farmland and woodland with some homes. The route turns west onto Vandyke Greenspring Road and continues through more rural areas on the southern edge of the Blackbird State Forest, curving to the west-northwest. DE 15 turns north onto Dexter Corner Road runs through a mix of farms and woods with occasional residences. The route turns west onto Blackbird Station Road and heads through forested areas with some homes, curving to the northwest. DE 15 crosses a Maryland and Delaware Railroad line before turning north onto Dogtown Road and continuing through a mix of farmland and woodland with a few homes, heading northwest again. The route passes through agricultural areas and turns north-northeast onto Levels Road. DE 15 passes to the west of a residential neighborhood before turning northwest at a roundabout to remain on Levels Road and pass through more farmland as it comes to an intersection with US 301/DE 299.
At this point, DE 15 turns northeast to join US 301/DE 299 on four-lane divided Middletown Warwick Road, entering Middletown and heading into commercial areas. At an intersection, the three routes split, with DE 15 heading northwest on Bunker Hill Road, DE 299 heading east on 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 with some farmland. At a roundabout, the route turns north onto Choptank Road and leaves Middletown, heading through agricultural areas with some trees and residences. DE 15 intersects the eastern terminus of DE 286 at a roundabout and heads northeast along Bethel Church Road through farmland, 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.
DE 15 has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 23,156 vehicles at the Walker Road intersection in Dover to a low of 504 vehicles along Duck Creek Road in Clayton. 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.
By 1920, the roads that comprise present-day DE 15 existed as county roads. Bunker Hill Road was paved by 1932, with Levels Road being constructed as a state highway by this time. By 1936, the segment between DE 12 and US 13, Brenford Road, a portion north of DE 6, and Bethel Church Road were paved. Kenton Road were paved by 1939. By 1942, paving was completed on the sections between DE 14 and Carpenters Bridge Road and from DE 8 to Kenton Road, and the entire segment between Clayton and Middletown excluding a portion of Blackbird Station Road. 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. The remainder of the route between Clayton and Middletown was paved by 1954. By 1957, paving was completed on the remainder of Choptank Road. The section between Woodside and Wyoming was fully paved by 1959. The Mt. Friendship Road part of the current route was paved by 1964. By 1966, the paving of present-day DE 15 was completed when Alley Corner Road was paved. DE 15 was designated to run from DE 14 near Milford north to US 13 in Canterbury by 1984. The route was extended north to US 301/DE 299 west of Middletown by 1990. By 1994, DE 15 was extended farther north to US 301/DE 71/DE 896 near the Summit Bridge. In 2011, Wyoming Mill Road was realigned to intersect Hazlettville Road further to the west at a signalized intersection, reducing congestion.
|Kent||Milford||0.00||0.00||DE 14 (Milford-Harrington Highway) – Milford, Houston, Harrington||Southern terminus|
|Felton||6.94||11.17||DE 12 (Midstate Road) – Felton, Frederica|
|Canterbury||10.14||16.32|| US 13 (Dupont Highway)
US 13 Alt. begins (Upper King Road)
|Brief overlap with US 13, south end of US 13 Alt. overlap|
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|
DE 10 Alt. west (Main Street) – Petersburg
|North end of DE 10 Alt. overlap|
|Camden||14.14||22.76||DE 10 (Willow Grove Road)|
|Dover||20.34||32.73||DE 8 (Forrest Avenue/Forest Street) – Hartly, Dover|
|Seven Hickories||26.71||42.99||DE 42 east (Seven Hickories Road)||South end of DE 42 overlap|
|27.28||43.90||DE 42 west (Seven Hickories Road)||North end of DE 42 overlap|
|Clayton||30.53||49.13||DE 300 west (Wheatleys Pond Road)||South end of DE 300 overlap|
|30.69||49.39||DE 300 east (Wheatleys Pond Road)||North end of DE 300 overlap|
|33.31||53.61||DE 6 west (Millington Road)||South end of DE 6 overlap|
|34.56||55.62||DE 6 east (Millington Road)||North end of DE 6 overlap|
|New Castle||Middletown||49.29||79.32||US 301 south / DE 299 west (Middletown-Warwick Road) – Annapolis||South end of US 301/DE 299 overlap|
|50.34||81.01|| 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 Bridge||56.21||90.46||DE 286 west (Bethel Church Road)||Roundabout|
|57.05||91.81||US 301 / DE 71 / DE 896 (Summit Bridge Road)||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- Media related to Delaware Route 15 at Wikimedia Commons