The St. Georges Bridge, which carries U.S. 13 over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, will close starting Tuesday, April 4, for approximately 18 months for major repairs.
A $45.8 million contract, awarded to J.D. Eckman, Inc., involves demolishing and replacing the bridge decking, median barrier and drainage features; replacing bridge approaches and roadways; and repairing other bridge structural features.
Work is funded by the federal government through Energy and Water appropriations.
During construction, traffic will be detoured to the Roth Bridge and Delaware Route 1.
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Even though the bridges are just a third of a mile apart, detours will be several miles long, to account for the spacing of entrances and exits for Route 1.
The St. Georges Bridge is a tied arch structure that was constructed in 1941 and modified in 2010.
Its last major construction project was lead paint abatement in 2000-2001.
The work was announced by the Delaware Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District.
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