Interstate 95 or I -95 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Delaware. The highway forms a north-south route through the north of the state, from the Maryland border at Newaark through the largest city of Wilmington to the Pennsylvania border at Claymont. I-95 is partly a toll road, the Delaware Turnpike. I-95 is 38 kilometers long in Delaware.
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I-95 at the intersection with I-295 and I-495.
I-95 at Wilmington.
Interstate 95 in Maryland comes from Baltimore and crosses the border into the state of Delaware at Newark. Immediately after the border comes the toll plaza, I-95 has 2×4 lanes on this stretch through urbanized northern Delaware. There is also a large service area in the median strip of I-95 near Newark that can be accessed from either direction. Shortly afterwards, Christiana has a junction with State Route 1, the highway to the capital Dover and the south of the state. I-95 then briefly has 2×5 lanes until it splits with Interstate 295 and Interstate 495, the state’s main interchange.
I-295 leads to the state of New Jersey via the Delaware Memorial Bridge and is the best route for through traffic on I-95 toward New York City. I-495 forms the bypass of the city of Wilmington, the largest city in Delaware. I-95 runs through downtown Wilmington and has only 2×2 lanes in a sunken location. Right before the border with the state of Pennsylvania, I-495 rejoins, Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania continues to Philadelphia.
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When the Delaware Memorial Bridge opened on August 16, 1951, plans immediately arose to extend the highway to Maryland. In 1955, proposals for a toll road that would connect the bridge to the Northeast Expressway, a toll road then under development in Maryland, later became Interstate 95 in Maryland. Construction of the turnpike was approved in 1956, and on November 15, 1963, President John F. Kennedy opened the Delaware Turnpike, along with the Northeast Expressway to Baltimore.. Between 1968 and 1972, the Delaware Turnpike was widened to 2×3 lanes and to 2×4 lanes in the early 1980s. Between May 2007 and November 2008, I-95 between Wilmington and Newark was widened to 2×5 lanes.
In 1955, the Federal Bureau of Public Roads proposed two routes through Wilmington, which would later become I-95 and I-495. In 1963, the Delaware Turnpike was completed and construction began on an extension toward Philadelphia, around Wilmington. In 1967, the first 5 miles between the Delaware Turnpike and US 202 opened. By 1968, I-95 was completed to the Pennsylvania border.
I-95 in Delaware is quite busy, with 183,000 vehicles at its busiest point. This is because I-95 is the only highway connecting the multi-million dollar conurbations of New York and Philadelphia with Baltimore and Washington. Congestion is quite common and the interchange with Delaware State Route 1 has been called the worst interchange in the state, but was reconstructed in 2013 with a through-traffic bypass.
The Delaware Turnpike is a toll road, and tolls are collected at Newark via an open toll system. E-ZPass users do not receive a discount.