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On Friday December 12th, crews finished placement of the six 150 foot main beams of the new Delaware City Bridge. Construction is expected to be complete in February 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor began demolition of the Route 9 bridge at Delaware City in October of 2016 and is now in the construction phase of bridge replacement (Photo by Tim Boyle).
Delaware City Bridge Replacement
On Friday December 12th, crews finished placement of the six 150 foot main beams of the new Delaware City Bridge. Construction is expected to be complete in February 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor began demolition of the Route 9 bridge at Delaware City in October of 2016 and is now in the construction phase of bridge replacement (Photo by Tim Boyle).
Reedy Point Bridge Painting and Repairs
Reedy Point Bridge Painting and Repairs
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is working to paint and repair the Reedy Point Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.
On Friday December 12th, crews finished placement of the six 150 foot main beams of the new Delaware City Bridge. Construction is expected to be complete in February 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor began demolition of the Route 9 bridge at Delaware City in October of 2016 and is now in the construction phase of bridge replacement (Photo by Tim Boyle).
Delaware City Bridge Replacement
On Friday December 12th, crews finished placement of the six 150 foot main beams of the new Delaware City Bridge. Construction is expected to be complete in February 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor began demolition of the Route 9 bridge at Delaware City in October of 2016 and is now in the construction phase of bridge replacement (Photo by Tim Boyle).
Summit Bridge Painting and Repairs
Summit Bridge Painting and Repairs
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is repairing and painting the Summit Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.
Summit Bridge Painting and Repairs
Summit Bridge Painting and Repairs
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is repairing and painting the Summit Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. (middle still in progress in photograph)
Shipping traffic
Shipping traffic
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.
C&D Canal 1
C&D Canal 1
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.
Canal Traffic
Canal Traffic
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.
Canal Ship Traffic
Canal Ship Traffic
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.
Canal Traffic 3
Canal Traffic 3
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.
Canal Traffic 4
Canal Traffic 4
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.
Canal Traffic 5
Canal Traffic 5
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.
Canal Traffic 6
Canal Traffic 6
Approximately 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore passes through Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal and the bridges that cross it.

Bridge Construction & Traffic Updates

  • Temporary lane closures September 4th - 7th 2018, 9:30 am through 2:30 pm.
  • Construction completed in April 2017
  • Normal operations. No delays reported.
  • Bridge repairs ongoing; expect delays due to partial lane closures. Repair work expected to be completed in mid June. 
  • Normal operations. No delays reported.
  • St. Georges Bridge will be closed to all traffic from Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 through January of 2019. The Army Corps and its contractor will be completing repair work of steel beams necessitating the closure.

    Motorists are advised to use the Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (SR-1) Bridge as a detour route.

    For up-to-date traffic information, please log onto Delaware Department of Transportation website at www.deldot.gov or tune to WTMC 1380 AM.

     

  • Normal operations. No delays reported

Bridge General Information

  • Construction: 1948
  • Overall Length: 3,954 feet
  • Main span length: 540 feet
  • Height: 240 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 135 feet
  • Roadway: Maryland Route 213 
  • Construction: 1931 (rebuilt in 1971)
  • Overall length: 177 feet
  • Main span length: 89 feet
  • Height: 18 feet
  • Boat Clearance: 12 feet
  • Roadway: Route 9
  • Construction: 1968
  • Overall length: 8,432 feet
  • Main span length: 600 feet
  • Height: 190 feet 
  • Ship Clearance: 134 feet
  • Roadway: Two lanes of Delaware Route 9
  • Construction: 1995
  • Overall length: 4,650 feet
  • Main Span length: 750 feet
  • Height: 335 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 138 feet
  • Roadway: Route 1
  • Construction: 1941 (modified in 2010)
  • Overall length: 4,209 feet
  • Main span length: 540 feet
  • Height: 240 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 133 feet
  • Roadway: Delaware Route 13
  • Construction: 1959
  • Overall length: 2,058 feet
  • Main Span Length: 600 feet
  • Height: 196 feet
  • Ship Clearance: 135 feet
  • Roadway: Routes 301, 71, 896

Canal Overview

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, often called the C&D Canal, connects the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay and Port of Baltimore. The waterway, a channel 35 feet deep and 450 feet wide, extends from Reedy Point on the Delaware River about 41 miles below Philadelphia. The Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the canal as well as the five high span bridges that cross it: Reedy Point, SR 1, Summit, St. Georges and Chesapeake City bridges. The C&D canal carries 40 percent of the shipping traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore.