Summit Bridge

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.

Summit Bridge
View of the bridge from the ground
Coordinates39.540786°N 75.738544°W / 39.540786; -75.738544
Carries4 lanes of DE 71 / DE 896 / Bike Route 1
CrossesChesapeake & Delaware Canal
LocaleSummit Bridge, Delaware
Maintained byU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Characteristics
DesignCantilever truss bridge
History
Opened1960

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