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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.

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. (Photo by USACE Photo)

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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.

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. (Photo by USACE Photograph)

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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.

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. (Photo by USACE Photograph)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is working to paint and repair the Reedy Point Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is working to paint and repair the Reedy Point Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. (Photo by Tim Boyle)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is repairing and painting the Summit Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District is repairing and painting the Summit Bridge along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. (Photo by Tim Boyle)

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UPDATED: November 2014

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: DE-AL, MD-1

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

LOCATION:  The Project connects the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay from Reedy Point, below Delaware City to the upper Chesapeake Bay.

DESCRIPTION: The project was authorized in 1935 (HD 201, 72nd cong., 1st Session) and modified in 1935 (R&H Com Doc 11, R&H Docs 18 and 24, 73rd Cong., 2nd Session), in 1939 (PL 310, 76th Cong., 1st Session and in 1954 (SD 123, 83rd Cong., 2nd Session). This project includes the waterway, a channel 35 feet deep and 450 feet wide, extending from Reedy Point on the Delaware River about 41 miles below Philadelphia, PA through a land-cut westward to Elk River thence following Elk River and the upper Chesapeake Bay to deep water near Pooles Island, including five high-level fixed highway bridges, a vertical lift railroad bridge, a bascule drawbridge, extensions of the entrance jetties at Reedy Point, enlargement of the anchorage and mooring basin in Back Creek, and maintenance of Delaware City Branch channel (8' x 50' x 2 miles) and basin.

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (C&D Canal) connects the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay.  The C&D Canal system provides a continuous sea level channel connecting the Port of Baltimore to the ports of Wilmington (DE), Philadelphia, and the northern trade routes. 

STATUS: FY15 funds will be used for minimal routine operation and maintenance of the project, including dispatching, channel exams, and to meet operational safety requirements for five high height highway bridges. Funding will also be used to maintain buildings, grounds, utilities, canal banks & dredge material containment facilities, routine operations of bridges, maintenance dredging of critical shoals within the 46 mile the navigation channel; periodic inspection of Chesapeake City, St. George’s, Delaware City, and SR-1 Bridges, Repair Cable Stays on SR-1 Bridge, Repair Steel and Replace Bearings on Reedy Point Bridge (final phase), and Installation of an Impervious Barrier at Pearce Creek Confined Disposal Facility (CDF).

Project Goals: The purpose of this project provides for a waterway extending from Reedy Point on the Delaware River through a land-cut westward to Elk River, four high-level fixed highway bridges, a vertical lift railroad bridge, a bascule drawbridge, extensions of the entrance jetties at Reedy Point, enlargement of the anchorage and mooring basin in Back Creek, and maintenance of Delaware City Branch channel  and basin.

PROJECT MANAGER: Tim Kelly