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

    by  • September 14, 2012 • Engineering • 1 Comment

    US 13 Northbound into Dover

     
     

    T. Coleman Dupont’s Original Concept of the Dupont Parkway (now US 13)

     

    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).

    It may seem impossible that we could ever realize Mr. Dupont’s original vision given all the intervening decades and the vast amounts of money that have been spent to give us our current US 13.  But…could we at least have the trees?

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    One Response to 100 Years Ago: How Dupont Highway (US 13) Was Supposed to Have Been Designed

    1. Anon
      September 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

      It’s because engineers were given the task of planning our communities ‘by the numbers’.

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