Summit Bridge

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Summit Bridge
Summit Bridge Delaware.jpg
View of the bridge from the ground
Coordinates 39°32′27″N 75°44′19″W / 39.540786°N 75.738544°W / 39.540786; -75.738544
Carries 4 lanes of DE 71 / DE 896 / Bike Route 1
Crosses Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
Locale Summit Bridge, Delaware
Maintained by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Characteristics
Design Cantilever truss bridge
History
Opened 1960

The Summit Bridge carries Delaware Routes 71 and 896 across the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The bridge also carries Delaware Bicycle Route 1, a bicycle route that spans the length of the state of Delaware, across the canal. Opened in 1961, the Summit Bridge was the second four-lane high-level crossing in Delaware and was designed to carry an eventual US 301 freeway, however that planned freeway was never built. US 301 did use the bridge when it was routed along surface roads from 1961-2019, at which time it was rerouted onto a new toll freeway. The current bridge replaces a former swing span structure that was demolished when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rerouted the canal to a new sea-level channel south of Lums Pond State Park. A construction project on the approaches to the bridge was completed in Fall of 2012.

See also

External links

  • Media related to Summit Bridge at Wikimedia Commons


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