DelDOT is seeking feedback through a virtual workshop on a plan to declassify Route 82 as a state route.


Delaware Route 82 could soon be a thing of the past.

The Delaware Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on a plan to declassify the 5.5-mile route that winds its way from Kennett Pike to the Pennsylvania border.

The declassification was suggested by the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway Alliance, a group of stakeholders who wrote the corridor management plan for the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway, a network of 28 roads including the three that form Route 82: Campbell Road, New London Road and Creek Road.

One of the goals of the corridor management plan is to preserve the character of the byway, which received the designation in 2008 because of its winding back roads, Piedmont scenery and historic structures.

Declassifying Route 82 will help preserve some of its scenic qualities by reducing truck traffic along its length, said Bob King, DelDOT community relations officer.

If State Route 82 is declassified, it won’t be shown on maps, and the roads will simply be referred to by their common names. But it won’t have any impact on the timeliness of road repairs or snow removal, King said – the only visible difference will be the missing “82” road signs.

DelDOT is gathering feedback until April 4 through a virtual workshop that can be found at deldot.gov. Those who don’t have Internet access can call DelDOT at 302-760-2080.

Based on the feedback, the route’s declassification could begin during late spring.