Delaware Route 36
|Maintained by DelDOT|
|Length:||23.28 mi (37.47 km)|
|Existed:||1938 – present|
|West end:||DE 404 in Scotts Corner|
| DE 16 in Greenwood
US 13 in Greenwood
US 113 in Milford
DE 1 Bus. in Milford
DE 1 east of Milford
|East end:||Cedar Creek bridge in Slaughter Beach|
Delaware Route 36 (DE 36) is a state highway in Sussex County, Delaware. It runs in a generally northeast–southwest direction from DE 404 in Scotts Corner to Slaughter Beach, a town along the Delaware Bay. The road runs through the northern portion of Sussex County, passing through rural areas along Greenwood and Milford. The route intersects DE 16 and U.S. Route 13 (US 13) in Greenwood and US 113, DE 1 Business (DE 1 Bus.), and DE 1 in Milford. DE 36 was built as a state highway in stages during the 1920s and 1930s. The road was designated by 1938 from DE 16 east of Greenwood to Fort Saulsbury (present-day Slaughter Beach) and was extended west to DE 404 by 1994.
DE 36 begins at an intersection with DE 404 in Scotts Corner, heading the northeast on two-lane undivided Scotts Store Road. The road runs through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes, coming to an intersection with DE 16. At this point, DE 16 turns east to become concurrent with DE 36 on Hickman Road. The road enters Greenwood and becomes Market Street, passing several homes along with a few businesses. The highway crosses the Delmarva Central Railroad's Delmarva Subdivision railroad line before it intersects US 13 on the eastern edge of Greenwood. Past this intersection, DE 16/DE 36 leaves Greenwood and becomes Beach Highway, crossing the Nanticoke River.
In Saint Johnstown, DE 36 splits from DE 16 by turning to the northeast onto Shawnee Road. The road heads through agricultural areas with some woods and homes. Farther northeast, the road reaches the city of Milford. Upon reaching Milford, the route runs through residential areas and intersects US 113. Past this intersection, DE 36 becomes Lakeview Avenue and passes to the west of Bayhealth Milford Memorial hospital. The road forms the eastern border of Silver Lake, a lake along the Mispillion River, and crosses the Delmarva Central Railroad's Indian River Subdivision railroad line. After this, DE 36 continues to the east on Causey Avenue past homes and businesses. In the downtown area of Milford, the route turns north onto Walnut Street briefly before it heads east on Southeast Front Street. The route passes through the residential eastern part of Milford where it intersects DE 1 Bus.
DE 36 leaves Milford and heads to the northeast on Cedar Beach Road, entering a mix of farmland, woodland, and homes. The road turns to the east, running a short distance to the south of the Mispillion River as it comes to a diamond interchange with the DE 1 bypass of Milford. Past this interchange, the route continues to the northeast. DE 36 winds east through a mix of farmland and marshland and comes to a drawbridge over the Cedar Creek in Slaughter Beach. The DE 36 designation ends here, but the road continues past the drawbridge into Slaughter Beach where it becomes Bay Avenue and turns south to run along the Delaware Bay.
DE 36 has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 9,886 vehicles at the eastern edge of Greenwood to a low of 871 vehicles at the eastern terminus. None of DE 36 is part of the National Highway System.
By 1920, a section of present-day DE 36 southwest of Milford was completed as a state highway while a portion leading further northeast into Milford was under contract as one; the remainder of the route existed as an unimproved county road. The portion leading into Milford was completed four years later, in addition to the segment of the road through Greenwood. A year later, the state highway was under proposal between Greenwood and southwest of Milford. The state highway between Greenwood and Milford was finished in 1929. All of current DE 36 was completed by 1931 except for the easternmost part of the road. DE 36 was designated to follow its current alignment between DE 16 east of Greenwood and Fort Saulsbury (now Slaughter Beach) by 1938, with the entire route paved except for the part near Fort Saulsbury. The unpaved portion was paved a year later. DE 36 was extended westward to its current terminus at DE 404 by 1994.
The entire route is in Sussex County.
|Scotts Corner||0.00||0.00||DE 404 (Seashore Highway) – Bridgeville, Denton, Bay Bridge|
|Greenwood||3.60||5.79||DE 16 west (Hickman Road) – Bay Bridge||West end of DE 16 overlap|
|5.08||8.18||US 13 (Sussex Highway) – Harrington, Dover, Bridgeville, Seaford|
|Saint Johnstown||5.58||8.98||DE 16 east (Beach Highway) – Milton||East end of DE 16 overlap|
|Milford||15.85||25.51||US 113 (Dupont Boulevard) – Dover, Ellendale|
DE 1 Bus. (Rehoboth Boulevard) – Milton
|DE 1 (Milford Bypass) – Dover, Wilmington, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach||Interchange|
|Slaughter Beach||23.28||37.47||Cedar Creek bridge|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- Delaware State Highway Department (1920). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
- Delaware State Highway Department (1924). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
- Delaware State Highway Department (1925). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
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- Delaware State Highway Department (1931). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
- Delaware State Highway Department (1939). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware State Highway Department. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
- Delaware Department of Transportation Division of Planning Cartographic Information Section (1994). Delaware Official State Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
Route map: Google
- Media related to Delaware Route 36 at Wikimedia Commons