DE 71 is a north/south route that forms a loop to the east of US 13. It begins at Dupont Parkway (US 13) in Townsend and runs northeast as Summit Bridge Road to Middletown, where it is known as Broad Street and North Broad Street. It then joins US 301 and is known as Summit Bridge Road again. It crosses the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal via the Summit Bridge. On the other side, it splits off from US 301 as Red Lion Road. It loops around the south side of Lums Pond State Park and then runs northeast. It ends at South Dupont Highway (US 13) just north of where US 13 splits off from DE 1.
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