US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

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).
Reedy Point Bridge Painting and Repairs
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
Shipping traffic
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Canal Traffic
Canal Ship Traffic
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Bridge Construction & Traffic Updates

  • In late March of 2019, USACE and its contractor will begin making repairs to the Chesapeake City Bridge. As part of the work, a series of lane closures will be implemented on the two-lane bridge from mid-April through mid-May 2019 during daytime hours.

  • Normal operations. No delays reported. 

     

  • Normal operations. No delays reported.

  • Normal operations. No delays reported.

  • Normal operations. No delays reported.
  • 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 or "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.