Chespeake & Delaware Branch Canal, Delaware City

#16 of 20 in Nature in Delaware
The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge is a concrete and steel cable-stayed bridge that spans the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal near St. Georges, Delaware. The bridge is located near a tolled section of Delaware Route 1 that runs parallel to the St. Georges Bridge carrying U.S. Highway 13. In November 2006, the bridge was named after U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr., who not only lent his name to the Roth IRA, but was instrumental in securing federal funding to build the bridge. It is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and does not carry a toll, despite the location of a nearby toll plaza.
The idea of the C & D Canal Bridge came about in the late 1980s when former Governor Michael N. Castle investigated a new canal crossing to replace the aging St. Georges Bridge. Originally, the plan was to use the four-lane bridge as part of the planned "Dover Extension" of the Delaware Turnpike, but local opposition to the plan forced Delaware officials to look at a new location. Although different plans were looked at, the final plan, using a concrete bridge was approved in 1989.
Shortly after construction began on the "Route 7 Relocation" the present-day Tybouts Corner-Delaware Turnpike section of Delaware Route 1, construction began on the bridge in 1992, with the excavation of the nearby site, located just one mile west of the corporate limit of St. Georges. The two halves were joined at the center in early 1994 and the bridge opened in December 9, 1995 when the Tybouts Corner-Biddles Corner section of Delaware Route 1 was completed.
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  • It's just a little connector from Delaware City to the Mike Castle Trail. So my review really focuses on the MC Trail. This is an amazing trail the extends approximately 18 miles from Delaware City to...  more »
  • Our first time to the trails along the north side of the C & D Canal (Chesapeake and Delaware). Found a website online, that show the path from the downtown area to hit the trail...  more »
  • Great place for bike riding!
  • Great stopover for lunch.

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