U.S. Route 202 in Delaware

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 202 in Delaware. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 202.

U.S. Route 202 marker

U.S. Route 202
Route information
Maintained by DelDOT
Length: 13.06 mi[1] (21.02 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 13 / US 40 / DE 141 in Wilmington Manor
  I‑95 / DE 141 near Newport
I‑295 near Newport
I‑495 neat Newport
I‑95 / DE 202 in Wilmington
DE 141 / DE 261 in Fairfax
North end: US 202 at Pennsylvania border in Brandywine Hundred
Highway system

Routes in Delaware

DE 141 DE 202
US 113 US 122 Delaware 1926.svg DE 141

U.S. Route 202 (US 202) is a US Highway running from New Castle, Delaware northeast to Bangor, Maine. The southernmost section of the route in the U.S. state of Delaware runs through northern New Castle County. It runs from its southern terminus at a cloverleaf interchange with US 13/US 40 near the Wilmington-Philadelphia Regional Airport north to the Pennsylvania border in Brandywine Hundred. The route heads past the airport concurrent with Delaware Route 141 (DE 141) before coming to an interchange with Interstate 95 (I-95). At this point, US 202 heads northeast along with I-95 through Wilmington. Just north of Wilmington, US 202 splits from I-95 by heading north on Concord Pike through the suburban Brandywine Hundred area to the Pennsylvania border.

The Concord Pike was originally chartered as the Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike in 1811, a turnpike that was to connect Wilmington to Great Valley, Pennsylvania. The Concord Pike between US 13 in Wilmington and the Pennsylvania border became a part of US 122 in 1926. By 1936, US 122 was renumbered to US 202 and the road was realigned to head southwest and end at US 13 in downtown Wilmington. In the 1950s, the Concord Pike north of Wilmington was widened into a divided highway. By 1959, US 202 was realigned to follow US 13 northbound and Washington Street southbound through downtown Wilmington and was also extended south along US 13 to end at I-295/US 40 in Farnhurst. In 1971, US 202 was realigned to follow Concord Avenue to end at US 13 Business (US 13 Bus.). By 1981, US 202 was truncated to the I-95 interchange north of Wilmington, with DE 202 designated along Concord Avenue. US 202 was extended to its current terminus in 1985.

Route description[edit]

US 202/DE 141 southbound past DE 37 near Wilmington-Philadelphia Regional Airport

US 202 begins at a cloverleaf interchange with US 13/US 40 east of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Regional Airport, with the road continuing south toward New Castle as DE 141. From the southern terminus, US 202 heads north-northwest concurrent with DE 141 on four-lane divided Basin Road, passing between Wilmington-Philadelphia Regional Airport to the west and residential neighborhoods in Wilmington Manor to the east. The road passes between the Delaware Air National Guard's New Castle Air National Guard Base to the west and homes and commercial establishments to the east, coming to an intersection with the northern terminus of DE 37. Past this intersection, the median of US 202/DE 141 widens as the road intersects Airport Road and becomes a freeway. The road comes to an interchange with I-95 and the southern terminus of I-295.[2][3]

Here, US 202 splits from DE 141 and heads to the east along I-95, an eight-lane freeway with a wide median. I-295 splits off to the east before the freeway curves northeast and interchanges with the southern terminus of I-495. Following this, I-95/US 202 becomes a six-lane freeway and heads through marshland, crossing the Christina River. The freeway comes to a bridge over Norfolk Southern's Shellpot Branch and continues through more wetlands, with Amtrak's Northeast Corridor running a short distance to the northwest. The road heads into Wilmington and curves to the north, passing to the west of Frawley Stadium, which is home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team. I-95/US 202 heads towards downtown Wilmington and crosses onto a viaduct, passing over the Northeast Corridor and coming to an interchange that provides access to the downtown area by way of DE 4 and DE 48. At this point, the four-lane freeway continues northeast, with one-way northbound North Adams Street to the east and one-way southbound North Jackson Street to the west serving as frontage roads. I-95/US 202 continues through residential areas to the west of downtown Wilmington, passing over DE 9. Farther northeast, the freeway heads into an alignment below street level and comes to an interchange with DE 52. Past this interchange, the road heads to the north and crosses Brandywine Creek, heading through Brandywine Park, which is a part of the Wilmington State Parks complex. The freeway curves northeast again and passes under CSX's Philadelphia Subdivision before reaching an interchange with the northern terminus of DE 202 at the northern edge of Wilmington, at which point US 202 splits from I-95.[2][3]

Southbound US 202 along the Concord Pike at the intersection with Cleveland Avenue

Upon splitting from I-95, US 202 heads north on the six-lane divided Concord Pike into the Brandywine Hundred area, coming to an interchange with the northern terminus of DE 141 and the southern terminus of DE 261. Past this interchange, the road heads into Fairfax and passes between AstraZeneca's North American headquarters to the west and suburban homes and businesses to the east. The route continues through commercial areas, heading into Talleyville. At this point, the median of the road widens at the intersection with Garden of Eden Road/Silverside Road. The median narrows again as the road runs past more shopping centers, curving to the north-northeast. US 202 passes to the west of the Concord Mall before it reaches an intersection with DE 92. Past this intersection, the route runs between business parks to the west and the Brandywine Town Center shopping center to the east. The road narrows to four lanes as it passes between farm fields to the west and residential development to the east. US 202 reaches the Pennsylvania border, where it continues into that state as Wilmington West Chester Pike.[2][3]

US 202 in Delaware has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 102,035 vehicles at the south end of Wilmington along the I-95 concurrency to a low of 30,807 vehicles at the intersection with Augustine Cut-Off between I-95 and DE 141/DE 261.[1] The portion of US 202 in Delaware from the south end of the I-95 concurrency to the Pennsylvania border is part of the National Highway System.[4]


The Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike Company was chartered on January 23, 1811 to build a turnpike running north from Wilmington along the Concord road, continuing to West Chester and Great Valley in Pennsylvania. Construction on the turnpike progressed throughout the 1810s.[5] The Wilmington and Great Valley Turnpike was known in Delaware as the Concord Pike.[6] The Concord Pike was taken over by New Castle County in 1911, at which point the tolls were removed.[7] By 1920, a portion of the Concord Pike near Talleyville was incorporated into the state highway system, with the remainder of the road proposed to become a state highway.[8] By 1924, the Concord Pike between Blue Ball and Talleyville was a state highway, with the remainder remaining a county road.[9] A year later, what is now US 202 along Basin Road was completed as a state highway.[10] When the US Highway System was established in 1926, US 122 was designated to follow the Concord Pike between US 13 (Philadelphia Pike) in Wilmington and the Pennsylvania border, heading north into that state and continuing to US 22 at Whitehouse, New Jersey.[11][12] By 1936, US 122 was redesignated US 202 and the entire Concord Pike became state-maintained. Also at this time, US 202 was realigned in Wilmington to head southwest from Concord Avenue onto Washington Boulevard, splitting into a one-way pair following Washington Street southbound and West Street northbound as it passed through downtown Wilmington. In this area, US 202 turned east onto Front Street to end at US 13.[13] By 1954, the portion of US 202 between the Wilmington border and Talleyville was widened into a divided highway.[14] The divided highway was extended north from Talleyville to the Pennsylvania border by 1957.[15]

By 1959, US 202 was moved onto a new one-way pair through downtown Wilmington, with the southbound direction splitting from Concord Avenue to follow Baynard Boulevard to Washington Street and the northbound direction following US 13 on Market Street before heading north onto Concord Avenue. Also at this time, US 202 was extended south along US 13 from downtown Wilmington to an interchange with I-295/US 40 in Farnhurst.[16] By 1966, the portion of I-95 that currently carries US 202 was completed between DE 141 and downtown Wilmington.[17] I-95 was completed between downtown Wilmington and the Concord Pike in 1969.[18] In 1971, US 202 was aligned to head south on Concord Avenue to end at US 13 Bus., which replaced the US 13 designation on Market Street.[19] By 1981, the southern terminus of US 202 was truncated to the interchange with I-95 north of Wilmington, with DE 202 being designated along Concord Avenue between US 13 Bus. and I-95.[20] US 202 was extended south to its current terminus at US 13/US 40 near the New Castle Airport in 1985, following I-95 through Wilmington before heading south along DE 141.[21] In 1992, plans were made to build an interchange with DE 141 and DE 261 north of I-95; however, plans for the proposed interchange were placed on hold in 1994. In 2000, the portion of US 202 between I-95 and DE 141 (Powder Mill Road) was improved, with the alignment shifted to eliminate a few curves, the intersections at DE 261 and DE 141 improved, and a southbound transit lane added.[22] In the 2000s, the Blue Ball Construction Project built an interchange at DE 261 that also relocated the northern terminus of DE 141 from the Powder Mill Road intersection further north. The project took place between 2002 and 2007 and cost $123 million.[23]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in New Castle County.

Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Wilmington Manor 0.00 0.00 DE 141 south (Basin Road) Continuation beyond US 13/US 40, south end of DE 141 overlap
0.00 0.00 1A US 13 north / US 40 east – Wilmington, Delaware Memorial Bridge Southern terminus, interchange
0.00 0.00 1B US 13 south / US 40 west – Dover, Elkton, Baltimore Interchange, no northbound exit
1.02 1.64 DE 37 south (Commons Boulevard)
South end of freeway section
Newport 2 I‑295 north – Delaware Memorial Bridge, New Jersey Southbound exit
1.51 2.43 3A
I‑95 south – Newark, Baltimore
DE 141 north – Newport
North end of DE 141 overlap, South end of I-95 overlap
3.60 5.79 5D I‑495 north – Port of Wilmington, Philadelphia Designated as "Thru Route to Philadelphia"
4.29 6.90 5C (SB) I‑295 north – New Castle, Delaware Memorial Bridge Exit number unsigned
Wilmington 5.73 9.22 6 (NB) DE 4 (Maryland Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) Access to Wilmington Station
6.40 10.30 6 (SB) DE 4 (Martin Luther King Boulevard) / DE 9 (Fourth Street) Access to Wilmington Station
6.63 10.67 7 DE 52 (Delaware Avenue)
7.92 12.75 8 I‑95 north – Chester, Philadelphia
DE 202 south (Concord Avenue) – Wilmington
North end of I-95 overlap
North end of freeway section
Fairfax 8.67 13.95 DE 141 south (Powder Mill Road) / DE 261 north (Foulk Road) Interchange
Brandywine Hundred 12.28 19.76 DE 92 (Beaver Valley Road/Naamans Road) – Philadelphia, Claymont
13.06 21.02 US 202 north (Wilmington West Chester Pike) – West Chester Pennsylvania state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Staff (2011). "Traffic Count and Mileage Report: Interstate, Delaware, and US Routes" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Delaware Department of Transportation (2008) (PDF). Delaware Official Transportation Map (Map) (2008 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_083.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Google Inc. "overview of U.S. Route 202 in Delaware". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=DE-141+N%2FUS-202+N%2FBasin+Rd&daddr=US-202+N%2FConcord+Pike&hl=en&sll=39.836157,-75.529289&sspn=0.015983,0.042272&geocode=Fet6XQIdRZR--w%3BFdzkXwIdwFt_-w&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=h&z=11. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2010) (PDF). National Highway System: Delaware (Map). http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/nhs/maps/de/de_delaware.pdf. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  5. ^ Scharf, John Thomas. History of Delaware : 1609-1888, Volume 1. Philadelphia: L.J. Richards & Co. p. 418. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ The charter of the city of Wilmington. Wilmington, DE: City of Wilmington. p. 1058. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Delaware Federal Writers Project. Delaware: a guide to the first state. New York City: The Viking Press. p. 422. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1920) (PDF). Official Road Map (Map) (1920 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_002.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1924) (PDF). Official Road Map (Map) (1924 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_003.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  10. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1925) (PDF). Official Road Map (Map) (1925 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_004.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  11. ^ Bureau of Public Roads (1926). United States System of Highways (Map). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:1926us.jpg. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  12. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1931) (PDF). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (Map) (1931 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_005.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  13. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1936) (PDF). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (Map). Cartography by The National Survey Co. (1936–37 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_008.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  14. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1954) (PDF). Official Highway Map of Delaware (Map) (1954–55 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_028.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  15. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1957) (PDF). Official Highway Map of Delaware (Map) (1957–58 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_030.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  16. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1959) (PDF). Official Highway Map of Delaware (Map) (1959–60 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_032.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  17. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1966) (PDF). Official Highway Map (Map) (1966 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_040.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  18. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1969) (PDF). Official Highway Map (Map) (1969 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_046.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  19. ^ Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation (1971) (PDF). Delaware Highways Official Map (Map) (1971 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_050.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  20. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (1981) (PDF). Delaware Official State Highway Map (Map) (1981 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_058.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  21. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (1985) (PDF). Official State Highway Map (Map) (1985 ed.). http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/historic_highway_maps/pdf/cd_060.pdf. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  22. ^ "Blue Ball Properties Transportation Improvements Project - Project History". Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Blue Ball Properties Project Honored At American Society of Civil Engineers - Delaware Section's Dinner". Delaware Department of Transportation. May 9, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 

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