Joe Biden’s Amtrak loyalties aside, East Coasters know three things about my home state, Delaware:
2. No sales tax.
3. It is a stretch of I-95 where you always get stuck in traffic and have to pay a toll.
There’s also some stuff about loosey goosey corporate law (as a result, more than half of all publicly traded companies are incorporated here), chemical engineering and pharmaceuticals. I think the Twelve-Mile Circle is kind of neat, too, but I am boring you now. I am boring myself.
Most people from out of state have one thing to say to me about Delaware: “That’s where I have to pay a toll for driving ten minutes on your crappy road.” In my opinion the toll is justified. 250,000 cars pass through our state on a daily basis. Give or take the occasional motorcycle or frequent 18-wheeler, that’s a million tires chewing on our asphalt every day, rarely stopping to contribute to our local economy. Roads ain’t free. Still, I’m going to do you a kindness. You’re different. You’re a nice person. You give to charity and nurse injured sea turtles back to health. You read my blog. I’m going to tell you how to skip that toll.
1. Take exit 1B onto S. College Ave toward Newark.
2. Continue on S. College. At the third traffic light, make a left. (The road you are turning onto here has at least four different names; I’m not sure what the sign says.)
3. Drive for 1.4 miles past the desolate wasteland that was once the Chrysler plant. At the light, take a left onto Elkton Rd.
4. After about a mile, you’ll cross into Maryland. At this point, you might want to stop by State Line Liquors to check out their mammoth selection of craft brews and Trappist beers (it’ll be on the left). Otherwise continue on for a bit and the exit back onto I-95 will be on your right.
1. Take Maryland exit 109 toward Newark.
2. At the end of the ramp, merge onto Elkton Rd heading east. You’ll be on this road for a little over 2 miles.
3. Turn right onto Christiana Parkway. To your left you’ll notice a gray, somewhat post-apocalyptic-looking expanse of concrete and old, disconnected power lines. That’s where they used to paint Dodge Durangos.
4. After 1.4 miles, you’ll reach a traffic light. Turn
left right, then follow the signs for I-95 North.