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Delaware Route 15 marker

Delaware Route 15
Route information
Maintained by DelDOT
Length: 57.05 mi[1] (91.81 km)
Major junctions
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
Location
Counties: Kent, New Castle
Highway system
DE 14A DE 16

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. DE 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.

Route description[edit]

Kent County[edit]

DE 15 southbound on Wyoming Mill Road north of Wyoming

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 a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes, passing to the east of McColley Pond and Coursey Pond. The route intersects DE 12 and runs to the east of Henderson Aviation Airport. DE 15 reaches the community of Canterbury, where it passes homes and comes to an intersection with US 13.[2][3]

DE 15 turns north to form a concurrency with US 13 for a short distance on the four-lane divided Dupont Highway before continuing northwest along with US 13 Alt. on two-lane undivided Upper King Road. The road continues through rural land before entering Woodside. Here, 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 and crossing Norfolk Southern's Delmarva Secondary railroad line.[2][3]

DE 15 splits from DE 10 Alt. by turning north on Dundee Road, leaving Woodside. The road heads through a mix of farmland, woodland, and residential subdivisions, coming to an intersection with DE 10. Past this intersection, the route becomes Moose Lodge Road and continues north. DE 15 turns east onto Westville Road and enters Wyoming, where it becomes Southern Boulevard and passes homes and some businesses. The route turns northeast onto South Railroad Avenue and runs immediately to the west of the Norfolk Southern railroad line. The road becomes North Railroad Avenue before it leaves Wyoming as it passes 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.[2][3]

DE 15 southbound on McKee Road past Scarborough Road in Dover

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 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 runs northwest through residential areas with some fields and commercial development. The route loses the center left-turn lane past the College Road intersection. 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 near an industrial park before it leaves Dover.[2][3]

Upon leaving Dover, DE 15 continues through a mix of farmland and woodland with some residential areas, turning southwest onto West Denneys Road and then north onto Kenton Road. The road curves to the north-northwest and reaches 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. In Seven Hickories, DE 15 splits from DE 42 by heading north on Brenford Road. The route splits from Brenford Road and continues northwest on Mount Friendship Road before reaching an intersection with DE 300. Here, DE 15 turns northeast for a brief concurrency with DE 300 on Wheatleys Pond Road before turning northwest on Alley Corner Road. The road crosses an abandoned railroad line before it comes to an intersection with DE 6. At this point, DE 15 turns east to form a concurrency with DE 6 on Millington Road. 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.[2][3]

New Castle County[edit]

DE 15 in Middletown at northern terminus of concurrency with US 301 and DE 299

DE 15 crosses the Duck Creek into New Castle County and the name becomes Clayton Greenspring Road as it passes through farm fields and woods with some homes. The route turns west onto Vandyke Greenspring Road and skirts the southern edge of the Blackbird State Forest, curving to the west-northwest. DE 15 turns north onto Dexter Corner Road before it continues west onto Blackbird Station Road, curving to the northwest. DE 15 crosses a Maryland and Delaware Railroad line before turning north onto Dogtown Road and heading northwest again. The route runs 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 reach an intersection with US 301/DE 299.[2][3]

At this point, DE 15 turns northeast to join US 301/DE 299 on four-lane divided Middletown Warwick Road, entering commercial areas in the town of Middletown. At an intersection, the three routes split, with DE 15 heading northwest on Bunker Hill Road, DE 299 turning east onto 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. At a roundabout, the route turns north onto Choptank Road and leaves Middletown, heading through agricultural areas with some woods and residential development. DE 15 intersects the eastern terminus of DE 286 at a roundabout and continues northeast along Bethel Church Road, 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.[2][3]

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.[1] 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.[4]

History[edit]

By 1920, the roads that comprise present-day DE 15 existed as county roads.[5] Bunker Hill Road was paved by 1932, with Levels Road being constructed as a state highway by this time.[6] Four years later, the segment between DE 12 and US 13, Brenford Road, a portion north of DE 6, and Bethel Church Road were paved,[7] while Kenton Road was paved three years later.[8] Paving was completed on the sections between DE 14 and Carpenters Bridge Road and from DE 8 to Kenton Road by 1942, and the entire segment between Clayton and Middletown excluding a portion of Blackbird Station Road.[9] 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.[10] The remainder of the route between Clayton and Middletown was paved two years later.[11] By 1957, paving was completed on the remainder of Choptank Road.[12] The section between Woodside and Wyoming was fully paved by 1959.[13] The Mt. Friendship Road part of the current route was paved by 1964.[14] Two years later, the paving of present-day DE 15 was completed when Alley Corner Road was paved.[15]

DE 15 was designated to run from DE 14 near Milford north to US 13 in Canterbury by 1984.[16] The route was extended north to US 301/DE 299 west of Middletown by 1990.[17] Four years later, DE 15 was extended farther north to US 301/DE 71/DE 896 near the Summit Bridge.[18] In 2011, Wyoming Mill Road was realigned to intersect Hazlettville Road further to the west at a signalized intersection, reducing congestion.[19]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
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
Woodside 11.90 19.15
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
12.41 19.97
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

See also[edit]

References[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 d e f g Delaware Department of Transportation (2008). Delaware Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2008 ed.). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Google (February 8, 2011). "overview of Delaware Route 15" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ National Highway System: Delaware (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1920). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map) (1920 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1932). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map) (1932 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Delaware State Highway Department; The National Survey Co. (1936). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1936–37 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1939). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1939 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1942). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1942 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1952). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1952–53 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1954). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1954–55 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1957). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1957–58 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1959). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1959–60 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1964). Official Highway Map of Delaware (PDF) (Map) (1964 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1966). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1966 ed.). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  16. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (1984). Official State Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (1984 ed.). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (1990). Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (1990 ed.). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  18. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation; Division of Planning Cartographic Information Section (1994). Delaware Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (1994 ed.). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Wyoming Mill Road Realignment". Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing