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Delaware Route 8

Delaware Route 8 marker

Delaware Route 8
Route information
Maintained by DelDOT
Length: 17.15 mi[1] (27.60 km)
Major junctions
West end: MD 454 in Marydel
  DE 44 in Pearsons Corner
DE 15 in Dover

US 13 Alt. in Dover
US 13 in Dover

DE 1 east of Dover
East end: DE 9 north of Little Creek
Counties: Kent
Highway system

Routes in Delaware

DE 7 US 9

Delaware Route 8 (DE 8) is a state highway located in Kent County in the U.S. state of Delaware. It runs from Maryland Route 454 (MD 454) at the Maryland border in Marydel east to an intersection with DE 9 north of Little Creek. The route passes through rural areas of western Kent County before heading through Delaware's capital, Dover, on Forrest Avenue and Division Street. East of Dover, the road passes through more rural areas. DE 8 intersects DE 44 in Pearsons Corner, DE 15, U.S. Route 13 Alternate (US 13 Alt.), US 13 in Dover, and DE 1 at a partial interchange east of Dover. The road was built as a state highway west of Dover by 1924 and east of Dover by 1931. The DE 8 designation was given to the road by 1936.


  • Route description 1
  • History 2
  • Major intersections 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Route description

DE 8 begins at the Maryland border in Marydel, where the road continues into Marydel, Maryland as MD 454. From the state line, the route heads southeast on two-lane undivided Halltown Road, passing a few homes and businesses. The road leaves Marydel and curves northeast through a mix of farmland and woodland with some homes. In Pearsons Corner, DE 8 intersects the eastern terminus of DE 44, where the name changes to Forrest Avenue and it turns to the east. The road continues east through agricultural areas with some woods and development.[2][3] This area of Kent County is home to many Amish families and businesses.[4]

Westbound DE 8 (Forrest Avenue) in the western part of Dover

DE 8 crosses into Dover, where it widens from a two-lane country road to a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane. The road runs through residential areas before heading past several businesses in the western part of Dover, intersecting DE 15. The name changes to Forest Street and the route heads past a few homes before it continues east onto Division Street at the point Forest Street splits to the southeast, narrowing to a two-lane road. DE 8 passes commercial establishments and crosses Norfolk Southern's Delmarva Secondary railroad line, continuing past a mix of homes and businesses to the north of downtown Dover. The road crosses US 13 Alt. and passes to the south of Wesley College before intersecting State Street. The road runs through wooded areas of homes prior to crossing the St. Jones River and heading between industrial areas to the north and residential neighborhoods to the south.[2][3]

DE 8 intersects US 13 in a commercial area and the name changes to North Little Creek Road as it continues through the residential eastern part of Dover. The route heads through less dense areas of homes with some farmland and at the eastern edge of Dover, it features a partial interchange with the DE 1 freeway, providing access to and from the north. After this interchange, the road leaves Dover and heads east through open agricultural areas with some homes. DE 8 reaches its eastern terminus at an intersection with DE 9 just north of the town of Little Creek.[2][3]

DE 8 has an annual average daily traffic count ranging from a high of 19,408 vehicles at the intersection with Forest Street to a low of 894 vehicles at the Little Creek border near the eastern terminus.[1] The portion of DE 8 between DE 44 and DE 15 is part of the National Highway System.[5]


By 1920, what is now DE 8 existed as an unimproved county road.[6] The route was completed as a state highway between the Maryland border in Marydel and Dover by 1924.[7] By 1925, the road was proposed as a state highway between Dover and Little Creek.[8] This state highway was completed by 1931.[9] When Delaware created its state highway system by 1936, DE 8 was assigned to its current alignment between the Maryland border in Marydel and DE 9 north of Little Creek.[10] On September 5, 2002, a partial interchange opened at the DE 1 toll road in Dover, utilizing existing emergency vehicle ramps.[11][12] This interchange was included in the initial plans for the highway but was dropped due to low traffic volumes. As part of building the interchange, DelDOT purchased development rights to adjacent land parcels in order to prevent additional development in the area of the interchange.[12] In 2012, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance pushed for the city of Dover to rename the Division Street portion of DE 8 to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard after civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. However, local merchants opposed the renaming. The Dover city council instead voted to rename Court Street, Duke of York Street, and William Penn Street near Delaware Legislative Hall to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.[13]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Kent County.
Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Marydel 0.00 0.00 MD 454 north (Crown Stone Road) – Templeville Maryland state line, western terminus
Pearsons Corner 6.33 10.19 DE 44 west (Hartly Road) – Hartly
Dover 11.99 19.30 DE 15 (Saulsbury Road) – Cheswold
12.80 20.60
US 13 Alt. (Governors Avenue)
13.53 21.77 US 13 (Dupont Highway) – Smyrna, Dover Air Force Base

DE 1 north – Wilmington
Little Creek 17.15 27.60 DE 9 (Bayside Drive) – Leipsic, Port Mahon, Little Creek Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b c Staff (2011). "Traffic Count and Mileage Report: Interstate, Delaware, and US Routes" (PDF).  
  2. ^ a b c Delaware Department of Transportation (2008) (PDF). Delaware Official Transportation Map (Map) (2008 ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Google Inc. "overview of Delaware Route 8". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,+Dover,+Kent,+Delaware+19901&geocode=FaLPVAIdkjZ8-ynVhVIyboDHiTHADmVoFi6Wfg%3BFcS1VQIdkbiA-ym9FfZ1PGTHiTEuJJuzykz91Q&hl=en&mra=pd&mrcr=0&sll=39.142067,-75.597933&sspn=0.114498,0.338173&ie=UTF8&ll=39.141245,-75.597954&spn=0.1145,0.338173&t=h&z=12. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "Amish Country". Kent County & Greater Dover, Delaware Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2010) (PDF). National Highway System: Delaware (Map). Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  6. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1920) (PDF). Official Road Map (Map) (1920 ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  7. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1924) (PDF). Official Road Map (Map) (1924 ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1925) (PDF). Official Road Map (Map) (1925 ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1931) (PDF). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (Map) (1931 ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  10. ^ Delaware State Highway Department (1936) (PDF). Official Road Map of the State of Delaware (Map). Cartography by The National Survey Co. (1936–37 ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  11. ^ "Route 1 & Route 8 Partial Interchange Opens Today". Delaware Department of Transportation. September 5, 2002. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Partial Interchange Coming to Dover". On the Road (27) (Delaware Department of Transportation). Spring 2002. p. 1. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Prado, Antonio (January 19, 2013). "Dover dedicates new Martin Luther Jr. King Boulevard at Legislative Mall". Dover Post. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
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