US 9 in Delaware

By | October 18, 2022


US 9
Get started Laurel
End Lewes
Length 28 mi
Length 45 km

George Town


US 9 is a US Highway in the US state of Delaware. The road forms an east-west route through the south of the state, starting in Laurel and then running to the New Jersey ferry at Lewes. The route is 45 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

The road begins in Laurel, a large town in the south of the state, at the intersection with US 13, the 2×2 main road from Salisbury, Maryland, to the capital Dover in the north. US 9 then heads northeast, with 2×1 lanes, passing through a flat area of ​​meadows and the occasional forest. After about 20 kilometers, at Georgetown, you cross the US 113, the 2×2 main road from Ocean City in Maryland to Dover in the north. The road then continues east, intersecting the 2×2 SR-1 that runs along the coast. In Lewes the road ends on the ferry to North Cape May in New Jersey, where US 9 in New Jerseycontinues towards Atlantic City.


Created in 1926, US 9 did not yet pass through Delaware, but for a long time ended in Cape May, just across the Delaware Bay in New Jersey. In 1979, US 9 was extended via a ferry service from Cape May to Lewes, then through Delaware to Laurel. US 9 is not a very important route in Delaware and is entirely single-lane.

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Traffic intensities

In 2011, 5,400 to 6,200 vehicles drove daily between Laurel and Georgetown, rising to 10,200 vehicles in Georgetown itself. 13,200 vehicles ran between Georgetown and Lewes.

Indian River Inlet Bridge

Indian River Inlet Bridge
spans Indian River Inlet
lanes 2×2
Total length 792 meters
Main span 274 meters
Bridge deck height 14
Opening 20-01-2012
Traffic intensity 14,500 mvt/day
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The Indian River Inlet Bridge is a cable- stayed bridge in the United States, located in the state of Delaware.


The Indian River Inlet Bridge spans a narrow strait between the Delaware Bay (Atlantic Ocean) and the Indian River, a lagoon. The cable- stayed bridge has a total length of 792 meters and a main span of 274 meters. The two pylons are 73 meters high. The bridge deck is 32.8 meters wide and 14 meters above the water. Over the bridge, 2×2 lane State Route 1 runs from Rehoboth Beach to South Bethany. The bridge is toll-free.


Several bridges have spanned the Indian River Inlet, starting with a 1934 wooden bridge that was replaced 4 years later by a steel swing bridge. This bridge was destroyed by ice and tides in 1948 and was replaced by another swing bridge in 1952. A steel girder bridge opened in 1965. This proved to be in poor condition within 20 years due to the strong tides through the inlet.

Plans were made in 2004 for a replacement in the form of an arch bridge, which at the time would be one of the longest in the world. However, this plan was well out of budget. In 2008, the construction of the cable-stayed bridge started, which was completed at the end of 2011. The bridge opened to traffic on January 20, 2012. The official inauguration was on May 6, 2012. The old bridge was subsequently demolished.

Traffic intensities

Every day 14,500 vehicles cross the bridge, a lot less than the 28,000 vehicles driving south of the bridge.

US 9 in Delaware