Indian River (Delaware)

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Indian River Inlet, spanned by the Indian River Inlet Bridge

The Indian River is a river and estuary, approximately 15 mi (24 km) long, in Sussex County in southern Delaware in the United States.[1] The river is named after a Native American reservation that was located on its upper reaches.

It rises approximately 2 mi (3 km) southwest of Georgetown and flows east, past Millsboro, its head of navigation. It enters Indian River Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Henlopen. The lower 6 mi (10 km) of the river form a navigable tidal estuary stretching westward from Indian River Bay, which is protected from the open ocean by two sand bar peninsulas. East of the bay is its mouth, the Indian River Inlet.[2]

The river is crossed in three places, by U.S. Route 113 (in Millsboro), Delaware Route 24/Delaware Route 30 (also in Millsboro), and Delaware Route 1 (at the Delaware Seashore State Park). The original bridge over the Indian River Inlet, which carries Delaware Route 1, was considered structurally deficient due to tidal erosion.[3] This bridge was scheduled to be replaced in late 2011.[3] As of January 2012, the current Indian River Inlet Bridge was opened.[4]

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  1. ^ "Indian River". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Indian River Inlet". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Shortridge, Dan (2 Apr 2011), "Firm seeks state suit's dismissal", The News Journal, delawareonline, archived from the original on May 2011, retrieved 2 Apr 2011 
    Free abstract; full article available for purchase.
  4. ^ Murray, Molly (21 Jan 2012), "First lane of new Indian River Inlet bridge opens", The News Journal, delawareonline, retrieved 21 Jan 2012 

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