Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge


Chesapeake & Delaware CanalBridge
spans Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
lanes 2×3
Total length 1,417 meters
Main span 229 meters
Bridge deck height 30.5
Opening 23-12-1995
Traffic intensity 80,000 mvt/day
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The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge is a cable- stayed bridge in the United States, located in the state of Delaware. The bridge spans the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

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The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge is a 1,417-foot-long bridge, with a main bridge of 503 meters and a main span of 229 meters. The bridge has two I-shaped pylons of 102 meters high. The cables are fixed in the middle of the bridge deck. The actual deck consists of two bridge decks of 18 meters wide, with 3 lanes and one hard shoulder in each direction. The bridge deck is 30 meters above the canal. Over the bridge runs State Route 1 in Delaware, the Dover to Wilmington toll road . The toll booth is just south of the bridge. Formally, the bridge itself is toll-free, but almost all traffic ends up on the toll road.


In 1829 the newly dug canal was put into use. Six road bridges and a railway bridge spanned the 20-metre wide canal. In 1927 and 1938 the canal was widened and deepened, and the bridges were replaced. In 1942, the St. Georges Bridge opened to traffic, the first four-lane bridge over the canal, and part of US 13 in Delaware. This is an arch bridge. The canal was widened for the third time in the 1960s and 1970s. The St. Georges Bridge has not been replaced.

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With the increasing suburbanization of northern Delaware, traffic on the St. Georges Bridge increased, and it was decided to build a new toll road connecting the capital city of Dover to Interstate 95 in Delaware. The new Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge was constructed between 1992 and 1995, one of the first cable-stayed bridges in the United States to feature two I-shaped pylons. The bridge was opened to traffic on December 23, 1995.

At the time, it was planned to demolish the St. Georges Bridge after the new bridge opened, but these plans fell through. Instead, the St. Georges Bridge has been renovated.

Traffic intensities

Every day 80,000 vehicles cross the bridge, relatively many for a “fringe area” toll road.

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge
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