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.

The Chesapeake City Bridge (Maryland 213) joins North and South Chesapeake City in Cecil County. The two-lane steel arch bridge opened to traffic in 1949, replacing a vertical lift bridge previously built in 1927. On July 28, 1942, the tanker Franz Klasen struck the original span, resulting in its destruction.1 Similarly a ship collision also destroyed the St. Georges vertical lift bridge.2

Summit Bridge - Delaware 71 and 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.

Completed in 1959, the Summit Bridge (SR 71 and SR 896) carries four lanes of traffic between the Glasgow and Middletown suburbs. Initially envisioned as just a two-lane crossing, a Delaware politician successfully lobbied to have the bridge built with additional capacity. The steel through truss bridge, and the 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 11/17/95. Looking east at the SR 1 Bridge from Exit 148. Photo taken 03/23/04.

The fifth span opened across the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal carries SR 1 to the west of St. Georges. The cable-stayed bridge is comprised of precast concrete segments supported by cables with gold colored casings. Opened on December 23, 1995 with six travel lanes and full shoulders, the bridge deck can be reconfigured to accommodate eight overall lanes. 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.
Views of St. Georges Bridge from the northbound lanes of SR 1 (Roth Bridge) over the C & D Canal. Photos taken 08/05/07.

The St. Georges Bridge carries U.S. 13 (Dupont Highway) over the split community of St. Georges and the C & D Canal. The steel arch bridge opened to traffic in 1942 and currently carries two lanes of traffic with bike lanes striped in each direction. A $10-million project completed in 2002 both refurbished the bridge with a new concrete deck and repainted the span.

Reedy Point Bridge - Delaware 9
Peering south from underneath the bridge on North Canal Road by Fort Dupont State Park. Photo taken 08/10/04. Closer look at the southbound descent by Augustine Wildlife Area. Photo taken 08/10/04. Looking north under the bridge from parallel North Reedy Point Bridge. Photo taken 08/10/04.

The easternmost bridge of the Canal crossings is the Reedy Point Bridge. The two-lane cantilever span carries Delaware 9 north from Port Penn and Augustine Wildlife Area to Fifth Street through Delaware City. Fort DuPont and McConnell Tract Parks spread west and east of the northern bridge approach. Opened in 1968, the Reedy Point Bridge and the Summit Bridge were completed as part of the 1954 improvement authorization for the C & D Canal.2

Sources:

  1. ChesapeakeCity.com About Page. http://www.chesapeakecity.com/about.htm
  2. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (U.S. Army Corp of Engineers). http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/sb/c&d.htm

Page Updated March 7, 2017

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