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Welcome to the Elkton Road Improvements Project (from Casho Mill Road to the Maryland State Line) website. This project will reconstruct deteriorating pavement, improve traffic capacity and operations, add pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and improve safety. Improvements began in August 2020 and are expected to be complete by Spring 2023.

View more details and information about the project.

Visit the interactive construction phase map to view specific construction information including closures and detours

Construction Information/Traffic Advisories

Begin Phase 2 Work

Location: Elkton Road, MD state line to Gravenor Lane

Dates and Times: 

7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, pending weather.

Pre-Phase 2 construction will be completed on September 12, 2021. On Sunday, September 12, 2021, beginning at 7 pm, southbound Elkton Road motorists will be switched to the completed northbound side of Elkton Rd. Expect delays while the traffic switch takes place. The traffic switch will be completed by 5 am on Monday, September 12, 2021. Following the traffic switch, Phase 2 work will begin and includes the reconstruction of pavement along southbound Elkton Rd, side road tie-ins and sidewalk. 

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Southbound Elkton Road Left Turn Lanes Closure onto Eastbound SR 4

Location: Elkton Road and SR 4 Intersection

Dates and Times: 

8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021 until 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021, pending weather.

7:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021 until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021, pending weather.

As part of Pre-Phase 2 construction, this work includes the construction of concrete pavement and temporary asphalt pavement to provide two southbound Elkton Road left turn lanes onto eastbound SR 4. On Thursday, September 9, 2021, beginning at 8 pm, southbound Elkton Road left turning motorists will be detoured until 7 am on Saturday, September 11, 2021, and again from 7 am until 12 pm on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

For traffic normally accessing eastbound Delaware Route 4 (Christina Parkway) from southbound Elkton Road – View Detour Map – Plan F Eastbound SR 4 

  • Detour route along southbound Elkton Road will have vehicles continue along Elkton Road, turn left onto eastbound Otts Chapel Road, turn left onto eastbound Chestnut Hill Road, turn left onto northbound Delaware Route 896 (South College Avenue) to access Delaware Route 4 (Christina Parkway)
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Phase 1 Complete, Begin Phase 2 Advanced Work

Location: Elkton Road, MD state line to Gravenor Lane

Dates and Times: 

3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, 2021 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021, pending weather.

Phase 1 construction will be complete on August 29, 2021. This work included the reconstruction of pavement along northbound Elkton Rd, side road tie-ins, construction of a shared use path and two pedestrian bridges. On Sunday, August 29, 2021, beginning at 3 pm, northbound Elkton Road motorists will be switched to the completed northbound side of Elkton Rd. Expect delays while the traffic switch takes place. The traffic switch will be completed by 5 am on Monday, August 30, 2021. Following the traffic switch, Phase 2 Advanced work will begin and includes the installation of PCC pavement in the median and temporary asphalt pavement to maintain traffic during Phase 2 construction. 

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Weekend Lane Closures of McIntire Drive

Location: McIntire Drive, between Elkton Road and Sandy Drive, Newark.

Dates and Times: 

8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021, pending weather.

8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 28, 2021, pending weather.

As part of the ongoing Phase 1 construction work, McIntire Drive lanes will be closed to complete concrete roadway reconstruction. Flaggers will be used to allow traffic in and out using the remaining lane to access Elkton Road. 

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Weekend Closure of Westbound SR 4/Christiana Parkway

Location: Westbound SR 4/Christiana Parkway, between Elkton Road and SR 896/South College Ave, Newark 

Dates and Times: 

8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021, pending weather

As part of the ongoing Phase 1 construction work, the SR 4/Christiana Parkway westbound lanes will be closed to complete concrete roadway reconstruction. 


For traffic normally using SR 4/Christiana Parkway westbound, the following detour route will be utilized: 

  • Motorists traveling on SR 896/South College Avenue and on SR 4/Christina Parkway Westbound will follow signs to Westbound Chestnut Hill Road.  Drive on Westbound Chestnut Hill Road for ~1.75 miles, and then turn right onto Otts Chapel Road.  The detour ends at Elkton Road and Otts Chapel Road intersection.
  • Motorist are advised to follow posted detours signs and message boards.   
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Closure of Gravenor Lane

Location: Gravenor Lane at Elkton Road, Newark

Dates and Times: 

7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 until 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, pending weather

As part of the ongoing Phase 1 construction work, Gravenor Lane will be closed at Elkton Road to complete a sanitary line relocation.  


For traffic normally using Gravenor Lane, the following detour route will be utilized: 

  • Motorists heading on Elkton Road Northbound are directed to make a Right onto Chrysler Avenue, a right onto Cornwall Drive and then a right onto Gravenor Lane.

The Elkton Road Service Road will be accessible from Chrysler Avenue. 

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Weekend Closure of Eastbound SR 4/Christiana Parkway

Location: Eastbound SR 4/Christiana Parkway, between Elkton Road and SR 896/South College Ave, Newark

Dates and Times: 

8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021, pending weather

As part of the ongoing Phase 1 construction work, the SR 4/Christiana Parkway eastbound lanes will be closed to complete concrete roadway reconstruction. 


For traffic normally using SR 4/Christiana Parkway eastbound, the following detour route will be utilized:

  • Motorists heading on Elkton Road Northbound are directed to make a Right onto Otts Chapel Road, a Left onto Chestnut Hill Road, and another Left onto Route 896/South College Avenue Northbound. The detour ends at Route 4/Christina Parkway and Route 896/South College Avenue intersection.
  • Motorists leaving Suburban Plaza are directed to make a Left onto Otts Chapel Road, another Left onto Chestnut Hill Road, a third Left onto Route 896/South College Avenue Northbound. The detour ends at Route 4/Christina Parkway and Route 896/South College Avenue intersection.
  • Motorists heading on Elkton Road Southbound are directed to make a Left onto Otts Chapel Road, another Left onto Chestnut Hill Road, a third Left onto Route 896/South College Avenue Northbound. The detour ends at Route 4/Christina Parkway and Route 896/South College Avenue intersection.
  • Motorist are advised to follow posted detours signs and message boards.

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Left Turn Lane from Elkton Road onto Christina Mill Drive Closure for Reconstruction

Location: Left Turn Lane from Northbound Elkton Road onto Christina Mill Drive, Newark

Dates and Times: 

8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 7th, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 14th, 2021, pending weather

Traffic Information: As part of the ongoing Phase 1 construction work on the Elkton Road reconstruction from the MD Line to Casho Mill Road, the left turn lane from northbound Elkton Road to Christina Mill Drive will be closed to complete concrete roadway reconstruction.


Motorists are advised to follow message boards.  This work is weather permitting. 

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Closure of Patriots Way

Location: Patriots Way and Elkton Road intersection, Newark.

Dates and Times: 

5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021, pending weather.

As part of the ongoing Phase 1 construction work, Patriots Way will be closed to complete concrete roadway reconstruction.


For traffic normally using Patriots Way to access the Newark Charter Intermediate School, the following detour route will be utilized: 

  • Motorist traveling on Elkton Road will turn onto Interchange Boulevard to access the school using the rear access.
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Weekend Closure of Westbound SR 4/Christiana Parkway

Location: Westbound SR 4/Christiana Parkway, between Elkton Road and SR 896/South College Ave, Newark

Dates and Times: 

8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, pending weather.

As part of the ongoing Phase 1 construction work, the SR 4/Christiana Parkway westbound lanes will be closed to complete concrete roadway reconstruction. 


For traffic normally using SR 4/Christiana Parkway westbound, the following detour route will be utilized: 

  • Motorists traveling on SR 896/South College Avenue and on SR 4/Christina Parkway Westbound will follow signs to Westbound Chestnut Hill Road.  Drive on Westbound Chestnut Hill Road for ~1.75 miles, and then turn right onto Otts Chapel Road.  The detour ends at Elkton Road and Otts Chapel Road intersection.
  • Motorist are advised to follow posted detours signs and message boards.   

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