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Delaware Route 14
Route information
Maintained by DelDOT
Length 19.12 mi[2] (30.77 km)
Existed 1936[1] – present
Tourist
routes
Delaware's Bayshore Byway
Major junctions
West end MD 317 near Burrsville, MD
 
US 13 / DE 14 Truck in Harrington
DE 15 in Milford
US 113 in Milford

DE 1 Bus. in Milford
East end DE 1 near Milford
Location
Counties Kent
Highway system
US 13 DE 14A

Delaware Route 14 (DE 14) is a state highway in the southern part of Kent County, Delaware. The route runs from the Maryland border near Burrsville, Maryland, where it continues as Maryland Route 317 (MD 317), east to DE 1 in Milford. The route passes through Harrington, where it intersects U.S. Route 13 (US 13), and passes to the north of Houston before coming to Milford, where it intersects DE 15, US 113, and DE 1 Business (DE 1 Bus.). DE 14 has a truck bypass of Harrington known as DE 14 Truck.

DE 14 was first designated by 1936 to run from the Maryland border near Burrsville east to DE 26 in Bethany Beach. The road was extended south to Fenwick Island in 1939. In the 1940s, the road was realigned to bypass Rehoboth Beach. The route between Nassau and Rehoboth Beach was widened into a divided highway in the 1950s, with all of DE 14 southeast of Milford being upgraded to a divided highway by the 1970s. In 1977, most of DE 14 east of Milford was replaced with DE 1, with the eastern terminus being realigned to its current location by 1984.

Route description[edit]

DE 14 westbound past DE 1 in Milford

DE 14 begins at the Maryland border, where it continues west into that state as MD 317. From the state line, the route heads east on two-lane undivided Vernon Road, passing through a mix of farmland and woodland with occasional homes and crossing Marshyhope Creek. The road curves to the northeast before bending east as Walt Messick Road and entering the city of Harrington. DE 14 runs past homes and some businesses before intersecting DE 14 Truck, which bypasses Harrington to the south. At this point, DE 14 heads northeast on Commerce Street into the downtown area. Here, the route turns east onto Clark Street and passes north of the Harrington Tower Railroad Museum before it crosses the Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision railroad line. On the eastern edge of Harrington, DE 14 intersects US 13 in a commercial area, at which point DE 14 Truck returns to the route.[3][4]

Past this intersection, the route leaves Harrington and becomes Milford Harrington Highway, heading through a mix of farms and woods with some residential development. The road continues east through more rural areas, passing to the north of the town of Houston. Broad Street heads south from DE 14 to provide access to Houston. Farther east, DE 14 bends southeast and intersects the southern terminus of DE 15, crossing into the city of Milford. The road enters commercial areas, passing south of the Milford Solar Farm, and gains a center left-turn lane, coming to an intersection with US 113. Past this intersection, the route becomes Northwest Front Street and runs past homes and businesses a short distance to the north of the Delmarva Central Railroad's Indian River Subdivision railroad line and Silver Lake along the Mispillion River, narrowing back to two lanes. The road curves to the east, passing to the south of the Parson Thorne Mansion, and heads through the downtown of Milford, becoming Northeast Front Street at the intersection with North Walnut Street. DE 14 passes a short distance to the north of the Mispillion River, curving northeast and coming to an intersection with DE 1 Bus. Past this junction, the route continues through areas of farmland with some commercial development, ending at an intersection with the DE 1 bypass of Milford.[3][4]

The section of the route between Maple Avenue and DE 1 in Milford is designated as part of the Delaware's Bayshore Byway, a Delaware Byway.[5] DE 14 has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 15,509 vehicles at the US 113 intersection to a low of 2,358 vehicles at the eastern terminus at DE 1.[2] None of DE 14 is part of the National Highway System.[6]

History[edit]

What would become DE 14 originally existed as a county road between the Maryland border in Burrsville and Rehoboth Beach by 1920.[7] By 1924, the road was built as a state highway between Burrsville and Milford and was proposed as one between Nassau and Rehoboth Beach.[8] A year later, the state road was completed between Milford and Cedar Creek and from Nassau to just west of Rehoboth Beach, with the sections between Cedar Creek and Nassau and into Rehoboth Beach under proposal.[9] A bascule bridge was constructed over the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal in Rehoboth Beach in 1926.[10] In 1927, the state highway between Milford and Rehoboth Beach was finished with the construction of a bascule bridge over the Broadkill River.[11][12]

In 1931, a state gravel road was extended from Bethany Beach to the Indian River Inlet along the Atlantic Ocean, providing access to the inlet for recreational purposes.[13] By this time, the county road between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach was paved.[12] In January 1933, bids were made for construction of a gravel road from Dewey Beach south to the Indian River Inlet as well as for a timber bridge across the inlet, connecting with the gravel road between the Indian River Inlet and Bethany Beach. This gravel road would provide a direct connection between Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach and would provide better access to the Atlantic coast for recreation.[14] The Ocean Highway between Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach was completed in 1933. In fall of that year, the roadway between Bethany Beach and Indian River Inlet was paved, with recommendations to pave the road north from the Indian River Inlet toward Rehoboth Beach.[15] In 1934, the Ocean Highway between the Indian River Inlet and Rehoboth Beach was paved. The same year, recommendations were made to extend the Ocean Highway south from Bethany Beach to Fenwick Island, where it would lead to a Maryland state highway continuing to Ocean City.[16]

DE 14 was designated to run from the Maryland border in Burrsville east to DE 26 in Bethany Beach by 1936.[1] In 1939, a southern extension of DE 14 was built between Bethany Beach and the Maryland border in Fenwick Island as a gravel road.[17][18] In 1940, a swing bridge opened across the Indian River Inlet.[17][19] The same year, work began for a bypass of the route between Dewey Beach and west of Rehoboth Beach, which included a bascule bridge over the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.[19] In 1942, the Rehoboth Beach bypass for DE 14 was completed.[20][21] In addition, the roadway was paved between Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach by that year.[21] In 1952, a new swing bridge opened across the Indian River Inlet after the previous bridge was destroyed by ice and tides in 1948.[22]

The route was widened into a divided highway between DE 18 (now US 9) in Nassau and Rehoboth Beach in 1954 in order to provide relief to traffic heading to the beaches. Channelized intersections were built at DE 18 and the entrance to Rehoboth Beach.[23][24] As part of this widening, DE 14 was moved to a new alignment to bypass Wescoats Corner, removing a concurrency with DE 18; the bypassed alignment is now US 9 Bus. (which replaced DE 18) and Wescoats Road.[25] In 1956, DE 14 was realigned slightly north to its current alignment in Burrsville to meet a new routing of MD 317; the former alignment is now Knife Box Road.[25][26][27] In 1965, a new dual bridge was constructed across the Indian River Inlet.[28] By 1966, DE 14A was designated onto the former alignment of DE 14 through Rehoboth Beach.[29] The divided highway portion of DE 14 was extended north to DE 16, which included a bypass of Nassau, and between the Indian River Inlet and South Bethany in 1967. The former alignment through Nassau is now Nassau Road.[30][31] In 1971, the divided Miford Bypass between DE 14 southeast of Milford and US 113 north of Milford was completed.[32][33] In 1971, a contract was awarded to widen DE 14 to a divided highway between Fenwick Island and South Bethany.[34] This widening project was completed a year later.[33] In 1973, construction was underway to make DE 14 a divided highway from the Milford Bypass to DE 16, which included a bypass of Argos Corner; this was completed in 1974. The former alignment through Argos Corner is now Argos Corner Road.[35]

In 1974, DE 1 was signed concurrent with DE 14 east of Milford and on the Milford Bypass.[36] In 1977, DE 14 was truncated to the southern terminus of the Milford Bypass southeast of Milford, with DE 1 replacing the route between Fenwick Island and the south end of the Milford Bypass and DE 1 Bus. becoming concurrent with route between the Milford Bypass and Northeast Front Street.[37][38] As a result of this, DE 14A was renumbered to DE 1A.[38] DE 14 was realigned to follow Northeast Front Street to end at DE 1 on the Milford Bypass by 1984.[39] On March 26, 2018, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to construct an interchange at the eastern terminus at DE 1 in Milford, with Governor John Carney, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, and DelDOT secretary Jennifer Cohan in attendance.[40] Construction of the interchange at DE 1 in Milford, which will also build a connector road from DE 14 to Northeast 10th Street, is expected to be completed in August 2019.[41]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Kent County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 MD 317 west (Burrsville Road) – Denton Maryland state line; western terminus
Harrington 8.59 13.82
DE 14 Truck east (Farmington Road) – Farmington
Western terminus of DE 14 Truck
9.64 15.51
US 13 / DE 14 Truck west (South Dupont Highway) – Dover, Farmington, Greenwood
Eastern terminus of DE 14 Truck
Milford 15.78 25.40 DE 15 north (Canterbury Road) – Canterbury, Dover Southern terminus of DE 15
17.06 27.46 US 113 (Dupont Boulevard) – Dover, Georgetown
18.51 29.79
DE 1 Bus. (Rehoboth Boulevard) – Dover, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach
19.12 30.77 DE 1 (Milford Bypass) Interchange under construction; eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

DE 14 Truck[edit]


Delaware Route 14 Truck
Location Harrington
Length 3.9 mi[42] (6.3 km)
Existed 2008[43][44]–present

Delaware Route 14 Truck (DE 14 Truck) is a truck bypass of DE 14 in Harrington. The route heads south from DE 14 on two-lane undivided Farmington Road, leaving Harrington and heading through farmland. DE 14 Truck turns east onto Tower Hill Road and crosses the Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision railroad line before coming to an intersection with US 13. At this point, the truck route turns north to form a concurrency with US 13 on South Dupont Highway, a four-lane divided highway. The road heads back into Harrington and runs through commercial areas, passing to the east of the Delaware State Fairgrounds, which is where the Delaware State Fair is held and the Harrington Raceway & Casino and Centre Ice Rink are located. US 13/DE 14 Truck crosses the Delmarva Central Railroad's Indian River Subdivision, with the median widening to include businesses in it. DE 14 Truck ends at another intersection with DE 14.[3][42] On March 24, 2007, construction began on a truck bypass of Harrington along Farmington Road, Tower Hill Road, and US 13 by making road improvements to accommodate truck traffic such as widening pavement and work on turning and acceleration lanes. The project, which cost $8.5 million, was completed on August 20, 2008, with Senator Carper and other officials in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.[44] DE 14 Truck was designated in 2008 onto the truck bypass of Harrington.[43]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Harrington, Kent County.

mi[42] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 DE 14 (Walt Messick Road) to US 13 Western terminus
1.9 3.1 US 13 south (South Dupont Highway) – Farmington, Greenwood West end of US 13 overlap
3.9 6.3 US 13 north (South Dupont Highway) – Dover
DE 14 (Clark Street/Milford Harrington Highway) – Denton, Harrington, Houston, Milford
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Former DE 14A[edit]

Delaware Route 14A
Location Dewey BeachRehoboth Beach
Length 2.92 mi[2] (4.70 km)
Existed 1966[29]–1977[37]

Delaware Route 14A (DE 14A) was the designation of the former alignment of DE 14 through Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. The route began at DE 14 in Dewey Beach and headed north into Rehoboth Beach, where it turned to the west and intersected DE 14 again west of Rehoboth Beach.[45] The route was a former segment of DE 14 that was bypassed by 1942 and received the DE 14A designation by 1966.[21][29] By 1974, the route would become cosigned with DE 1A, with DE 1A replacing DE 14A in 1977.[36][37][45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 d 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 (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. 
  4. ^ a b Google (February 8, 2011). "overview of Delaware Route 14" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "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. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1920). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1924). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1925). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Delaware State Highway Department Report" (PDF) (1926 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. December 31, 1926: 6. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Annual Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1927 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. December 31, 1927: 7. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b 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. ^ "Annual Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1931 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. December 31, 1931: 38. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Annual Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1932 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. December 31, 1932: 37. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Annual Report of the State Highway Department of the State of Delaware" (PDF) (1933 ed.). Dover, DE: Delaware State Highway Department. January 1, 1934: 27, 40. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Annual Report of the State Highway Department of the State of Delaware" (PDF) (1934 ed.). Dover, DE: Delaware State Highway Department. January 1, 1935: 9, 16, 39. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Annual Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1939 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. January 1, 1940: 21. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1939). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Annual Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1940 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. January 1, 1941: 5, 13. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Annual Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1941-42 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. July 1, 1942: 23. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c Delaware State Highway Department (1942). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ O'Shea, Dennis (October 26, 2006). "Replacing Indian River Inlet bridge a vital project". Cape Gazette. p. 7. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1954 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. July 1, 1954: 12. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1955 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. July 1, 1955: 21. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b Delaware State Highway Department (1954). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1954–1955 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Report of the State Highway Department" (PDF) (1956 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. July 1, 1956: 19. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  27. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1957). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1957–1958 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  28. ^ "1965 Annual Report Delaware State Highway Department" (PDF) (1965 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. June 30, 1965: 22. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  29. ^ a b c Delaware State Highway Department (1966). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  30. ^ "1967 Annual Report Delaware State Highway Department" (PDF) (1967 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware State Highway Department. June 30, 1967: 11. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  31. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1967). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  32. ^ Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation (1971). Delaware Highways Official Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  33. ^ a b "Annual Report 1972" (PDF) (1972 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation. October 15, 1972: 18. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Annual Report 1971" (PDF) (1971 ed.). Dover, Delaware: Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation. November 15, 1971: 6. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  35. ^ Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation (1973). Delaware Highways Official Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  36. ^ a b Maryland State Highway Administration (1974). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Highway Administration. 
  37. ^ a b c Maryland State Highway Administration (1977). Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map). Baltimore: Maryland State Highway Administration. 
  38. ^ a b Delaware Department of Transportation (1981). Delaware Official State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  39. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (1984). Official State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Governor Carney and Officials Break Ground on New Milford Interchange" (Press release). State of Delaware. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  41. ^ "SR1, Northeast Front Street Grade Separated Intersection Construction Phasing" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  42. ^ a b c Google (June 30, 2012). "overview of Delaware Route 14 Truck" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  43. ^ a b Delaware Department of Transportation (2008). Delaware Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  44. ^ a b "City of Harrington Truck Route By-Pass Opens Today". Delaware Department of Transportation. August 20, 2008. Archived from the original on January 17, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2009. 
  45. ^ a b Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation (1976). Delaware Highways Official Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Highways and Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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