• 100 Years Ago: How Dupont Highway (Rt 13) Was Supposed to Have Been Designed

    by  • February 28, 2012 • Engineering • 0 Comments


    T. Coleman Dupont’s Original Concept of the Dupont Parkway


    US 13 Northbound into Dover

    There are no places in Delaware more hostile to bicycling than certain segments of the Dupont highway (e.g. Hare’s Corner in New Castle).  But 100 years ago, when T. Coleman Dupont proposed building a new road to connect urban northern Delaware with rural southern Delaware, he had a very different vision (see his Dupont Parkway concept above from 1910).

    A hundred years later, in 2010, DelDOT formally adopted a Delaware “Complete Streets” policy.  But if Coleman Dupont couldn’t get his Parkway built a hundred years ago, why should we expect to get better roads now than Coleman Dupont was able to get?  Now we have a piece of paper?


    Wider. Straighter. Smoother. Faster.

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    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

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