Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridges

A photographic look at all five highway bridges over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

Chesapeake City Bridge - Maryland 213
Looking north at the bridge from Basil Avenue below Photo taken 01/00. Peering eastward from 2nd Street along the canal Photo taken 01/00. The view from Bank Street to the west from along the canal Photo taken 01/00.

Former U.S. 213 joins the split town of Chesapeake City, Maryland via a two-lane steel arch bridge. Maryland 213 (Augustine Herman Highway) soars over the canal and towns below between Maryland 286 (George Street) and Maryland 285 (Lock Street). Maryland 286 and Basic Avenue intersect Maryland 213 at the south approach to the bridge. Maryland 285 intersects the Augustine Herman Highway one half mile north of the canal itself.

The Chesapeake City Bridge opened to traffic in 1949. The suspension arch bridge replaced a vertical lift bridge constructed in 1927. On July 28, 1942 the tanker "Franz Klasen" struck the original span resulting in its destruction.1 A ship collision also destroyed the St. Georges vertical lift bridge.2

Summit Bridge - U.S. 301 & Delaware 71-896
The Summit Bridge as seen from one of the Canal access roads to the northwest Photo taken 01/00. Side profile of the bridge as visible from a Canal access road on the north banks Photo taken 01/00. Northbound underneath the superstructure Photo taken 03/21/04. Ascending southbound on the Summit Bridge Photo taken 04/04/04.

Completed in 1959, the Summit Bridge carries four lanes of traffic over the canal near the village by the same name. The crossing initially was to carry just two lanes of travel. However a Delaware politician lobbyed succesfully to have the bridge built with its current capacity. The cantileaver bridge carries U.S. 301 & Delaware 71-896 between Northern Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The northbound approach features a grade separation between the triplex and Chesapeake City Road. The Summit Bridge and nearby railroad lift bridge (built in 1966) were recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction as the most beautiful bridges of their types in the years they were completed.2

SR 1 Turnpike Canal Bridge
Northward view from Lorewood Grove Road Photo taken 11/95. Side profile of the bridge offered from the Exit 148 southbound loop ramp Photo taken 03/23/04. Approaching the towers on the bridge southbound Photo taken 08/05/07.

The fifth bridge opened across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal is that of the Delaware 1 cable-stayed bridge of the SR 1 Turnpike system. The six-lane span features precast concrete segments and gold painted cables. Opened on December 23, 1995, the crossing has the capacity to be restriped to allow for eight overall travel lanes. The bridge parallels nearby U.S. 13 (St. Georges Bridge) to the west of the St. Georges villages. State officials named the span the U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge on July 9, 2007.

St. Georges Bridge - U.S. 13
Main Street northbound at the St. Georges Bridge south of the Canal Photo taken 04/17/04. The St. Georges Bridge as seen during the SR 1 Bridgewalk Photo taken 12/21/95. U.S. 13 southbound approaching the span Photo taken 04/17/04.
Views of St. Georges Bridge from the northbound lanes of the SR 1 Turnpike Canal Bridge. Photos taken 08/05/07.

The St. Georges Bridge carries U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) over the split villages of St. Georges and the canal in central New Castle County. The four-lane steel arch bridge opened to traffic in 1942 and is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Enginners. A $10-million project refurbished the bridge with a new concrete deck and new non-lead based paint. The work was completed in 2002.

Reedy Point Bridge - Delaware 9
The Reedy Point Bridge soars of the north banks of the canal Photo taken 08/10/04. Eastward view of the bridge from one of the Canal access roads Photo taken 08/10/04. Delaware 9 northbound at the bridge approach Photo taken 04/04/04. Under the superstructure on northbound Photo taken 04/04/04.
North bank bridge support. Photo taken 08/10/04. Peering south from underneath the bridge. Photo taken 08/10/04. Closer look at the southbound support and descent. Photo taken 08/10/04. Looking north from under the bridge. Photo taken 08/10/04.

The easternmost bridge of the Canal crossings is that of the Reedy Point Bridge. The two-lane cantileaver span carries Delaware 9 (Delaware City Port Penn Road) between the town of Delaware City and marshy environs of the Delaware Riverfront between the canal and Port Penn. Underneath the northern portion of the bridge is Fort Dupont State Park. The 1968-opened Reedy Point Bridge and the Summit Bridge were completed as part of the 1954 improvement authorization for the Canal.2


  1. About Page.
  2. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (U.S. Army Corp of Engineers).

Page Updated October 13, 2007

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